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Community Partner Organizations

TAMA Research has been working with HealingGround since 2014 in addressing our community members who live with pain. This company developed a small device that sits in the palm of the hand and delivers unique frequencies that are welcomed by the client's body healing cells damaged by disease and trauma. Biomedical Engineer, Ali Shambayati, bound with paralysis in a wheelchair visited an acupuncturist who applied current to Yin-Yang points to relieve Ali's pain. Ali devoted the next two decades to develop a tool for therapists such as those found within HealingGround to use in their communities. We are thrilled to bring this innovative tool to the Indianhead region. 

Ventures Unlimited provides vocational training and activities programming for the disabled in the community. HealingGround has been providing therapeutic services to this organization since 2003.

Dermatology-M was created by Mazin Al-Khafaji, Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China); FRCHM (Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine); founder of Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine in the UK. Dr. Al-Khafaji is the leading clinician in the field of Chinese Medicine Dermatology, Auto-Immune, Allergic Diseases and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Western world. HealingGround was in the initial U.S. Chinese Medicine Dermatology Diploma Course moving through all levels that then allowed access to the Avicenna Dispensary---a unique TCM pharmacy. HealingGround is pleased to be able to provide our community access to Dr. Al-Khafji's formulations in Dermatology-M.

Community Resources

HealingGround has been an Acupuncturists Without Borders Community Clinic applying the Medicine of Peace in healing community trauma since 2016. HealingGround uses the microsystem of auricular acupuncture to treat trauma applying small pellets to points within the ear. We rely on the NADA 5 Needle Protocol as a primary clinical tool because it is well researched, simple, powerful, safe, low-cost and easy to administer in our setting.  

The NADA Protocol was developed in the 1970’s at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx by community health workers and members of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. Used initially as an alternative to methadone for people addicted to heroin, the NADA Protocol has come into contemporary use as a comprehensive auricular treatment for pain, stress and trauma. AWB uses NADA when the organization works in disaster and conflict zones, particularly when treating large groups of people who have shared stressful, traumatic experiences. Treating people in a collective, communal environment is even more effective because the regulatory effect of the protocol is enhanced by the group.

The NADA Protocol is a complete Five Element treatment that uniquely regulates each person. For some, regulation means relaxation, for others it means re-embodiment and activation. HealingGround offers the Medicine of Peace to our community using the NADA Protocol points: Shen Men, Sympathetic, Kidney, Liver and Lung:


  • Shen Men is the Fire Point that fosters connection to self and others, often disrupted when a person holds trauma.

  • Kidney is the Water Point that sustains faith and hope that recovery is possible.

  • Liver is the Wood Point that cultivates structure, growth and the ability to change, all essential to trauma healing.

  • Lung is the Metal Point that helps a person “let go.”

  • There is no Earth point in the NADA Protocol. Earth is the treatment circle itself, which safely grounds each person. Safety is essential in trauma healing.

  • Sympathetic is a regulation point that helps the system move from chaos to greater balance.

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