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NADA Protocol

The NADA Auricular Acupuncture system is a simple, easy to learn, stand-alone and highly effective treatment. The NADA protocol was originally implemented to ease detox symptoms arising from drug and alcohol abuse and has also shown to have positive results in the treatment of insomnia, stress and trauma. No diagnosis is required as the protocol utilizes 5 specific acupuncture points in each ear. This specialized system has shown such incredible results that it is used throughout the world in:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehab Centres
  • Community Acupuncture Clinics
  • Support Groups
  • Trauma Centres

The NADA course is the perfect introduction for people looking to share the benefits of acupuncture with their clients, schools, peers, family, friends, etc. The course is open to anyone, including:

  • Talk Therapists / Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Osteopaths
  • Massage Therapists
  • Yoga Teachers
    * No prior acupuncture training is required *

As with all the courses associated with the Willowbrook Academy of Traditional Healing Arts, the NADA Auricular Acupuncture course is heavily geared towards hands on learning. Students receive a lot of needling practice firstly using rubber ears before graduating onto the ears of their peers.
We are confident that upon completion of the course, you will have both the skills and confidence to safely and effectively share the benefits of the NADA protocol with your community.

The NADA Auricular Acupuncture course is run over 2 days and covers the following:

  • Location of the five points
  • Needling technique
  • Contraindications
  • Safety aspects
  • Client communication
  • Working in a group setting
  • Needling practice
  • Case studies

The cost for the 2-day course is €150.

Please contact us with any questions or comments.

History of NADA:
Asian Cultures have placed needles in precise locations on the body to relieve pain and treat disease since ancient times.
In 1973 a Chinese doctor was the first to report successful treatment of addiction withdrawal. HL Wen, a neurosurgeon in Hong Kong observed that opiate users who had undergone surgery and received acupuncture for postoperative pain relief experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms. Subsequent clinical studies established acupuncture as a valuable treatment for other forms of addiction. In 1985 the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA US) 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 five point protocol. Acupuncture is a major component of the of the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine and is currently used in thousands of substance misuse settings in the UK, USA, Europe, and locations as diverse as Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, Africa, South America, Australia, India and Nepal.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the impact of withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, opiates, cocaine and amphetamines; it also diminishes the cravings associated with some of the most commonly abused substances including nicotine.
In addiction treatment, acupuncture is a non-verbal, non-threatening first stop intervention that has a calming effect on clients. As an initial form of substance misuse therapy, it has been shown to improve clients overall treatment response.
The NADA protocol is a simple practice based training, with a minimum of theory, designed to allow access for a wide base of practitioners not just healthcare providers.



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Cupping and Gua Sha
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Cupping and Gua Sha

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This one day course teaches you the basics of Cupping and Gua Sha with a focus on muscluoskeletal issues.

During the course you will cover:

  • Contraindications.
  • Static and moving cupping.
  • Basic Gua Sha techniques
  • Using a Jade comb and Jade roller
  • Explaining cup kiss and sha
  • Practice and protocols

Cupping is a great tool that can be utilized as a stand alone system or as part of an exisiting treatment by body workers. When combined with Gua Sha it almost doubles the therapeutic effects. 

Used together or individually cupping and gua sha work quickly to resolve the following issues: 

  • muscle pain
  • stiffness
  • adhesions 

This one day course will have a strong practical element to it so that attendees have a good skill set to take back to their practice and utilize instantly to the benefit of their clients.

€90 for the day
All course notes and a cupping kit included.
Tea Coffee and Lunch provided.


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