NAET for allergies

Nambudiprad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) combines techniques from a variety of modalities, including acupuncture and kinesiology, to get to the root of allergies in dogs and cats.

If your dog or cat has allergies, you know how difficult it can be to determine exactly what’s causing them. Nambudiprad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) identifies the allergens affecting your pet, and helps resolve the allergies themselves.

NAET is an energetic approach that combines techniques from several modalities, including acupuncture, kinesiology and nutrition. Common allergy symptoms or conditions that can be treated with NAET include:

  • Itchy skin
  • Digestive problems
  • Ear infections

Along with resolving overt allergies, NAET can also address more subtle allergies that can cause autoimmune diseases (see below).

An overview of the NAET technique

1. First, the specific allergens affecting the animal are identified through applied kinesiology (muscle testing). When a NAET practitioner is working with your dog or cat, a surrogate is used. This surrogate is most often yourself, as the animal’s guardian.
The surrogate holds a small glass vial of a potential allergen, consisting of water and the allergen’s energetic vibration. (These vials are purchased from the NAET office in California after the practitioner has completed his or her training. He or she might also make his/her own samples by placing very tiny amounts of the allergen in a glass vial.)

With one hand, the surrogate holds the vial in direct contact with the dog or cat and extends her free arm towards the practitioner. The surrogate is asked to keep lifting her arm with even, upward pressure as the practitioner gently pushes the arm down. If the surrogate’s arm becomes weak under gentle downward pressure, this indicates the dog or cat has a sensitivity to the allergen in the vial. This sequence is repeated with several allergens.

If the surrogate’s arm becomes weak under gentle downward pressure, this indicates the dog or cat has a sensitivity to the allergen in the vial.

2. The next step is the allergen clearing process. The glass vial containing an identified allergen is secured to a collar-like band around the dog or cat’s neck. The vial must stay in contact with the animal for approximately 20 minutes.

During this time, the practitioner uses massage along the pet’s spine, firmly tapping back association points from neck to sacrum. (For each allergen, specific association points along each side of the spine are stimulated.) Acupuncture or acupressure is also used during the treatment to open what are called the immune gates or points. After ten to 20 minutes, the animal is re-tested to see if the allergen has cleared.

3. The dog or cat must avoid the cleared allergen for 25 hours following treatment. Only one allergen is cleared per visit. During the next appointment, the original allergen is rechecked to make sure it cleared, then the next one is addressed. Appointments can be done twice weekly or spread up to one month apart depending on your wishes and the severity of your dog or cat’s symptoms.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of NAET treatments your dog or cat will require depends on several factors:

  • Length of time he has been affected by his allergies
  • Exposure to electromagnetism, radiation and chemicals
  • Accuracy of muscle testing
  • General health status of your animal – young dogs and cats resolve very quickly without relapse
  • Quality of his nutrition.

NAET is a dynamic, non-invasive way to evaluate a dog or cat’s allergies, and to clear his reactions to them. Even better, it can be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as herbs, for optimum success.

Immune-mediated diseases often result from allergies

When the body is reacting to pervasive allergens, it cannot be available to respond to infections and often starts to become allergic to itself. By resolving these allergic reactions with NAET, the immune system shifts back to normal function.

Immune-mediated and other diseases that respond well to NAET include:

  • Epileptic seizures
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Masticatory muscle myositis (MMM)
  • Canine onchodystrophy
  • Aural vasculiits
  • Syringomylia in King Charles spaniels
  • Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME) in small breed dogs

Case study

Louie was a nine-month-old standard poodle mix recently adopted from a shelter when he was brought to our practice. He was keeping his new owners up all night with his scratching. He had been previously diagnosed with demodectic mange, yeast and bacterial skin infections and was being treated with conventional medications.

A physical exam revealed a large amount of white mucus in both eyes, but no redness of the conjunctiva or sclera. He was thin with a black spot on his tongue and had crusty skin with large portions of hair missing from both sides of his trunk (not uniformly). His ALT was 68 but other bloodwork was normal.

NAET revealed that Louie was allergic to chicken, grains, mold and yeast, plus an essential amino acid combination. Since his diet was made of hydrolyzed chicken, he was allergic to his food.

Louie’s diet was changed to 7 cups of cooked turkey and 2 cups of liver-cleansing veggies, and was supplemented with chia seeds, coconut oil and 1,200 mg calcium citrate. For herbs, he was given equal portions of Goto Kola (Centella asiatica), astragalas root and salvia leaf. All conventional meds were discontinued with a minimal wean-off period.

NAET revealed that Louie was allergic to chicken, grains, mold and yeast, plus an essential amino acid combination.

Louie was very responsive and experienced almost immediate relief. By the second week, his eyes were brighter and not as itchy, and his hair was growing back. His liver symptoms moved inward, and he developed some minor digestive upset with burping and gas. His second treatment involved a NAET clearing of amino acids, and acupuncture.

It took about four treatments to see results. After eight treatments, Louie had no more symptoms and has stayed symptom-free for several years, with no further treatments.


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Veterinarian Dr. Donna Kelleher graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine with the Grady Young Scholarship for Acupuncture training with IVAS, and has practiced holistic veterinary medicine since 1994. She is also AVCA trained for chiropractic and her initial herbal training in the late 1990s came from AHG’s certification training. She became NAET trained by 2003 and integrated these modalities into her practice. Her blog and social media case studies can be found at