Modern ear acupuncture was first developed by a neurologist; Dr. Paul Nogier in 1957. Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on the ability to regulate the body’s imbalances by stimulating reflex points on the ear. It is a microsystem very similar to reflexology or iridology. It can be used as a primary treatment method or as an adjunct to body needling. When stimulated with needles, tacks or seeds, each ear point triggers an electrical impulse, from the ear, via the brain, to the specific area of the body that is being treated.