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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; October 2001

What is Ear acupuncture?

   Ear acupuncture, or auriculopuncture, was known from antiquity in different cultures all around the world and was used mostly for acute back pain (sciatica) and toothache.
   In 1950-s and 60-s ear acupuncture attracted attention of scientists. Undoubtedly it was Dr. Paul Nogier in France who made the most significant contribution to the advance of auriculopuncture. In 1957 he published the article where he explored new ideas about auriculotherapy.
   The human body is a sophisticated biological system, and when exposed to any stimulus it should react and respond even to small environmental changes. The automatic part of the nervous system seems to be best adapted to cope with these small but significant changes in the environment. This is the part of the nervous system that, for example, allows us to digest food and breathe without thought, and is called the autonomic nervous system.
   Dr. Nogier has used this basic idea to develop a comprehensive system of diagnosis and point selection for ear acupuncture: projection of all body parts and internal organs on the ear. The organs are extrapolated not only morphologically, but also functionally.
   In 1969 he presented complete chart of auricular points (about 150 of them).. Although this system of knowledge is based on a concept, different from traditional Chinese ideas, Chinese acupuncturists promptly accepted and incorporated this new development into traditional acupuncture.
   Ear acupuncture proved to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, including difficult cases, and can be used in combination with traditional acupuncture.
   In the USA it is commonly used for smoking cessation, weight control, substance abuse and other conditions.
 
 
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