The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
NADA, is an acronym for, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. The NADA protocol consists of five specific auricular (ear) acupuncture points, that address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of individuals dealing with behavioral health issues; including addictions, mental health, PTSD and disaster & emotional trauma.
The needles are usually retained for 30-45 minutes, typically in a group setting.
As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, I am certified in this specialized, standardized auricular acupuncture protocol.
Benefits of NADA:
🌼 Reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
🌼 Minimized withdrawal symptoms
🌼 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
“Acupuncture stimulates neurological, immunological, and endocrine responses beneficial to tissue cleansing and cell rejuvenation. It also stimulates the release of endorphins that reduce the pain and discomfort sometimes experienced when detoxifying and withdrawing from addictive substances such as alcohol, caffeine, drugs, nicotine and sugar.”
🔆 FREE NADA CLINIC at The Sunshine Factory; 🔆 WEDNESDAY evenings.
Currently, this clinic is exclusively for;
POLICE & FIRE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL
& those who are actively involved in and committed to
This clinic will resume NOVEMBER 7th at it’s NEW TIME,
‼️ (you must arrive by 7:00pm, to be treated). ❤️
❗️UNFORTUNATELY, I AM ONLY ABLE TO ACCOMODATE FIFTEEN (15) PEOPLE AT THIS CLINIC. ARRIVING PROMPTLY AT 6:30PM WILL HELP TO ENSURE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING TREATED.
🔆 I also offer private-group sessions at a reduced rate. If you are interested,
please contact Kristen:
Phone: 207-780-9642 (780-YOGA)
Although the specific 5-needle NADA protocol, was created as a treatment with these particular individuals in mind; there isn’t anyone who would not benefit from it’s benefits. I use these 5 auricular acupuncture points on almost all of my patients, regardless of what specific issue or complaint, they are wishing to be treated for.
It is NOT exclusively for people suffering from addiction, trauma and PTSD.
The NADA protocol, and acupuncture in general;
🌼 IS FOR ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES,
🌼 UTILIZING THE INFINITE BENEFITS OF PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE,
and,🌼 WHO DESIRES TO HEAL THEIR MIND, BODY AND SOUL, ON AN ENERGETIC LEVEL.
In my personal experience, there is not a single human, who is immune to the experience of trauma and/or addiction;
(i.e., it is beneficial to EVERYONE)❣️
The NADA auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol, is most commonly used for addiction recovery support (including alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, compulsive eating and other addictions), Trauma Prevention & Treatment and PTSD.
“Many natural remedies are used to treat PTSD disorders in affected individuals. However, out of all these remedies acupuncture seems to be most effective for treatment.”
Explanation of the NADA points
Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. This point is often needled first in acupuncture, it relaxes the mind and helps the body to become more receptive to treatment. Shen Men is also known as Divine Gate, it is so powerful that it treats almost everything – stress, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammatory diseases, etc.
Sympathetic / Autonomic:
Brings a patient back to “relaxation mode”. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to jump start our bodies into fight or flight mode for survival purposes. When that part of our system is activated, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can put all our energy into doing whatever is required to survive an emergency situation. However, many people often live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state, always on high alert, anxious, fearful, and energetically out of balance. Living this way leads to a multitude of mental, emotional, and physical health issues; insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues are some of the most common. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. Treating the Sympathetic / Autonomic Point will bring your body back to this state.
In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.
In Eastern Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with anger. This point helps to lift depression, strengthen digestion, improve blood circulation, and alleviate aches and pains.
In Eastern Medicine, the Lung meridian is associated with the emotion of sadness. The lung point controls breathing, cleanses the skin, stops diarrhea, and assists in letting go mentally.
The NADA protocol is best utilized as an adjunct therapy, in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program that ideally offers other therapeutic elements such as counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care. Clients in all types of treatment settings; including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach, can utilize this treatment.
The NADA protocol, can be a stand-alone treatment; but it works best when combined with other supportive treatments.
If you are not in a recovery program, or are not currently receiving treatments, such as those listed above; I highly recommend that you incorporate/explore, one or more of the following complimentary therapies:
Yoga, Reiki, EFT (emotional freedom technique), Neurofeedback, Art Therapy, Equine Therapy, Meditation and/or any other type of energy work.
Find something that feeds your soul, makes you smile … or laugh; something that brings YOU, joy.
Click here for more information about NADA’s Mission.