Research on Acudetox

Acudetox is a term used to describe an acupuncture protocol originally developed to treat addiction. Based on acupuncture analgesia research in Hong Kong (Wen & Cheng, 1973), the protocol was further developed in the South Bronx, NY by physicians. Today the protocol, now known as NADA, is being used worldwide to enhance community health, and the research has been incredible. 

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Healing with Ear Acudetox

The NADA protocol is a 30 - 45 minute treatment where practitioners “apply up to 5 fine-gauge, sterilized, on-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin at designated points in each ear. The procedure functions as an adjunct within a comprehensive treatment program that offers other therapeutic elements including counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care. Clients in all types of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.The NADA protocol is also commonly referred to as: acudetox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.” 

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