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Auricular acupuncture is a Western development with its foundation in Chinese medicine. The ear was discovered to be a homunculus (small person), that is, points in the ear are associated with parts of the body that when charted actually looks like an inverted fetus. Needles can be placed in the ear alone to achieve a therapeutic effect anywhere in the body, or can be used in conjunction with other body acupuncture points.
Conditions affecting the body can be detected through the ear by visual or manual examination – evidence of irritation such as skin discoloration and tenderness can pinpoint the root location of a condition. Ear acupuncture is an effective and popular technique for addictive illness and withdrawal from addictive substances. Dudley Chiropractic and Acupuncture is one of many treatment clinics in the US that use ear acupuncture as a form of drug free withdrawal therapy.