Based on an ancient Chinese healing technique, auricular acupressure uses pressure points in or behind the ear to stimulate various bodily functions and organs. Ear acupressure may be helpful in treating conditions, such as pain, anxiety, substance abuse and insomnia. Products for ear acupressure also claim to help people lose weight by suppressing the appetite.
The ear contains more than 120 acupoints that correspond to various parts of the body. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that all major meridians, or energy pathways in the body, pass through the ear, making auricular acupressure effective in treating a variety of ailments throughout the body.