Auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture is based on the assumption that there is a correspondence between the outer ear and the various organs of the body, or somatotopy. It is possible in some cases to treat these organs by pricking the auricle with needles.

The mechanisms of this action would be underpinned by a neural convergence, bringing together, on one hand, the influx from the diseased organ, and on the other hand, those from the ear skin areas.

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