Auricular Acupuncture for Pain
Auricular acupuncture is a easy to carry out non-pharmacological pain management method that may be of use for patients as a part of a larger multidisciplinary pain management pain strategy (Jan et al. 2017, Millstine et al. 2017, Murakami et al. 2017, Ushinohama et al. 2016)
Acknowledging that traditional narratives outdated, medical acupuncture is an approach that is based upon a theory that is inline current scientific understanding of how the body works. Reframing auricular acupuncture form of peripheral nerve stimulation technique in which acupuncture needles are inserted into anatomically defined sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity.
In theory auricular acupuncture stimulate the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (the inner conch of the ear) which may have may have therapeutic benefits (Usichenko et al. 2017).
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