Some claim ear seeding can help you relieve pain, soothe anxiety and much more. But what is ear seeding exactly, and more importantly, does it work?
Ear seeding is far from being a recent practice, in fact, it seems from traditional Chinese medicine and it actually dates back 3,000 years.
Ear seeding explained
This 3,000-year-old Chinese technique was originally done using seeds of the Vaccaria plant, a plant native to Eurasia, and ear seeding was practiced with acupuncture too. It is also known as auriculotherapy and it is done by placing seeds on acupuncture or pressure point on the ear.
Ear seeding is similar to acupuncture, but without using needles. The stimulation of some points sends a message to your brain that is supposed to alter biochemical responses for specific purposes.
Does ear seeding work?
By pressing acupuncture pints a response in the vagus nerve is activated, which also stimulates the nervous system, relieving pain, stress, anxiety, assisting the memory, digestion and helping to stay focused.
Who should try ear seeding?
Ear seeding works better for those who are trying to treat anxiety as it reduces the stress hormone, cortisol .d, and this can help treat sleeping issues, addictions, weight loss, and pain management. If you are not particularly into needles, this is a good añternative to acupuncture.
What's the aftercare?
The good thing about ear seeding is that you are just simply expected to remove the adhesive around five days after you've got them. Some people are afraid of the seed popping into the ear, but this is very unlikely given the anatomy of the ear.