Auriculotherapy as energy healing within Rogers' conceptual model

Kwai Ping Lorna Suen

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Aims: To study the effects of auriculotherapy using magnetic pellets, its usefullness within Rogers' framework, and the adoption of such therapy as a therapeutic nursing alternative for expanding the repertoire of interventions available for improving the quantity and quality of sleep among elderly people. Methods: 120 participants, aged 60 years or older, experiencing sleep disturbances, were recruited from 12 hostels for the elderly in Hong Kong, Eligible participants were randomly allocated to receive auriculotherapy using junci medulla (group A = 30), semen vaccariae (group B = 30), or magnetic pearls (group C = 60) Groups A and B were the control groups while group C was the experimental group. Seven auricular points thought to have an effect of promoting sleep were selected. The treatment course lasted 3 weeks. Results: A significant improvement in sleep behaviour was observed in the experimental group treated with magnetic pellets as compared to the control groups. Conclusions: Auriculotherapy using magnetic pellets is an effective means of improving the quantity and quality of sleep among elderly people. The environmental energy created by the effect of magnetic pellets is thought to have properties similar to the energy fields described in the Science of Unitary Human Beings theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese traditional
  • Complementary therapies
  • Medicine
  • Randomized controlled trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN
  • Review and Exam Preparation


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