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How is Acupuncture and Black Panthers Connected?

How is Community Acupuncture connected to African Liberation month?

Community Acupuncture can be traced back to China where it is common practice to treat people in a big room, lots of chairs, lots of people with needles!

The NADA protocol was developed in the mid-1970s, by Dr. Michael Smith, a medical doctor at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx area of New York. He modified an existing system of auricular acupuncture into a simple technique for the treatment of many common drug addictions as an alternative to methadone. Later, he established the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, aka NADA.

NADA treatments are done primarily in a community setting and are offered free or at low cost to ensure the economic barriers to receiving treatment for addiction and trauma are reduced.

So, what's the connection?

The Lincoln Detox Centre, where NADA began in 1985, was originally founded as a detox centre in the early 70’s (1970/71) by members of several activist political organizations, notably the Black Panthers, the Young Lords & White Lightening. Acupuncture was used at the detox centre to treat people as they came off of various drugs.

Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Assata Shakur's brother and fellow activist, led the detox program from 1971-78 for the Lincoln Hospital Detoxification Program in the Bronx, New York. From 1978 to 1982, Dr. Shakur was the co-founder and co-director of the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America, also known as BAAANA and the Harlem institute of Acupuncture.

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