What is NAET Treatment?
NAET stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques. According to the NAET website, NAET is “a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.”
Yet Another Alternative Treatment
It wasn’t intrigue in something new, nor was it solely the natural aspects that led us to try this very unusual treatment. It was desperation pure and simple.
My son, Tristan, is a healthy three-year-old today. However, just under a year ago, things were quite different. My son was diagnosed with eczema at three months old as he displayed the classic dry skin and small little pink patches of irritated, inflamed skin. We tried cortisone, drug store creams, and natural creams, but nothing seemed to stop his skin from getting progressively worse. We also tried chiropractics, osteopathy, and homeopathy. The latter with some luck, but not a cure-all. His case ultimately got so severe that his body was 90% covered in what looked like burn wounds. So, yes, we were desperate to help him curb the itching and to heal his damaged skin. NAET was something else to try. We searched for a local practitioner and found an acupuncturist.
Testing for Sensitivities
I really don’t recall where I heard about NAET, but I do remember how foreign it sounded when it was described to me. And nothing prepared me for how odd the testing and treatments would be.
When treating a child is under a certain age, the testing is more reliable when a parent is tested together with their child. So, this is how it went down. I laid down on the practitioner’s table and was handed a small glass vial to hold in one hand. I was instructed to hold my opposite arm straight up, 90 degrees out from my body. I was told to resist as much as possible as the practitioner tried to push my arm down to my side. My level of resistance indicated how sensitive I was to the substance in the glass vial. Huh?? From what I was told, and I understand, your muscles weaken when your body comes in contact with something you are allergic or intolerant to. So, if I wasn’t able to resist the pressure the practitioner applied to my arm, and my arm gave way, this would identify a sensitivity. If I could withstand the pressure and my arm didn’t move, then I wasn’t sensitive to the substance in the vial.
It all sounds like a bunch of hocus pocus, I know. It gets weirder, just wait. So, after the practitioner determined my sensitivity to the substance in the vial, then he asked Tristan to take the vial in his hand and with the opposite hand touch me, so he held my hand. I raised my opposite arm and the practitioner again tried to push down. We did this test again and again. I think the first day we did the same test described above 15 times – that’s 15 different vials of substances ranging from vitamins and minerals to sugar. Between testing each substance, I was told to rub my hands together vigorously to clear the energy from the past substance. My arm was feeling pretty tired by the end, but the practitioner adjusted his pressure on my arm so I wouldn’t have to resist so much at the end.
The first day of testing was finished and guess what? The results were different whether it was me alone being tested or together with my son. I was really surprised. This showed we had different sensitivities and some were the same.
Another thing – before starting NAET we had already identified some foods were triggers for Tristan’s eczema, so we tested these with NAET over the course of our many visits. Sure enough, my arm flew down and I just couldn’t resist the pressure from the practitioner when one of Tristan’s known triggers was tested. The practitioner would randomly test vials, and threw some placebos in the mix as well, so I wouldn’t knowingly give him less resistance when we were testing for one of Tristan’s food triggers.
There are 15 items that apparently have to be treated first, if someone is sensitive to them, in order for the body to be healthy enough to accept any further treatments for other substances. They are:
• BBF (Brain Body Formula) – can signify stress, which is usually high in eczema patients
• Egg Mix
• Calcium Mix
• Vitamin C Mix
• Sugar Mix
• Iron Mix
• Vitamin A Mix
• Salt Mix
• Grains Mix
• Yeast Mix
• Acid (Stomach Acid)
• Base (Digestive Enzymes)
My son reacted big time to 12 out of 15. By big time I mean my arm flew down when the practitioner applied pressure. My arm felt so weak when this happened. I really couldn’t believe how I lost the ability to control my arm. I had no idea which substance was being tested, so I wasn’t subconsciously weakening my arm for certain tests. Also, the practitioner seemed to apply the same amount of pressure each time. So, these 12 items seemed to be true sensitivities by NAET standards.
After the testing determined which substances caused a reaction in my son, the practitioner decided which items to treat first. I believe we started with BBF (Brain Body Formula) alone. The practitioner placed the vial being treated in Tristan’s sock where it could safely stay for 20 minutes in direct contact with his skin. Acupuncturists usually apply needles to certain points on the body to help open up the body’s “chi” or gates I believe they’re called. In children, this isn’t as simple and my son did NOT like the children’s “stickers”, which were essentially stickers with a nasty, sharp, tiny needle sticking out. Since needles were out, the practitioner vigorously rubbed all the essential points on my son’s body so he’d be physically open to the treatment. Then the practitioner laid Tristan on his belly and made a series of rapid, forceful thumps down my son’s back along the spinal column. My son loved this and thought it was like a massage. After this, the practitioner tested us again to see if the treatment took. Again I raised my arm, held my son’s hand with the opposite arm, and the practitioner tested my resistance. If I was able to resist, we were sent to the waiting room where my son had to wait with the vial in his sock for 20 more minutes. If I was still not fully able to resist, the practitioner gave the massage again and then retested us, repeating until the treatment was successful.
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Have you tried NAET treatments or have questions about it? Leave a comment or question, we’d love to chat about it further!