NADA Protocol

Acupuncture in SE Calgary

A Support group for the Pandemic, Addictions, Mental Health, Disaster & Emotional Trauma

A non-verbal approach to healing. An ear acupuncture protocol.

What does NADA stand for?

  • National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
  • NADA, from Spanish means nothing
  • No-nonsense, non-verbal, no-drugs, no barriers

The participants sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect.

NADA ear acupuncture is an adjunct therapy that is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free and compatible cross-culturally.

Benefits of NADA

  • Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
  • Relief from stress and emotional trauma
  • A discovery of inner quiet and strength
  • Connection to group for support
  • Reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
  • Minimized withdrawal symptoms
  • Helping with headaches
  • General sense of wellbeing
  • Helps those struggling with anger and frustration

Some people feel sleepy while others are energized.  Some feel relief of depression, some seem to get a peaceful sensation of relation.

NADA ear acupuncture protocol utilizes up to five ear points: shen men, sympathetic, kidney, liver, and lung.

It is also commonly referenced as “community acupuncture”

Ear acupressure or acupuncture can help people of all ages.

It doesn’t hurt! But if you have an aversion to needles then seeds or beads are an alternative.

Corporate philanthropy is important. Giving back is good for the soul and in many cases good for the bottom line. It has a positive impact on society and allows the company to have an active interest in their own community. A culture of positive attitude is increased. People are inspired to support companies that support causes.  Giving back may be very powerful to your company’s sales and to its purpose. What better way to give during difficult economic times than to donate space especially when it is going unused? Clientele and employees respect companies that give back!

  • Positive public relations - boost moral and corporate respect
  • Increased Marketing – It’s good for business with free advertizing, word spread especially through media platforms and word of mouth. You can advertize your cause and share photos on your website
  • Building community - it is good for your community, raises awareness that you are supporting a cause. Giving back to your community will help you build stronger relationships with our existing customers.
  • As a small business owner, it can simply made you feel good that you have the ability to support community. You are supporting the wellbeing of people and doing your part in reducing suicide, domestic violence, additions, depression etc…
  • Possible tax advantages, talk to your corporate accountant. 

Fun Facts you need to know about your ears!

  • Your ears are formed from the same tissue as your spinal cord and are intimately connected to your central nervous system.
  • The ears are the first organ to develop to their full size and become fully functional (about 18 weeks after conception).
  • Your ear holds a microsystem (a very precise map) of the human body, the same map that exists on the surface (cerebral cortex) of the brain.
  • Ear acupuncture takes advantage of the body’s own control center, the brain.
  • All signals induced by ear acupuncture travel through a specific part of the brain (the diencephalon), to corresponding body parts.
  • The body strictly obeys these commands because they come straight from the brain.

Shen Men:

Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. This point is often needled first in acupuncture, it relaxes the mind and helps the body to become more receptive to treatment. Shen Men is also known as Divine Gate, it is so powerful that it treats almost everything – stress, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammatory diseases, etc.

“Dear Stress, let’s break-up”

Sympathetic / Autonomic:

Brings a patient back to “relaxation mode”. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to jump start our bodies into fight or flight mode for survival purposes. When that part of our system is activated, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can put all our energy into doing whatever is required to survive an emergency situation. However, many people often live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state, always on high alert, anxious, fearful, and energetically out of balance. Living this way leads to a multitude of mental, emotional, and physical health issues; insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues are some of the most common. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand, is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. Treating the Sympathetic / Autonomic Point will bring your body back to this state.


In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.


In Eastern Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with anger. This point helps to lift depression, strengthen digestion, improve blood circulation, and alleviate aches and pains.


In Eastern Medicine, the Lung meridian is associated with the emotion of sadness. The lung point controls breathing, cleanses the skin, stops diarrhea, and assists in letting go mentally.


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Mckenzie Lake Chiropractic
16764 Mckenzie Lake
Boulevard SE
Calgary, AB T2Z 1W3
Phone: (403) 726-6325
Fax: (403) 257-0010