Acudetox (ear acupuncture)
Acudetox is a well established method of acupuncture that targets specific points on the ear involving detox and craving pathways. It has been shown to reduce cravings for alcohol and drugs including nicotine, minimize withdrawal symptoms, help control agitation and anxiety, while increasing calmness, energy, concentration and sleep. Relaxed and calm are feelings typically experienced with Acudetox treatments. This may be due to the release of endorphins which are naturally occurring compounds in the body associated with reducting pain, anxiety and stressed feelings, while improving the sense of well-being.
What is the “NADA Protocol“? (from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association website)
“At five designated earpoints in each auricle (outer ear), NADA-trained clinicians apply fine gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin, where they remain for up to an hour while the patient (in most circumstances) relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. Ordinarily, groups of patients sit together while undergoing the treatment.
The procedure functions as an adjunct to a comprehensive addiction treatment program offering the basic therapeutic elements of counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, supportive health care of a general nature. Patients 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 patients 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 that helps detoxification, nourishes yin organs, calms and reduces pain involves these 5 points on the ear:
- Shenmen (fire – heart)
- Sympathetic (earth – autonomic nervous system – spleen and digestion)
- Kidney (water)
- Liver (wood)
- Lung (metal)
The NADA auricular acupuncture protocol is used around the world to help people deal with and recover from substance abuse and has been shown to help in the process of detoxification from substance abuse as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions. The detoxification protocols, in contrast with much of Chinese medicine, involve no diagnosis and are usually not modified in any way. The length of the treatment is generally 25 – 60 minutes.
Individual sessions: Initial $75, follow ups $40, package of 7 sessions $250
Group sessions: $25, package of 7 group sessions $150