Ear Reflexology Pressure Points

You don’t need anatomical knowledge of the ear to be able to read an ear reflexology chart. There are over 100 specific reflex points on the external ear, which relate to all your internal organs and your musculoskeletal system. Follow the steps below to find some of the specific reflex points on your ears that are most commonly pressed for pain relief and emotional relief.

What is Ear Reflexology?

Ear reflexology is a fast-growing therapy. Like hand reflexology, ear reflexology can be applied quickly and easily in situations or health conditions where other forms of reflexology may not be suitable.

The history of ear reflexology can be traced back to Chinese and Egyptian medical work of about 3000 to 4000 years ago. Ear reflexology is a diagnostic and healing treatment that stimulates points on the ear that correspond to different parts of the body. Ear reflexology is based on zones and points in the ear which relate to the meridians and other parts of the body.

Every ear is unique and no two are alike - the ears are like the fingerprints and can be read to reveal our inner nature. The points for ear reflexology are similar to those in auricular therapy, a.k.a. ear acupuncture. Pioneering work by Chinese doctors over the last 40 years has lead to the World Health Organisation authorising the standardisation of the points on the ear in 1990.

The Benefits of Ear Reflexology!

The basic principle of hand reflexology is derived from how the central nervous system works via a so-called 'reflex arc' - which induces a body reflex response without getting the brain involved (the so-called 'primitive reflexes' also work according this principle).
Ear Reflexology can benefit you in many ways, but the most notable is for the instant relief of pain. It can also be used for clearing infections, lowering blood pressure and balancing hormones. In traditional Chinese medicine the ears are associated with the kidneys, which reflex our constitutional strength. The ears they are the same size and shape as the kidneys. 

The WHO defined 91 auricular points, including: the master points (10 ear points), the functional I and II points (24 ear points), the digestive points (7 ear points), the endocrine glands & brain nuclei points (7 ear points), the head + skull and sensory points (12 ear points), the toracic points (7 ear points), and the abdominal & urogenital points (23 points). 

Ear Reflexology is commonly used with foot and hand reflexology and can confirm a diagnosis suggested by imbalances in the feet and hand reflex points. 

Reading a Physical Ear Reflexology Chart

The reflexology points on a physical ear chart are located on the ear lobe, the outer canal area and the outer part of the ear that is located just above the ear lobe.

Reading an Emotional Ear Reflexology Chart

Most of the reflex points on the emotional ear chart are located along the outer rim of the ear and on the ear lobe.


The points for ear reflexology are similar to, but not identical to those in auricular therapy, which is also known as ear acupuncture. Be sure you are referring to an ear reflexology chart and not an ear acupuncture chart.

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