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About Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture is a specialised complementary therapy based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is a Microsystem of Acupuncture which reflects the entire body on the ear, in a similar way to reflexology or iridology. Auricular Acupuncture was largely developed in Europe by French neurologist Dr. Paul Nogier. Nosier's development was made through clinical trials based on mapping brain areas with localised, specific functions and the projection of a foetus on the ear for reference of complaints and points for treatment. Physical, emotional and mental conditions could be treated by stimulating points on the ear, either through needling, electronic stimulation or massage. Nogier published his results in 1957 in The Treatise of Auriculotherapy.

Nogier is acknowledged by the Chinese as the Father of Auriculotherapy and highly regarded for his contribution to Auricular Medicine. The Chinese Army brought Nosier's map to the barefoot doctors in China and the map was further developed according to the theories of Chinese Medicine.

There are over 200 acupuncture points on each ear. The outer ear acts like a switchboard to the brain. Each acupuncture point being treated triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain, to the specific part of the body being treated. Functional MRI (fMRI) shows that Auricular Acupuncture triggers an effect in areas of the brain specific to the corresponding zone on the ear. Each point treated releases endorphins which block pain receptors, and elevates levels of adenosine, a natural local pain reliever, affeting change in the targeted anatomical area.

How is Auricular Acupuncture used?

Auricular Acupuncture is widely used and highly respected by medical doctors and other healthcare professionals as a therapy in its own right in France, Germany, Italy, Greece and the USA.

Although Auricular Acupuncture is most widely known within substance misuse in the UK, the WHO lists 150 conditions for which Auricular Acupuncture is appropriate. In 1990 the Director General of the World Health Organisation proclaimed to an international gathering that "Auricular Acupuncture is probably the most developed and best documented, scientifically, of all the Microsystems of acupuncture and is the most practical and widely used."

Our Tutors

Jonathan Tarr
Principle of The College of Auricular Acupuncture.

Jonathan Tarr is a fully trained Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM body / Auricular Acupuncturist and Shiatsu practitioner and teacher. He trained with Chinese doctors at the Acumedic Foundation in London, England, continuing his personal and professional development in Beijing, China. Jonathan was awarded The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship 2004, presented by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Dedicated to continued improvement in education and standards of practice, Jonathan is also committed to global research and the development of Auricular Acupuncture as a form of complementary therapy.
Siwan Quinn Bratton
BSc(Hons) TCM, Licensed Acupuncturist, BSS-Do(T)

I have been the course director for the College of Auricular Acupuncture and Secretary of the Society of Auricular Acupuncturists since 2007. I have had the honour and privelege of teaching in China at the Beijing University of Chinese medicine from 2005-2006. What an amazing experience! Shortly after my return to the UK I was invited to be a part of the team at The College of Auricular Acupuncture.

My background is eclectic and varied, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Nutritional Healing. I have an insatiable desire to help myself and others break barriers to leading life to the full and bloom with vitality and health.

Life with the College has been and continues to be highly rewarding. When people tell me how much Auricular Acupuncture has changed their life or saved their life, it is very humbling. I love working with our learners from all corners of the globe and hope to be a part of Auricular Acupuncture becoming as widely used and highly respected in the UK as it is in other parts of the World.

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