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Colette Assor

Stop Smoking with Ear Acupuncture

The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) five-point ear acupuncture protocol is used successfully in US and UK drug rehabilitation clinics. It been shown to decrease significantly:

  • Cravings for alcohol and drugs eg. nicotine, alcohol, drugs

  • Withdrawal symptoms

  • Relapse

  • Inpatient detoxification admissions

  • Anxiety, insomnia and agitation


Stop Smoking Research

The NADA protocol was established in 1985 and consists of the insertion of five, small, fine, disposable, sterile stainless steel needles under the surface of the skin on specific sites in the outer ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-40 minutes, relaxing. These five points are standard points for the treatment of substance misuse and anxiety management.

Individual treatments are available.


Yale University, school of internal medicine, published a research report in the August 2000 (Archives of Internal Medicine) that showed the effectiveness of the NADA protocol in the treatment of cocaine, heroin and methadone addiction. This protocol is used for the withdrawal from nicotine to help smokers stop smoking.


Colette Assor is a TCM acupuncturist with degree level training and 16 years experience. She is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.