N.A.D.A. Protocol

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

The NADA protocol consists of the insertion of five, small, fine, sterile stainless steel needles under the surface of the skin on specific sites in the outer ear. NADA only uses disposable needles. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for up to 45 minutes, relaxing. These five points are standard points for the treatment of substance misuse and anxiety management.  The NADA protocol has been shown to decrease significantly:

  • ear20acupuncture.255225754_stdCraving for alcohol and drugs withdrawal symptoms
  • Relapse
  • Inpatient detoxification admissions
  • Anxiety, insomnia, and agitation

Patients are usually surprised to discover that daily acupuncture provides consistent relief of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture treatment for substance misuse has shown to be clinically effective, cost efficient, drug-free and compatible across cultures.


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