Oriental Medicine and Health Services

Addiction Therapy


  • Though acupuncture is of Chinese origin, modern auricular acupuncture came from France.
  • In 1957, Dr. Paul Nogier, from Lyon, France observed scars on the ears of a patient who was successfully treated for sciatic pain.
  • Research led him to develop a map of the ear based upon the inverted fetus concept.
  • Nogier's work was presented in France and then published by a German acupuncture society, then translated into Chinese.
  • In 1958, the Nanking Army Ear acupuncture research team in China verified the clinical accuracy of Dr. Nogier's concept of "the little man on the ear."
  • This easy concept spread to the masses and was further developed in China.

Lincoln Hospital - South Bronx

  • In 1974, Lincoln Hospital began a substance abuse program to replace methadone treatment with acupuncture.
  • Over the next 10 years, an auricular acupuncture protocol was developed and fine-tuned that eliminated withdrawal symptoms and significantly decreased relapse rates.
  • At first it was used solely on Methadone addicts, but then expanded in the treatment of all drug, alcohol, and smoking addictions.

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

  • In 1985, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was founded to extend the example of Lincoln Hospital into other treatment settings.
  • NADA uses the 5 needle protocol developed from the Lincoln Hospital research.
    • Beneficial in the process of detoxification from substance abuse
    • Helps with the emotional, physical, and psychological attributes involved in addictions
  • This particular protocol (now commonly called the NADA protocol) is perhaps the most widely researched aspect of acupuncture in the USA.