Auricular Acupuncture for detoxification and NADA

April 9, 2013  |  Blogs, Headline

NADA was founded in 1985 by Dr. Smith and others who were interested in promoting the integration of the protocol in the treatment of addiction. In the mid-1970s, Michael Smith, a medical doctor at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx area of New York, modified an existing system of auricular acupuncture into a simple technique for the treatment of many common drug addictions as an alternative treatment. This selection of ear points proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of addictions, and became what is now referred to as the “NADA protocol.”
The original NADA protocol consisted of electrical stimulation on the Lung point of a patient’s ear. It was soon discovered, however, that manual needling of the same point showed more effective. The points used in the NADA protocol are Sympathetic, Shen Men, Kidney, Liver, and Lung.
In a typical session, both ears of the patient are needled at the same time, usually for between 30 minutes and 45 minutes.
Many of studies have investigated the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Among the benefits reported by patients and health care providers are improved retention in drug treatment programs including detoxification, reductions in cravings and anxiety, relief of sleep disturbance, and reduced strong medication.

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