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The NADA Detox Points

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Assocation auricular acupuncture protocol is used around the world to help people deal with and recover from substance abuse. The NADA protocol has been shown in a variety of clinical settings to be beneficial in the process of detoxification from substance abuse as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions. These points results in relaxation and it is not uncommon for recipients to fall asleep.

To illustrate how ear acupuncture works, here is more information on each point (from top to bottom) and what it might be used for (from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view):

Shenmen: an analgesic point, calms the mind, treats insomnia stress, anxiety and restlessness, helps with lower abdominal circulation, harmonises the liver, reduces hypertension

Sympathetic: analgesic action, relieving contractions in the intestines, causing dilating of blood vessels, calms spasm of arteries and veins, treats night sweats and involuntary sweating

Kidney: Tonifies kidney and yin, strengthens lower back, nourishes sperm, brain tissue, assists urination, deafness, ear and eye problems, dental problems, nourishes head hair

Liver: regulates the free flow of qi, storing of the blood, improves eyesight, dizzy spells, convulsions, fainting, anaemia, strengthens digestion, relieves chest pain, abdominal distension (bloating), depression

Lung: controls breathing and respiration, regulates body temperature, treats oedema in upper body, treats skin diseases, influenza and colds, night sweats, enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine) and dysentery

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