The NADA protocol has been shown in clinical settings to be beneficial in stress, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, addiction, and the process of detoxification from substance abuse as well as to help with the emotional, physical and psychological attributes involved in addictions and trauma.
How it works
Small black seeds from the vaccaria plant or small metal beads or pellets are secured on the ear with a piece of adhesive tape over specific acupressure points. The continuous mild pressure they exert can be amplified by stimulating the seed or pellet every few hours. Ear seeds are non-invasive, as they are affixed on the surface of the ear and do not puncture the skin.
The ear is believed to be a microsystem of the entire body. By stimulating points on the ear you are able to the smooth and regulate the flow of qi or vital life energy, returning harmony to the related organ or area.
Ear acupressure might reduce cravings for addictive substances more steadily and to a greater degree than standard medical care alone, according to a 2006 study by Satya Krishnan and Xiaowei Tian of the Department of Health Science at New Mexico State University, published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Participants in the study, who had used drugs for an average of 14 years, received acupressure once a week for six weeks during treatment for substance abuse. Ear acupressure had a significant positive effect on psychological distress, drug and alcohol use and cravings.
Also see Acupuncture Ear Seeds for more information.
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