It was during one of those strangely mild days in February that Maggie Radford really wanted a drink. She’d been sober for months and knew the cravings would come and go, but this one was lingering. She was already anxious — a Family Day reunion with her estranged son was imminent — so she did the one thing that could put her overworked mind at ease: She took five needles in the ear.
“I went into a kind of dreaming mode,” Radford says.
She was given a simple acupuncture
technique called the NADA protocol, an insertion of fine gauge,
stainless steel needles into five particular points of the ear, and when
she opened her eyes 45 minutes later, Radford says her mind was much
“I could’ve stayed there all day,” she says.
Her acupuncturist, Ash Yoon, said she could stay as long as she
liked. Yoon runs the Toronto Acupuncture Studio (TAS), one of two
full-time community clinics in the city. She ministers to up to 16
people in a single session. Unlike the private model, which charges up
to $150 per hour, TAS offers a more langorous and affordable option.
Payment is on a sliding scale, from $15 to $35 per session, and it is
this type of flexibility that allows someone like Radford, who lives off
$950 in Ontario Disability Support Payments (ODSP) each month, to
“There’s no other way I could afford this,” says Radford, who has
previously attempted private treatment but gave it up as too costly. “No
matter how many times I arrive in a funk,” she explains, “I always
leave feeling much better.”
Source - National Post (Canada)