by Alissa Wu ’23
Published May 10th, 2021
For many people, the arrival of spring brings about a sense of dread. Blooming flowers and budding trees signal the start of allergy attacks that can be a nuisance at best and cripping at worst. But allergy sufferers now have another option to turn to when symptoms hit: a new treatment, Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET), has been growing in popularity in recent years.
NAET is a non-invasive treatment based on kinesiology and acupressure, designed to alleviate conditions like allergies, anxiety, and eczema. NAET’s core theory suggests that allergies result from imbalances between the electromagnetic energy of the person and the allergen, and it works to cure allergies by reprogramming the body to not react to former allergens.
There are fifteen allergens that NAET practitioners treat. Treatment consists of using a machine to apply pressure along the patient’s spine while they perform breathing exercises.
The practitioner will always treat the basic fifteen allergens, but for all subsequent ones, a test might be conducted to determine a patient’s sensitivity to it. The patient will lie down and stretch an arm upward while holding the substance in a small bottle, exerting moderate strength to keep it upright as the practitioner pushes their arm down — this sets a baseline. In theory, a person’s muscles weaken when near an allergen; if the practitioner can push the arm down farther than the baseline with the same amount of strength, the person is allergic to the substance.
Inconsistencies with NAET’s usage and effectiveness has caused some raised eyebrows among the medical community. For instance, NAET’s official website states: “NAET does NOT claim to cure allergies or food, chemical and environmental sensitivities.” How can a company deny that its own product works? In addition, no board-certified allergist or leading professional supports this treatment, and the creator is a professional chiropractic — not an allergist.
A quick Google search will reveal that the treatment has mixed reviews. A mother of a son with eczema laments about incomplete improvement in his skin condition. Another blogger mother heard success stories about NAET from her friend; she writes that treatment cured her son of his gluten and dairy intolerances, and he was able to eat birthday cake for the first time.
There is a NAET treatment office in Edison, where the cost is $75 per visit. I’ve been there once: the doctor is nice and informative, and the office is painted a calming green. I believe NAET has great potential, but I wouldn’t bet 100% on its success. However, if you’re looking for an escape from crippling allergies, NAET is worth a shot.