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'Ear seeds' are the ancient Chinese remedy for beating insomnia and anxiety

Yes, you heard right: ear seeds.

15 May 2019

What if we told you that placing delicate little dots of pure gold onto strategic parts of your inner ear could affect your kidney function, your energy levels and even your mood?

If you're into Eastern medicine, you should probably know about the latest reflexology trend to hit LA. Vie Healing's 24K Gold Ear Seeds are a sweet little treatment used to stimulate the reflex centres in the ear, which could help alleviate body issues and boost energy.

Basically, you stick a series of gold-plated ion seeds to different parts of your ear, depending on what problem you'd like to address and which part of your nervous system you'd like to stimulate. Chinese medicine practitioners suggest that they could help to relieve stress, ease jet lag, soften aches and pains and alleviate anxiety.

Each pack contains 20 seeds that you apply to your ears and leave on for up to a week. They come with a little diagram that indicates which parts of the ear correspond to which areas of your body, so you can decide where to pop them. You should probably see a trained acupuncturist for a proper consultation first, and have them tell you precisely what to do. Best to book an appointment and ask about the use of these little guys to address your problems alongside your treatment.

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Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioner Olivia Inge told Cult Beauty that she loves to recommend these golden ear seeds. "Placing these seeds on specific acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemical messenger molecules which influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms," she says. "This is the process your body goes through in order to heal itself."

The best thing is that they're easy to use and, mercifully, pain-free. Perfect for needle phobics and anyone frightened of painful or invasive procedures. They're also apparently good for children, who probably wouldn't notice if you stuck a few tiny seeds on their tiny ears.

Olivia says that when she prescribes these seeds, she also tells people exactly where to place them for the best results. She instructs them to use tweezers and check the seeds every 12 hours or so. If they look like they're becoming unstuck, simply remove them and replace with a new set. If the adhesive causes irritation, take them off and try again once the reaction has settled.

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"In energetic terms, gold, and specifically 24k pure gold, is warming and stimulating (whereas silver is cold and inhibiting)," Olivia explains. "Gold brings a soothing vibration; it picks up energy from the surrounding area and boosts blood supply."

They also, just quietly, look quite cute. A scattering of tiny little ear bling.