Investigator 154, 2014 January
Auriculotherapy is a variant of acupuncture positing
the same notion
that points on the ear correspond with areas of the body and its
By electrically stimulating a specific point on the ear, proponents
claim that pain can be relieved.
In 1994, The Journal of the American Medical Association
published the results of a controlled study of thirty-six patients
given auriculotherapy for chronic pain.
The researchers found that stimulating locations recommended by
auriculotherapists was no more effective than an ad hoc touching remote
points with or without electrical stimulation.
The experiment demonstrated that any relief produced by auriculotherapy
would be due to a placebo effect.
Another point worth considering is the fact that individual ears
vary in shape and size from person to person, and that in the
relatively small surface area offered by the appendage, there are over
two hundred acupoints.
Even if the theory were valid it would require pin-point accuracy to
affect the required organ or area being targeted.
H. 1999 Alternative, Complementary, Holistic & Spiritual Healing,
Australian Skeptics Inc.