There are spots that when stimulated influence sneezing, heart and lungs, memory, insomnia, armpits, complexion, liver, libido, tonsils, sciatic nerve, colon (constipation), hunger-appetite and so on.
We've all seen people with acupuncture staples in their ears as part of a stop-smoking effort. The staples are supposed to stimulate areas that suppress cravings for nicotine (or food).
Since it's practically impossible for laymen to precisely target the tiny points, generalized rubbing can help.
Ear acupuncture is also used to aid weight loss by suppressing appetite. It can also be used to prevent or ease menstrual cramps (there's a point for genitalia).
The strategy is to control and suppress appetite while accelerating digestion and metabolism.
The points involved are wei dian (stomach point), ji dian (hunger point), shen men (spirit gate) and neifenmi dian (internal secretion point).
Stimulating the stomach can help strengthen the spleen function, promoting efficient digestion, removing fat and reducing waste and water stagnation in the body.
It located at the border of the cavum conchae (the sunken area near the ear passage) and the cymba auricular (the sunken area above cavum conchae).
The hunger point is at the tragus (the semicircular extension covering the ear passage). Stimulation can reduce the feeling of hunger and limit the appetite.
People usually want to eat when the digestive system sends the message "I'm hungry." Pressing hard on the "hunger point" can help delay the message and convey the "full feeling," thus diminishing the desire to eat.
Massaging the shen men and internal secretion point can also help.
Shen men is located at the fossa triangularis (the triangular sunken area above the cymba auricular, near the basal part). Pressing shen men can help sooth nerves and relieve irritation. It can slow an over-active digestive system, especially when over eating is caused by psychological pressure.
Pressing the internal secretion point, located in the lower part of the cavum conchae can help limit secretion of a hormone signaling hunger.
In addition, rubbing the entire ear frequently can promote blood circulation and improve metabolism, which helps in weight loss.
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