Auricular acupuncture involves needling points on the ear that correspond to parts of the body or the organ system. Points may be needled with short conventional needles or specialist Korean ear acupuncture needles. Sometimes needles are left in place for a few days and in this case, tiny press needles attached to adhesive tape are used. Non-invasive small magnets or seeds on tape may also be used on the surface of the ear to stimulate points.
Ear acupuncture is used mainly for addiction therapy and pain control.