Background Auricular medicine has been postulated to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions.

Objective To describe the use of auricular medicine in a girl with acute-onset aphasia and headaches.

Design, Setting, and Patient Case report of a 12-year-old girl with acute onset of aphasia and continuing severe headaches.

Intervention Auricular medicine using filters for diagnosis, needling, and electrical frequency for treatment, and homeopathic nosodes for immune system enhancement.

Main Outcome Measures Cessation of headaches and follow-up filter results.

Results Filtering revealed the site of pathology to be the cerebral blood vessels, probably affected by a viral infection. Within 6 weeks of treatment, the patient's headaches gradually decreased in both frequency and intensity; by the 8th week, the headaches completely disappeared. At 6 months of follow-up, no remaining pathology was identified.

Conclusion Auricular medicine was successful in the diagnosis and treatment of this patient.

Key Words

Complex Migraines, Auricular Medicine, Vascular Autonomic Signal, Nogier

Case Report

A 12-year-old girl awoke one morning with aphasia while vacationing at a resort area 7,000 feet above sea level. Shortly thereafter, nausea and vomiting occurred, accompanied by severe headaches. Results of several intensive investigations, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), were unremarkable. Although the aphasia gradually subsided over a few days, the headaches continued on a daily basis with considerable intermittent exacerbations. Further electroencephalography (EEG) revealed some abnormalities non-specific for any particular condition. A complex migraine headache was diagnosed and the patient was given verapamil as a prophylactic medication. Pharmacotherapy failed to prevent these headaches; consultation for auricular medicine was sought because the condition interfered with the child's quality of life. Auricular medicine was used to provide information about the condition of this patient. Using the filtering techniques (briefly described below) based on the work of Paul Nogier,1 the first step was to identify any possible blockages that could interfere with both diagnosis and healing.1,2 The blockages in this case were identified as the corpus callosum in phases 1 and 3 and the pineal gland in phase 1. These blockages were energetically treated via electrical equipment capable of projecting all 7 frequencies found on the ear (a product of Auri-Stim Medical Inc, Denver, CO). This was followed by filtering techniques aimed at identifying the probable site of pathology, the cerebral blood vessels, as well as the cause. Further filtering technique suggested that an infectious process might be involved relating to the tissues of these vessels. Further evaluation through the filtering techniques revealed a viral infection as the probable infectious agent.


The patient was treated on a weekly basis with auricular medicine techniques aimed at permanently removing all existing blockages to allow healing. This was accomplished with either needling techniques of the affected areas on the ear or by projecting Nogier's ear frequency through the appropriate electrical equipment onto the same areas (Auri-Stim Medical Inc). Treatment of pathological points on the ear other than blockages was also performed simultaneously, including points representing the cerebral blood vessels. The child was also provided with homeopathic virus nosodes (a product of Professional Complementary Health Formulas, Portland, OR) to stimulate her immune system to fight the viral infection . Parental consent was obtained.


Within the initial 6 weeks of treatment, the patient's headaches gradually decreased in both frequency and intensity; by the 8th week of treatment, the headaches completely disappeared. Auricular treatment continued for another 6 weeks until all blockages and pathological points were completely eliminated. All allopathic medications were discontinued with no return of symptoms. The patient remained headache-free 6 months after beginning treatment, and an auricular examination could not identify any remaining pathology involving the brain tissues or the cerebral blood vessels.


Dr Paul Nogier introduced a microsystem that he termed auricular therapy. With further study, he discovered another more sophisticated system, auricular medicine. This was made possible by the discovery of the vascular autonomic signal (VAS).1

Under healthy, non-stressful conditions, the electromagnetic field (EMF), or the "aura" of the ear, extends laterally to a maximum distance of 1 cm measured from the external surface of the ear. An EMF extending more than 1 cm is considered indicative of energetic stress. As a microsystem, the ear represents all the organs of the body. Consequently, any energetic disturbance of any organ could be projected as a stressed EMF of the ear. However, this EMF does not specify which organ is responsible for the stress. 2

Through his discovery of the VAS, Nogier was able to identify the exact organ responsible for such change of the EMF position. The VAS is a transient change of the radial pulse qualities that can be perceived by palpating the radial artery at a specific point near the styloid process of the radius. A positive VAS finding means a stronger and fuller pulsation.1, 2

Nogier also introduced the use of filters to aid the diagnosis of energetic imbalances (original filters were either tissue organs or color manufactured by Sedaletec in France. Currently, filters are homeopathic and could be obtained from Apex Energetics, Santa Ana, CA, or Desert Biologicals Inc, Sandy, UT). By applying plastic containers holding different actual diseased organs to the skin of the arm, a definitive change in the ear's EMF will indicate the intolerance of the body to that particular tissue. This response occurs only if the patient has an energetic imbalance in an organ identical to the one tested; this approach is based on the principles of resonance. The name given to these plastic containers is filters.1

In this case, applying a filter containing diseased cerebral blood vessel tissue to the arm of the patient filtered out all information perceived by the skin, except for those of the cerebral blood vessel tissues. Because the patient had a problem affecting the tissues of these vessels, the body responded by showing stress, reflected on the ear. As a result, the ear's EMF boundary moved away from it.

Nogier found that by applying an organ filter on the arm and then approaching the ear with a filter of 3 different Kodak colors (red 25, green 58, blue 44A), which resonate with the 3 phases of the ear, this in turn resonates with the 3 stages of any disease: acute (phase 1), chronic degenerative (phase 2), and sub acute or chronic non-degenerative (phase 3). By palpating the radial artery pulse at the same time, a positive VAS will be felt as the tricolor filter hits the edge of the ear's EMF. This will allow determination of whether the EMF moved out (indicating stress), or was not affected by (indicating no stress), that particular organ filter.1,2

After the affected tissue is determined, other filters of possible causal agents can be added to it 1-by-1 to see which is responsible for the patient's ailment. Again, this is a "filtering method."By applying a filter containing a virus collection, one can determine if the problem with the affected tissues could be viral in origin. In this particular case, the virus filters caused considerable stress to the ear's EMF (while other infectious agents' filters did not), indicating the correct resonance. This process could be repeated using filters of bacteria or other organisms.

In this case, the patient reacted adversely to a filter of the cerebral blood vessels, suggesting the site of the problem. Later, when other filters were paired with the cerebral blood vessels filter, it was the virus filter that promoted conjoint distress. Hence, the filter results suggested the underlying cause of the stressed cerebral blood vessel tissues.


Auricular medicine can provide valuable information for the physician to consider in both treatment and diagnosis, as illustrated in this case report. It is also the only method known to provide information about any possible presence for a wide variety of energetic blockages that should be treated before any other therapy can be successful. Auricular medicine requires adequate knowledge of the different phases of the ear, experience to feel the VAS changes of the pulse, and the ability to appreciate the EMF changes of the ear.



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