Auricular acupuncture was developed in Lyons, France in the 1950s by Dr Paul Nogier.
The ear is seen as containing its own micro-system, with different locations and zones on its surface relating to specific parts of the body.
Stimulating a particular location of the ear (which can first also be confirmed as being reactive) can sometimes significantly add to the general acupuncture treatment's effects and can help target symptomatic treatment,. Treatment is generally done with small needles, tiny magnets, or tiny ball bearings plated in either silver or gold.
Auricular protocol treatments for addictions were developed in the 1990s, and these can be very effective. Today these same protocols are being widely used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from theatres of war.