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NADA Acupuncture Protocol

NADA protocol involves the gentle insertion of up to five fine, single use, sterilised, stainless steel disposable needles into specific energetic points in the outer ear. The ear acts like a switchboard that sends impulses to the brain, which stimulate the release of endorphins, lowers stress and induces relaxation.

The five ear points:

(1)  Sympathetic – calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation.

(2)  Shen Men / “Spirit Gate” – reduces anxiety and nervousness.

(3)  Kidney Point – for calming fears and healing internal organs.

(4)  Liver Point – for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression.

(5)  Lung Point – promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.

Acupuncture NADA Protocol

Initially NADA acupuncture protocol was used as an effective system for helping addiction and substance misuse, the NADA protocol has since proven successful when integrated as part of an holistic health plan to support:

  • Post traumatic stress syndrome

  • General stress

  • Trauma recovery in communities following major catastrophes

  • Mental health

  • Anxiety management and panic disorder

  • Aiding recovery from some prescribed medication dependency

  • Promotes relaxation in young people with behavioural disorders

  • Smoking cessation

  • Weight loss / gain

  • Ameliorating side effects from drug treatment in cancer, HEP C, HIV/AIDS

  • Helps the immune system

  • The protocol is known to have a calming effect on the central nervous system


The NADA treatment model follows the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) - US five-point training protocol, developed at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Recovery Centre in New York.  The protocol was developed to help addicts with their recovery dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, irritability and cravings. Since then NADA protocol has been found effective for a wide range of conditions. 

The 5 acupuncture points can be used by themselves to help with:

general relaxation



sleep problems

and other conditions.

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