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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 706249, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/706249
Research Article

Predictive Value of Auricular Diagnosis on Coronary Heart Disease

1School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
2Ruttonjee Hospital and Tang Shiu Kin Hospital, Hong Kong
3Caritas Medical Centre, Hong Kong
4Grantham Hospital, Hong Kong
5Division of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Australia

Received 23 July 2012; Revised 15 October 2012; Accepted 24 October 2012

Academic Editor: Hong Q. Zhang

Copyright © 2012 Lorna Kwai-Ping Suen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The ear has a reflexive property; therefore, various physical attributes may appear on the auricle when disorders of the internal organs or other parts of the body exist. Auricular diagnostics is an objective, painless, and noninvasive method that provides rapid access to information. Thus, the association between auricular signals and coronary heart disease (CHD) should be further investigated. A case control study was conducted to determine the predictive value of auricular signals on 100 cases of CHD (CHD+ve = 50; CHD−ve = 50) via visual inspection, electrical skin resistance measurement, and tenderness testing. The results showed that the presence of an ear lobe crease (ELC) was significantly associated with coronary heart disease. The “heart” zone of the CHD+ve group significantly exhibited higher conductivity on both ears than that of the controls. The CHD+ve group experienced significant tenderness in the “heart” region compared with those in the CHD−ve group in both acute and chronic conditions. Further studies that take into consideration the impact of age, race, and earlobe shape on ELC prevalence in a larger sample should be done.