Penelope is undergoing auriculotherapy - a form of acupuncture developed in France.This therapy is a blend of Eastern and Western medicine methods
Needles are placed in the auricle area of the ear to alleviate health issues elsewhere in the body.
Auriculotherapy can be used to treat addiction, depression, sciatica or used to help with weight loss or fertility issues.
The pins, neatly spaced in a vertical line down the star's auricle, may look like trendy new jewellery, but they are in fact acupuncture pins that are attributed with myriad health-giving properties.
The needles are used for auriculotherapy - a form of acupuncture that stimulates points in the auricle (the external ear) in order to alleviate health conditions elsewhere in the body.
They could be put in place to help the wearer combat some sort of addiction, habit or unwanted behaviour,and are widely used to help alleviate chronic pain, sciatica, tinnitus, depression, gastric problems or insomnia.
Increasingly, the therapy is being used by fertility experts to assist women who might be struggling to
One of the most obvious - and simple to explain - uses for auriculotherapy is to help quit smoking.
The user wears the needles in the ear and, if they feel the urge to smoke, they simply press or twist the needles.
Practitioners also report excellent results with weight loss and weight management, where the needles are used to help dieters curb cravings and halt binge cycles.