Kate: Thanks, I'll look into those points. I'm new to acupuncture, so I'm not yet familiar with the theory of how all the organs work together to cure ailments. I'm a pharmacology student so I'm very interested in how particular points can cause changes in brain chemistry. I intend on taking a course on acupuncture in the future (once I'm finished college), but for now I want to start by learning how to treat insomnia and other issues that I have right now.
Chad: Yeah I'm planning on going to an acupuncturist to get treated but I want to maximise the likelihood of it working for me, so I want to learn about the ear points so I can put in beads during the days in between my visits to the acupuncturist. I'm trying to quit this medication, but there are some fairly problematic symptoms that I get when I stop taking it, according some of the scientific studies that I read about involving auricular acupuncture and Parkinsons disease, acupuncture should work for these particular symptoms.
I haven't yet seen for myself that acupuncture works though, I want to get some hands on experience with it working so then I won't just theoretically suspect it works, I'll know it works so then I can dive right into it and invest time and money into learning about it. The tranquiliser point seems like a good place to start because there should be some contrast between being stimulated by this medication, and sedated. I haven't felt any sedation yet, but I don't know if I have the point right, and these ear seeds that I have are tiny, I'm thinking I should probably use bigger ones, or needles to maximise efficacy.
I read about acupressure though, should I be able to feel sedation by pinching my lower tragus?