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Benefits of NET: (Neuro Emotional Technique)


net (neuro emotional)
NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) involves touching reflex points on the surface of the body, here on the forehead, and a specific breath technique. 



NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) How do you know if you Need it


How do you know when NET might be beneficial for you? NET is best for those dealing with stored long-term emotional trauma. NET helps patients release that trauma (or neuro-emotional complexes) and allows their bodies and minds to heal physically and psychologically.  The best part is NEY has zero side effects.  Dr. are rewiring your brain to “let go” of past pain.


Here are some warning signs that you may be experiencing stored traumas in the form of neuro-emotional complexes:


  • You have unexplained shoulder tension and headaches
  • You often feel overwhelmed
  • You burst out in tears at times
  • Your digestive system isn’t as reliable as it once was
  • You often experience exhaustion or fatigue
  • You have little to no motivation to engage in activities you were once passionate about
  • You have tons of unexplained physical discomfort or pain


Various studies have proven the effectiveness of Neuro Emotional Technique Therapy. Patients who undergo NET Therapy can expect improvements in conditions like:


  • Headaches
  • General anxiety
  • Self-sabotaging habits
  • Body pains
  • Organ dysfunctions
  • Phobias


But NET Therapy helps in more ways than just the physical. With NET, patients experience a variety of psycho-emotional benefits, such as:


  • Unlocking and reprogramming the subconscious to recover from any psycho-emotional blocks
  • Promoting your understanding of what you need in relationships, allowing you to develop and maintain more fulfilling relationships with your friends and family
  • Understanding the sources of the limiting beliefs that are holding you back in your subconscious and unraveling them from the inside out
  • Correcting any neurological imbalances caused by unresolved stress and its physiological effects, leading to a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and phobias

Patients who experience successful NET Therapy by proven professionals feel renewed and revitalized, as if the weights on their shoulders have been lifted. NET gives patients a more remarkable ability to live the life they want and achieve their true purpose.



Have you ever felt like your life isn’t moving in the direction you want, but you can’t figure out why or how to change it? Stressful situations and repressed emotions can sometimes become “stuck” in your psyche, keeping you in a reactive state long after the triggering event has passed. These trapped emotions can lead to obstacles in relationships and work, increased stress, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, and even physical symptoms and diseases.


Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) is here to help you break free from these stuck emotions. NET utilizes muscle reflex testing to access the unconscious part of your mind where these locked-in patterns are stored. By making psychotherapy more effective and engaging, NET enables you to explore as deeply as you wish. Once the issues are identified, NET assists you in releasing them easily, quickly, and effectively. This therapeutic approach removes blocks to your body’s natural balancing and healing processes, enabling you to cope with your issues more efficiently.


NET is considered one of the most transformative and efficient therapies available. Clients often report that a single session provides insights equivalent to years of traditional Therapy. Furthermore, NET has proven effective in helping individuals change unwanted patterns. This innovative technique can benefit individuals of all ages, couples, and families and help parents understand their children’s underlying issues.


The Neuro Emotional Technique combines muscle testing, chiropractic principles, and Chinese medicine meridians to uncover hidden trapped emotions that may be contributing to energy imbalances or physical pain. By subconsciously identifying and clearing old traumas and feelings, NET facilitates lasting healing and an enhanced quality of life, free from emotional interference.


Benefits of Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)


Clinical experience has demonstrated that NET can be applied to various psycho-emotional issues, providing numerous benefits, such as:


  • Accessing and reprogramming the subconscious mind
  • Correcting neurological imbalances related to unresolved stress, leading to reduced anxiety, phobias, and worry
  • Promoting more fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and colleagues
  • Enhancing the ability to achieve life dreams and desires
  • Identifying limiting subconscious beliefs and understanding their origins

How Does NET Work?


NET identifies and resolves chronic patterns of negative emotions by diagnosing the feelings that a patient is experiencing. The technique then releases these emotions from the body by “scrambling” their frequencies using magnets applied to specific meridian systems associated with the feeling. As a result, patients typically report:


A decrease in the intensity of the troubling emotional state

A sense of relief

Reduced dissociation and increased overall integration

NET operates through several mechanisms:


  • Identifying early traumas and their connection to present problems
  • Acting as a biofeedback loop to help individuals recognize their feelings
  • Increasing congruence between various brain regions and systems, thereby improving overall mental, emotional, and physical health
  • Offering immense potential for spiritual growth


NET is highly effective at correcting neurological imbalances related to unresolved stress. NET is commonly used to address headaches, body pains, phobias, general anxiety, self-sabotaging behaviors, and organ dysfunctions. While NET does not claim to cure patients, it can complement other medical therapies by removing psycho-emotional blocks, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal.


When to Consider NET


NET is especially beneficial for those dealing with long-term emotional trauma, as it helps release neuro-emotional complexes and allows the body and mind to heal. Warning signs that you may be experiencing stored traumas include:


  • Unexplained shoulder tension and headaches
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Unexpected outbursts of tears
  • Unreliable digestive system
  • Frequent exhaustion or fatigue


We treat the WHOLE person at Energy Flow Acupuncture & Wellness Center, not just a symptom. We genuinely believe in the mind-body-spirit connection, which is why Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have withstood the test of time – we are more than the sum of our parts!

We would love to discuss your concerns and see if we’d be a fit to work together. Energy Flow Acupuncture, located just east of downtown Naperville, and serving the surrounding communities, offers free consultations via phone, Zoom, or in person. Please call us at 630-335-1069 to schedule yours today.


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Naperville


Acupuncturist in Naperville needling a patient.


What is Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are safe and effective forms of healthcare therapy with very few side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used for healing for thousands of years with several potential benefits.

Chinese Medicine, also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been used in healing for thousands of years. It’s a belief in the balance of energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), in the body, and an imbalance of this energy causes that illness. Chinese Medicine uses various techniques to restore the balance of Qi and promote healing, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and tai chi.


How does acupuncture work?

Several studies reveal that acupuncture is excellent for boosting blood because the use of acupuncture needles stimulates nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide (NO) is a vital regulator of localized blood flow, and the rise in NO brings higher blood flow and circulation to the cells.

Acupuncture focuses on activating and opening areas of the body to increase blood circulation and oxygen for healing. Increased blood circulation boosts oxygen in cells which assists in loosening up muscles, relieving pain, boosting metabolic waste throughout the body, and promoting system-wide balance for far better health. These therapies deal with poor blood flow and deal with the root cause of the pain.


Chinese Medicine is Holistic Medicine

Chinese Medicine practitioners typically take a holistic approach to health care and focus on treating the underlying cause of a condition rather than just its symptoms.

A holistic approach to healthcare considers the whole person and their overall well-being rather than focusing solely on treating specific symptoms or illnesses. This approach emphasizes the importance of the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. It seeks to address all aspects of a person’s health, including physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Holistic healthcare practitioners often use a variety of medicines and therapies to help their patients achieve optimal health. These may include conventional medical treatments, complementary therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. They also often take a patient-centered approach, working closely with patients to understand their health concerns and goals and to develop an individualized treatment plan.

The health benefits of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine lead people to feel more in control of their well-being and feel better physically and emotionally.


What are Some Benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine?

  1. Pain relief: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can effectively treat chronic pain, such as lower back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis.
  2. Headaches and migraines: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine lessen the severity of migraines and headaches.
  3. Nausea and vomiting: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other medical treatments.
  4. Infertility: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may help to improve fertility and increase the chances of successful IVF treatment.
  5. Depression and anxiety: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be used as complementary treatments for these conditions alongside other therapies.
  6. Insomnia: Acupuncture can help with sleep disorders, including insomnia.
  7. Allergies: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may help to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis, such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.
  8. Improving digestion: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
  9. Immune system: Chinese Medicine can help to boost the immune system and improve overall health.


Acupuncture for Naperville

It’s important working with a qualified and licensed practitioner is essential to ensure the best possible results.

We treat the WHOLE person at Energy Flow Acupuncture & Wellness Center, not just a symptom. We genuinely believe in the mind-body-spirit connection, which is why Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have withstood the test of time – we are more than the sum of our parts!

We would love to discuss your concerns and see if we’d be a fit to work together. Energy Flow Acupuncture located just east of downtown Naperville, and serving the surrounding communities, offers free consultations via phone, Zoom, or in person. Please call us at 630-335-1069 to schedule yours today.

Thyroid Health – Signs and Symptoms of Lowered Functioning

It’s a good thing that the thyroid has been getting more attention in general lately.  For too long it has been overlooked and misdiagnosed.  While medication is sometimes needed to manage a poorly functioning thyroid, and is used to replace a missing thyroid, Chinese Medicine also treats the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and can help boost functioning naturally.


When Your Thyroid Function is Low

I want to share with you a list of symptoms that may indicate a problem with your thyroid.  While there are two main problems that can occur with the thyroid – hypo-functioning aka Hypothyroidism, and hyper-functioning aka Hyperthyroidism, in this article we will focus on hypothyroidism and it’s most common form which is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Untreated Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism can cause:

  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Weight gain, and with it increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
  • High cholesterol due to the role of the thyroid in fat metabolism
  • Depression – as many as 15% of women on antidepressants have an undetected thyroid problem as the cause of their depression – but their thyroid problem hasn’t been diagnosed so they are being misdiagnosed and mistreated. That’s one reason that antidepressants don’t help a subset of women.
  • Anxiety also often accompanies thyroid problems.
  • Decreased cognitive function – aka brain fog – the thyroid is responsible for helping us maintain brain health, and even slight thyroid dysfunction can impair memory and concentration. Studies of women in their 60s have shown that even marginally slow thyroid function can cause dementia-like symptoms, and that treatment can dramatically improve cognitive function and have a brain-protective effect.
  • Increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias and congestive heart failure due to the regulatory control of the thyroid on heart rate and rhythm.
  • Difficulty adapting body temperature – feel cold all the time? Could be a sign that the thyroid is not working optimally since one of its jobs is to regulate body temperature.

the thyroid is often called the butterfly gland
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the throat.


What Should You Do if You Suspect a Thyroid Problem?


  1. I recommend ordering a complete Thyroid Blood Panel that includes:


Free T4

Free T3

Reverse T3

TPO Antibodies

TG Antibodies


This gives a broader picture of thyroid and pituitary function and if there’s an autoimmune aspect. A knowledgeable functional medicine doctor or holistic endocrinologist can interpret the lab test results.

2.  Try a gluten free, soy free, dairy free diet for at least 1 month.  Studies have found that these three proteins cross-react with thyroid tissue, which means your immune system gets activated when you eat those proteins and also attacks the thyroid tissue.

3.  Get out of sleep deficit!  Your body needs to rest deeply in order to repair and restore.  If you are not getting quality sleep or enough for your personal needs, you are constantly digging yourself deeper.  Make sleep a priority.

4 . Cut back on caffeine – too much caffeine can increase cortisol and upset your hormonal balance even more than without it, and this in turn affects the thyroid.

5.  Add holistic healthcare to your health maintenance plan! Acupuncture is very valuable in helping your body get out of stress overload and into healing mode.


Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine for Thyroid Health and Healing


In my practice, I’m often helping women on thyroid medication or those who haven’t yet started medication with many of the symptoms listed above. When we’re talking about hormones, including those made by the thyroid and pituitary, which is the gland that stimulates and regulates the thyroid, we’re talking about subtle energies that control metabolism and many major functions including our mental health.  Sometimes we need to address that subtle energetic layer, in addition to the chemical layer that the replacement hormones address.

Herbal therapy and acupuncture help hypothyroid by:

  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Promoting natural healing hormone release
  • Allowing the body to heal itself by releasing blocked energy
  • Boosting your body’s own natural energy production
  • Calming the entire nervous system
  • Balancing your body’s hormonal chemistry
  • Regulate body temperature


Call us today to start healing your thyroid, balancing your endocrine system, and feel more like yourself! 630-335-1069

What’s the deal with gluten-free and who should give it a try?

Are you tired of seeing the term gluten-free everywhere these days? Isn’t it just for those with Celiac Disease? Isn’t that a rare condition?

So what’s the deal? Even 10 years ago a person following a gluten free diet could not eat out at most restaurants, and now the awareness of this ubiquitous protein is well, ubiquitous!  Let’s delve into some of the questions surrounding this topic.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease (CD) is an autoimmune condition in which a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, called gluten, creates a response by the immune system and this attacks the villi of the small intestine lining. The villi are the small finger-like projections where nutrient absorption takes place.  Only some people with Celiac actually have GI symptoms.  The only treatment is to avoid foods containing the gluten protein 100% of the time for life.

Who should be tested for Celiac?

To give you a picture of what Celiac Disease can look like, I’ve taken a quote from Dr. Alessio Fassino, the pioneering researcher and expert on this topic, during an interview by Chris Kresser:

“Celiac disease is a clinical chameleon, and the symptoms can really affect any organ or tissue in your body, but also they are very unspecific.  It can go from a stomachache to fatigue to anemia to the tingling of your fingertips and so on and so forth, so you can imagine how many people will have these kinds of symptoms and how many of these people have been told:  You know, there is nothing wrong with you if you have chronic fatigue.  We’ll look into the reason why you have anemia, but we can’t find anything wrong, and you need just to take an iron supplement.  When they start to learn that celiac disease can do that, they ask themselves maybe this is what is the problem.  Some of these people, indeed, turn out to have celiac disease, and therefore are diagnosed and resolve the problem and so on and so forth.  Some people eventually fail to be diagnosed with celiac disease because they don’t fit the criteria, but because they were desperate because nothing else explained their symptoms, they decide, despite the negative results, to try the diet no matter what.  And some of them, sure enough, had their symptoms improved or completely resolved.”

If you talk to people who have been diagnosed with Celiac, then you will find that many of them did not have GI distress and their symptoms ranged all over the board.


What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

So here I want to let you know that it’s a fact that avoiding gluten is not just for CD patients.  Rather, according to Dr. Alessio Fassano, Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is “a different form of immune reaction that will create a minimal inflammation without damage of the intestine.  And that caused the symptoms intestinally and extraintestinal that these people may eventually experience when ingesting gluten.”

According to some sources, NCGS is about 6 times more common than Celiac Disease.


Other Ailments that Benefit from Going Gluten-free

I won’t get into this topic too much but I do want to mention one autoimmune condition for whom the majority of sufferers find relief from going GF – Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  Isabella Wentz wrote a book and has a blog and does interviews within the wellness community, and she surveyed over 2,000 Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis patients.  She discovered that about 80% of those surveyed found substantial relief from their symptoms by eliminating gluten from their diets.  She goes further to share that diary and soy are also majorly reactive for these autoimmune hypothyroid patients.

Is Gluten the only Problem with Wheat?

More and more research is coming out about the effects of a common pesticide on our health called glyphosate.  This is the main component of Round-Up which incidentally is sprayed on wheat shortly before harvest.  Scientists are trying to figure out if it’s the glyphosate or the gluten that so many people are reacting to.  Tests have shown this chemical in high levels in almost every one tested.


Final Thoughts

Should we all jump on the GF bandwagon? How do you know if you have a problem with wheat or gluten? If I have a patient who’s feeling awful and who eats wheat every single day without a break, I do suggest eliminating gluten for a minimum of 30 days, and then just seeing how they feel.  If there’s no relief, then fine, eat it.  After all, if someone is so reliant on this one food that they cannot stop eating it for a month, then it could likely be causing at least some contribution to their symptom picture.  I know for me it was a matter of drug dependence and independence, Crohn’s Disease and remission. I believe going gluten-free was a huge part of that. Tons of practitioners out there, not just me, have observed this change in our patients who go gluten-free.

I’d love to hear if going gluten-free made a positive difference for you! Please send me a message!

An Obsession or a Preoccupation?

You may have noticed from my posts that I love to cook.  I love to eat.  I love to share my passion for healthy eating!  I know how daunting it can be to change the way you eat.  Trust me, I’ve been through it all.  Over the years of changing my habits and striving for better health, I’ve learned a few things.

One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that food is not the only thing we consume.  We eat attitudes, words, thoughts, emotions, and the ambience surrounding our food.   It may seem abstract but it’s fundamental biology that if we are tense or in fight or flight, then the digestive system shuts down to shunt its energy to our muscles, etc.  So that’s one thing you can do right now today.  I recommend getting a book about mindful eating at the library.  Thich Nat Hanh has one, and there is Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein.

Another thing I’ve learned is that big changes like what and how we eat is not an overnight thing.  That change is most likely to be successful if we have support – whether it’s a professional, friend, or family member to hold you accountable and be a cheerleader for you.  We sometimes want reassurance that the sacrifice is worth it, that we’re making a choice that will have a positive impact.  If you know someone else struggling with their health you can see if they’ll partner with you so you are not doing it alone. Ideally the people you live with support this, but we can’t control anyone but ourselves so you cannot count on that.  I am always glad to provide that support as your coach, as well.

So be patient with yourself, try new foods, relax, and have fun! I never knew 20 years ago the foods I’d be loving now!

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