NAET stands for "Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques". What are they? According to its own website, NAET are "a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate 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".
It adds that NAET:
- Treats one allergen at a time.
- May desensitize 15 to 20 food and environmental allergens in as many treatment sessions.
- Is available in many parts of the world, with more than 12,000 practitioners trained in the techniques across the globe.
If what you have read so far leads you to believe that NAET is an alternative treatment for people with allergies, you may be surprised to know that its website talks about headaches, back aches, joint pain, PMS, addictions, and even autism as well. This is because its practitioners believe that these can all be "caused by undiagnosed allergies".
Whether you are an allergy patient or you (or a loved-one) suffer from one of the many ailments NAET proponents believe they can cure with the techniques, you'll probably be interested in only one thing: does NAET work?
Does NAET Work? The Science
NAET is essentially a form of Applied Kinesiology, or AK. In this alternative medicine method, muscles are tested for strengths and weaknesses, after which diagnoses can be made and treatments devised. In the case of NAET, this primarily amounts to acupuncture and acupressure treatments.
AK has been subjected to extensive scientific studies, which found that muscle reaction is either random, or can be altered through the use of placebos and suggestion. AK practitioners were also found to be unable to distinguish between reactions to salt water and wasp venom in patients who were extremely sensitive to the latter. In other words, there is no scientific evidence that AK works, and plenty that it does not.
What of NAET in particular then? Its founder, Devi Nambudripad, both claimed to be allergic to vitamin A, C and B-complex, calcium, and sugars — substances it is technically speaking impossible to be allergic to — and to have cured herself of those using acupuncture while touching some of the supposed allergens.
In short, Nambudripad and the proponents of her method believe that allergies are the cause of energy blockages, and that it is possible to train the body into no longer being allergic to substances it is impossible to be allergic to in the first place by using acupuncture. Not only does this not make any scientific sense, there is no reliable evidence of any kind that it even acts as a plausible placebo treatment. Furthermore, the dietary restrictions that may be recommended by NAET practitioners might place those who follow them at risk of severe nutritional deficiencies.
Whether you suffer from legitimate allergies, or have other medical issues that NAET proponents believe they can cure using their techniques, we can only advise you to seek treatment from licensed medical professionals practising evidence-based medicine that will lead to proper diagnosis and management or treatment.
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