Yin Yang

The Veterinary Application Of NAET;
A Breakthrough Approach to Allergy Resolution

 By Rahmie Valentine, O.M.D., L.Ac. and Roger Valentine, D.V.M.

Although the term "allergy" has been widely used in the medical profession and by the public for many decades, knowledge of the energetic nature of allergies is still in its infancy. Many pet owners continue to think that allergies are limited to a group of symptoms such as runny eyes, sneezing or itchy skin. Fortunately there are a growing number of health professionals who are willing to see that there may be an "allergic" factor in most illnesses and disorders.

The root of the word allergy comes from combining the Greek word allos which means "altered" and ergion which means "action" or "reactivity". Allos/ergion literally means "altered reactivity " - that is, a biological hypersensitivity occurs in certain individuals, which in similar amounts and circumstances is innocuous in others. Further, an allergy is an unusual or exaggerated response to certain substances. It is believed to be a normal response that has been abnormally heightened. Therefore, allergy is an unusual sensitivity to any given substance.

The tendency to react physically to various allergens is inherited, but may not manifest until later in life. Sensitivity to any specific irritant is rarely inherited. It has been studied and proven that the age of onset of an allergic condition definitely depends on the degree of inheritance: the stronger the genetic factor, the earlier the probable onset. Whenever a body becomes imbalanced, allergic symptoms can appear. Allergies can result from repeated exposure to a particularly strong or toxic allergen, such that the body's defenses become exhausted due to overwork. They may also be caused by serious trauma, major surgery, any anesthetic event, vaccinations, emotional stresses such as change in habitat, weaning, or change in family members (human or animal). Symptoms can be worse at certain times of the year, as when there is a pollen allergy. Symptoms can also be more acute in certain locations or under specific conditions, due to contact with greater amounts of the offending allergen, as in a smoke-filled room. Any substance can generate an allergy, whether it is understood to be "bad" or "good".

NAET offers an energy-medicine solution to allergic conditions. Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique, which combines Chinese medicine principles applied through acupuncture, kinesiology and acupressure, was developed in the last 15 years by Dr. Devi Nambudripad, L.Ac., D.C., Ph.D. She has spent years studying the effect of this technique on thousands of human patients. Muscle Response Testing (MRT) is used to confirm the presence of allergic reactivity. Once identified, acupuncture and/or acupressure is used to eliminate the allergy by reprogramming the body's response to future contact. A specific protocol has evolved which prioritizes treatment of common as well as unique allergens.

This paper is the first written description of a streamlined protocol that has been developed for the use of NAET in animals. The animal treatment is overall much simpler than the human treatment protocol, requiring less time and utilizing acupressure instead of acupuncture. The diagnostic method employed in NAET, human or animal, is MRT or kinesiology. When used in humans, the patient's own muscle strength is the indicator, while with animals, as with human infants, a human acts as the intermediary between the physician and the patient.

Allergies can be explained energetically according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles. The Chinese refer to the electrical energy or life force which exists in all cells and energy pathways (meridians) as "Chi". According to Chinese medical theory, any obstruction in the flow of Chi (homeostasis) in the body's pathways, or meridians, will cause an imbalance and therefore illness. When there is an abnormal flow of Chi (blockage or imbalance), neurological information and structural balance can not be maintained in a normal way, producing a lack of homeostasis. When this occurs, the brain responds by sending out a signal via the nervous system that reaches every cell of the body. Eventually the whole body, including meridians, organs and associated muscle groups can become blocked. To restore the proper flow of Chi, it is necessary to reinstate the brain's normal response to the initial cause of the imbalance, (i.e., allergen or physical or emotional trauma). Acupuncture works because when needles are placed at various points on meridians, energy blockages are momentarily removed and homeostasis is re-established. NAET recognizes three main categories of energy blockage: structural/environmental, chemical/nutritional and psychological/emotional.

The central nervous system can instantly identify the presence of substances that produce blockage to an energy pathway, and perceive them as harmful to the body. It is for this reason that a muscle test will produce a weak muscle while the patient is holding a sample of the very substance that produced the initial blockage of Chi. Muscle Response Testing, or kinesiology is often misunderstood among allopathic physicians. The purpose of MRT is not to determine the power any isolated muscle can produce, but to evaluate how the nervous system influences the muscle function in the presence of an irritant. This is the core of the diagnostic component of NAET-identify and isolate, through MRT, those substances which disrupt Chi flow. Most significant in adapting NAET for veterinary purposes, is the use of an intermediary, or surrogate, for the muscle testing portion of the diagnostic. By drawing upon an intermediary as an energetic link, diagnostic information can be obtained from the patient. Taking a detailed allergy history, performing a physical exam, as well as utilizing MRT to identify individual irritants, is only the beginning of allergy resolution using NAET.

In the human protocol, there is a defined prioritization of substances to be treated. Through years of careful observation, Dr. Nambudripad has identified the thirteen most commonly seen allergens. These items must be treated, if indicated, in a particular order, to restore optimum immune function and gain relief. Foods, food groups and food components (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes) are treated before environmental and animal sensitivities. This is because, in the majority of human cases, where there are environmental allergies, there are underlying food allergies that influence the immune system. Often the patient will not even be aware of food reactiveness but because immunity is derived from the energy extracted from food, it is critical to clear food allergies before treating environmental ones. Often envirornmental reactiveness will disappear after a series of food allergy treatments, due to restored normal immune response. In Veterinary NAET, priority of treatment is defined by the animal's condition. In most cases, an animal will present to a veterinarian in an acute state. It is essential that this condition be addressed by using NAET as well as additional supportive care such as fluid therapy, antibiotics, steroids, surgery, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc. After the animal is stable and no longer in an acute state, NAET can be used to clear acquired or constitutional allergies.

The NAET treatment phase in animals consists of stimulation of the spinal nerves of the surrogate. While maintaining contact with the animal and the identified allergen, acupressure is applied to specific meridian points along the spine of the surrogate. This activates all of the spinal nerves, thereby triggering the nervous system into a fresh recognition of the perceived allergen. This is an actual reprogramming of the nervous system to recognize the allergen in a new way. The allergen is no longer perceived as an irritant and "bad", but as a newly neutral substance. The body then experiences a state of balance in the presence of the allergen, and is non-reactive. In the human protocol, additional body acupuncture points are stimulated to reinforce the new identification.

Depending on which substance a patient has been treated for, there may be a 24 hour abstinence period. For example, if a patient has been treated for a food or food component, that item would be avoided for 24 hours. The reason for this is based on Chinese Medicine energetic principles. According to TCM, the twelve meridians correspond to The 24 hour clock, with each meridian peaking at its top function for two hours. In order for the nervous system to fully integrate the new message that is being sent throughout the body (a previously perceived allergen is now neutral), complete abstinence from that item must be observed until each meridian has received the new information.

Animal patients will rarely achieve resolution in a single treatment, although even one treatment can produce astounding results. Depending on the severity and duration of the illness and age of the pet, multiple treatments may be required over a period of weeks. In acute cases, there are times when multiple treatments may be indicated during a single office visit. Evaluation of this kind of situation requires advanced techniques of NAET.

There is a special application of NAET that addresses the emotional component of allergy. Because emotions can create energy blockages and therefore cause imbalance, treating emotions as if they are allergens can be accomplished with NAET. By using MRT to identify emotional imbalances and following the basic treatment protocol, it is possible to address and resolve behavioral issues such as inappropriate urination, antisocial behavior and aggressiveness, as well as inter-family dynamics and adaptation to change such as grief or loss.

In the clinical application of "Veterinary NAET", a number of patterns and trends are evident. Rarely seen are allergies to individual foods. More often seen are allergies to tap water, stainless steel, plastics, collars (especially leather), as well as intolerance to a range of vitamins such as vitamin E, F (GLA Oils and Omega 3/6 fatty acids), and certain B's. An effective source of sample material is autologous-any secretion, body fluid or tissue that can be obtained from the animal. This can include eye, nose, throat, ear or gingival swabs, as well as blood, urine, feces, or vomitus samples and biopsy tissues or tumor samples. These specimens will contain the actual irritant, infectious agents or energetic quality that will provide the perfect match in order to balance the nervous system during the treatment phase.

Conditions treated with NAET, but not generally recognized to have an allergic basis, can include: eosinophilic lesions, toxic chemical reactions, vaccine reactions, "idiopathic" bowel disease, gingivitis, gastritis, cystitis, sinusitis, rhinitis, asthma, constipation, diabetes mellitus, chronic recurring infections, conjunctivitis, external otitis, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and pancreatitis, as well as the more commonly agreed-upon allergic conditions: over-grooming, flea allergy dermatitis, food intolerance and allergic bronchitis. Autoimunune disease has become much more commonly recognized in animals and stems from a hyper-stimulated immune system or from environmental factors that have turned the police unit of the body on itself By using the patient's own tissue or body secretion as the source of the reactive substance, it is possible, using NAET, to reprogram the nervous system and thereby the immune system, to correctly recognize the very tissue that has been under attack.

Vaccine and drug reactions are particularly interesting circumstances for the application of NAET. Increased or indiscriminate use of antibiotics, antihistamines and steroids as well as other drugs, contributes to the development of allergies while generally suppressing the immune system.

Increased use of vaccines on a growing pet population has led to an overall increase in incidences of vaccine reaction. By using the actual vaccine. in the treatment phase, and re-balancing the body in relationship to it, the opportunity exists to pull the animal out of reaction within 24 hours without any further intervention. This is pure energy medicine.

Case Study

  Charlie: a 4 or 5 year old male, castrated, DLH cream tabby

Western Medicine History:
When found by the current owner at 2 years of age, Charlie had an upper lip ulceration (rodent ulcer/eosinophilic ulceration). Upon initial exam, Charlie tested negative for FeLV & FIV, was vaccinated and castrated. The lip was treated with an injection of DepoMedrol®. Over the next 2 years he received 4-5 additional DepoMedrol injections for recurrence of the Upper lip lesion. In July 1997 during a routine physical exam for a diarrhea problem, the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was made based on radiographs and ultrasound. Atenolol and aspirin were prescribed. The diarrhea had been treated with Flagyl with no effect. The current diet was baby food, Hills H/D and K/D. The diarrhea resolved one month after stopping Flagyl.

NAET & Allergy History:
He was first seen for NAET evaluation in October 1997. He presented with all enlarged ulceration of the left upper lip, red and swollen, eroded lip to the nose. The initial NAET evaluation indicated sensitivity to Atenolol, egg, acid/alkaline, helicobacter, mold, aspirin and various emotional imbalances. The first NAET treatment was given for Atenolol. One week follow up visit, owner reported severe exacerbation of the ulceration for 2 days, which, by this time, had spread to the lower lip. By the time of the second NAET treatment, the lip was 30% improved The second NAET treatment given was for helicobacter, at which time the cat's diet was changed to Innova canned and dry food. The patient showed significant improvement by the third NAET visit, plus air increase in energy and personality/playfulness. The client reported great satisfaction, since in the past, the ulcerations would only improve with steroids, and if steroids were withheld, the lip would only get increasingly worse. The third treatment was for acid (HCL). By the fourth NAET visit the lip lesion was completely resolved, and the client was pleased Although the presenting symptom was resolved in 3 weeks, the client agreed with our recommendation to complete treatment of the previously identified allergens.

Case Study

  Bear: Born 9/90, a male, castrated, black, DLH

Western Medicine History:
By the age of 3, Bear had had 2 bouts of urinary cystitis including one urethral obstruction. In early 1994 the last cystitis episode led to a perineal urethrostomy. He was seen for his first house call visit 3 weeks after surgery still wearing an Elizabethan collar and with an inflamed PU site. He weighed 11.5 pounds, down from his normal of 15 pounds. There was evidence of fleas. He had been on Medrol® tablets twice daily since March of 1991 for flea allergy dermatitis, or to correct a "hormone imbalance (steroid deficiency)" as diagnosed by an allopathic veterinarian. He had recently been treated for tapeworms with Cestex paste. His diet at that time was Nature's Recipe canned Rabbit, Venison, or Lamb with free choice of the Nature's Recipe dry Canine. The initial physical exam was normal except for the inflammation of the P/U site. Vitamin and nutritional supplements were dispensed including; Calcium Ascorbate (500 mg bid), BlueGreen Algae (1,18 tsp bid), Bronson Cat Vitamins (1 tablet bid), Vitamin F (Derm Caps ES® - 10 drops sid). A homeopathic calming remedy (Quietiva by CliniMed) was also prescribed to help reduce the anxiety and allow the E-collar to be removed Given Bear's dependency to corticosteroids he was given 2 mg Triamcinalone (Vetalog) and Winstrol (Anabolic steroid) - both administered subcutaneously. The diet was altered to eliminate the canine dry food and to try some high quality natural foods. During the next eight months Bear did very well requiring only an occasional Vetalog tablet to control his flea allergy dermatitis. During 1995 he required four Vetalog injections to control his recurrent dermatitis. He was otherwise doing well and had regained his weight. In June 1997 he experienced a recurrence of severe miliary dermatitis suspected to be due to fleas, since Bear is an indoor/outdoor cat. At that time he was treated with 16 mg DepoMedrol IM, to no effect and referred for NAET evaluation and treatment.

NAET & Allergy History
As a kitten he was flea infested when adopted by his owners. His littermate, also adopted with him, did not have a flea problem. Presenting symptoms were scabs all over his dorsal sacrum and neck, scratching and over-grooming to alopecia on abdomen, hind quarters and perineum. Advantage® had helped for awhile, but then lost effectiveness. Top Spot®/Front Line® was even less effective than Advantage. Initial MRT testing showed sensitivities to fleas, Advantage, Frontline, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Adrenal tissues, FIP vaccination and Base/Alkaline. The first item treated was Base. (Base is often the first item requiring treatment, as it relates to the acid/base balance of the body) On the second visit, the owner reported that Bear was worse than ever. He seemed depressed and flat. The second NAET treatment was for the Advantage. The owner was instructed to wait 24 hours and then apply the flea control product to the cat. At the time of the third visit, the owner reported 70% improvement in the itching/scratching/grooming level.

Bear's personality had perked up and he seemed happier. The areas of alopecia remained, but would grow back in time. It appeared that the treatment was going to be simple. Over the next two weeks Bear continued to improve. He was playful and his old self again. His hair had began to grow in and he was less self conscious. On the fifth visit, there was disappointing news. The itching/biting/scratching had begun again. Up to this point Bear had been treated for FIP vaccination, Frontline and fleas. He was losing all improvement previously gained Bear was moody and distracted, and was gradually becoming hairless and scabby again. Over the following four visits, Bear continued without improvement in spite of multiple treatments and another injection of DepoMedrol (18 mg IM). We continued to treat all of the items on the original list. The cat gradually was scratching less and therefore scabs were allowed to form. By the time the effect of the steroid shot began to wear off, all but one of the items on the original list had been treated. The last item left co be treated was Vitamin B3. In spite of the owner's discouragement, she agreed to delay any additional steroid treatment until after Vitamin B3 was treated. It is often seen with NAET, that conditions don't resolve until every single item from The original list has been cleared. It was our hope that this would be the case with Bear. We didn't hear from the owner for 4 weeks following the last treatment. Upon telephone consultation, the owner reported Bear was doing well, requiring no medication and his hair coat was slowly returning to normal.

In conclusion, allergies and their treatment have become a significant aspect of veterinary practice in the last twenty years. Although there may be a variety of explanations for the increase in the number of allergies seen in animals, medical solutions have been limited. NAET offers the proper stimulus to the immune system via the nervous system to effect a cure. NAET is an ideal diagnostic and treatment modality for all holistic veterinary practices. This method has altered the lives of many humans for the last fifteen years through the work of Dr. Nambudripad and over two thousand trained practitioners of NAET around the world. It is now possible to impact the lives of pets and their owners for the first time by the extension of NAET to the veterinary community.