5. Acupunct Med. 2010 Dec;28(4):169-73

Acupunct Med. 2010 Dec;28(4):169-73
Ear acupoint detection before and after hysteroscopy: is it possible to clarify the representation of the uterus on the outer ear?
Romoli M(1), Allais G, Bellu D, De Ramundo B, Gabellari IC, Giommi A, Benedetto C.
(1)Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University of Turin, Turin I-10137, Italy.

BACKGROUND: In the auricular maps introduced over the past 50 years by the French and Chinese schools, most organs and systems overlap consistently. One exception  is the reproductive system, which shows a markedly different somatotopic representation-for example, for the uterus and the ovary.

OBJECTIVE: To identify the distribution of points with increased tenderness to pressure or with reduced electrical resistance, on the outer ear of a group of women undergoing hysteroscopy.

METHODS: For diagnostic purposes the auricles of 78 women were examined before and after hysteroscopy using a pain-pressure test and electrical skin resistance  test. The points identified were transcribed onto a graphic system called Sectogram. Spatial cluster analysis was used to identify the statistically significant clusters of sectors with a higher concentration of points appearing after hysteroscopy.

RESULTS: The points identified after hysteroscopy tend to be concentrated in specific areas not previously recognised and which only partially overlap with the French and Chinese representation of the uterus.

CONCLUSION: When auricular acupuncture is applied to reduce discomfort during hysteroscopy, particular attention must be paid when choosing the points/areas to be stimulated, which are not only those indicated in the Chinese or French maps.

PMID: 20923940  [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]