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Miss Dr. Barbara H. from Munich asks:

I have just booked one of the upcoming Level 2 ear courses. And I've heard that you can learn the diagnostic pulse there, which is called RAC or Nogier pulse in the books. I was curious and looked up what it was in the Big Book of Ear Acupuncture. It sounds exciting that one should then get a quick assessment of the number and strength of the disturbance sources via the so-called disturbance focus points on the ear. And that you can find even faster where the strongest source of interference is hiding. I have also read that you can even find foci of interference that I would not have been able to recognize as a possibility in the anamnesis sheet, e.g. scars that the patient did not tell me or perhaps forgot?

So far I have been enthusiastic about the point locator in my practice - and my successes are impressive (Fig. 1). My question: Will I perhaps no longer need the point finder after the level 2 ear course? But I've also heard that these courses recommend that you keep the device in any case? I would be very grateful for a brief information on this.


It is correct, we recommend keeping the point finder. Especially at the beginning, when you still have to or want to practice RAC keys, the point locator is a reliable companion and trainer who can objectify the point found. The other way around, one can also practice the RAC on an ear point found using a point finder, knowing that this point exists and that a Nogier pulse reflex must be triggered at this point.

Please do not forget that you must attend an observation course after visiting ear 2 (akupuncture seminars.de) in order to work practically under supervision. Even for colleagues who have already mastered the RAC very well: Even if you are tired, stressed or not so concentrated and therefore cannot feel the RAC so well, the point finder is a reliable, objective aid that will not let you down. Even if you may not be able to feel the RAC so reliably the evening before due to lack of sleep or too much alcohol, you can always use your point finder to carry out a diagnosis using the ear reflex zones.

Therefore: Even if you have learned the RAC quickly or have already mastered it well, do not give your point finder away!

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  1. Specialist in general medicine, acupuncture, sports medicine, naturopathic treatment, head of training for ear acupuncture, Quellenstrasse 19, 66121, Saarbr├╝cken, Germany

    Dr. med. Beate Strittmatter

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Strittmatter, B. QUESTIONS FROM PRACTICE. Acupuncture auriculomed45, 11 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s15009-019-5595-z

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