Traditional Chinese body acupuncture dates back more than 3000 years, but it was in the early 1950’s that ear acupuncture was developed by Dr. Paul Nogier in Lyon, France.
He first began to notice that several of his clients had an unusual scar on a specific area of the ear. Upon questioning he learned that the scars were caused by a treatment performed by a lay healer, Madam Barrin, to cure them of sciatica and low back pain. After researching and studying this phenomena, he began mapping other parts of the body.
Decades of investigation lead to Dr. Paul Nogier to be able to map the reflex points on the ear, better known as the the inverted fetus principle. This was the basis for his diligent work to advance this technique to what we know today.
The Chinese acupuncturists learnt of this discovery through a German publication. They then enlisted the Nanjing Army in their researches and through thousands of observations they constructed their own ear reflex chart.
Paul Nogiers was acknowledged in 1959 by the Chinese as Father of Auricular Acupuncture.