An article in The New York Times titled, “A Traditional Therapy Finds Modern Uses” explained the power of ear seeds. The form of auricular therapy relies on stimulating points on the outer ear associated with different body parts and functions with tiny seeds from the vaccaria plant. While ear seeds have been popular in the treatment of addiction, they’re now being used for a variety of issues ranging from pain to insomnia.

Patients using ear seeds for insomnia and smoking cessation were interviewed in the piece and they swear by the practice. Practitioners working at rehab centers, hospitals and training programs touted the benefits and, “licensed acupuncturists as well as doctors from world-class hospitals recommend them.”

Acupuncturists at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California say ear seeds decrease, “physiological symptoms associated with addiction,” while an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital said they could even be utilized for pain management.

In addition to anxiety, pain, insomnia, weight loss and addiction, Cynthia Neipris, an acupuncturist in New York told The New York Times, “They are used for people in situations of trauma, for example in the aftermath of 9/11, Katrina, and the California wildfires.” Neipris, also the director of outreach and community education for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, noted, “because the seeds are worn home, it’s an added plus because it involves the patient in their own healing process.”

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