What is a Community Acupuncture Clinic?
Community acupuncture is the practice of providing acupuncture in a community setting. In the clinic we practice the NADA protocol.
You walk in. You sign a waiver. You sit down. You are in a big quiet room with other people just like you. You all sit in a circle. Your acupuncturist, Christopher Cole, will put 5 needles in each of your ears. You sit quietly for up to 45 minutes. He takes out the needles. You feel better.
You can leave or stay and talk about how the treatment effected you. You pay as much as you want. We have no expectations about payment.
What is the “NADA protocol”?
At five designated ear points in each auricle (outer ear), clinicians trained through NADA apply fine gauge, sterilized, one-time use stainless steel needles just under the skin, where they remain for up to an hour while the client (in most circumstances) relaxes quietly in a comfortable chair. Ordinarily, groups of clients sit together while undergoing the treatment. The procedure functions as an adjunct to a comprehensive treatment program offering the basic therapeutic elements of counseling, education, family involvement, mutual support group involvement, supportive health care of general nature. 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 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.
The NADA protocol is also known commonly referred to as: acu detox, acupuncture detoxification, five point ear acupuncture protocol, five point protocol, 5NP.
Beyond the actual needling treatment, a key element of the protocol specifies qualities of behavior and attitude on the part of the clinician, consistent with what is known as the Spirit of NADA.
What is the Spirit of NADA?
Since the NADA Protocol works by mobilizing the existing internal resources of the patient, every aspect of a clinician’s interaction with persons in need is to help them help themselves. Opening access to the treatment itself comes first. This occurs through eliminating unnecessary bureaucratic, socio-economic and environmental barriers to starting a program of recovery. The next task is to create a zone of peace within which patients can begin to experience their own inner strengths. Finally, and in respect to the other aspects, keep it simple.
Where and when is the clinic held?
I am currently looking for a new venue for the clinic in Grimsby.
Treatment of traumatic stress through acupuncture has been systemized and used world-wide by the aid organisation Acupuncturists Without Borders. Christopher Cole is a proud member. For more about their work, see http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/.