Nada Protocol


The NADA Five Point Acupuncture Protocol does not require diagnosis skills and is used to help with substance misuse and stress reduction. Disposable acupuncture needles into five auricular acupuncture points in the ear as specified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association USA, (NADA-US), and NADA-UK. Arty has learned these five points at the Chu Len College of Sustainable Health.

The treatment assists the withdrawal and detoxification process from toxic substances including drugs, alcohol and tobacco.   The drugs also include those taken for therapeutic reason such as chemotherapy and IVF. The symptoms that this protocol helps with may include headaches, body aches, sweating, sleep disturbances, tremors, anxiety, anger and depression. Regular treatments aim to help the individually physically and emotionally, increasing mental clarity and the ability to focus.

History of NADA protocol

The origin of the NADA protocol was in 1973 when Dr. H. L. Wen – a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong – observed that electrical stimulation of auricular acupuncture points used for analgesic effect also alleviated the withdrawal symptoms of opium addiction in one of his patients. He tested this technique on other patients and it continued to be effective. The following year in 1974, physiciatrist Dr. Michael Smith, who was involved with a methadone maintenance program for addicts at Lincoln Memorial Hospital found out about – Dr. Wen’s findings. Therefore Dr. Smith continued to refine the protocol through experimentation, and concluded the five points that would become the Acu Detox protocol. These five points in each ear help with the following:

  • Ease cravings and the emotional roller coaster of addiction and withdrawal
  • Provide potent treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Treats sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety, often achieving
  • A ‘clearer mind’ which promotes receptive rational thinking
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Marked relaxation, a feeling of well being

The NADA protocol was used in the aftermath of 9/11 by St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. It was used as therapy for relieving emergency relief workers from insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). NADA was offered 24 hours a day on location at Ground Zero for several months. Since the success of this treatment during 9/11 the use of the NADA protocol has been used to treat recovery workers in disaster settings including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; the aftermath of the tornado which struck Joplin in Missouri; and the devastating San Diego wildfires.


Benefits of points used

  • Liver – helps with liver problems, gall bladder problems, hypertension, anaemia, blood circulation, digestive problems, eyesight, fainting, convulsions, paralysis, hypochondriac pain and PMS.
  • Sympathetic – Balances the sympathetic nervous system, blood circulation, calms the heart, reduces internal organ pain, calms muscle spasms, helps with kidney and gall bladder stones, gastric ulcers, abdominal pain, distension, asthma, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, insomnia, pain and nervousness.
  • Kidney- helps with kidney stones, urination problems, nephritis, diarrhoea, low back pain, bones, hair, hearing problems, tinnitus, , fear (lack and presence), shock and menstrual problems.
  • Shenmen – helps to relax the mind and spirit, stress, pain, tension, anxiety, depression, insomnia, restlessness, excessive sensitivity.
  • Stomach – helps with eating disorders, poor appetite, diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach ulcers, gastritis, toothache, headache, weight control, overeating and stress.
  • Lower and upper lung – any disease of the lung asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, coughs, flu. It aids detoxification from toxic substance, skin disorders, common cold, pain and grief.
  • Forebrain – helps with irritability, aggression, frustration, rage, mania and drug withdrawal.