What is Nada Protocol?
Short for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association Protocol, is a non-verbal, standardized auricular (ear) acupuncture treatment approach primarily used for behavioural health, mental health, and addiction treatment. Developed in the early 1970s, NADA Protocol has gained widespread recognition for its effectiveness in promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and supporting overall well-being.
The Five-Point Acupuncture Protocol
The NADA Protocol consists of a specific set of five acupuncture points located on each ear. These points are believed to correspond to major organs and systems in the body, and stimulating them through acupuncture is thought to have a balancing and calming effect. The five points used in the NADA Protocol are:
Shen Men (Spirit Gate): Known for its calming properties, this point is believed to relieve anxiety and agitation, promoting a sense of inner peace.
Sympathetic: This point is thought to regulate the autonomic nervous system, helping to reduce stress and promoting relaxation.
Kidney: Associated with willpower and fear, stimulating the kidney point is believed to help with addiction issues and promote feelings of determination.
Liver: Linked to anger and frustration, the liver point is believed to support emotional stability and reduce feelings of irritability.
Lung: Associated with grief and loss, stimulating the lung point is thought to help individuals cope with sadness and emotional distress.
The NADA Protocol Experience
The sessions are typically conducted in group settings, making it a cost-effective and accessible treatment option for a wide range of individuals. Licensed acupuncturists, healthcare professionals, or trained individuals can administer the treatment after completing a NADA training program.
During a NADA Protocol session, participants sit comfortably in a relaxed environment, often in a chair or recliner. The acupuncturist inserts fine, sterile needles into the five designated ear points on each ear. The needles are left in place for about 30-45 minutes, during which participants are encouraged to rest quietly and focus on their breathing.
The treatment is generally gentle and painless, with most participants experiencing a sense of calm and tranquillity during and after the session. Many individuals report improved sleep, reduced anxiety, and a greater sense of emotional balance after undergoing regular NADA Protocol treatments.
Applications of NADA Protocol
The process was initially developed to support individuals dealing with addiction, particularly in substance abuse treatment programs. Over the years, its applications have expanded to address a wide range of behavioral health and mental health issues, including:
Substance use disorders and addiction
Anxiety and depression
Stress and trauma-related disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
It is important to note that while the NADA Protocol can be a valuable supportive tool for these conditions, it is not a standalone treatment and should be used in conjunction with other appropriate therapies and interventions.