NADA Acu-Detox Ear Protocols
I have been trained as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist under the protocols established by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. While Ohio laws prohibitperforming these techniques with needles, I am able to utilize ear seeds or beads to provide continuous pressure on the ear acupuncture points with similar results.
Excellent clinical evidence supports the use of this protocol for addiction control. The first acupuncture detoxification clinic in the United States opened in 1974, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the South Bronx section of New York City. At first, acupuncture was used as an adjunct to methadone treatment, but such good results were obtained with acupuncture that methadone was dropped from the program. According to Dr. Michael Smith, director, the success rate with acupuncture is substantially higher than that of more conventional programs. Addicts report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep. There is strong physiological evidence supporting the use of acupuncture in this area. It seems that the cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.
The protocol utilizes tiny seeds that are taped to the acupuncture points corresponding to the spirit gate, sympathetic nervous system, liver, kidney, and lung points on the external ear.