NAET is a system of treatment designed to treat all types of allergies. It combines applied kinesiology or muscle testing, with concepts taken from acupuncture. Diagnosis and treatment are simple, yet highly effective for treating many different forms of allergies. The system was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad who is both an acupuncturist and a chiropractor. She named the treatment Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Therapy or NAET.
What are Allergies?
An allergy is an abnormal response from the body to a substance. Allergens can be inhaled, eaten, or encountered by touch or smell. Normally, antibodies in the blood- stream and tissues react to destroy specific antigens. In an allergic person, however, the reaction of the allergen with the antibody leads to side-effects. Different allergens affect different people in different ways causing a wide range of symptoms. These include sneezing, asthma, fatigue, indigestion, nausea, dermatitis, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis or coma.
Testing For Allergies
On the first visit at least ten major categories of food and other substances are tested. These include calcium, sugars, salts, minerals, vitamins and metals. Once any of these that have shown to be allergens have been treated and cleared, other allergens are tested. These are selected according to the individual case-history and the particular medical problems that the patient is experiencing. Commonly tested allergens are pollens, dust, caffeine, gluten, and milk products.
Diagnosis using the NAET method is very simple. The patient lies down and holds a vial of the suspected allergy in one hand. The other arm is held at a right angle to the body and the practitioner applies gentle pressure against the arm. If the patient is not allergic to the substance the arm will remain strong and at a right angle to the body. However, if the patient is allergic to the substance, the arm will become weak and the patient will be unable to resist the pressure that the practitioner is exerting.
To determine which organs are involved, specific acupuncture points on the chest are touched while the muscle test is given. If the arm becomes weak while a particular point is being touched, it indicates that the organ associated with that point is involved with the patient's allergy. This test determines which acupuncture points on the back are selected for the treatment.
The primary form of treatment is through the use of acupuncture points on the back. These points are stimulated by either strong massage or by using a chiropractic adjuster. To reinforce the treatment other acupuncture points are selected and stimulated using either needles or acupressure.
For twenty-five hours after the treatment it is essential that the patient does not come into close contact with the allergen for which they have just been treated. This gives the body time to absorb and maintain the treatment. After twenty-five hours the patient does not have to avoid the allergen. At the next treatment, using the muscle testing technique, the allergen is retested to see if the treatment has held. If it has not held, the treatment is given again. If it has held, another allergen can be treated.
Reactions to treatment vary a great deal from one patient to another. Some patients report feeling better immediately, while others may find their symptoms may be exacerbated for a few days before an improvement is noticed. The number of treatments needed varies a good deal from one patient to another. Some patients may need only a few sessions while others may require more extensive treatment.
The overall effect of treatment is to strengthen the patient and increase vitality and well-being.
NAET can be effective in treating a wide range of illnesses such as:
- Back pain
- Colds & flu
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