The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) encourages community wellness through the use of standardised ear acupuncture protocol. NADA protocol has been shown in a variety of clinical settings to be beneficial in the process of detoxification from addiction and substance misuse as well as to help reduce levels of anxiety, depression, emotional trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress. NADA uses a non-verbal approach with no diagnosis or consultation. This non-verbal aspect creates a supportive environment during periods when the client might otherwise be ambivalent, fearful, or overwhelmed within a more intense verbal interpersonal setting.

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, the NADA protocol is a safe and natural method of healing.  Three to five, small sterile single-use disposable stainless steel needles are applied to specific points in the outer ear.  These points help to calm the nervous system, reduce stress, anxiety, and improve health and wellbeing.


Shen Dao Acupuncture offers NADA outreach services where clients can participate together in a group or individual acupuncture sessions. Clients in all types of treatment settings such as inpatient, outpatient, refugees, aid organisations, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach can utilise the NADA protocol as an adjunct therapy.


 •  Reduces levels of anxiety, depression, overwhelming emotions, and PTSD.

 •  Promotes relaxation, inward focus, and calming of the mind.

 •  Improves sleep, mental clarity, and focus.

 •  Excellent for addictions, behavioural health, mental illness, and trauma.

 •  Facilitates a more optimistic and co-operative attitude toward the process of recovery and healing.

 •  Improves general wellness, immunity and preventive health care.

These balancing effects continue from one to several days after treatment, having both a coping and preventive effect for the client. There are no side effects and anyone can safely receive this treatment. Each treatment builds on the last and becomes more effective over time.


Maara Mulgrew is a certified NADA Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained under Dr. Michael Smith of Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, NY) and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association of Ireland.