NADA 5-Point Ear Protocol Training

Does It Really Work?

Testimonials from Clients Receiving Acudetox Treatments


If you are interested in seeing short descriptions of scientific studies of the NADA 5-Point Ear Protocol see the pages titled On Acudetox Research. This page is a summary of a few testimonials among the many the protocol has received over the past 24 years. Most of these are from clients at the programs where I either provided the acupuncture or ran the acupuncture section of the program as Executive Director of Community Addiction Recovery Association.

T.H. had had muscle spasms for three days and a migraine for one day when she walked into her first ear needling treatment at Kaiser last June. On a communication form after the treatment she wrote, “First timer & I’m sold! Very relaxing, peaceful, & I can’t believe how wonderful I feel.”

A.R. hand wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors when they were considering cutting acupuncture from Drug Court. “Since I started receiving acupuncture my anxiety level has become more tolerable,” he told them. “I feel more at ease and have noticed that I am more relaxed. Thus, my stress is more manageable. I often find myself squeezing my ears throughout the day, so that my brain may release its natural pain killers.”

“J.P”. is female, white, and 28. She has used methamphetamines and marijuana for ten years. She’s a high school graduate with three years of college. Here is how she described the benefit of daily acupuncture at Drug Court: “Right when I get here I have it and I notice my whole day is a lot more relaxed and less stressed…When I first got out of jail I wasn’t sleeping at all. I wouldn’t go to sleep until 3 or 4 in the morning. Now I go to sleep at 10 or 11 at night and am sleeping through the whole night.”

During the years The Honorable Jane Ure ran the Sacramento County Drug Court she was videotaped reacting with shock to the record she read on her computer of the scrawny middle aged woman standing in front of her, a 30 year methamphetamine user graduating from Drug Court without a single sanction. When the judge asked the woman how she did it the ex-addict responded emphatically, “Hitting bottom…and acupuncture!”

A client at the former Chemical Dependency Center for Women told me, “Before acupuncture, even though I was clean I never once stopped craving drugs. Since acupuncture, I’ve stopped the craving.”

“This was the quickest I kicked heroin,” reported a client after a series of acupuncture treatments at the Volunteers of America in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Acupuncture has been embraced by all our military services. Here is an excerpt from Military Medicine, 178, 8:867, 2013 titled Auricular Acupuncture: A Brief Introduction for Military Providers that explains exactly why it is so useful:

Auricular acupuncture is a practice that has provided veterans with a new approach to manage symptoms associated with a wide range of health conditions. This treatment has become an attractive treatment option because of its low cost, portability, minimal side effect profile, and ease of use in clinical and operational settings. Although formally trained Oriental medicine practitioners have historically performed these treatments, military health care providers are now receiving education and training to administer these treatments.”