Watch: Is Ear Acupuncture the Answer to Your Pain?

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What is ear acupuncture, what is it used for, and does it really work? Watch as Dr. Howard Chen explains and demonstrates this millennia-old pain relief technique.

If you suffer from chronic or acute pain, there’s a potential solution that’s quick, affordable and natural. The treatment is called “Ear Acupuncture” – otherwise known as “Auricular therapy.” Ear acupuncture is a bit different than what you may expect, and Dr. Howard Chen, MD, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, explains why and how this ancient technique is so effective in managing pain.

“With ear acupuncture, you receive many of the benefits of standard acupuncture in terms of pain relief,” he explained. “In addition, you spend less time in the doctor’s office and furthermore, it can be much more affordable.” 

Watch as Dr. Chen demonstrates ear acupuncture, which is a very old technique for pain relief.

Ear Acupuncture, Explained


Dr. Chen noted, “We have good data from randomized controlled studies as well as case studies that show that ear acupuncture is beneficial for reducing inoperative pain, as well as pain from various sources, including back, neck, shoulders and multiple joints, especially due to arthritis or sciatica.”

Patient Joshua Ah Sam can attest to the pain relief. After his first experience with ear acupuncture for pain in his shoulder and knee, Josh says it is working really well for him.

“I usually get up to an 8 on a pain scale of 1-10 at some point every day, and since getting the acupuncture, it hasn’t gone above a 1. I’m sold on it,” explained Josh. 

Unlike traditional acupuncture, ear acupuncture involves the use of longer acting needles that stay in the ear for up to two-to-three weeks to prolong the pain-relieving benefits.

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Dr. Chen says the Renown medical acupuncture office has developed a type of group acupuncture that is useful for treating chronic, as well as acute pain. The “Ear Acupuncture” group treatment reduces the cost for patients.

To learn more about ear acupuncture and group sessions, visit Renown’s Medical Acupuncture page.

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