Marco Romoli

Head of Departments of Acupuncture A.M.A.B (Medical Acupuncturists Association of Bologna)

Dr Marco Romoli graduated cum laude in Medicine at Florence University in 1973, afterwards cultivating his interest in acupuncture which he studied in:

- Japan, at Kitasato Center for Oriental Medicine of Tokyo, directed by Dr. Yoshio Manaka;
- Italy, at Istituto Italiano di Agopuntura of Turin, directed by Dr. Luciano Roccia;
- Austria , at Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Akupunktur of Vienna, directed by Dr. Johannes Bischko.

At Paris University he obtained a master's degree in manipulative medicine entitled "Médicine Orthopédique et Thérapies Manuelles", under the direction of Dr. Robert Maigne.

Further complementary techniques of interest for him are neural therapy (Neuraltherapie) and posturology.

He was lecturer at both master courses held by Florence University (Italy) on Posturology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is currently lecturer at master course of Integrative Medicine held by Florence University.He is directing special courses on Ear Acupuncture in different schools of Italy and abroad.

From 1996 to 2002 he was in the board of Cochrane Collaboration and cofounder of the Field for Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

For the last 30 years he has been conducting pioneering research and has published several articles and books on auricular diagnosis and therapy (see list of publications). Dr Romoli has constantly tried to interpret and combine data offered by the different schools of auriculotherapy.

In 2008 he was awarded the Prix International Paul Nogier.

Marco Romoli MD - Publications


  • Agopuntura: evidenze cliniche e sperimentali, aspetti legislativi e diffusione in Italia. CEA 2000 (in Italian)
  • Agopuntura Auricolare, UTET, Torino 2003 (in Italian)
  • Auricular Acupuncture Diagnosis, Churchill-Livingstone Elsevier, Edinburgh 2010


1) Lucenteforte E, Romoli M, Gensini GF, Mugelli A, Vannacci A. Ear lobe crease as a marker of coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis. Int J Cardiology 2014, 175(1): 171-175.

2) Romoli M, Avgerinos C, Baratto L, Giommi A. Auriculotherapy for persisting postoperative pain caused by total knee replacement. Med Acup 2014; 2: 97-102.

3)Gagliardi G, Meneghetti M, Ceccherelli F. Giommi A, Romoli M. Auricular acupuncture for anxiety in health care volunteers: randomized crossover study comparing real and sham needles. Med Acup 2014; 3: 161-166.

4) Romoli M, Allais G, Airola G, Benedetto C, Mana O, Giacobbe M, Pugliese AM, Battistella G, Fornari E. Ear acupuncture and fMRI: a pilot study for assessing the specificity of auricular points. Neurol Sci 2014; 35 (Suppl 1): S189-193.

5) Allais G, Romoli M, Rolando S, Airola G, Castagnoli Gabellari I, Allais R, Benedetto C. Ear acupuncture in the treatment of migraine attacks: a randomized trial on the efficacy of appropriate versus inappropriate acupoints. Neurol Sci 2011; 32 (Suppl 1): S173-175.

6) Romoli M, Allais G, Bellu D, De Ramundo B, Gabellari IC, Giommi A, Benedetto C. Ear acupoint detection before and after hysteroscopy: is it possible to clarify the representation of the uterus on the outer ear? 2010 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]

7) Allais G, Romoli M, Rolando S, Castagnoli Gabellari I, Benedetto C. Ear acupuncture in unilateral migraine pain. Neurol Sci 2010; 31 (Suppl 1): S185-187.

8) Romoli M. Ear Acupuncture: historical abstract. Differences of Ear cartography between the East and the West. Germ J Acup Rel Tech (DZA) 2010; 4: 24-33.

9) Romoli M, Mazzoni R. The validation of auricular diagnosis. Germ J Acup Rel Tech 2009 (DZA); 2: 10-16.

10) Romoli M, Mazzoni R. The validation of a new system of transcription of acupuncture points on the ear: the Auricular Sectogram. Germ J Acup Rel Tech 2009 (DZA); 3: 7-10.

11) Romoli M, Allais G, Airola G, Benedetto C. Ear acupuncture in the control of migraine pain: selecting the right points by the "needle-contact test". Neurol Sci 2005; 26: S158-S161.

12) Romoli M, Fiorio R, Rogora GA, Giommi A. Why is clinical research on acupuncture in psychiatric disorders so lacking? Considerations and suggestions based on a survey among Italian general practitioners and psychiatrists. Minerva Med 2005; 96 (Suppl 2): 7-13.

13) Ricci L, Minardi D, Romoli M, Galosi AB, Muzzonigo G. Acupuncture reflexotherapy in the treatment of sensory urgency that persists after transurethral resection of the prostate: a preliminary report. Neurourol Urodyn 2004; 1: 58-62.

14) Romoli M, Allais G, Giovanardi CM et al. What are the most important factors in the evaluation of adequate acupuncture treatment: developing a possible scale to be used for systematic reviews on acupuncture. Clin Acup Orient Med 2004; 4:109-113.

15) Romoli M, Ridi R, Giommi A. Electromyographical changes in bruxism after auricular stimulation. A randomized controlled clinical study. Minerva Med 2003; 94( 1 Suppl 4): 9-15.

16) Romoli M, van der Windt D, Giovanzana P, Masserano G, Vignali F, Quirico PE. International research project to devise a protocol to test the effectiveness of acupuncture on painful shoulder. J Altern Complement Med 2000; 3: 281-7.

17) Quirico PE, Romoli M. Acupuncture in the musculo-skeletal disorders . G Ital Riflessot Agopunt (in Italian) 1999; 2: 79-87.

18) Romoli M, Giommi A. The puzzle of "tonsil" and "helix" points of the auricular Chinese map. G Ital Riflessot Agopunt (in Italian) 1997; 1: 3-9.

19) Romoli M, Giommi A. Ear acupuncture and psychosomatic medicine: right-left asimmetry of acupoints and lateral preferences (Part II), Acup & Electro-ther Res Int J 1994; 1:11-7.

20) Romoli M, Giommi A. Ear acupuncture in psychosomatic medicine: the importance of the sanjiao (Triple Heater) area (Part I), Acup & Electro-TherRes Int J 1993; 3-4: 185-194.

21) Romoli M. The ear-lobe crease and lateral preferences (Part II). Germ J Acup Rel Tech (DZA) (in German) 1993; 1: 6-12.

22) Romoli M. The clinical significance of ear-lobe crease (Part I). Germ J Acup Rel Tech (DZA) (in German) 1992; 6: 127-131.

23) Romoli M. Auriculotherapy and stress response: asymmetry of auricular sensitization and lateral preferences G Ital di Riflessot Agopunt (in Italian) 1991; 2-3, 27-34

24) Romoli M. A propos d'un cas de lithiase uretèrale traitée avec l'auriculothérapie. J Auric Med & Acup (in French) 1990; 1: 19-21.

25) Romoli M, Tanzj PL. A case of facial palsy treated with auriculotherapy: a telethermographic study. G Ital di Riflessot Agopunt ( in Italian) 1990; 1 : 25-28.

26) Romoli M. Auriculotherapy and psycho-somatic medicine: life events and variation of stress response. G Ital Riflessot Agopunt (in Italian) 1990; 2 : 15-22.

27) Romoli M, Tordini G, Giommi A. Diagonal ear-lobe crease: possible significance as cardio-vascular risk factor and its relationship to ear-acupuncture. Acup & Electrother Res IInt J 1989; 14: 149-54.

28) Romoli M, Poggiali C, Candidi Tommasi A, Lomi M, Soldi A, Camurri F. Inspection of the outer ear and diagnosis of disorders of the upper digestive system. Min Riflessoter e Laserter ( in Italian) 1987; 1: 7-14.

29) Romoli M. Cudia G., Case report of alopecia areata and ipsilateral headache: possible significance of occiput (zhen) point of the Chinese auricular map. Min Riflessoter e Laserter (in Italian) 1987; 4:63-66.

30) Romoli M. Some differences between the clinical application of Western and Chinese auriculotherapy. A.T.T.A. (in Italian), 1986; 1: 19-39.

31) Romoli M, Tanzj PL. Facialisparese und Ohrakupunktur. Dtsch Zschr Akup (in German) 1987; 6: 123-4.

32) Romoli M, Poggiali C, Vettori F. A contribution for the study of new areas of the ear-lobe for diagnosis and treatment of essential headache. Min Riflessoter e Laserter (in Italian) 1984; 2: 61-82.

33) Romoli M, Vettori F. Preliminary considerations upon skin alterations related to pigmentation, vascularization and cutaneous structure visible at the inspection of the outer ear in patients with chronic organic and functional disorders. Min Riflessoter (in Italian) 1982; 73:725-30.