Also known as 'ear acupressure', auricular therapy is often described as reflexology for the ear. Applying pressure on specific points causes a reflex action via the nerves to help restore balance. There are hundreds of points on the ear that represent a micro-system of the body.
By using the seeds of the vaccaria plant placed on surgical tape, continuous mild pressure can be exerted on the points to help correct pain or other problems. Auricular therapy can be used on its own, or as an adjunct to acupuncture or FSM. Typically, the ear seeds are kept in place for 1 to 3 days, with a break on the 4th day before reapplication.