I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007


 AURICULOTHERAPY - AKA EAR ACUPUNCTURE - for MY body has been an AMAZING tool & kept me from needing to do Western Medicine for AGES!!

Auriculotherapy is a clinically effective treatment modality utilized for the relief of chronic pain and the alleviation of substance abuse. The external ear has been shown to have a somatotopic organization in an inverted fetus pattern, wherein each part of the auricle corresponds to a specific part of the body. Detection of electrical conductance and tenderness palpation can reveal specific auricular reflex points which can be stimulated to alter pathological reflex patterns in the brain, in internal organs, and in different peripheral regions of the musculoskeletal body.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auriculotherapy  •  AuriculoTherapy.net


SADLY the BEST person I've found for Auriculotherapy
Details at:


I have yet to find someone anywhere near as
amazing as he was.
Do you know anyone that is????
PLEASE e- me with their info:


Have I a treatment for you that’s had AMAZING RESULTS for most of the people that I’ve shared his info with!

Eugene "Gene" McDonald in Centro Escazu has a VERY unique machine that I've seen over and over to have AMAZING results!! It's called AuriculoTherapy - like acupuncture but without needles - an electric stim/stimulation type gizmo that goes around the acupressure points inside your ears which then goes to various organs, etc. (Chinese medicine going back THOUSANDS of years!!).

Recently I took a fall and jammed BIG TIME my elbow and we think possibly tearing a ligament or cartilage in the arm. I could BARELY move it in ANY direction and I was in INTENSE pain even the next day. I told 4 friends - all of which are patients of Dr. Gene.  Randall said “Are you going to Gene for the pain?” so I called him and he got me in, worked his magical Auriculotherapy machine on my ears and by the end of the treatment, my range of motion was about 60% better and the pain about 40%!!! He then put some “seeds” in my ears for me to rub on (I think to help stimulate the pain/area) and 3 days later, the range of motion is about 80% and the pain is mainly in one area and improving daily!!! I tell ya, this guy and his Auriculotherapy machine are AMAZING!!!!

I've also referred MANY people to him, almost all had AMAZING results in just one or two visits!!

One was a guest that had sciatica for YEARS and got off a plane in INTENSE pain. One visit and 2 months later - NO sciatica (and she was then able to do the zip line/canopy tour she'd always dreamed of but didn't think she could get up to prior to Gene).

Speaking of sciatica, I had a maid that I SPECIFICALLY asked her via 2 Tico translators if she had any physical issues before bringing her on. She said she was fine. She started and surprise - she was in INTENSE back pain so it was obvious in she wasn't a happy camper doing some of the work she was specifically told she'd be doing before she was hired. Well, I got tired of her attitude so one day I told her to sit in my AMAZING massage chair (that MANY have said is better than any person massage they'd EVER had [they didn't know the massage people I have working out of my place!!]) and she got out saying it set off her sciatic nerve. Now this chair doesn't get that far down so I figured - THIS is the day to let her go as I could see RED FLASHING WARNING lights that one day she'd blame me for her years of back problems so to cover my tush - knowing his REALLY HIGH success rate with sciatica, I took her to Gene. After a session, she said she was TOTALLY fine. That night, I let her go and of course she resisted, throwing out all sorts of accusations (luckily I had a group at the house to help translate AND to witness NONE of what she said was accurate including that I needed to give her 15 days notice [though she'd only been with me 6 weeks - NOT!!] but that's all a different story!!). I felt good that I tried to help her and she was better!

One friend was SOOOOOOO VERY depressed/at her end and after a week of daily sessions - she was a NEW person! A couple people had YEARS of back pain that had peaked that day and after 1-2 sessions with Gene, 80+% better!

One goes to him for period pains and PMS with GREAT results (and she’d been going to another popular acupuncturist for YEARS!).

Pain - I’ve spoken with quite a few people that have had GREAT results!!

Gene sent a client to me that was looking to get off alcohol. 3 days into th treatment (about a month long process) she was literally SICKENED by the thought of a drink and 90 days later - still no drinking (and this was a person that was heavily drinking since her EARLY teens)!

I went to Gene for mega stress one day and I left 80+% better (and my blood pressure was SOARING initially!! [it was the day before leaving on a trip]).

Gene claims that Auriculotherapy can also help with Sports Injuries, Neck and Back, shoulder, elbow, whiplash, carpal tunnel, sciatica, sacro illiac, stress, tension, headache, migraine, depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, epilepsy, flu-cold, sinusitis, hemorrhoids, tmj, facial paralysis, appetite, vomiting, arthritis, kidney stones, hemiplegia, one side paralysis, addictions, constipation, diarrhea++ (of COURSE it's success depends on YOU believing it can help as with ANYTHING in life - your doubt/negativity can override ANYTHING!! When people "claim" to be "healers", I say to them "God can't even heal me if I'M not willing to RECEIVE!!!").

Bottom line (based on MY belief) is NOTHING can work if you don't BELIEVE and LANGUAGE that it will!! (I've had people tell me they were "healers" and that tweeked me as I believe that Spirit can't even "heal me" if I'm not wanting to receive!!)

Sadly he's no longer with us but I'd LOVE to find someone just as good or better!!


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