nada éireann







About Us

NADA Éireann was established about 10 years ago by Jim Byrne.  The NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol was developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx and was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings.  The 3-5 point ear acupuncture formula controlled withdrawal symptoms and helped patients become more clear-headed and comfortable.  Jim trained in the protocol at Lincoln and came back to Ireland to help people in inner-city Dublin. He also worked in the Midlands, in Belfast and Ballymena.  Unfortunately he passed away in 2002 but his work continues on.

The 21 century has brought a remarkable expansion in the use of the NADA protocol.  It is used in 130 prisons in England.  The jail program was expanded because of an 80% reduction in violent incidents.  Post-trauma treatments have been given to community members after 9/11 in New York and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  Treatments for firemen have been permanently institutionalized in both cities.  Ear acupuncture for stress has been used by thousands of military personnel in India through NADA/India.

NADA acupuncture has changed the face of psychiatric hospital care in Northern Europe.  Over 3,000 nurses have been trained in 100 different government facilities.  Refugee services in war-torn areas have been particularly impressive.  The DARE program in Thailand has provided ear acupuncture for many years with a dozen different Burmese tribes in border camps.  NADA was introduced as training in refugee camps in East Africa in May 2008.  By the end of the year, 18,000 treatments were provided by the refugee trainees.

NADA members have used magnetic beads to treat children with ADHD and autism-spectrum disorders, and violence-prone adolescents.  Many instances of prolonged improvement have occurred, but this technique is only in an early stage of evaluation.

NADA is a non-verbal approach.  There are no diagnostic procedures.  The ear points provide a balancing effect:  some fall asleep; some feel relief of depression; some seem to be meditating.  These balancing effects continue from one to several days even though the patient may be exposed to contrasting emergencies during that time.  It is a coping and preventive effect.

We’re hoping that this year’s NADA/International conference in Dublin will re-vitalize Jim’s work in spreading NADA Éireann -- in order to help the many people who will benefit from this simple and effective treatment.