For our Recovery Patients:

NADA Protocol

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol for the treatment of addiction by modifying a protocol used in China for pain relief and opiate withdrawal.

The NADA protocol is a non-verbal approach to healing that involves the placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes.

In addition to addiction recovery, NADA is frequently used to support smoking cessation, weight loss, PTSD, and generalized stress and anxiety.

What are the benefits of NADA?

Benefits from NADA include:

  • Reduced cravings,
  • Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation,
  • Relief from stress and emotional trauma,
  • An easier connection with counseling,
  • A discovery of inner quiet and strength, and
  • Reduction in the need for pharmaceuticals

Why those 5 points?

The five points are: (1) The Autonomic Point which calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation; (2) the Shen Men or “spirit gate,” which reduces anxiety and nervousness; (3) the Kidney Point, for calming fears and healing internal organs; (4) the Liver Point for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression; and (5) the Lung Point, which promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.

For our General Population and Athletic Population:

Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and ointments.

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