Updated: Jun 16, 2022
Did you know that there is a well known acupuncture treatment to support you during your detox journey? Acupuncturists around the world have been using a specific treatment protocol that consists of five points on the outer ear. It is known as the NADA protocol (for National Acupuncture Detoxification Association), or acudetox. These points may be used on their own or as part of your comprehensive acupuncture treatment. For patients who prefer continued support with acupressure, I apply a small seed with an adhesive on these five points. You can then press the seed to stimulate the point and give yourself a mini acupuncture treatment on the go.
The five ear points consist of:
Shen Men: also known as “spirit gate”, this point calms the nervous system and encourages relaxation.
Sympathetic nervous system: calms the nervous system and reduces anxiety.
Kidney: calms fears and nourishes the will to accomplish that which seems impossible.
Liver: the organ associated with detoxification, blood purification, and in Chinese medicine, frustration and stress.
Lung: the organ associated with detoxification of the skin, and in Chinese medicine, the ability to let go of the things that no longer serve you.
These points help the physical body to detox while also calming the mind and signaling the brain to release feel good hormones. I have personally used this treatment to support patients as they seek to free themselves of everything from alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs (with guidance from their doctors), caffeine and sugar, to social media and screen detoxing to improve sleep and overall mood.
Overall message: Acudetox a powerful treatment that can help us manage the stresses and toxic nature of modern day living. Ask your acupuncturist if an acudetox treatment may be right for you!
This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.