History of auriculotherapy
There are also traces of the use of auriculotherapy in old China, the time of Hippocrates, the age of the pirates, the painter Jerome Bosch, king Henry III (France) and many others.
In the 20th century, there was a major breakthrough under the impulse of the genius of the French doctor Paul Nogier. By coincidence he was able to observe patients who were treated succesfully for low backpain by a Ms.Barin Casalta, who was taught this technique by her father, a world traveller. Because of these observations, Dr.Nogier was able to draw up a cartography of points on the auricle. This map had the shape of an inversed foetus.
The inverted foetus
But auriculotherapy continued to evolve and has since then never ceased to evolve. Great names in France like Dr.René Bourdiol, Dr.René Kovacs, Prof.Jean Bossy and others brought forward more and more evidence, neurophysiological arguments sustaining the functionality of auriculotherapy.
The last two decades, it is mainly the work of Dr. David Alimi, and more specifically his studies involving the use of functional MRI, that has boosted the knowledge of the action of auriculotherapy, to a whole new level. To this day, auriculotherapy is the subject of hundreds of randomised clinical studies, performed by researchers all over the world. It is Dr.Alimi who demonstrated the presence of the localisations on the human ear. In other words, he proved the existence of the mutual relationships between body, ear and brain.
Meanwhile, auriculotherapy is well known in numerous countries, but it is important to stress that this technique is performed by a medically qualified person. Training of reference is a 2-year formation in France, that already has been successfully followed by a number of Belgian doctors, like Dr. Rini Verpraet and Dr. Jozef Heindryckx.