Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear. They’re a type of auriculotherapy, which refers to acupressure (or acupuncture) focused on the ear. I am qualified in auriculotherapy and I do use it during massage. Its very relaxing! Ear seeds are based on the same general principles as acupuncture and acupressure. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), your health depends on the flow of qi (energy) in your body. According to TCM, this energy travels along invisible pathways, known as meridians. Meridians are found throughout your body, including your ears. Ear seeds are placed on certain points, usually along meridian lines, to help clear up any qi blockages. In TCM, resolving these blockages may help with a variety of health conditions. What do people use them for? People claim ear seeds help with a range of health issues, including: chronic pain, especially lower back pain insomnia and other sleep issues depression anxiety stress infertility migraine and other head pain addiction weight loss
Some people use ear seeds on their own. Others use them between professional acupuncture or acupressure appointments. While it’s possible to place ear seeds yourself, it’s usually best to see someone trained in pressure points for your first time. They can go over the symptoms you’d like to address and help you find the corresponding points on your ear. They can also show you how to properly place the seeds. Traditionally, ear seeds come from the flowering herb vaccaria. But today, you can also find metal or ceramic beads. Once the ear seeds are in place, you will be encouraged to gently massage them regularly. You can do this two to three times each day or when you have symptoms. Apply pressure by rubbing the seeds with a circular motion for one to three minutes. Ear seeds may fall off on their own after about three to five days. It’s not recommended to leave them on for more than five days, even if they’re still in place. To remove them you can use tweezers or your nails. Tilting your head so your ear faces the ground before taking them off ensures that they dont fall in to your ear canal! If a seed does fall into your ear and doesn’t come out, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. It’s a good idea to let your skin rest between ear seed placements. Try to wait a day (at least eight hours) before using new ear seeds. While using ear seeds, check your ears each day for signs of irritation, such as: redness swelling soreness tenderness Remove the seeds right away if you notice any of these symptoms. It is suggested that ear seeds may be beneficial for certain conditions, especially when used alongside other treatments. More research is needed to fully explore the benefits and side effects, though.
Are they safe to try? Ear seeds are generally safe. They’re noninvasive and don’t require the use of needles, so there’s a much lower risk of infection or bleeding compared to acupuncture. However, if you have sensitive skin or a latex allergy, metal seeds or adhesive tape might cause some irritation. If your skin tends to get irritated by metal, stick with ceramic or vaccaria seeds. Some people also develop small sores around the seeds. This is often due to massaging the seeds too frequently or not letting the ears rest before applying new seeds. In addition, some people do experience side effects while using ear seeds, including brief spells of: dizziness nausea drowsiness While these side effects aren’t very common, it’s best to avoid driving immediately after massaging your ear seeds until you know how your body reacts. Generally, it’s always a good idea to check in with your healthcare provider before trying any new treatment, including ear seeds. PREGNANT? If you’re pregnant, don’t try ear seeds or other forms of auriculotherapy before talking to your healthcare provider. Some points may induce early labor.