Stop Smoking with Acupuncture?

The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) five-point ear acupuncture protocol is used successfully in US and UK drug rehabilitation clinics. It been shown to decrease significantly:

Cravings for alcohol and drugs eg. nicotine, methadone, cocaine

Withdrawal symptoms


Inpatient detoxification admissions

Anxiety, insomnia and agitation

Stop Smoking Research

The NADA protocol was established in 1985 and consists of the insertion of five, small, fine, disposable, sterile stainless steel needles under the surface of the skin on specific sites in the outer ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-40 minutes, relaxing. These five points are standard points for the treatment of substance misuse and anxiety management.

In 1987, Bullock, Culliton and Olander published research on its effectiveness in treating people with chronic drug dependency problems. Acupuncture detoxification evolved rapidly and is now used effectively for acute and prolonged withdrawal as well as relapse prevention.

Yale University, school of internal medicine, published a research report in the August 2000 (Archives of Internal Medicine) that showed the effectiveness of the NADA protocol in the treatment of cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction. This protocol is used for the withdrawal from nicotine to help smokers stop smoking.