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The School for Auriculotherapy and Ear Acupuncture

Auriculotherapy is a unique approach to the diagnosis and therapy of physical and psychological ailments.

We teach the full diagnostic and therapeutic spectrum of auriculotherapy and ear acupuncture.

You can do a certified training as an auriculotherapist with us and/or integrate indication-related therapy approaches of auricular acupuncture into your main practice (theme courses).

Training and thematic courses are open to doctors or veterinarians, physiotherapists and naturopaths.

You can choose:

  • Online course
  • Classroom course
  • Medical field tailored and individual.
  • What is the difference between auriculotherapy and ear acupuncture?

    Auriculotherapy is the true, original auricular acupuncture. We teach the full potential of auriculotherapy in diagnosis and therapy and want it to spread freely and worldwide.

    The terms ear acupuncture and auriculotherapy are used interchangeably in common speech. Therapists who use the term auriculotherapy are aware that the therapeutic approach in question was a discovery by P. Nogier, who was inspired by ancient traditional southern European folk medicine. The term ear acupuncture quickly became an obvious synonym, as acupuncture needles were and are used to treat ear points, just as they are used for traditional acupuncture. This similarity has led to locating auriculotherapy - as "ear acupuncture" - as a branch of traditional Chinese acupuncture. This is incorrect. Even if traditional Chinese medicine knows isolated acupuncture points on the ear, it has not made contribution to the complex reflex somatotopes that characterize auriculotherapy. In addition, ear points are not "acupuncture points", because they show an energetics that is very different from the points of body acupuncture.

  • What is auriculotherapy?

    Auriculotherapy is a complementary medical procedure for diagnosing and influencing physical and psychological disorders through the auricle.

    All organs and structures of the body have representations on the auricle. These precisely localized mirror points or fields become "active" in the case of a disorder and can be found with the help of simple diagnostic procedures. If there is no disturbance, they are "silent". Active points or zones can also be treated with auriculotherapeutic procedures as representatives of the macrospcopic structures. To explain the direct connection of the auricle as a fractal miniature of the body with the body itself, the image of the "homunculus" or the "embryo in the ear" is often used.

    The innervation of the ear is closely interconnected with the central nervous system. Today it is assumed that the targeted stimulation of defined areas of the auricle with the help of auriculotherapeutic procedures translates via the brain as a relay to the corresponding body structures.

  • How did auriculotherapy originate?

    Auriculotherapy was discovered by the French physician Dr. Paul Nogier and researched and developed over three decades - and later in collaboration with Prof. Dr. René Bourdiol.

  • Who uses auriculotherapy?

    Today, auriculotherapeutic procedures are used worldwide in almost all medical specialties. Auriculotherapy is most common among pain therapists and orthopedically oriented therapists.
The potential of auriculotherapy in functional diseases, diseases of the internal organs and the cardiovascular system, as well as the psyche, is still rarely used in comparison.

  • Is auriculotherapy an evidence-based practice?

    There are studies on the effectiveness of auriculotherapy for selected complaints and even on the validity of the thesis of a "connectedness" between auricular areas and body structures.

    Nevertheless, auriculotherapy remains an approach of complementary medicine. The procedure of auriculotherapy cannot be mapped with the algorithms that underlie the generation of evidence according to modern academic-scientific guidelines. These are tailored to evidence of efficacy of drug agents and are not able to represent more complex procedures with the involvement of different, including subjective variables.

  • Is it possible to learn auriculotherapy online?

    Yes, it is - with our online course architecture.

    You will first learn the basics, which primarily include the assessment of ear somatotopes and the various techniques of auriculotherapeutic diagnosis and therapy. Then, during the practical demonstrations, you will look over the shoulder of a professional. This professional will explain to you step by step how he proceeds, what considerations influence his approach, and how he adjusts his therapy according to patient feedback in follow-up sessions. In this way, you follow complete treatment cycles as a front-row spectator.

  • Are there also classroom courses for auriculotherapy?

    Would you like to learn the basics of auriculotherapy in a classroom course? Or complement the online course with a face-to-face course? We regularly offer face-to-face seminars in Germany with a minimum and with a maximum number of participants. The dates are published on this website.

  • Can I learn a specific auriculotherapy approach for my area of interest?

    If you are interested in a special application spectrum of auriculotherapy, we offer you our theme courses. Here we show you how to treat selected indications with the help of auriculotherapy. You decide for yourself whether you already have sufficient knowledge to implement these instructions independently or whether you would like to participate in our training beforehand.

  • What disorders are treated with auriculotherapy?

    The potential treatment spectrum of auriculotherapy is very wide. These include

    • orthopedic indications (e.g., osteoarthritis and other joint diseases),
    • dermatological indications (e.g., dermatoses),
    • neurological indications (e.g., polyneuropathies),
    • ENT indications (e.g. rhinitis, hearing impairments, pharyngitis),
    • dental indications (e.g., analgesia and stem cell therapy),
    • psychological and psychosomatic disorders (e.g., anxiety disorder, dysthymias, eating disorders)

    and others.
In many treatment concepts, auriculotherapy is one - albeit crucial - component of several.

  • What equipment do I need to be an auriculotherapist?

    We recommend the following basic and advanced equipment for therapists.

    • Human medicine: book Auriculotherapy - The Somatotopes according to the originals by Paul Nogier; Auriculotherapy wall map
    • Veterinary medicine: book Ear acupuncture for dogs and horses
    • Diagnostic tools: Push button, electric point finder
    • Therapy: massage sticks, ear needles, permanent needles, laser

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