Thank you for the reply and the information links , they are appreciated. There are similarities in the area I live, many people are trained in giving auricular acupuncture to there clients however none of them use this as part of long term treatment as they feel its too time consuming. In the past I worked for a charity which offered acupuncture daily, accompanied with meditation, there were numerous occasions when clients dropped off, but we put it down to them being so relaxed and comfortable. However everybody is different and while it worked for some that is not to say it works for others although many felt the benefits.
Thank you again