About Us

NADA GB supports the development and training in the five point ear acupuncture treatment known as the NADA protocol.

Initially used as an effective system for helping addiction and substance misuse, the NADA protocol has since proven successful when integrated as part of an holistic health plan to support:

  • Post traumatic stress syndrome
  • General stress
  • Trauma recovery in communities following major catastrophes
  • Mental health
  • Anxiety management and panic disorder
  • Aiding recovery from some prescribed medication dependency
  • Promotes relaxation in young people with behavioural disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss / gain
  • Ameliorating side effects from drug treatment in cancer, HEP C, HIV/AIDS
  • Helps the Immune system
  • The protocol is known to have a calming effect on the central nervous system.

What does NADA mean?

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. It is also known as Acudetox.

What we do

NADA GB is a training and advocacy organisation established to make a positive difference to healthcare workers and the communities they serve through the use of the NADA five point ear acupuncture.

In addition, we:

1. Educate the public.
2. Train healthcare workers in use of the NADA protocol.
3. Maintain a NADA GB members register.
3. Provide ongoing support for the people we train,
4. Offer consultation and training to organisations.
5. Distribute NADA GB-approved research and reference materials.

A brief history of NADA

Acupuncture used in the treatment of addiction is a recent development of the history of this ancient art. Asian cultures have placed needles in precise locations on the body to relieve pain and
treat disease. Only since 1973, when Hong Kong neurosurgeon H L Wen, discovered that acupuncture could alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal has this method been used for detoxification and relapse prevention.

In 1985 the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA U.S.) was established by Dr. Michael Smith, Director of the Lincoln Recovery Centre, New York, to promote education and training of substance misuse counsellors in the NADA fi ve point protocol.

In 1988, the NADA five point protocol was introduced into the United Kingdom by John Tindall (NADA GB Chairperson) and in 1990 he founded NADA – UK, a registered Charity.

There are approximately 1,700 NADA practitioners working in over 500 treatment settings throughout Britain.

These days the NADA-style treatment is used to treat much broader fields than addiction and substance misuse.


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