A while back, I was on a spiritual retreat with a group of friends. As we sat down for our lovely veggie lunch, another group sat down beside us. Because I am nosy, I noticed that all of the other group had little pieces of tape stuck around their ears. I mentioned it to my husband but he was perplexed. Finally, I broke down and asked one of the other group members, what the tape was all about. I know, I know…super nosy. I have intense curiosity, is all. The person explained that they were alcoholics and drug addicts on retreat to detox. Wow…now I felt super lame and obnoxious. They explained that they were using acupuncture for addiction. These little pieces of tape were not just tape. Inside the tape were little beads that pressed on trigger points that alleviated their cravings. Hmmmm…..go on…..She went on to let me know that when they felt a craving, they could rub a certain bead and the craving evaporated. My embarrassment evaporated too, because it was all so darn cool. We finished our lunch and went on with the retreat, but I had to learn more.
I consider myself fairly savvy when it comes to natural medicine. Why had these little beads of acupuncture for addiction failed to register on my radar? Do they work? When should I use them? What are they good for?
What is Acupuncture for Addiction?
Well, there is more to acupuncture for addiction than just your average acupuncture session. In fact there is a special series of points on the ear, called the NADA protocol. NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This protocol can use traditional needles, magnetic beads, seeds taped to your ear, or some combination of the three. Certain points on the ear are stimulated and through the magnetic bead or seed, there is ongoing stimulation of those points.
Does Acupuncture for Addiction Work?
In one word, yes. There are all sorts of controlled trials with alcoholics and drug addicts showing definitive results. Not only that, but the NADA protocol is used in rehabilitation centers and even prisons. It is well recognized and widespread.
What Else is Acupuncture for Addiction Good for?
Interestingly, as of late, the NADA protocol has been expanded for use in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was used, successfully on victims of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. It is also used to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) without pharmaceuticals. Bonus!
Acupuncture for addiction, or the NADA protocol, can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of people. Whether you are suffering from an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, or food….or have PTSD or ADHD….acupuncture can give you relief, immediately. Stop your white knuckling and start enjoying your life.