by Michael Noack
When I was a child I thought that Carla was the most beautiful girl in town. And I thought that her tiny little ears must be a symbol for great health. I truly loved that girl as much as you can love when you are nine
years old. And I adored her small ears so much. If there had been a heilpraktiker in my life at that time he had told me differently. If I was to take a hold of a girl for a lifetime I better look for someone with bigger ears. People with big ears are healthier and have more energy!?
Ears, however, are a part of our body and an expert can see our body's condition in our ear, he can read the signs. The ear is a reflex zone. Peripheral disturbances are by means of neurophysiologic mechanisms projected in the ear and they can be acted on by stimulating (with needles for instance).
The shape of the ear can tell about the disposition of its owner, points out the natural predispositions. STEINER says: "The ear is the picture of an earlier life on earth."
In the traditional Chinese medicine the ear is the reflection of the kidney and the outer auditory canal is the opening of the kidney. Certain parts of the ear are related to certain organs. The lobe corresponds to the kidney; the middle part of the auditory corresponds to the spleen, the upper part to the heart, the tragus to the lungs, the helix to the liver and so on. The "Ney King", the classic among the books about Chinese acupuncture, says, that all meridians meet in the ear, which therefore is connected to all our organs.
Fact is, that everything done to our ear affects our body directly. Every earring with or without piercing will usually cause health problems.
A female patient with a headache must be very irritated when being told to remove her earrings. Of course there are many reasons for headaches, but permanent stimulation of the head part by an earring is one of them. The one who does not know will not be able to help here.
I usually point out that a pierced vegetative channel (Vegetative Rinne) may be the reason for depression and aggression - the vegetative channel is located underneath the outer brim.
If it is possible to have a direct effect on the body by stimulating the ear it is obviously possible to cure via the ear. Since the organism is reflected in the ear very clearly the therapist is now able to specifically act on the body. The most known and probably most effective therapy is the ear acupuncture.
The ear massage indeed is very effective as well although not as specific and not as deep. In addition to the relaxing effect of an ear massage, by massaging certain areas of the ear the therapist is able to disengage a variety of indispositions.
Pct. 1: The order of the massage
It is recommended to make a complete massage of the ear before going over to certain reflex points. The picture shows in which manner the ear has to be treated.
The patient sits on a chair. The therapist stands behind the patient and puts his index fingers on the outside of the tragus and his thumbs on the inside. This is how it starts.
Massage the tragus first, thumb inside, index finger outside. The massage is done with light pressure and in small circling movements. Move down to the incisura intertragica and change your grip, index finger on the ant-helix and thumb outside. Now massage the incisura intertragica and than (on the edge) the antitragus, the ant-helix and finally the lower ant-helix root under the helix brim.
While massaging the concha area use only the fingertips. It is important to work even and to reach every part. Be careful not to partially stimulate or even hurt with your fingernails.
Before you go on you must decide now whether the head is in "need of energy". In case of a lack the movement leads towards the head, is there a surplus continue massaging away from the head.
Towards the head: start in the concha at the helix root and move down the helix, stop above the lobulus.
Away from the head: start above the lobulus move up the helix and down the helix root where you stop.
While the helix is easy to massage between index finger and thumb, it is advisable to use the fingertips for the other parts of the ear. Make circling movements and use very slight pressure.
Now work on the lobulus. Massage hard on every part and move in horizontal direction. At the end the edge of the lobulus has to be treated with your fingernails. Start at the head and move towards the helix body by pinching the edge with your nails. Don't be too soft.
We now strike along both sides of the head towards the body by using our flat hands, move both hands parallel from the top to bottom. That way the surplus of energy will be led towards the body and the ears will be relieved.
This massage influences the whole body and the patient usually finds it relaxing and stimulating. Sometimes, patients are under stress and strain. In these cases it is necessary to make an ear massage in order to loosen them up. The later therapies are then more successful.
When massaging selective use a Massagegriffel or a knitting needle, for fingernails are usually to big to work on certain points.
Pkt. 2: Ear zones
To have a better orientation, I now introduce the ear zones where certain irritations of the body are reflected. By massaging one zone we will have an effect on the corresponding part of the body.
Zone 1: Lobulus
This is the zone where we reach the head. Disturbances, like: headache, eye problems, increased sensitivity or exhaustion, toothache and other inflammation of the mouth area etc., can be eased by selective massaging of this zone. If you find the hurting point on the lobulus, press it between your index finger and thumb. This method is even more effective.
Zone 2: Helix
Different inflammations, a sore throat, fever but also high blood pressure can be eased through massaging the helix. The helix is also the zone for skin disease.
Zone 3: Helix root
The helix root is the zone for blood and skin disease, circulation problems, digestive trouble and problems at the genitals.
Zone 4: Scapha
This area reflects pain in the hand, in the shoulder, in the shoulder blade, in the shoulder joint and the elbow. After massaging the whole area concentrate on the hurting points.
Zone 5: Ant-helix (incl. lower ant-helix root)
This zone represents the spinal column. Massage the part 5.1 in case of problems at the cervical columnspine. In case of thoracic vertebra columnspine problems massage part 5.2. And lumbar spine problems are reflected on part 5.3.
Zone 6: Upper Ant-helix root
Tendons and ligaments of the lower extremities are found in this zone. Therefore massage here like in zone 7 in case of joint pain when tendons and ligaments are concerned.
Zone 7: Fossa triangularis
Pain in the lower extremities, bone pain, neuralgias, and sciatica can be affected on by massaging this area. Here the therapist should mainly concentrate on the aching points.
Penetrating this zone helps with high blood pressure, bronchial asthma and digestive trouble as well.
Zone 8: upper Concha
If the patient has problems in the urognital region,at the intestinesal or especially at the pancreas, the liver and the gallbladder, it is important to massage here.
Zone 9: lower Concha
Here you can ease heart-beat, arrhythmias, lung problems, acute and chronic bronchitis.
Zone 10: middle Concha
Abdomen pain as well as hearing loss and tinnitus can be worked on in this zone, start at the auditory canal.
Zone 11: Tragus
Massaging the tragus has a balancing and relaxing effect.
Zone 12: Antitragus
Massaging the antitragus gently but with stamina can ease a headache and sleeping problems.