As a nutritionist and allergy sufferer, I am always on the look-out
for new allergy tests and treatments. So, when I read an article
about NAET last year, I was intrigued. It sounded too good to be
true. It seemed to suggest that here was a technique that really
could clear my allergies.
This would be great news not only for me, but for all my patients with wheat
and dairy problems. My experience has been that some people can clear intolerances
by simply avoiding the foods for long enough and looking after their gut, liver
and immune health. But some, including me, can’t.
Can it be true?
With my usual healthy dose of cynicism, I started to research NAET. The more
I read, the more unlikely it sounded, but I couldn’t find a bad word written
about it. I spoke to a couple of UK practitioners who seemed to confirm everything
I was reading. I discovered there was a basic training seminar in the UK coming
up and booked myself onto it. I went, I scoffed, I disbelieved, but I gained
my certificate; it all felt far too improbable. (I’ve since found out that
most NAET practitioners, and indeed patients, feel this way at the start!)
Since completing my training, I have had successful treatment myself from an
experienced practitioner, I have treated myself for food allergies and I set
up a three- month trial with ‘guinea-pig’ patients to see if it would
work - which it has, so far. I have also been in regular contact with other practitioners
on the same training course who seem to have found the same as me. This article
describes what NAET is and what I have found so far.
What is it?
NAET was invented by Dr Devi Nambudripad. She was born in India and moved to
the US in the 1970s. From birth, she suffered from severe allergies and subsisted
for years on a diet of white rice and broccoli to control her symptoms. On her
quest to find help, she trained in medicine herself, first as a registered nurse
and later as a doctor and an acupuncturist.
She has a PhD in oriental medicine, is a qualified chiropractor and kinesiologist.
In 1983, still trying to find an answer to her own allergies, she combined several
of the techniques she’d learned and pretty much stumbled onto the solution.
A clash of energies
Dr Devi does not see ‘allergy’ in the same terms as Western medicine,
but from an Eastern medical perspective - as a sort of ‘clash’ between
the energies of the substance and the person.
We are all energetic beings and everything on earth has its own energetic fingerprint
and electromagnetic field. Sometimes, these energies can affect one another adversely
and cause blockages along our own energy meridians which, in turn, can affect
the functioning of our organs and systems.
It seems that the brain perceives a substance wrongly and sort of mis-categorises
it, thinking of it as a threat. It then mobilises the immune system against the
intruder and the normal allergic reactions result. Why the brain does this is
still a mystery, although Dr Devi does hypothesise that it could be due to cellular
mutation or damage that has taken place over generations and/or as a result of
toxins in the environment.
‘Rebooting’ the brain
As Dr Devi developed this theory, she discovered that if the roots of the sympathetic
nervous system along the spine are stimulated, the brain will receive messages
that enable it to correct its faulty perception of the substance. I think of
this like a computer having a virus and the treatment rebooting the brain after
a virus software update!
Once the short treatment is complete, further acupuncture points are stimulated,
the patient is allowed to rest and then has to avoid contact with the allergen
for 25 hours. After this, the ‘clash’ of energies should have gone
and there should be no further reaction to the allergen.
This technique has been developed and used for over 20 years in the US, with
great success. It has only recently been taught to practitioners across Europe
and there are so far around 30 or so practising therapists in the UK.
My experience with it so far has shown me – and my patients – that
it does work, although my patients laugh when I say I haven’t really got
a clue why! Straight after the training, I went to see a practitioner in Leicestershire
for treatment for an allergy to garlic. I had always suffered health problems
myself but had largely found that if I avoided wheat, gluten and dairy, I was
However, over the previous year, I had begun to get intense itching, especially
in my ears, and would often lie awake at night suffering, waking in the morning
with swollen ears and blood all over my pillow. I gradually tracked it down to
whenever I ate garlic.
I had one NAET treatment for garlic, avoided it for 25 hours and then ate a raw
clove – with no reaction over the next few days. I ate it again and again,
and have been fine ever since.
Clearing basic allergens
I must make it clear that carrying out treatment for a substance like garlic
first of all is a little unusual as you have to clear a certain list of basic
Every patient is tested and treated for any allergen found first. (I use the
MRT muscle testing technique – an adapted form of kinesiology.) These allergens
are the basic building blocks for the body to work properly and later, deeper
and more complex treatments are more likely to be successful after these ‘basics’ have
The basic allergens include things like B complex, minerals and sugars. The list
has been developed over the years as being the most common and those that need
to be cleared for true health.
Most people find their health has improved significantly by clearing their ‘basics’ and
I have even found that people’s allergies to other substances clear as
a result of clearing one or two basic allergens. For example, a wheat allergy
could clear because the person was allergic to B vitamins within the grain. Or
it may be that if you clear a really important allergy for you, all of the others
clear as a result. This happened to one of my guinea pig patients.
‘Guinea pig’ success
I asked my guinea pigs not to tell me what their problems were and used the muscle
testing technique we had been taught to discover what was wrong.
One lady had severe allergies to wool and dust. We treated her for her first ‘basic’ allergen
- egg mix (a mix containing the energetic fingerprints of egg white, egg yolk,
chicken, feathers and tetracyclines, a common antibiotic used in chickens). Her
wool and dust allergies cleared. We were both stunned – I thought I’d
done something wrong and didn’t trust my testing. I sent her home to wear
her worst woolly jumper and she has had no reaction since. Over Christmas, she
cleared out her very dusty loft and again had none of her usual flu-like symptoms.
My other guinea pigs included a patient with quite severe health problems, similar
to MS in terms of loss of muscle, brain and system function, but who had defied
a diagnosis. She recently wrote to say that since starting NAET, she has ‘lost
the feeling of being ill and now feel I am getting back to a level of normality.’ That’s
the best thing a practitioner can hear, especially from someone with such severe
problems – and after only five NAET sessions for her basic allergies.
After the third basic allergy treatment, another patient with eczema had improved
dramatically. Her skin is no longer as angry or raised and is showing clear signs
of healing new skin underneath.
One lady had such severe food intolerances, she became panicky and anxious after
almost everything she ate. She has only had 2 treatments so far, but already
is eating foods she was previously reacting to. Yet another lady felt like her ‘battery
had been recharged’ after a treatment for iron. After the 20 minutes rest,
she was hot, flushed and red all over.
I personally have cleared sugars, which was a really important allergen for me.
I have an on-going health problem of polycystic ovary syndrome which is related
to insulin resistance. I have craved sugar all my life – wanting to know
what’s for pudding before I’ve eaten my main meal. My blood sugar
can be all over the place and I get dizzy if I miss meals.
It took me four treatments to clear the sugars with NAET, and I knew it had worked
immediately after the last treatment because I felt completely different about
sugar. I described this to someone recently as like being let out of prison.
Other patients have recently said they have completely lost sugar cravings too,
certainly helped them.
So, with NAET, it is early days for me and my patients, but so far, so good.
The other practitioners on my course seem also to be having good results. I will
continue into more complex treatments as people clear their basic allergies – and
the true test will be when I clear my own wheat and dairy allergies, which have
plagued me for years.
I will let you know what happens…
For more information on NAET or your nearest practitioner, go to www.naet.co.uk
or read Dr Devi Nambudripad’s book Say Goodbye To Illness.
First Published in 2006
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