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Ear Seeds: Can An Ancient Medicine Practice Promote Mind-Body Healing?

Ear Seeds: Can An Ancient Medicine Practice Promote Mind-Body Healing? by Maddison McKeever. Photograph of rainbow colored ear seeds, courtesy of Good Morning America
Photograph courtesy of Good Morning America

Ear seeding is an ancient practice currently en vogue, due to its natural ability to ease anxiety, relieve pain, and encourage deep sleep

Scroll through the discovery page of your Instagram feed and you’ll probably see a mashup of TikToks, sunset-soaked vacation photos, savory cheese pull content, and a wide range of social media-endorsed wellness trends. Once such trend has people flocking to cover their ears in doctor-approved bling known as ear seeds. 

Ear seeds are adhesive-backed vaccaria seeds (or small stainless steel balls) that are strategically placed in and around the ears.

The vaccaria plant, also known as Wang Bu Liu Xing, is an annual plant

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