Auricular therapy, frequency therapeutics and acupuncture
Auriculotherapy, or auricular therapy, or ear acupuncture, or auriculoacupuncture is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem which reflects the entire brain represented on the auricle, the outer portion of the ear. Conditions affecting the physical, mental or emotional health of the patient are assumed to be treatable by stimulation of the surface of the ear exclusively.
Dr. Paul Nogier (1908-1996) may be considered the father of modern ear acupuncture (auricular therapy) and frequency therapeutics. In Lyon he studied various aspects of medicine including homeopathy, acupuncture, brain stimulation. A selection of his discoveries and accomplishments are listed below.
Dr. Nogier developed a unique pulse test. This test enabled him to determine that all tissues and organs throughout the body (which develop from three basic embryologic tissues; ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm) are in resonance (sympathetic vibration) with specific frequencies. Dr. Nogier identified these frequencies as harmonics of the musical note “D.” This is to say that all the tissues of the body resonate to harmonics of “D.” Dr. Nogier found that these and other harmonics of “D” have healing effects. Based on these findings, he designed electronic instruments that delivered seven pulsed energies into the body for the purpose of healing injured or diseased organs and tissues. These pulsed energies induced healing by exposing damaged tissues to their normal resonance frequency. The importance of Dr. Nogier’s finding that specific body tissues are in resonance with specific frequencies according to their embryologic origin cannot be overemphasized.
There are currently three main schools of thought in auricular medicine;
Chinese ear map, which was developed from the original discoveries of Nogier, is a very full map of points. Some of these points differ from Nogier’s original map because of empirical variations through the years of application in Chinese Medicine.
Nogier was not satisfied with these inconsistencies between his map and what the Chinese doctors had found, so he then went on to develop a theory of three phases. According to this theory, for each stage of a how chronic a condition becomes the points on the ear move. This school of thought is known as French Auriculotherapy.
The developments made in Germany primarily by Dr. Frank Bahr and Beate Stritmatter have found the points on the ear to be consistently in the same location, regardless of the level of chronicity. German Auricular Medicine has developed into a highly precise system using frequencies to assess and treat conditions very specifically. This form of the medicine has integrated the Chinese meridian system and has mapped each one on the ear.
Our NEUROVA device involves the application of Titanium Electrodes to the auricular nerves which lead to the brain, these precisely placed needles connect via a lead cable to a pulse generator and power source, which generates the necessary microcurrent stimulation. A low-voltage electrical current passes from the generator to the nerve, and can either inhibit pain signals or stimulate neural impulses where they were previously absent.
Neuromodulation is defined as the therapeutic alteration of activity in the central, peripheral or autonomic nervous systems.
The device is applied for duration of 4 days, which is the treatment period.
Neuromodulation via microcurrent stimulation is technology that acts directly upon nerves. It is the alteration—or modulation—of nerve activity by delivering electrical directly to a target area.
For generations, physicians were intrigued by the possibility of harvesting the power of electrical impulses in the human body for therapeutic benefit. The modern era of microcurrent stimulation and neuromodulation began in the early 1960s with the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to resolve chronic and intractable pain, and evolved to include spinal cord stimulation by the end of the decade.
Neurophysiologist Jan Holsheimer, PhD (University of Twente, The Netherlands), further optimized this work based on two decades of computer modeling research. His development of multiple electrode contacts has improved the understanding of the placement and design of electrical field stimulation onto spinal and brain targets. This has informed clinicians and manufacturers about how to better position the electrodes in the epidural space to enhance therapeutic benefits.
This situation has created the possibility of developing consumer-oriented neural interfaces.
Such a strategy is inspired by recent developments in the consumer electronics industry and, particularly, a wide adoption of body-worn electronics. This new strategy requires a fundamental shift in the user-device relationship which is the core idea for the NEUROVA
Neuromodulation is a rapidly evolving medical technique that provides symptomatic relief through the alteration, or modulation, of nerve system function. It works by either stimulating nerves to produce a natural biological response or by applying micro current pulses to the brain.