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Who could fail to be intrigued by the unconventional and unlikely concept of auricular (or ear) acupuncture? Anatomy teaches that the auricle acts as a funnel to concentrate sound waves for hearing. The idea of a microsystem of the entire body being represented in this small area is surprising in itself. That this has been mapped out, and furthermore can be used to treat a variety of diverse conditions of the human body from musculoskeletal pain to addiction to endocrine and immune disorders, can be a step too far for the sceptical and appears a magical concept even for the open-minded.
Terry Oleson is Professor of Psychology at Ryokan College and Director of Doctoral Studies at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. He has been researching auricular diagnosis since the 1970s, and is a revered and respected international expert and lecturer in the field. He is the present and founding President of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute. The 4th edition of his book ‘Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture’ (first published in 1996 with revisions in 1998 and 2003) sets out to …
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