Auricle Swellingaccording to TCM

Symptom family: Ear Disorders and Symptoms

Parent symptom: Ear Swelling

What is Auricle Swelling?

Auricle swelling is a condition characterized by the enlargement or puffiness of the outer ear, medically referred to as the auricle or pinna. This symptom can arise from various causes such as infections, trauma, allergic reactions, or underlying systemic conditions.

Swelling may be accompanied by other symptoms like redness, warmth, pain, or impaired hearing depending on the cause. It's an unmistakable sign that the body is responding to some form of irritation or injury in the ear area.

How does TCM view Auricle Swelling?

From the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, auricle swelling is often a manifestation of imbalances in the body's Qi (vital energy) and Blood. The ear is traditionally associated with the Kidney in TCM, and swelling could indicate Kidney disharmony or a blockage of Qi and Blood in the Channels that travel through the ear.

According to TCM, addressing the underlying pattern of disharmony is essential for effective treatment, which is why proper diagnosis is crucial before any interventions are applied.

Acupoints for Auricle Swelling

In managing auricle swelling, TCM employs acupuncture as a technique to restore balance and alleviate symptoms. Acupoints such as Jiaosun TB-20, located within the hairline of the temple directly above the ear apex, are often selected for their proximity to the affected area and their reputed efficacy in benefiting the ears and related structures.

The stimulation of these points is believed to promote the smooth flow of Qi and Blood, reduce inflammation, and support the body's natural healing processes. The precise selection of acupoints will be tailored to the individual's specific TCM diagnosis to ensure the most effective treatment.

See more details below about Jiaosun TB-20, an acupoint used to address auricle swelling.

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Jiaosun TB-20

Jiaosun TB-20

Directly above the ear apex, within the hairline of the temple.