NADA Acupuncture for the Trauma of COVID
In January of his year I participated for two weeks in assisting the respiratory therapists in the management of ventilators, BiPap, and high-flow oxygen for COVID patients in the ICU. As anesthesiologists, we were asked to volunteer to help out during the very crucial time of the third wave of high infection rates. The therapists were short staffed and overworked, so some of us worked evenings to alleviate their fatigue and basically lift their moraIe.
I found the experience very rewarding. I was amazed at how dedicated the respiratory therapists were to their patients. Being in the OR all day, I had forgotten how essential these people are to the recovery process of our patients. I couldn’t help but think that these health workers had to have also suffered from PTSD taking care of so many sick COVID patients — many of whom died.
I inquired with the director of the RT Department if I could to offer a free group acupuncture clinic for the respiratory therapist team. They agreed and were enthusiastic to experience an acupuncture treatment. I decided on the NADA protocol because of its affiliation with the group known as Acupuncturists Without Borders. If you do not know of them, they offer a course teaching the NADA protocol to be used in settings of trauma (i.e., hurricane, flood, tornado, etc.), and I had taken the course in 2015.
So I had each participant sit comfortably in a chair and administered the following points with a brief explanation as I placed them in the ears bilaterally. They were left in for 30 minutes. I performed three sessions with eight participants in each.
- #1 point : Sympathetic – stress and reset button for the nervous system
- #2 point : Shen Men – creating calm in the heart
- #3 point : Kidney – the primary energy of your being, the fundamental drive to live
- #4 point: Liver – the movement upward and outward that gives direction and plan
- #5 point: Lung- taking and letting go … grief
The treatments were well received and provided relaxation and reflection for a group of people who had been at the forefront of the COVID battle.
Nancy Lorenzini, MD, DABMA
AAMA Board of Directors