Principles of Ear Acupuncture: Microsystem of the Auricle

Principles of Ear Acupuncture: Microsystem of the Auricle

Author: Axel Rubach
ISBN: 9783131252517
Publication Date: 20th June 2001
Publisher: Thieme Publishing
Cover: Harback: CD Rom
Pages: 288


Based on the author's extensive clinical and teaching experience, this textbook and reference guide provides a comprehensive review of both the French (after Nogier) and Chinese schools of acupuncture. The book offers a detailed description of the anatomy and morphology of the ear, acupoints on the ear and their localizations, as well as specific points for ear acupuncture. Dr. Rubach, with over twenty years experience as a practitioner and teacher of ear acupuncture, provides valuable information in a clear, easy-to-read format.

Learn how to use ear acupuncture safely and effectively with large-format, graphic illustrations that clearly display the location of the points and methods of auriculotherapy. Then test your knowledge with the accompanying CD-ROM! Versatile and easy to follow, you can quiz each system in two ways: by pointing your "needle" to the correct place on the ear, or by matching the named location to a point. The program tracks your work and records how well you've done, making a useful study guide!

Basic principles and specific treatments are explained, including:

- Outstanding description of the anatomy and morphology of the ear

- A critical review of different methods of stimulation

- Therapeutic point combinations

- Quick Reference section on acupoints and localization

- A question and answer section for instant review

Also includes special sections on the use of acupuncture in pregnancy, obstetrics, gynecology, and dentistry. Filled with tips for daily practice, this reference guide for students and practitioners is one you will reach for again and again!


History / The Term "Microsystem" / Scientific Findings Concerning Ear Acupuncture
Ear and Body Acupuncture: A Comparison / Laterality / Indications and Contraindications
Side Effects and Complications / Nomenclature

Propedeutics 1: Anatomy of the Outer Ear (Auricula)
Anatomical Nomenclature / Ear Anatomy in vivo (Picture Pages)
Embryology and Innervation / Overview of Zones of Representation

Propedeutics 2: Systematic Localization of Points on the Auricula
Front of Auricula / Supratragic Notch / Tragus / Intertragic Notch / Antitragus
Postantitragal Fossa / Lobule / Anthelix
  - Zones of Representation According to Chinese Specifications
  - Zones of Representation According to French-Western Specifications
  - Zone of Nervous Control Points of Endocrine Glands
  - Zone of Sympathetic Trunk/Paravertebral Chain of Sympathetic Gangia
  - Points of Reflex Zones of the Locomotor System on Scapha, Anthelical Crura, and Triangular Fossa
  - Additional Points on Scapha, Triangular Fossa, and Anthelical Crura
Helix and Helical Brim / Ascending Helix
  - Zones of Representation According to Chinese Ear Acupuncture
  - Zones of Representation According to French-Western Ear Acupuncture (Auriculotherapy)
Crus of Helix / Inferior Concha / Superior Concha

Medial Surface of Auricula (Back of Ear)
Overview / Systematics of Reflex Zones (Chinese School / French-Western School)

Propedeutics 3: Special Points and Treatment Areas
Analgetic Points / Vegetative Groove (Lange) / Vertigo Line / Vegetative Points / Psychotropic Points

Practice Tutorial 1: Introduction
Patient's History / Therapeutic Obstacles and Special Situations / Diagnostic Clues Through Inspection and Palpation (Visual Inspection, Examination by Palpation)

Practice Tutorial 2: Basic Tools and Procedures
Mechanical Detection of Points / Electrical Detection of Points
Very Point Technique / VAS (Vascular Autonomic Signal)
Stab Technique and Choice of Needles

Practice Tutorial 3: Methods of Stimulation Used in Ear Acupuncture
Needling Technique and Electrical Stimulation / Infiltration of Points or Zones
The Use of Soft Laser / Auricular Massage / Microphlebotomy / Methods of Continuous Stimulation

Practice Tutorial 4: Practical Approach
Preparation and Positioning of the Patient / Choice of Primary Therapeutic Access
Supplementary Choice of Points / Choice of Stimulation Method
Strength of Stimulus, Treatment Intervals, And Duration of Sessions
Possible Combinations with Other Methods of Stimulation

Practice Tutorial 5: Established Indications
Diseases of the Eye (Allergic Conjunctivitis, Optic Atrophy)
Diseases of the Ear, Nose, and Throat (Globus Sensation, Laryngitis, Meniere's Disease,
Pollinosis, Forms of Rotary Vertigo, Tinnitus, Sinusitis) / Diseases of the Respiratory System
(Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis) / Diseases of the Cardiovascular System
(Hypertension, Hypotension, Paroxysmal Tachycardia)
Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract (Chronically Recurrent Gastritis,
Acute Enterocolitis, Chronic Obstipation, Singultus, Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis)
Gynecological Disorders (Menstruation Disorders, Menopausal Syndrome, Insufficient Lactation,
Mastitis, Perinatal Pain Management, Facility of Delivery, Infertility,
Loss of Libido) / Urinary Tract Disorders (Nocturnal Enuresis, Irritable Bladder, Urinary Incontinence,
Urinary Retention, Renal and Ureteral Colics) / Diseases of the Locomotor System (Cervical Syndrome,
Cervicobrachial Syndrome, Lumbago, Lumbago-Sciatica Syndrome, Gonarthralgia,
Coxalgia, Distortion and Contusion of Joints) / Neurological Disorders
(Cephalalgia, Facial Neuralgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Herpes Zoster Neuralgia)
Skin Diseases (Skin Allergy, Generalized Pruritis, Neurodermatitis)
Treatment of Addiction (Nicotine Addiction, Bulimia, Obesity, Alcohol and Drug Addictions)

Ear Acupuncture in Obstetrics by C. Schulte-Uebbing

The Use of Laser in Ear Acupuncture by H.J. Weise

Quick Reference
Examples of Therapy
Pollinosis / Allergic Bronchial Asthma / Migraine / Herpes Zoster Neuralgia
Chronic Obstipation / Sleeping Disorders / Lumbago-Sciatica Syndrome
Vestibular Vertigo / Cervicobrachial Syndrome / Nicotine Addiction
List of Points
- Numerical Index
- Alphabetical Index



Plates I-III, Overview of the Ear
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