Headache disorders, including migraines, are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. In fact, about 47% of adults in the world have experienced at least one headache during the past year. Migraines do not only cause discomfort but can also be debilitating. People with migraines are more likely to be depressed and predisposed to other diseases. There is no need to suffer or rely on drugs to fight the problem. Ear seeds are a proven way to alleviate headaches and migraines.
What is an Ear Seed?
The ear is a microsystem of the human body. Ear seeds can help extend the benefits of acupuncture treatment. Ear seeds are usually radish seeds that are placed on specific points of acupuncture in the ear that correspond to different parts of the body. (Some acupuncturists will use very small balls of gold or silver instead of radish seeds in the ear).
Ear seed acupuncture has been known for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to help conquer headaches with or without accompanying migraines. It has also been known to alleviate the pain associated with stiff neck and tension.
The external ear is a very sensitive and nervous part of the body. These nerves connect to the brain and can thus reach anywhere in the body through the correct stimuli. Through careful research, scientists have developed tools to use the ear as a way to treat the entire body. Generally, ear seeds are used with patients who want to quit smoking, lose weight, treat pain, cure insomnia, sort out digestive problems and more.
The seeds are covered and held in place with surgical tape on the ear. They will stay on through showers and sleep. It is generally recommended that patients leave them on for 3 to 5 days. Sometimes the ear can become slightly red or warm, which is normal. If the ear seeds are a bother, simply peel them off and throw them away.
Here is a tip to help you select which points to treat:
- Gather your supplies and decide on which symptoms you are going to focus on.
- Wipe your ear with alcohol or a damp wash cloth.
- Stick the seeds up to 5 points on your ear. You can treat both ears or just one. Treat the same side as the problem you are working on
- Leave them in place for 2-3 days. To avoid falling off, you can cut a small piece of medical tape and cover the ear seed / squeeze the seeds into your ear.
Due to the lack of side effects, safety and efficacy of treating the disease with ear seeds, it can be an excellent choice for patients of all ages. Like acupuncture or reflexology, ear seeds do not only deal with certain conditions; they also balance energy, or qi, and promote a general feeling of well-being.