Shen Men is considered a Master Point and is used with many other ear points for a variety of reasons. It’s purpose is to tranquilize the mind and to facilitate a state of harmony and serenity. Some common uses of this auricular point include anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, pain, bulimia, addiction and detoxification.
The Chinese Shen Men point has been recognized for its application in many pain and dysfunctional conditions. With pain conditions, Shen Men is often considered to be a primary point for treatment. Emotionally, it is considered to alleviate apprehension, fear, anxiety, and to help regulate the sympathetic nervous system. Shen Men is regularly employed in addiction treatments. It is also recognized for its role in the treatment of inflammation. The presence of a tender Shen Men is regarded by the practitioner as an indication of the presence of pain.12