NADA - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association

(NADA)

As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, I am certified in this specialized, standardized auricular acupuncture protocol. The NADA protocol consists of five specific auricular (ear) acupuncture points, that address the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of individuals dealing with behavioral health issues; including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. The needles are usually retained for 30-45 minutes, typically in a group setting. 

 

Explanation of the NADA points

Shen Men:
Shen Men is a Master Point. Master points are always electrically active in comparison to other points on the ear. This point is often needled first in acupuncture, it relaxes the mind and helps the body to become more receptive to treatment. Shen Men is also known as Divine Gate, it is so powerful that it treats almost everything – stress, anxiety, depression, pain, inflammatory diseases, etc.

Sympathetic / Autonomic:
Brings a patient back to “relaxation mode”. Our sympathetic nervous system is designed to jump start our bodies into fight or flight mode for survival purposes. When that part of our system is activated, our digestive and organ functions shut down so that we can put all our energy into doing whatever is required to survive an emergency situation. However, many people often live in a constant sympathetic nervous system state, always on high alert, anxious, fearful, and energetically out of balance. Living this way leads to a multitude of mental, emotional, and physical health issues; insomnia, anxiety and digestive issues are some of the most common. Parasympathetic mode, on the other hand,  is where we should be most of the time. This is where our body regenerates and heals. Treating the Sympathetic / Autonomic Point will bring your body back to this state.

Kidney:
In Eastern Medicine, the kidney meridian is associated with fear. This point improves willpower, calms fear, is good for backache, and calms digestion.

Liver:
In Eastern Medicine, the liver meridian is associated with anger. This point helps to lift depression, strengthen digestion, improve blood circulation, and alleviate aches and pains.

Lung:
In Eastern Medicine, the Lung meridian is associated with the emotion of sadness. The lung point controls breathing, cleanses the skin, stops diarrhea, and assists in letting go mentally.

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine  The NADA protocol is best utilized as an adjunct therapy, in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment program that ideally offers other therapeutic elements such as counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, and supportive medical health care. Clients in all types of treatment settings; including inpatient, outpatient, incarcerated, shelters, harm reduction and street outreach, can utilize this treatment. Among the benefits reported by both clients and clinicians are improved program retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude toward the process of recovery, as well as reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbance and need for pharmaceuticals.

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NADA - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

NADA Points

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

 

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com