By Heather Schiffke
Ear Acupuncture by
Beate Strittmatter is a pocket-manual style reference based on the French style
of ear acupuncture, specifically the works of French physician Paul Nogier and
his student Frank Bahr. This style of auricular acupuncture emphasizes the use
of a point finder to detect “active” ear points where the skin exhibits lower
resistance and increased conductance, as well as increased sensitivity to
This book is an excellent reference for acupuncturists who practice the
Nogier style. However, this is truly a reference book intended for those who
have previous experience with this style of ear acupuncture. As the author
herself emphasizes in the preface, “This book is not intended to replace
hands-on courses and bedside teaching…” This book is also not practical for
acupuncturists who practice mainstream TCM and who do not wish to utilize this
particular system at great length.
Ear Acupuncture presents the locations of anatomical and functional
points in a straightforward manner for easy clinical reference. An individual
description and illustration is provided for most of the points. The
illustrations are clear and anatomically precise. Although indications and
applications are included with each point description, the focus of this book is
on point location. There is a small section on indications and treatment at the
back, but it comprises less than one-fifth of the book.
In addition to the standard sections dealing with the classic anatomical and
functional points, Ear Acupuncture includes additional material that
relates deeper channel theory to the ear. One section describes “Cardinal” or
“Master” points that are analogous to the confluent points of the Eight
Extraordinary channels of body acupuncture. Projections of the regular
acupuncture channels onto the ear are also presented.
This new book is a handy reference for anyone who practices this style of
auricular acupuncture or who is pursuing a training program in the Nogier style.
However, its strength is as a reference book and not as a primary text for
learning this unique treatment modality on one’s own.