Auriculotherapy, or ear acupuncture, is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that evolved about 2,000 years ago when acupuncturists discovered meridians in your ears that help control pain management, detoxification, anesthesia, calm your nervous system, and increase your energy levels. And yes, ear acupuncture can also help with weight loss.
You’ll need to visit an acupuncturist for ear acupuncture, but I can show you the next best thing with a similar, simple technique. The whole process takes about five minutes. You can do it any time you need a quick energy boost, whether that’s during your lunch break at your cubicle or in the locker room before you hit the weights. I highly recommend this stimulating exercise, in fact, before and after your workout.
Before you begin, if you have long hair you’ll want to tie it back. You’ll also need both hands free so you can use your fingertips to circulate your ears. You should set aside about five minutes for this exercise.
First, I want you to take the back of your fingertips and gently hit your ears about 100 times. You should feel some stimulation. If you’re new to this exercise, or you have very sensitive ears, you might initially feel a little pain that will eventually subside as your ears “toughen up.”
Second, I want you to massage your ears 100 times with your fingertips, beginning with the top and working all the way down to your ear lobe.
In the middle of your ear, you’ll feel cartilage. Think of this as your ear’s spine. Just as a chiropractor or masseuse will massage and stimulate your vertebral spine, you want to give attention to the “spine” in the center of your ears.
As you proceed downward, you’ll find a little flap at the part of your ear nearest your face, called the tragus, which controls your appetite. Stimulating the tragus helps you with weight loss.
After you’ve completed this exercise, you should feel warmth and exhilaration throughout your body.
Heads up if you’re doing this ear exercise in public. Your ears should be a little red when you’re done. (Look at it as a conversation starter, and a great way to help and impress others with this simple, effective technique!) In fact, red ears mean you’ve done this exercise correctly.
You can do this exercise seated, but if you want to step up your weight loss, try it standing up with your legs slightly bent. You’ll improve circulation, build your leg muscles, and burn more fat.
I recommend that you begin doing this modified ear acupuncture exercise once a day and gradually work up to three times daily. You’ll probably notice benefits right away, including increased energy and your jeans fitting a little looser. And when your best friend asks you what new diet you’re doing for your amazing weight loss, you can point to your ears.
Grace Suh, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., is founder of Body As Medicine which provides a whole-body, mind, and spirit approach for lifelong fat loss and weight management. (Original Article)