Penelope Cruz was spotted with four gold acupuncture pins in her left ear at the Venuto Al Mondo premiere in Madrid Spain early this month.
While the beads could be taken as an ear piercing, it’s actually a form of acupuncture called auriculotherapy, which is most commonly used to relieve chronic pain, detoxification from addictive drugs, relief of nausea and reduction of hypertension.
Along with those uses, auriculotherapy also helps with those who are trying to quit smoking, lose weight and get pregnant. Say what? Is Penelope Cruz trying to get pregnant.
Cynthia Neipris, a licensed acupuncturist and director of outreach at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in midtown Manhattan says it’s hard to tell exactly what Penelope Cruz acupuncture is trying to help her with. “Those points can be used for a variety of purposes,” she says. “The one that’s in the upper ear, high up there, looks to be a commonly used point called Shen Men. That’s one of the points we use as a general re-balancing, or just a general feel-good like when you exercise at the gym. It can also be used as a detox treatment or for someone who’s trying to quit smoking.”
Auriculotherapy uses relexology points on the ear to get into distant parts of the body, according to Jill Blakeway, director of the Manhattan-based YinOva Center for complementary medicine.
“It’s almost like there’s a little homunculus; a little representation of the body that comes during embryonic development,” she said, describing how points in Cruz’s ear help calm the heart, mind and spleen, and bring the body into balance. “Auriculotherapy is remarkably effective,” she said.
But why the beads and not just have the treatment done with needles and no dramatic deal over it. Auriculotherapy beads are placed on the ear after an acupuncture treatment with needles, or they the beads can be used by themselves.
She explains, “If someone is coming to promote wellness, which is common, they might just leave the beads on for a few days, and the effects might last after the beads come off, just like exercise.”
To clear up any confusion or gossip about Penelope Cruz trying to get pregnant, Blakeway says, “Auriculotherapy can be used for fertility, but those are not fertility points on her ear. Hers is a very standard protocol for people with stressful, busy lives.”
Penelope Cruz has yet to open up about her acupuncture treatment.