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Treating Cauliflower Ear Sports Injury with TCM

Cauliflower ear, also known as Auricular Hematoma and wrestler's ear, is a deformity of the ear that results from a blunt injury or repeated trauma to the ear. It is a common condition among wrestlers, boxers, and martial artists & fighters, but it can also occur in other contact sports or due to accidental trauma.

While there are various treatments available for cauliflower ear - such as drainage or surgery - acupuncture and bloodletting have been shown to be effective in treating this condition. In this article, we will explore the benefits of acupuncture and bloodletting in treating cauliflower ears.

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate and balance the body's energy flow. According to TCM, cauliflower ear is caused by the stagnation of Qi, or life force energy, in the ear. By inserting needles into specific acupuncture points, acupuncturists aim to promote the flow of Qi, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. A study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine examined the use of acupuncture in treating auricular hematoma. The study included 42 patients with auricular hematoma who received either acupuncture treatment or conventional treatment (drainage or surgery). The researchers found that the acupuncture group had:

  • a higher rate of complete recovery

  • shorter healing time

  • less pain and swelling

Compared to the conventional treatment group, the study concluded that acupuncture can be a safe and effective alternative treatment for auricular hematoma.

Bloodletting, also known as phlebotomy, is a traditional medical practice that involves the removal of blood from the body to promote healing. Bloodletting has been used for centuries in many cultures, including Chinese medicine, to treat a variety of conditions, including inflammation, pain, and infections. Cauliflower ear bloodletting involves the puncture of the ear with a sterile needle to drain the accumulated blood and relieve pressure. This procedure should only be performed by a trained and licensed medical professional to prevent infection and further injury. In addition to the benefits of acupuncture and bloodletting in treating cauliflower ears, these treatments are also non-invasive and have minimal side effects. Unlike surgery or medication, acupuncture, and bloodletting do not require anesthesia, and patients can usually resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. In conclusion, acupuncture and bloodletting have been shown to be safe and effective alternative treatments for cauliflower ears. These traditional medical practices aim to promote the body's natural healing process by restoring balance and promoting the flow of energy and blood. While these treatments may not be suitable for all patients or all types of auricular hematoma, they offer a non-invasive and natural approach to healing that may be worth considering.

If you are interested in trying acupuncture or bloodletting for cauliflower ear, come in and consult with our practitioners today to work on your auricular health!

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