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Working Group on Acupuncture in Psychiatry


Dr. Richard Musil

In recent years acupuncture has become increasingly integrated into multimodal treatment approaches for psychiatric disorders. In particular ear acupuncture according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, which was first used in addiction disorders, is being offered more frequently on general psychiatric and psychotherapeutic wards. This type of acupuncture is also now very often used in acute stress reactions and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Our working group studies the possibilities for implementing ear acupuncture according to the NADA protocol and its effectiveness. We also develop new treatment strategies by applying palpation-based acupuncture in various disorders.  


  • Christoph Colling, doctoral student in medicine
  • Christina Fennel, doctoral student in medicine
  • Henriette Tischer, doctoral student in medicine

Ongoing projects

  • NADA ear acupuncture in the symptomatic treatment of agitation in people with dementia: a randomised controlled rater-blinded pilot study (NAP study) – funded by NADA German Section e.V.
  • Acupuncture in psychiatry and psychosomatics – a differentiated analysis of its use in German psychiatric and psychosomatic hospitals and the associated opportunities and limitations
  • Observational study on the feasibility, practicability and effectiveness of ear acupuncture groups according to the NADA protocol


We regularly organise symposia on the topic of acupuncture in psychiatry in collaboration with the German Medical Society for Acupuncture (DÄGfA).


This link will take you to an overview of the most important publications of our working group.

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