Auriculotherapy in practice

What does a consultation look like ?

Reken op een half uur voor gesprek, onderzoek en behandeling. Tijdens het gesprek wordt gepeild naar de klachten en mogelijke oorzaken.
Vervolgens gebeurt er een grondig onderzoek: hierbij wordt onder andere met een elektrisch apparaat vastgesteld welke punten op het oor behandeld moeten worden.
Voor de eigenlijke behandeling gaat de patiënt liggen en zit de arts op een krukje aan het hoofdeinde. Er kan gekozen worden voor één van volgende behandelingswijzen:

Semi-permanent needles

Semi-permanent needles (ASP) that remain on the ear during a number of days or even a few weeks.

Cryotherapy

The points on the ear are treated with cold to obtain a comparable effect.

Acupuncture needles

The acupuncture needles stay on the ear during the consultation for 10 to 30 minutes.

What happens after treatment?

What do I pay attention to?
No specific precautions have to be taken into consideration. Semi-permanent needles will stay in place as long as they have a therapeutic effect. The patient will loose these needles one by one, mostly without noticing it. In the case of cryotherapy, often a little crust is formed that will fall off after a certain time.
How long do I have to carry these needles?
The needles (ASP) stay in place as long as they have a therapeutic effect, in general between 3 and 30 days. They will fall out spontaneously one after the other.
Does it hurt
The treatment is well tolerated, even for babies, children and adults with a sensitive skin. A mild but very short feeling of pain directly after treatment is possible.
Are there any unwanted effects?
When applying cryotherapy, sometimes a little ‘crust’ is formed on some of the treated points. A slight change of color is also possible, but this is only temporary.
Can I take a shower
Yes, taking a bath and washing your hair is also allowed. But try to avoid scrubbing your ears and wearing earrings or piercings.
When can I expect a result
The effect of the treatment can be immediate, in some cases you have to be a bit patient. This is mainly the case with patients who take certain types of medication that can slow down the effect of auriculotherapy.
How many treatments are necessary?
That depends on the problem. Mostly 3 sessions are required. The time between treatments varies between a couple of weeks to some months. Chronic conditions require adapted therapy schemes.

Advantages

Auriculotherapy is very efficient and generally works fast.

Auriculotherapy is economic and ecologic.

No side effects and nearly painless.

Reduces medication to a minimum.