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Auricular Acupuncture

According to the book Huangdi Neijing (ancient Chinese medical text), medical Auricular (ear) acupuncture therapy was recorded 500-300 B.C. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ear is not considered to be a separate organ, but rather a microsystem, in that the ear is a microcosm of the whole body, meaning the entire body is reflected in the ear.

The farther of modern auricular therapy, Dr. Paul Nogier (1908-1996), noticed results in the 1950's with patients and published his findings in 1957. Barefoot doctors in China verified Nogier's finding and further studied over 2000 patients clinically.

Auricular acupuncture can be used in conjunction with body acupuncture or as a stand-alone treatment.

NADA Protocol

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

In the mid-1970s, Michael Smith, a medical doctor at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx area of New York, modified an existing system of auricular acupuncture into a simple technique for the treatment of many common drug addictions as an alternative to methadone. This selection of ear points (Nada protocol) proved to be extremely effective in the treatment of addictions. NADA was founded in 1985.

Dozens of studies have documented the effectiveness of the NADA protocol. Among the benefits reported by patients and health care providers are:

  • Improved retention in drug treatment programs.
  • More optimistic attitudes about detoxification and recovery.
  • Reductions in cravings and anxiety.
  • Fewer episodes of sleep disturbance.
  • Reduced need for pharmaceuticals.