A retrospective chart review carried out by US doctors at a veterans hospital suggests that auricular acupuncture (AA) is effective in treating refractory pain conditions. One hundred and forty-seven patients who had received AA for common pain conditions, including body pain and headaches, were studied. The majority of these patients had been unresponsive to prior treatments. Treatment was carried out according to auricular mapping and a diagnostic paradigm developed by the lead author through clinical experience, with up to six points chosen on each ear based on pressure sensitivity, and stimulated with either semi-permanent needles or magnetic pellets. Most veterans received fewer than three treatments, separated by three to five months. Despite this, patients’ average pain scores decreased by almost 60%. The majority (83.6%) reported that AA was helpful, with treatment effects lasting one to three months in 47% of patients.
A case series of auricular acupuncture in a veteran’s population using a revised auricular mapping-diagnostic paradigm (RAMP-uP). Complement Ther Med. 2016 Aug;27:130-6.