Got Anxiety? Ear Seeds May Be The Natural (and Chic) Answer
Anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, and it’s primarily because we too come in different shapes and sizes. In Chinese medicine, we say that we feel our emotions in our blood, but what does that really mean? It means when you feel something, you feel it all over the body. Some people feel anxiety by feeling off, by feeling jittery, they feel it in their stomach or chest, and it can be expressed through panic attacks or sleep disturbances.
Many times, we can’t seem to shake it off. Why? Because we have blood memory which is just muscle memory. So what’s needed? Stimulating blood flow, which is key to processing emotions. There are different things we can do to get the blood moving in Chinese medicine— acupuncture, cupping, herbs and 24k gold ear seeds.
Tell Me Everything About Ear Seeds…
Ear seeds are an ancient Chinese practice that uses the reflexology map of the ears, similar to the ones we have on our hands and feet. The ears are a neglected organ on the body because they are so small, however, they are very powerful. The ears are innervated—meaning they have lots of nerves—by four main nerves that communicate directly with the brain. (This is why massaging the ears are so relaxing.)
How do ear seeds work? They work by applying stimulation on pressure points of the body which send signals to the reflex centers of the brain. The reflex centers of the brain send proper signals and chemicals that are sent through the body to scan what is going on internally with our nervous system response.
The body has two modes that should be working together. The sympathetic (excited/fight-flight) and parasympathetic (calming/processing) nervous system. If one system is working harder than the other, we feel imbalanced. Once the signals are sent, and problems pinpointed, the brain then sends the proper healing chemicals to regulate the nervous stem to relax symptoms.
Where do you apply ear seeds? There is a protocol that recommends targeting the main areas of the brain and body to reset. Then you can add extra points where you’re feeling anxious. The first point is “shen men”—the upper ear, which calms the mind. The next point is called “point zero”—this point resets the nervous system. This point is also right next to the stomach point so it also helps with digestion.
How long do you keep ear seeds on? The ear seeds should stay on for five days. After five days it is best to peel them off. You can do everything you generally do while you have them on. You can shower, go to the gym, sleep…everything.
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