Points in the TRIANGULAR FOSSA
Shenmen - Fire (Heart)
Location: slightly superior to the tip of the triangular fossa
Functions: analgesic point, calms the mind, treats insomnia stress, anxiety and restlessness, lower abdominal circulation, harmonises the liver, reduces hypertension. Emotion - +joy neg: sadness
Antihistamine (anti wheezing, asthma)
Location: in the middle of the triangular fossa Functions: relieves asthma, bronchitis, coughs, difficult breathing, itchy, hay fever
Location: about the middle border of the triangular fossa
Functions: regulates the colon & relieves constipation
Location: in the middle of the triangular fossa near the rim of the helix
Functions: menstrual and pregnancy problems
Location: near the border of the triangular fossa where the helix would cross if you folded it down
Function: reduces liver dysfunction, liver enzymes and inflammation, reduces hepatitis viral count
Hypertension (Lower Blood pressure)
Location: on the upper border of the triangular fossa near the helix
Function: reduces high blood pressure, induces relaxation
Points on the lower concha
Lung 1 Lung 2
Location: the base of the inferior tragic notch Functions: regulates endocrine hormone relieves hypertension, rheumatism, and urogenital problems , menstrual problems, skin problems, weight loss
Location: In the centre of the lower concha Function: chest pain, palpitations, TCM functions of the heart or shen
Location: below the concha ridge below the liver point Functions: TCM functions of the spleen, digestive disorders, muscular disorders esp. tone inc. lesion, spasms, atrophy, blood conditions such as anaemia and easy bruising
Location: On the lower concha next to the ear canal, below the helix root
Functions: relieves eating disorders, mouth ulcers, cold sores
Points on the Concha ridge
Point zero (diaphragm)
Location: in a notch on the helix root as it rises from the concha ridge
Functions: produces homeostatic balance - balance of qi and blood energy, hormones and brain activity
Location: On the concha ridge lateral to the Point Zero
Function: digestive disorders, gum disorder, frontal headache, weight loss TCM reduces stomach fire/heat
Points in the Upper Concha
Location: underneath the Kidney point above the helix root
Function: diarrhoea, indigestion, abdominal bloating
Large Intestine or Colon Location: on the central narrow portion of the upper concha above the
Function: diarrhoea, constipation, colitis, IBS, haemorrhoids, Crohn's disease Alcohol (Ascites)
Location: In the middle of the upper concha between the kidney and Small intestine points
Function: relieves hangover, assists alcoholism treatment, relieves ascites.
Points on the Tragus
Location: In the middle of the tragus Function: diminish appetite and polyphagia helps weight loss
Location: On the inferior tragus protrusion Function: stress related disorders, inflammation, skin disorders, hypertension
Points on the Anti-tragus
Location: directly below the apex of the anti-tragus where the concha wall meets the lower concha.
Functions: regulates over excitement, restores tranquillity, reduces sweating, swelling
Location: In the depression on the upper side of the anti-tragus.
Function: Headaches, shock, cough, asthma, insomnia, stress, unconscious behaviour, neck and shoulder pain, severe pain
Location: In the depression below the tip of the anti-tragus.
Function: relieves migraine and temporal headaches, tinnitus, poor blood circulation in the head. Affects Tai Yang and expels wind
Location: Below the lower border of the anti-tragus near the inter tragic notch near the inter tragic notch.
Function: relieves frontal headaches, sinusitis, dizziness, impaired vision, insomnia, anxiety, worry, depression, lethargy, disturbing dreams
Location: on the apex of anti-tragus Function: relieves symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, coughs, difficulty breathing, itching Points on the helix.
Sympathetic (Autonomic nervous system) Earth (spleen and digestion)
Location: at the junction of the internal helix and the lower root of the antihelix
Functions: analgesic action, relieving contractions in the intestines, causing dilating of blood vessels, treats pulselessness, vasculitis, spasm of arteries and veins, night sweats and involuntary sweating, eye disease
Emotion: empathy neg anxiety, worry and nervousness
Location: On the top of the outer helix Functions: reduces inflammation - tonsillitis, pharyngitis, pain swelling
Liver Yang 1 and 2
Location: On the outer helix either side of Darwin's tubercle where the cartilage changes
Function: lowers liver enzymes, blood pressure.
Liver Yang headaches (throbbing)
Location: On the internal helix opposite ear apex Function: reduces inflammatory reactions related to allergies, rheumatoid arthritis and asthma, elimination of toxic waste, excretion of metabolic wastes and treatment of anaphylactic shock
Point prescriptions are compiled by using:
1) TCM points especially deficient yin organs
2) location points
3) western diagnosis points
4) using allopathic information to reduce/ improve condition e.g. endocrine or adrenal
5) excess conditions points such as heat (mosimage}
Hepatitis: Liver Yang 1 and 2, Liver, Endocrine, Kidney, Point zero, Shenmen
Stop smoking: Lung 1 and 2, Shenmen, Kidney, Liver
Menstrual problems: Uterus, Liver, Kidney, Spleen Endocrine, Point zero
Skin problems: Lung 1 and 2, Shenmen, Endocrine, Adrenal, Colon, Point zero
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome): Stomach, Liver, Colon, Small Intestine, Spleen, Sympathetic
Anxiety, Insomnia: Shenmen, Kidney, Heart, Adrenal, Thalamus
Weight Loss: Hunger, Mouth, Stomach, Small Intestine, Shenmen, Point zero, Endocrine
High Blood Pressure: Hypertension, Heart, Point zero, Shenmen, Sympathetic Adrenal Hay Fever: Lung 1 and Lung 2, Adrenal, Apex, Allergy, Endocrine, Forehead, Kidney and Spleen. Lower Blood pressure Groove
Asthma: Asthma, Antihistamine Allergy, Lung 1 and 2, Sympathetic, Point zero, Shenmen
Treating Hep C with Ear Acupuncture
- It is a blood borne virus transmitted from blood to blood contact esp sharing needles amongst drug users, needle stick injuries.
- No vaccination against Hep C.
- 6 Genotypes of Hep C - those most commonly found in the UK are 1A and 3B Genotypes 1 and 4 are more resistant to treatment with Interferon Genotypes 2 and 3 respond better and require shorter treatment Genotypes 5 and 6 are rarely found in the UK
- Western allopathic treatment involves the use of interferon and ribavirin - It is both expensive and has many side effects
- Hep C involves a retained pathogen, liver qi stagnation and toxic heat.
- There are three stages or developments - digestive disorders, stuck phlegm in the liver and yin deficiency
- The Hep C patient may well have ceased taking drugs and there may well be better compliance.
- Ear acupuncture lowers liver enzymes and inhibits viral activity for 90 hours (nearly 4 days).
- The more treatments the more beneficial the effect and the longer the person feels stable and better in their self.
- It helps to clear pathogenic factors; unblocks stagnant energy allowing the patient to move on both mentally and physically.
- Rebalances the body energy and strengthen the immune system.
This is designed to show you how all the parts of the course fit together.
- Bowel movement
Pulse and tongue diagnosis
Post treatment strategies
Please consult a naturopath or your doctor before taking natural remedies if you are on medication or if symptoms persist.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.