This month we will be keeping tabs on your New Years Resolutions, in
order to empower you, help you to stay on track and give you some
great tips for keeping your promise to yourself.
Empowering Resolutions: Smoking and The N.A.D.A Protocol
As an acupuncturist, I have used the NADA protocol (National Acupuncture
Detoxification Assocation) for controlling nicotine addiction, drug and alcohol
dependency and sexual addiction on hundreds of patients, all with reasonable to
great results. Not to mention great results with stress reduction.
The NADA protocol is simple, yet quite effective. Drug, alcohol and tobacco
addictions are major problems that affect tens of millions of people in America.
This is not just a problem in America, but is occurring worldwide.
The addition of acupuncture into the treatment for addiction seems to be very
beneficial, and almost the single ingredient that helps the protocol succeed.
There are numerous benefits for patients by using this protocol:
1. The protocol is calming.
2. The patients are more receptive to leaning.
3. It seems to clear the mind. It centers one's attention and allows patients to
4. It helps to reduces cravings.
5. It diminishes symptoms of withdrawal.
6. It helps to retain people in the treatment process.
7. Sleep is improved.
8. A person changes and becomes more comfortable with himself (or herself).
9. It improves the internal space of a person.
10. This treatment supports the recovery process.
A Brief History of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Addiction
Understanding the principles of both Chinese medicine and chemical dependency
can lead to significant benefit in recovery from all forms of drug addiction as
well as alcoholism and a variety of mental disorders. NADA protocols, especially
designed for this type of treatment, have been carefully developed and
extensively tested. More than 500 clinical sites in the US, Europe, Australia
and the Caribbean currently utilize these protocols, even in settings where
threats of violence had previously made it difficult to serve clients. While
adapted to Western attitudes and conditions, the NADA method derives directly
from Chinese medicine theory of detoxification.
In 1972 a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong, H.L. Wen, discovered that acupuncture could
relieve symptoms and cravings associated with drug withdrawal. Because of its
effectiveness in relieving symptoms as well as preventing relapses, his
discovery gained more and more popularity and was used in hospitals and detox
centers throughout the US. 1985 an official protocol was developed and the
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was formed. The protocol
involved using five specific acupuncture points on the ear. In August of 2000,
Yale University School of Internal Medicine conducted research further
demonstrating the effectiveness of the NADA protocol for cocaine, heroin and
It is my highest recommendation, that you seek out an acupuncturist to perform
I have included the NADA protocol points on the ear that are used in the session
and are done with tiny little needles that are inserted into these points. I
also recommend that patients can certainly use some light massage on these
points to stimulate these areas.
National Acupuncture Detoxification Assocation (NADA) Treatment Protocol
Lung 2 - addiction related lung issues
Shen Men - stress, anxiety, excessive sensitivity
Autonomic Point - balance symphathetic and parasymphathetic nervous systems,
Liver - hepatitis, cirrhosis
Kidney - kidney disorders, urination issues
In our Alternative Answers health community, PHOTO section, you will find a picture of the ear and where these points are located.
Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
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