Stress, anxiety and depression have become pervasive issues in today’s society, affecting people from all walks of life. In response, holistic, natural and complementary therapies are becoming increasingly popular.
Acupressure, and specifically ear acupressure using ear seeds, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years. The theory behind ear acupressure is that by pressing on certain points of the ear that correspond with specific parts of the body, you can activate natural healing pathways.
Ear seeds stick to the ears to apply a constant, gentle pressure to help alleviate unwanted symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. They’re a non-invasive alternative to acupuncture or ear piercing.
Ear Seed at a Glance
Stimulates acupressure points related to stress, anxiety, and depression
Non-invasive and drug-free method to promote relaxation and improve mood
Activates body's natural healing mechanisms, releasing endorphins and serotonin
Portable and discreet for on-the-go relief
Complementary tool in managing stress, anxiety, and depression with reported positive outcomes
The Science Behind Ear Seeds for Mental Health
Studies point to significant differences between control and experimental groups
Researchers studying 70 women who were struggling with infertility found that ear seeds were effective in reducing the women’s depression, for as long as two months after the study ended. The women in the control group did not get ear seeds or any other type of intervention. The women in the experimental group received ear glue on specific ear points, and they were asked to stimulate the points, via gentle pressure, twice daily for 60 times over one month.
In the highly stressful world of healthcare, ear seeds were one type of treatment in a study that sought to determine the effects of auriculotherapy on the stress levels and coping strategies of 75 nursing professionals ages 39 to 45 years old and predominantly female (94.6%). Ear seeds did contribute to a positive reduction in stress levels, as well as an improvement in coping strategies (as measured by areas like distancing, confrontive coping, and social support seeking).