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Renée K Barsa, L.Ac. of WellPath Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Cary, NC is a proud supporter and volunteer with both Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) and NADA, two non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting communities with group-style acupuncture. This simple, powerful 5-point ear acupuncture protocol can provide a tremendous amount of support and healing for people in need.


The NADA protocol was originally developed by Dr. Michael Smith in the 1970’s and 80’s, when he discovered its calming effect for his patients going through withdrawal from chemical dependency. His patient success rates increased to such a degree that he felt compelled to educate and train others. NADA quickly spread worldwide, and its use expanded to treating survivors of disasters, both natural and human-inflicted, around the globe.

To learn more, visit the NADA website.

Following the disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Acupuncturists Without Borders was founded to help care for those affected by the storms, including first responders, emergency workers, fellow volunteers and evacuees.

AWB’s Mission:

Acupuncturists Without Borders provides immediate disaster relief and recovery to communities that are in crisis resulting from disaster or human conflict. AWB is committed to creating alliances with local community-based organizations and treating all who have been affected – survivors, first responders, emergency personnel, and other care providers.

AWB uses community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate treatment in a group setting. This model of treatment allows everyone treated to experience relief from stress and trauma together. When the entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it.

You can learn more about this organization through the AWB website.

If you would like to know more about this work, Renée would be happy to talk with you further.