WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE?
Your body is a self-healing organism continually fighting infections, healing wounds and regenerating cells. This ability can be compromised by energetic imbalances that slow or stop the healing process.
Energy (chi, prana, vital force) is the life force that keeps us alive and flows through us. In Chinese medicine the pathways of energy are called meridians (click the image to enlarge), which is what acupuncture is based on. As long as the ‘life energy’ is flowing the way it's intended to, all works well. When the flow of energy becomes blocked, for instance by injuries, emotional and environmental stress, then blockages or imbalances can occur. Imbalances can affect all areas of one’s being: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
In order to truly heal, we need to identify the cause of the blockage and then direct the body’s neurological or energetic system to release the blockage. The practitioner goes through a list of causes using either computerized meridian stress testing and/or muscle testing to identify where the blockage is occurring. Once identified, the practitioner can use a variety of non-invasive techniques to make the necessary corrections.
WHAT IS NAET
NAET is a natural healing technique which uses the principles of acupuncture, chiropractic and kinesiology in a unique combination to rid the body of allergies, intolerances, sensitivities or imbalances. According to Oriental medical principles, when the body's energies are in complete balance or homeostasis, no disease can exist. An 'allergy' is simply anything which can cause an imbalance in that system. An 'allergy' is any imbalance which can stem from incompatible energies of foods, chemicals, environmental agents, people, or stress. Energetic blockages resulting from these eventually affect organ function, which in turn can lead to disease.
NAET works to detoxify the system by eliminating the harmful energies of the allergens from the entire body. By doing so, it enables the body to absorb, assimilate, and utilize necessary nutrients from the food that once caused allergies and support the appropriate growth and function of the entire body. It is important to note that one's body can reject a vitamin or mineral in the same way it may reject pollen. This can lead to deficiencies, therefore, correcting the absorptive ability of all essential nutrients is a key component to establishing proper function. The very first treatments, which are the most important, are the 'Basic 15', these include vitamins, minerals, proteins, grains, etc. For most people, these treatments in and of themselves, can correct and re-establish proper function.
The treatments themselves consist of stimulating acupuncture points while the client is in contact with the offending item. this overrides the nervous system's previous response and imprints a new useful and healthy response.
NAET is non invasive, safe and natural and can even be used for newborns and pets.