The application of a comprehensive and systematic auricular diagnosis for musculoskeletal system disorder: A treatment protocol for chronic low-back pain

Chao Hsing Yeh, Lichun Huang, Kwai Ping Lorna Suen

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Background: This article presents a clinical application for a comprehensive and systematic auricular diagnosis protocol for musculoskeletal system disorder and a treatment protocol for chronic low-back pain (CLBP). This protocol includes (1) locating the somatotopic correspondences between the auricular zone and musculoskeletal system, (2) visual inspection, (3) palpitation, and (4) electrical detection. Methodology: To treat CLBP, the current authors have developed an auricular therapy protocol. In this CLBP protocol, the selection of ear acupuncture points (EAPs) takes into account (1) corresponding points, (2) points featuring both disharmony of Zang organs and disturbance of meridians, and (3) active points located at the Waist triangle, groove of Spinal posterior, and groove of Sciatic posterior areas of the ear. The Chinese Standard Ear-Acupoints Chart is used to locate the EAPs. The clinical application of this comprehensive and systematic auricular diagnosis protocol for diagnosing musculoskeletal system disorder is summarized. A treatment protocol for CLBP is presented that can be replicated by clinicians or researchers for pain managment. Conclusions: Auricular therapy is a relatively safe treatment, having minimal adverse effects in patients who have chronic pain. The treatment can be used as an adjunct therapy with conventional biomedical treatments. 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-153
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Acupuncture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • Auricular diagnosis
  • Auricular therapy
  • Auricular treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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