Alternative Healing Therapy: ‘Ear Seeds’

Alternative Healing Therapy: ‘Ear Seeds’


WE DO HAVE SOME RAIN COMING TINY BEADS LIKE THESE CALLED EAR SEEDS ARE HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING STRESS AND PAIN. THEY’RE PLACED ON THE EARS BY LICENSED ACUPUNCTURISTS AND FANS SAY THEY’RE AN EASY AND DRUG FREE TREATMENT. MARISSA BAILEY REPORTS ON HOW EAR SEEDS ARE HELPING ONE WORKING MONDAY. Reporter: ANY WOMAN CAN RELATE TO JULIA. I HAVE WITHIN EXPERIENCE — BEEN EXPERIENCING STRESS AND ANXIETY? Reporter: NO WONDER. I’M A FULL-TIME WORKING MOM, TWO KIDS, MARRIED, AND IT’S ALL VERY DEMANDING. Reporter: SHE’S HERE AT HEALING FOUNDATIONS TO RELIEVE HER SYMPTOMS OF STRESS, INCLUDING ANXIETY, JAW, AND NECK DISCOMFORT. THIS IS FOR YOUR SHOULDER, YOUR NECK. Reporter: LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST TAKES TINY PELLETS CALLED SEEDS INTO HER EARS. THEY APPLY GENTLE PRESSURE ON ACUPUNCTURE POINTS THAT CORRESPOND TO AREAS OF THE BODY. THIS IS A CHINESE MODEL OF THE EAR? TODAY WE’RE WORKING ON STRESS. I STIMULATED POINTS HERE AND HERE. Reporter: SHE SAYS EAR SEEDS CAN HELP WITH A HOST OF PROBLEMS. WE TREAT BACK PAIN, ASTHMA. A LOT OF PEOPLE COME IN FOR ALLERGIES AND THEN IT REALLY HELPS PEOPLE TO REDUCE THEIR INTAKE OF MEDICATION. Reporter: SHE SAYS THAT IS HELPING TO CONVINCE MORE AND MORE PHYSICIANS THAT ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES LIKE EAR SEEDS COULD BE HELPFUL. THIS INTERNIST PREFERS HIS PATIENTS TALK TO THEIR DOCTORS FIRST BEFORE TRYING IT, BUT — SOME OF THE MEDICATIONS OUT THERE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SIDE EFFECTS. SO I’M ALL FOR PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, GOING DOWN THAT ROUTE. Reporter: THIS WAS JULIA’S SECOND TREATMENT. LISA CAPS IT OFF WITH A TINY GOLD TACK INSERTED IN THE YEAR TO HELP HER STAY CALM. IS IT KICKING IN? YEAH. INSTANTLY CALMING. ANOTHER IMMEDIATE EFFECT. SHE WORKED ON MY NECK, MY JAW, AND MY BACK. ONCE SHE WORKED ON ALL THE POINTS, I FEEL IMMEDIATE RELIEF. Reporter: TYPICALLY, PATIENTS KEEP THEM IN FOUR TO FIVE DAYS. CBS2 NEWS. MARISSA, THANK YOU. WHILE THEY DON’T WORK FOR EVERYONE, THEY CAN BE HELPFUL WITH ANYTHING FROM SORE THROATS TO INSOMNIA TO ADDICTIONS,

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