The NADA Protocol

NADA - National Acupuncture Detoxification Association - provides a simple and effective treatment using a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol consisting of 5 points. This treatment protocol has been used for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and emotional trauma, as well as for insomnia and stress.


The NADA protocol, as it exists today, consists of the insertion of small, stainless-steel, disposable acupuncture needles into five points on the outer surface of a person’s ear.


The points used in the NADA protocol are :

Sympathetic - balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, blood circulation.

Shen Men – The word “shen” means spirit and the word “men” means gate. So this point can be translated as Spirit Gate. Another translation is “Calm the Spirit”. This point relaxes the person.

Lung 2 – The lungs in Chinese Medicine is associated with the emotions of grief and sadness. Also, lung is related to smoke addiction

Liver – The liver in Chinese Medicine is associated with the emotion of frustration and stress. Also, liver is related to alcohol addiction

Kidney – The kidneys in Chinese Medicine are associated with fear


Any emotional trauma, or tendency to addiction, or interrupted sleep, can be linked to one of the emotions listed above. By balancing these emotions, the person slowly returns to balance.



Jaime DeGuzman, L.Ac, Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Aroma Acupoint, NADA Protocol, Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Bilingual, Español