The Sympathetic point balances the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It has a strong analgesic (pain relieving) and relaxant effect upon internal organs and it dilates blood vessels.
The Shen men point translates roughly as “spirit gate”. Needling this point generally helps to alleviate anxiety and nervousness, and produces a calming, relaxing effect. It helps the process of going within, supporting the internal journey of recovery.
The kidney in Chinese medicine is associated with growth, development, reproduction and the aging process. It is believed to store the source energy and the essence, or “Jing”. It is associated with fear, resolve/will power and rebirth.
Chinese medical theory associates the liver with resolving anger and aggression and with keeping both the emotions and the body’s systems moving smoothly.
In addition to respiration, the lung is also involved in immunity and protecting the body from disease. The lung is associated with the grieving process and with letting go.
* NADA - National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
What is the Nada Protocol
At five designated ear points in each auricle (outer ear), clinicians trained through NADA apply fine gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin, while the client relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. One main benefit is that this treatment can be done in a group setting and has established itself as a valuable tool in treating addictions, supporting detoxification, reducing cravings and supporting the recovery process .
Physically, the NADA protocol:
releases and reduces stress
leaves the patient feeling clear calm and focused