Benefits of NADA (ear acupuncture) include stress-relief and fewer cravings

ear acupuncture model, textbook and acupuncture needles

What is NADA and what does it treat?

In 1974, a psychiatrist Michael Smith in the South Bronx’s Lincoln Recovery Center began developing the 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.

Where can I get more information or sign up for a treatment?

For more information about the NADA protocol, visit the NADA website.

To schedule an appointment for a NADA treatment, call 815-814-1319 or register for the Group Acupuncture, Massage and Energy Healing event on Thursday (10/15/15) at 6:30pm under the Workshops & Events tab on the Heaven Meets Earth Yoga website.

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