The Five Points of Peace eases suffering, provides for serenity and reminds the body of its innate ability to heal and create balance.
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The Five Points of Peace, also commonly referred to as NADA, Acu Detox and the Five Point Protocol, has come to be recognized as a valuable treatment for anyone, anywhere. I am a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Acu-detox is currently used throughout the world in a broad range of environments to support:

  • Addictions Recovery and Maintenance
  • First Responders and Healthcare Workers
  • Active Military and Veterans
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Mental Health & Behavioral Health
  • Cancer Treatment Recovery
  • Musicians and Artists and Actors
  • College Students
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients and Caregivers
  • Trauma and Disaster Relief.

The NADA treatment consists of five small, sterilized, disposable stainless steel needles placed at specific points in each ear and retained for up to 45 minutes. Each point has multiple functions associated with it that restore balance to the body-mind-spirit. This detox treatment is rooted in the elemental laws of nature. It is simple, powerful and deeply restorative.

Commonly Reported Recipient Benefits of NADA are:
- Overall sense of relaxation - mentally and physically
- Reduced pain - physical and emotional
- Increased sense of purpose and well-being
- Mental clarity and calmness
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved energy levels
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved bowel functioning
- General improvement of body functions
- Improved relationships with oneself and with family and community
- Aids in the ability to listen deeply and be less reactive
- Relief of emotional trauma – death of loved ones, significant life changes, post-traumatic stress
- Support with addictions recovery (smoking, alcohol, drugs, food, etc.) to include: relapse prevention, craving reduction and recovery maintenance

Commonly Reported Organization Benefits of NADA are:
- Decrease in burnout and turnover rates
- Improved relationships between staff
- Reports of being less stressed as well as smoking and eating less
- Increase in job satisfaction
- Increase in job performance
- Fewer sick days utilized


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In 1972, H.L. Wen, M.D., a Hong Kong neurosurgeon, discovered that acupuncture could alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. His method has since been used for detoxification and relapse prevention. In the United States, acupuncture detoxification was first introduced on an outpatient basis in 1974 at Lincoln Hospital, a city facility in the South Bronx area of New York City. By the mid-1980’s, the success of this unique procedure had become so evident that treatment facilities across the United States began incorporating acupuncture into their substance abuse programming.

In 1985, The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was founded to promote education and training of the acudetox protocol. The NADA acronym derives its meaning from the Spanish word “nada” which translates to “nothing” - a reminder that the treatment is a non-pharmaceutical and non-verbal form of health care. This supports the recipient’s cultivation of an inner sense of calm. The treatment eases suffering, provides for serenity and reminds the body of its innate ability to heal and create balance.

 Photography: Donald P. Brown, Jr.

Photography: Donald P. Brown, Jr.