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Articles on the Use of Magnetic Acupressure Beads

Beads and seeds are a simple technique to offer support for hard times. In our ‘Beads and Seeds’ Resources section, we have a compilation of articles and research on beads and seeds.

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This collection of articles can be used as an outreach and education tool when introducing people to the use of the acupressure beads and seeds as a simpler and more economical way to access the benefits of the NADA protocol. Read the articles. 


The Magnetic Beads in Practice by Jo Ann Lenney

Although I consistently use the one bead on the same point, I get many different responses – emotional and physical. One woman told me it had helped her headaches, but it also eased her sciatic pain. Read more.

Prison Staff and Mentors Widely Use the Beads in Northern Ireland

One of my clients came to the session with the beads on his ears. I asked who had put them on for him, and he informed me that another prisoner had been at the acupuncture clinic and had got them put on there. My client told me that he had been stressed and his friend knew the beads would help, so he took them off his own ears and put them on my client – and put them on correctly! Read more.

I was totally inspired that one prisoner would do this to help another, and that they both knew and believed the beads would help.†Trish Cathcart, Northern Ireland

The What, Where and How of Applying Acupressure Beads by Jo Ann Lenney

The beads are easy and simple to use. If you can get the help of an 8-year-old so much the better. I once told NADA’s founder, Michael Smith, that it might be interesting to give some children a little bit of instruction and then see where they would place the beads – he thought it would be more interesting to give them no instruction and see where they would place the beads. Read more.

Reciprocity Brings Acudetox to Homeless Youth in New York City by Taz Tagore

Chelsea Hoagland, a social worker at Reciprocity, said, “The kinds of conversations I’m able to have with our students after a treatment are wildly different from the conversations I would have had without them. The youth are more open, less afraid and more ready to embrace change.” Read more.

“Such a gift. Radical effect. Off the charts.” Taz Tagore, Reciprocity Foundation co-founder

Stories of Change with the Beads from Natascha Neben

Every week I have a little story with the beads. One day a woman from the refugee center who comes to my weekly consultation hour brought her husband with her. I didn`t speak her language, so she just showed me his ear to give him the beads like she got them one week before. She must have had a good benefit from them since she brought him to me. Read more.

And the Bead Goes Where? by Jo Ann Lenney

At Lincoln, the clients’ children were in charge of bead placement on Saturdays. My role was to lift them up, so they could reach the adults’ ears. At first, I concentrated mainly on watching their placement, but eventually I learned more by looking at their faces. They showed curiosity and confidence and focus on what they were doing. I try to replicate that now when I do a bead treatment.

“One trainee said to put it where it feels good. Another said to follow the bead in.” Jo Anne Lenney


Want to share your own story? Get in touch.

Jo Ann Lenney is the co-editor of Guidepoints and is in active correspondence with many who use acupressure beads, both in clinical and outreach efforts. If you would like to share your own experience with beads, send her your story at joannlenney@yahoo.com.