Three Tiny Little Points = One Huge Impact
Posted on 16:12, March 12th, 2012 by Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Who has time to spend hours and hours thumbing through auricular therapy books to find helpful little jewels of information to use in their practice? Not you??? I completely understand. Dr. Larsen has taken care of that problem for you. He pays ME to do all of the research so that I can help you to become a better practitioner.
A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to an acupuncturist, Susannah Sunderland from Carlsbad, California, who sold 600 acupuncture sessions through a local Groupon in her community. That’s a lot of acupuncture sessions! She called me to ask questions about the AcuGraph system, but instead our phone call turned into me asking her a ton of questions about how she managed to take care of so many new patients. She said that it was overwhelming and she is not sure if she would do it again, but that she learned a lot about herself and her abilities as a practitioner. One of the things that stuck out in our conversation was the respect that she had gained for auriculotherapy.
Susannah said that she treated three auricular points on every patient and that those points alone set the foundation for the work that needed to be done in each treatment. What were those points?
Sympathetic Autonomic Point
I did a little bit of research into our Auriculo 3D program and my research notes and found some interesting facts about those three points.
Of the 180 protocols that are listed in Auriculo 3D, 164 of them have Shen Men listed as a recommended treatment point. What makes Shen Men so powerful? Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. In fact, if you are having a hard time finding active treatment points, treat Shen Men first and then the points that need treatment will become active.
Shen Men, also known as Divine Gate, is so powerful that it treats almost everything–stress, anxiety, depression, inflammatory diseases, etc.
When I have a patient that just keeps talking and I can’t get them to calm down, I immediately treat Shen Men in their ear. I also like to send patients home with seeds at Shen Men, if they are prone towards anxiety and stress, along with instructions to press the seeds multiple times per day while doing some deep breathing. Patients love it when you offer them a simple tool for de-stressing.
#2: Point Zero is a centering point.
Dr. Paul Nogier had a background as a civil engineer before he became famous for developing Auriculotherapy in France. I am sure that you are familiar with the inverted fetus drawn on the ear depicting the anatomical mirror imagine used for treatment purposes. While drawing zones throughout the body, Nogier learned that Point Zero was actually the geometrical and physiological center point on the humunculus of the ear–and aligns with the solar plexus.
It’s no wonder Point Zero is known for bringing the body back into homeostatic balance. This point not only balances energy, but is also used to regulate the brain, viscera, and and the hormones.
I like to use Point Zero when a patient comes in with an array of symptoms and I don’t know exactly where to start. Patients who have trouble staying centered get sent home with a seed at this point for home care.
#3: Sympathetic Autonomic Point brings a patient back to relaxation mode.
Too many of our patients choose to live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state. The sympathetic nervous system was designed to jump start our bodies into fight or flight mode for survival purposes. Basically, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can save ourselves during emergency situations. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. When someone comes in for acupuncture, it is our responsibility to help him or her to move back into parasympathetic function. The Sympathetic Autonomic Point will do exactly that.
While I was a student at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, I had many opportunities to be involved in community acupuncture settings. One instance comes to mind. In 2007 I worked with fellow PCOM students at Qualcom Stadium to care for those who had been evacuated from their homes. This was an instance where “fight or flight” mode was a necessary survival skill for many who were displaced during this stressful event. The Sympathetic Autonomic Point became a valuable resource. This point is very powerful and, often, results can be felt immediately.
As you can see, Susannah made a very wise choice by adding these three points into each session. I really enjoyed talking to her about her experience which then reignited my passion for these three valuable points. I challenge you to take a moment to take a deeper look into the Auriculo 3D program. We have gathered some wonderful resources to aid you in becoming stronger in your skills as a practitioner. Have a wonderful week!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology In