Auricular Acupuncture and the NADA Protocol

image courtesy of ACT: Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine

Recently, a new patient came in, wanting to quit smoking. After the initial intake conversation, the first treatment centered around the NADA protocol.

The NADA protocol is a set of 5 points that work together to soothe the nervous system and detoxify the body. This combination  make withdrawal symptoms easier to deal with. The NADA protocol may as likely be used if someone came in feeling “over-the-top”emotionally.

The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol is specifically used to help addictions and issues related to mental health, including disaster and emotional trauma disorders. It was developed in 1985 by Michael Smith, an acupuncturist and MD at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and has spread world wide as an acupuncture system. NADA gives immediate relief that has a lasting effect and is further strengthened with subsequent treatments.

There is a larger system of auricular acupuncture that can be used for everything from physical injuries to endocrine disorders. Auricular acupuncture was developed by Paul Nogier in the 1950’s, and is based upon clinical research. Nogier drew a map of points on the surface of the ear locating muscles, joints, and organs. Subsequent practitioners have built upon his work, creating new maps that specify functions of the nervous, endocrine, and inflammatory and immune systems, as well as regions of the brain.

We use auricular acupuncture with body points, to complement the treatment on the body, or vice versa. We also use seeds and beads, applied at the end of the acupuncture session, to provide a low level of stimulation at the point site. These can be worn for days after the treatment.

For the patient who came in for help quitting smoking, we prescribed Chinese herbs and used other modalities, addressing the general constitution, health status, and emotional tendencies as well.

Most of us have tried to break a habit at one time or other. It’s a solitary journey that sometimes benefits from outside influences. Taking time and being patient with oneself make it possible to cross the threshold from having a habit to letting it go. It is said that nature abhors a vacuum, so be on the lookout for something engendering to take its place during the transition.

At Mountaintop Acupuncture, we have over 30 years experience. To read more, please click here.

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We’re located in the DTC, in Centennial, near Greenwood Village, Englewood, and Cherry Hills, Colorado.

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