After the Treatment
At the end of each treatment session Tristan could have absolutely no exposure to the substance being treated for a 25-hour period. He couldn’t eat or touch anything made of the substance. So, for example, one time we treated my son for calcium. He could only drink and clean himself with distilled water. That was difficult. Not to mention the many foods and other drinks he couldn’t have that contained calcium. Another hard one was minerals as he couldn’t touch anything metal and again had to drink and wash himself with the distilled water. Most the others weren’t as difficult to manage.
Each visit you can only be treated for 1-2 substances at a time, so it can take many visits to treat all your sensitivities. At follow-up visits, the practitioner tested to ensure the last treatment worked.
I laid down, held my arm up, held my son’s hand who held the vial with the opposite hand and the practitioner checked for resistance. If I was able to resist, great, it was time to treat something new. If not, then the practitioner treated my son again for the same substance. Out of all 15 basic substances, he only had to be retreated for one. Not bad.
Did it help my son’s eczema? The very first treatment for Brain Body Formula worked a little bit. His skin improved just the slightest bit, but enough to get our hopes up. My guess is because the first treatment was related to stress and we all know anyone with eczema usually is affected by too much stress. We were so excited to return for our next treatment since the first one was a success. But, we saw absolutely zero change after the first visit. We tried so hard too and really stuck with the treatment program. Since insurance was paying mostly, I thought – what the heck. So, we gave it our all and went about 30 times. Tristan went through the basic 15 treatments and then on to his top allergies (milk, soy, gluten, peppers, walnuts, and tomatoes.) No change in his skin or his allergic reactions.
I will say that I’ve heard of just as many successes with NAET as I’ve heard of failures. I’m not sure if it has to do with finding the right practitioner or it’s really a matter of if the body is open to this type of treatment. We all know, as with all health conditions, what works for one person’s eczema, may not work for another. I think NAET may just be another example of this.
So, if you can afford it or your insurance will pay, I’d say go for it. It won’t hurt you or your child and what if it’s the one thing that works. You never know.
Side note – While doing research for this post I found that after treatments the patient is supposed to wash their hands or rub their hands vigorously for 30 seconds to clear the hands of any residue from the substance being treated. We were never told to do this. Also, if food was being treated, after the 25-hour withholding period, it is strongly recommended to eat a small amount of the tested food each day for four days in order to introduce the body to the food that used to be harmful. From what I read it seems that this reconfirms with the brain and nervous system that the food is now harmless and seems to be an important step in the treatment. Again, we were never told to do this. So, is it possible the treatment didn’t work because of these two things we didn’t do? Maybe. We’ll never know.
If You’re Still Interested, More Details
We found an acupuncturist who practices NAET in our area, but many chiropractors and medical physicians practice it as well. You can search here for a list of practitioners anywhere in the Americas.
It’s EXPENSIVE!! Luckily, our insurance covered most of the costs, which is rare. Treatments start at $80 per session and go up from there, way up, from what I’m told. That’s not horrible for one visit. The kicker is that the cost adds up when you consider that typically a minimum of 10 visits are required to be treated. I think we went about 30 times and we could have gone for double that if we wanted to treat all my son’s allergies!
Bottom line– it didn’t work for us, but may work for you. It’s harmless, but time consuming and expensive.
Thank you Jennifer for posting with us on SMN’s Eczema 360!
Have you tried NAET treatments or have questions about it? Leave a comment or question, we’d love to chat about it further! Missed the first part of this post? Read the beginning here.