AcuTherapy, LLC

7 Mystic Street, Suite 204

Arlington, MA  02474

(617) 694-9415

Clinic Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30am to 6:30pm


Occasional Weekends

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Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on the idea that the outside portion of the ear is a microsystem reflecting the entire body.  Acupuncture points found on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.  The 'map' on the ear is in form of an inverted fetus with details of the anatomical, physiological and emotional body represented.  Stimulation of ear points switch on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems releasing elevated levels of adenosine (a natural compound that the body uses as a local pain reliever) and endorphins (a chemical that interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain).  

An auricular treatment is performed by needling points on the ear with tiny, very fine needles or placing small ‘beads’ (metal, magnetic, vaccaria seeds or Swarovksi crystals) on the points for longer lasting stimulation.  Some patients feel an immediate sense of  relief while others need a few days before they notice an improvement.

Auricular acupuncture is used for many conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Addiction Treatment (reduce cravings for and minimize withdrawal symptoms for better sleep and less agitation)

    • Alcohol

    • Drugs

    • Nicotine (Smoking Cessation)

  • Mood Disorders (to increase calmness, and gain relief from stress, anxiety or emotional trauma)

  • Obesity/Weight loss

  • Pain

  • Relief from Jet Lag and resets the circadian rhythm

A set protocol developed for use in addiction treatment programs through the National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) is an effective way to help people facing enormous stress, anger, depression, fatigue and other emotional and physical pain.



Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is an auricular therapy protocol created by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD in 2001 to assist in pain relief for soldiers on the battlefield.


Despite its name, BFA is not purposely designed to replace standard medical care for war-related injuries but to assist in pain relief in a diverse array of acute and chronic pain conditions, regardless of cause, duration, or severity.  In many cases there is the elimination of pain medication for acute and chronic pain. This protocol can be utilized in inpatient settings, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, as well as battlefield and deployment environments.


The selection of points and the time the needles are left in the ear help to correct that patient’s pathology. With the needles being retained in the ear, communication is continued to the areas in the brain which correct imbalance in the patient’s pathology and create a healing process. The length of the pain-free period does vary from minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months depending on the presenting pathology and the duration of the stimulate:  needles, electric or laser excitation of the auricular acupoints.