Community Acupuncture and the NADA protocol
Community acupuncture refers to acupuncture that is given in a group setting. The group setting enables us to treat many people at the same time without compromising efficacy or safety. We use the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol. This protocol is well suited for community acupuncture settings. It is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) as a safe and effective way to treat stress and anxiety directly related to emergencies and natural disasters. The NADA protocol consists of needling or seeding 5 specific points in each ear. These needles are retained for 20 minutes or longer. Recipients of acupuncture and specifically the NADA protocol report a state of relaxation and decreased physical and mental tension, increased mental clarity, improved concentration, better sleep and an overall sense of well-being during daily activities.