Ear Stapling (aka Staplepuncture)

Text from The Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine and Self-Help (1978), edited by Malcolm Hulke:

What the Cleveland Health Clinic says about ear stapling:

If you Google "ear stapling," you'll see testimonials from people claiming it helped them lose weight. You'll also see some devotees assert that it eliminates migraines, nicotine cravings and insomnia.

What you won't see is any scientific proof to back those claims up or doctors extolling the practice's health benefits. There's some evidence supporting the use of auricular acupuncture for weight loss, but — while some acupuncturists offer the service — ear stapling isn't the same thing as auricular acupuncture.

The lack of scientific evidence supporting ear stapling for weight loss is one of the reasons most states don't regulate it — there'd need to be some evidence that the practice is legitimate, and there isn't any.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 09, 2023
     Category: Dieting and Weight Loss

When I was a kid a saw a story about dentists using a clothespin on the ear for pain relief. A quick google of 'clothespin ear' shows that it's still a thing in reflexology circles:

I'm very interested to see what the airforce has to say about it, but I'm unfortunately unable to open the file:

https://www.af.mil › Portals › dafman36-2903
Feb 28, 2023 — to a vertical line at the opening of the other ear orifice and includes behind the ear ... The cloth pin is authorized on the ABUs and is.
163 pages
Posted by S. Norman on 08/09/23 at 10:53 AM
@Norman: I mean, for pain relief... yeah, that I'll buy. Focusing your sense of touch on one part of your body to distract it from an other part is not that mad an idea. And in fact, the earlobe is very sensitive. For weight loss, though? Nah, that's just silly.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/19/23 at 05:37 AM
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.