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accupunctureSometimes a group of acupuncture points can be used without needing any diagnosis. This type of treatment is called a formula treatment.

The SMART UK auricular acupuncture formula treatment is one of these and is available to you here at OGWR DASH.


Ear acupuncture has traditionally used to support people with addiction. However, more recently there has been an increase in this type of treatment being used to treat mental and emotional health issues. It has been found to be beneficial for individuals suffering post-traumatic stress, self harm, anger management, sleep problems and many more. It has been used to support soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

The five points are all designed to help keep you calm, to aid your motivation, to keep anxiety at bay and improve your wellbeing.


The treatment will be carried out by staff members at DASH who will have been trained by SMART UK. Members of SMART are trained to deliver the highest standard of clinical care. Staff member will have been through an intense training course to qualify as a SMART member. They are also required to be reassessed every year.



Remember that auricular acupuncture is a tool that is often used alongside other interventions such as Counselling. Auricular acupuncture benefits are proven by research.
•    You may experience wellbeing without the use of chemicals
•    Withdrawal symptoms may be reduced
•    Anxiety levels may decrease
•    Stress could be reduced
•    Your sleep could be improved
•    Panic attacks may be more manageable
•    You may feel calmer and more energised
•    You may feel more ready to engage in other services
•    you could find yourself being able to relax better
•    you may feel stable and more in control
•    This could be the first steps to a new you


The simplest way to explain this is that the acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that go straight to the parts of the brain that have been imbalanced by the use of drugs and alcohol. Auricular acupuncture then works towards returning brain chemistry to normal.


Q: What will happen when I come for treatment?

A: Firstly nothing will happen without your consent. On your first visit you will be asked to sign to give consent to a course of treatment. There after verbal consent can be given.

The practitioner will take a look at your ears and check the shape of them. Everyone’s ears are different, just like our fingerprints. This is only to check where the needles will be placed.

You will be given a wipe to clean your ears with before the treatment begins.

The practitioner will put the needles into your ear, one at a time. You will be asked to breathe in, and then breathe out and the needle will be inserted on the breath out.

Once all the needles are in you will be allowed to sit or lie quietly for 40 minutes.

After the 40 minutes the needles will be removed.


A: The needles used are extremely fine and are designed especially for this treatment. However, sometimes it will pinch a little, but the sensation id brief and SMART members are taught the quickest and least painful way of giving this treatment. You will be encouraged to concentrate on your breathing this will help.


A: You will not bleed when the needles go in. You may bleed a little when the needles are removed. This is quite normal and you will be given a cotton wool ball to wipe up the blood.

If you are interested in having this treatment our staff here at OGWR DASH are always happy to discuss the process with you. Any questions you may have will be best answered by our trained practitioners. Please do not hesitate to ask them any questions you would like answered.

There is no such thing as a silly question….just questions!