The power of auricular needling: a journey through my practice

As a fully licensed and qualified acupuncturist and NADA practitioner, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative effects of auricular needling, particularly in the field of holistic health and well-being. The journey I’ve embarked on in practising auricular acupuncture is filled with awe-inspiring revelations about the human body’s resilience and its innate ability to heal.

Auricular needling, also known as ear acupuncture, is a modality within the larger scope of acupuncture practice that specifically targets the ear. It’s based on the understanding that the ear is a microsystem representing the entire body. There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the ear, each correlating with a specific area or function of the body.

Why auricular needling, you may ask? My choice to incorporate auricular needling into my practice is deeply rooted in its broad-spectrum applicability and its non-invasive yet potent therapeutic effects. It’s an evidence-based method, the efficacy of which is continually supported by rigorous scientific research.

Auricular needling, specifically the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, was initially developed to help individuals grappling with addiction. However, its benefits are not limited to addiction therapy alone. Today, it’s widely utilized in various healthcare settings worldwide, providing relief for an array of conditions.

Among the conditions I commonly treat with auricular needling are chronic pain, stress, and insomnia. These are issues that have become increasingly prevalent in our fast-paced, modern society, impacting the quality of life of many.

For patients experiencing chronic pain, auricular needling can be a powerful pain management tool. The stimulation of specific points in the ear triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers – helping alleviate pain and promoting a sense of well-being. Stress is another condition that auricular needling can effectively address. By targeting particular points associated with relaxation and tranquility, auricular needling helps to rebalance the nervous system, reducing stress levels and aiding in emotional regulation.

What makes auricular needling stand out for me is its embodiment of patient-centred care. Each session is tailored to the individual needs of the patient, respecting their unique health journey. Moreover, the non-invasive nature of auricular needling makes it accessible to those who may be apprehensive about traditional acupuncture.

As an acupuncturist, my mission is to facilitate healing and empower my patients in their wellness journey. Every day, auricular needling allows me to do just that. The smiles of relief, the expressions of gratitude, and the positive transformations I witness in my patients continually affirm the power and potential of auricular needling.

In essence, my experience with auricular needling serves as a testament to the profound impact of this healing art. It is a gentle yet effective approach, capable of addressing a range of conditions  and promoting overall health – a practice I am honoured to offer to my patients.

About me:

Deanna Thomas, a licensed acupuncturist and registered member of the British Acupuncture Council, operates a clinic in Middlesbrough. She specializes in women’s health, fertility, maternity, gynaecology, and mental health. Deanna also runs a low-cost community-based auricular acupuncture clinic.  (