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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Why DOES Penelope Cruz have four gold needles pierced through her ears?

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
conceive.
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.
The treatment, which was brought to light in the West 50 years ago by a French doctor, Dr Paul Nogier, has been used in Chinese and Egyptian medicine for millenia.
When Dr Nogier was presented with a patient with strange cauterisations in his ears, he questioned the man who told him he had self-treated his sciatica using an adapted version of Egyptian learnings.
Dr Nogier developed the treatment further, devising a map of the ear - which he found resembled the shape of an upside-down foetus - that featured points, each of which corresponded to a different part of the body.
Quite why Penelope Cruz is wearing the needles is as yet unknown. The star is a smoker, but has not
stated publicly that she is attempting to quit.
She married Javier Bardem in 2010 after dating for three years, and the pair, who are notoriously private, had their first child, Leo Encinas Cruz, in 2011.
Using Dr Nogier's map, it appears as though Penelope's needles could be placed in the zones which would correspond to muscle relaxation, the lumbar and thoracic spine, the knee and the occiput, which is the back region of the head - pointing at potential treatment for back pain.
The needles, which are very fine and can not be felt day-to-day while they are being worn, do not hurt once they are in the ear.
The patient may feel a very slight pricking sensation when the practitioner inserts the needle, and some report a certain level of discomfort when manipulating the needles. Otherwise, it is entirely pain-free.
The treatment was officially recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1987.

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