Ear Acupuncture Clinics at TACO

The 5 Needle Protocol (or 5NP, also commonly called acudetox or the NADA protocol) is a safe, simple, and effective treatment designed to be used by non-acupuncturists for addiction and recovery support, trauma, stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly thrown a wrench into everyone’s best-laid plans, TACO still hopes to be able to schedule ear acupuncture clinics in the future, so stay tuned!

TACO hosted a training for Auricular Acu-technicians in January of 2020. Our training was one of the first offered by POCA (the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, of which TACO is a proud member), as we launch our Auricular Acu-Technician training program, building off of decades of work to expand access to this simple tool by the Black Panther Party, Young Lords, and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). More information about the POCA Auricular Acu-Technician or AAT training program available here: www.pocacoop.com/ears.

Our trainees will then get their AZ Acu-detox Certificate to enable them to practice in an approved CDP (chemical dependency program). Backyard Healthcare Project (our nonprofit) is an approved CDP. The State of AZ Acupuncture Board of Examiners is currently working on changing the statute so that this protocol can be used to not only treat chemical dependency, alcoholism, and substance use disorders, but so that it can be used to address psychological trauma. Until that happens, our ear acupuncture clinics are restricted to using the 5NP to address addiction, withdrawal, and recovery support. The effects of the 5NP are strongest in a group setting. We recommend resting with the needles in for 30 to 40 minutes each time you come.

How often should I come?

As often as you can or want to! At least weekly is always a good idea. It’s normal for it to take a few treatments before you start noticing lasting effects from acupuncture. It is still helpful to receive acupuncture less often, but may take longer for you to feel relief. In general, the more acute your symptoms, the more often you should consider coming in.

Does it hurt? Is it safe?

Most people find acupuncture very relaxing, with minimal sensation from the needles. If a needle is uncomfortable for you, let the person giving the treatment know, and they can remove or adjust it. The tiny needles we use are single-use and sterile. Acupuncture has an excellent safety record with very few negative side effects.

How does it work?

Although there are many theories, no one knows just how acupuncture works. The best way to find out if acupuncture is right for you and your condition is to try it.

Does it help with weight loss?

We get asked this question all the time! Acupuncture helps at least a little bit with most things, but we see a lot of people and don’t see a direct cause and effect relationship between acupuncture and weight loss. We also operate from a Health At Every Size™ framework, meaning we support you in moving towards your health and wellness goals, whatever your body’s shape or size.