Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture can have its origins traced back nearly 2000 years. TCM theory understands that all parts of the body are reflected in the ear, much the same as Relexology believes the same of the foot. By stimulating points in the ear, various conditions may improve. The points can be stimulated either by the insertion of very fine needles or by pressure applied using small seeds or metal balls. Ear acupuncture is very useful as the patient can retain the seeds in the ear for several days at a time. This means that the benefits will continue for days after the patient has seen the TCM practitioner. This therapy is very popular with patients who are apprehensive about receiving needles. It is commonly used for the treatment of different addictions, such as to stop smoking and drug addiction, to loose weight and manage stress and anxiety and mental health conditions.