What is Zerosmoke?
Auricular Therapy (or auriculotherapy) began in the 1950's when Dr. Paul Nogier noticed that a local lay practitioner (mme Barrin) in Lyon, France was treating sciatica by cauterizing an area of the ear, which prompted him to investigate the relationship between locations on the ear and human anatomy. Nogiers first great discovery was the somatotopic presentation of the inverted fetus in the ear, the anatomic regions of the fetus corresponding to specific zones of the ear. Nogier discovered that pain in any part of the body could be relieved by either needling, cauterizing, massaging or electrically stimulating the region of the ear that corresponded with the anatomical area of the pain. These discoveries were quickly adopted by the Chinese and included in their Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. Nogier called the process auriculotherapy. It has become widely known as a treatment for pain and other related medical disorders and has been used in combined therapies to treat substance abuse.
In November of 1997, a consensus panel of the U.S National Institutes of Health gave conditional approval of the practice of acupuncture. They included an evaluation of those studies, which supported the use of ear acupuncture for pain relief and addiction treatment. In fact, over 1,000 rehabilitation centers incorporate auricular therapy into their addiction programs.