Auricular acupuncture, which is centered on the ears, is a technique for treating a variety of symptoms related to dealing with anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.

This form of auricular therapy has been used to relieve acute and chronic pain experienced by soldiers and veterans. Called “battlefield acupuncture,” it’s been studied extensively by the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration medical centers, with proven results in reducing back, musculoskeletal, neuropathic and headache pain. Similar to other forms of acupuncture, auricular therapy focuses on how areas of the body are connected through pathways, called meridians or channels.

Unlike other acupuncture therapy, ear seeds — small gold buttons or tacks placed within the ear — can remain in place for several weeks, supplying a constant, ongoing source of relief. In addition, inserting the ear seeds is a quick and convenient process, with no need to disrobe or lie down for an extended period of time, making it easier for patients to consider. In fact, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol used by practitioners for both emergency response and community wellness calls for insertion of ear seeds while the patient is standing.

Uday Jani treats the whole patient using an integrative medicine approach at Shore View Personal Care, a concierge practice located on Route 9 near Milton. He is board-certified in internal medicine and fellowship-trained in integrative medicine. For more, call 684-0990 or see www.udayjanimd.com.

Denise Demback, a licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine has been in practice since 2002. A graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she is nationally board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbs. For more, call 410-241-7467 or see www.activelifeacupuncture.com.