Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on normalising dysfunction in the body by stimulating certain points on the ear. It is a micro acupuncture technique similar to reflexology, and was first described in France in 1950 by Paul Nogier. He is considered the father of modern ear acupuncture. It was speculated that the technique works because groups of polyfunctional cells contain information of the whole organism and create the regional organisation centres, which represent different parts of the body. A stimulation of a reflex point in the ear appears to alleviate symptoms of distant pathologies.
In recent years, modern studies have confirmed the effectiveness of ear acupuncture in the treatment of pain, both acute and chronic, and anxiety disorders.