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What is NADA?

The NADA Five Point Acupuncture Protocol is a standard, non diagnostic treatment for substance misuse and stress reduction. It involves placing disposable acupuncture needles into five auricular acupuncture points in the ear as stipulated by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association USA, (NADA-US), and NADA-UK, for use within substance misuse and community treatment settings.

What is it used for?

The treatment assists the withdrawl and detoxification process from toxic substances including drugs, alcohol, and tabacco. These symptoms may include headaches, body aches, sweating, sleep disturbances, tremors, anxiety, anger, and depression. Regular treatments can help to stabalise individuals physically and emotionally, increasing mental clarity and the ability to focus. It is a quiet, non verbal, relaxing treatment, stimulating the body to heal itself, and assists in rebuilding the physical and emotional self.

What to expect?

Expect up to five, small metallic and sterile needles used on designated points in each ear. The needles will remain there for 30-45 minutes.

How often should I get treated?

1-3 times a week depending on the condition.

Does it hurt?

It varies from person to persons sensitivity levels, but once the needle is in the skin you will not feel anything.

Is NADA safe for pregnant women?

Yes, Treatment of pregnant women who are addicted has proved successful. It also helps with Postpartum depression (PPD) as well.


Addicts treated with the NADA protocol often report an improved sense of well-being. Clients often state that they feel “energized”, “lighter” and “more relaxed” after undergoing a session. Some practitioners assert that the insertion of the needles also provides a non-verbal tool, which allows patients to sit in a safe, supportive environment, and helps them prepare for the next step in the detoxification process. Benefits include:

  • - Reduction of craving for the substance including prescription drugs
  • - A ‘clearer mind’ which promotes receptive rational thinking and therefore enhances the benefits of counseling and the group experience
  • - Reduction of withdrawal symptoms
  • - Improved sleep patterns
  • - Relapse
  • - Improvement of health problems which often accompany long term alcohol and drug misuse
  • - Marked relaxation, a feeling of well being