Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) are an alternative diagnosis and treatment of allergies and related disorders. The techniques were devised by Devi Nambudripad, a California based chiropractor and acupuncturist, in 1983, drawing on a combination of ideas from kinesiology, acupuncture, acupressure, nutritional management and chiropractic methods. Conventional, effective treatments for allergies include pharmacotherapy and immunotherapy, or alternatively the patient can attempt to avoid the allergen.

Nambudripad claims that the central nervous system and associated sensory systems have the ability to detect the “electromagnetic signatures” of all molecules, with the central nervous system either attracting, ignoring or rejecting a particular substance. Rejection is said to manifest itself as an energy disturbance or blockage in the flow of qi along meridians. In stark contrast to the conventional understanding of allergies, Nambudripad characterizes an allergy as a condition caused by these “repulsive electromagnetic fields between an individual and the object (allergen)”.  Allergens may be any of a wide variety of substances, as well as more abstract notions such as emotions and colors. The cumulative effects of these energy disturbances are said to give rise to a variety of health disorders, with Nambudripad suggesting that “95 percent of human ailments arise from some sort of allergy”. The theory of NAET proposes that these allergies can be eliminated by addressing the energy blockages through the use of acupuncture or acupressure.

NAET practitioners use a form of applied kinesiology called Neuromuscular Sensitivity Testing (NST or NST-NAET) to diagnose allergies by comparing the strength of a muscle in the presence and absence of a suspected allergen. Practitioners will then aim to remove energy blockages by having the patient hold a glass bottle containing the allergen whilst acupressure or acupuncture techniques are employed. After treatment, patients rest 20 minutes while continuing to hold the jar containing the allergen, after which time the patient will again be tested for an allergic reaction using the muscle strength test. If the NAET practitioner determines the allergy has cleared, the patient is advised to avoid the allergic substance for the following 25 hours. Patients are instructed to return for retesting with NAET between 25 hours and 7 days after the treatment.