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October 19, 2012   Posted by: sagepage

Drop-In NADA Ear Acupuncture

When: Back to Calendar April 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Repeats: Weekly on Friday until March 13, 2016
Excluding: August 30, 2013, January 4, 2014, November 29, 2013, November 28, 2015, January 22, 2016, February 26, 2016
Where: Sage Community Health Collective
2514 W Armitage Ave
Chicago,IL 60647
Cost: donation
Contact: Sage Community Health Collective

NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. We use this acronym to refer to the 5-point ear acupuncture protocol we use for supporting detoxification from a variety of substances and for treating various addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic stress. Sage uses NADA as a community building, and community care tool by takingNADA to organizations and workplaces for group sessions. We also offer pay-what-you-can NADA ear acupuncture drop in hours on Fridays from 5-7 p.m.

Is NADA just for detoxing?

No! One of the main benefits of the NADA protocol is that it promotes a deep sense of peace in those who experience it, shifting the body out of fight or flight mode (sympathetic mode) and into parasympathetic mode, where we are able to rest, digest our food optimally, and reflect. Many of today’s chronic disorders stem from chronic exposure to stressful stimuli. NADA allows the body and being a chance to take a much needed break from the stressors of life to re-center, relax, heal. Many people who experience NADA immediately report better sleep, less headaches, less physical pain, and greater emotional wellbeing among other benefits.

The 5 Points of NADA

When we do the NADA Protocol, we use up to 5 points in each ear for each person. In this way, NADA levels the playing field, potentially getting folks on the same energetic wavelength, creating a collective healing experience. The 5 points we use are:

Sympathetic: relaxes the entire body, stimulates the Vagus nerve, promotes a shift from sympathetic mode into parasympathetic mode.

Shen Men (Spirit Door): relaxes the Mind, calms the Spirit, reduces anxiety

Kidney: promotes optimal Kidney function, transforms the effects of excess fear

Liver: promotes optimal Liver function, transforms the effects of excess anger and frustration

Lung: promotes optimal Lung function, transforms the effects of excess grief and loss

History of NADA

In 1985, Dr. Michael Smith and the staff at the South Bronx Lincoln Hospital developed the five ear points of the NADA Protocol, providing an empowering space for drug users to heal and transform during a time when drug users were widely criminalized. Since its creation, the NADAProtocol has been used as a tool for leveling the playing field, bringing together people of all classes, races, and backgrounds. Sage aspires to carry on the radical work of the NADA Organization by training as many IL L.Acs and MDs as we can to provide this powerful tool to their respective populations. We hope to change legislation eventually in a way that will allow non-L.Acs or MDs to become Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists in IL. If you are interested in supporting this work, please email us!

Ear Seeds

Another option for ear-based therapy at Sage is our ear seed treatment. Simply come in during our Drop-In Hours and request ear seeds, or you may obtain ear seeds as part of your community or individual acupuncture treatment. Ear seeds are Vaccaria seeds that are taped onto acupressure points in the ear to provide gentle stimulation to the points. Ear seeds can be kept on the ear’s surface for 5-7 days. Sage offers ear seed trainings for lay people to share with their family, friends, and loved ones. If you are interested in becoming trained in ear seeds, please email us!

Bring NADA to Your Organization!

NADA is a great community building and healing tool for families, organizations, student groups, retreats, and more! Email Sage at to discuss the details of bringing us out to YOU!

Join Us at Sage for NADA Lunch Hour or Happy Hour!

Bring your friends, family, or organization to our beautiful and serene space for a group NADA session! Email Sage at to discuss the details of setting up a group session with us!