If you have chronic pain that doesn't go away no matter what you do, you may have underlying stress that perpetuates your problem. NET allows you to identify and treat the stressor and subsequently the condition causing pain resolves.

NET is used by practitioners to help physical problems that have an associated stress component. Stress can be a factor in acute situations, and in chronic and hard-to-resolve conditions.

While the NET protocol itself is not considered to be psychology, the following principles apply within the steps of NET:

  1. cognitive (identifying thoughts and internal dialog associated with recollections),
  2. emotional (identifying the emotions the recollection elicits), and
  3. behavioral (how the recollections affect actions, relationships, etc.).

Within the steps of NET, the practitioner uses the following 8 dynamics to help address unresolved stress:

1. Emotions are Physiologically Based

While emotions used to be thought of as only residing in the brain, it is now known that the molecular basis of emotions involve the physiology of 'information substances', which are comprised of neuropeptides, hormones, and other specialized information molecules that permeate the entire body — including our DNA. This dynamic has been well described and validated by Candace Pert, PhD, et. al. Visit http://candacepert.com/library/ for more works by Dr. Pert.

2. Pavlovian Responses We know through Pavlov's work that animals can be conditioned, and we also know that humans can be conditioned too. In addition, we know 'emotional conditioning' can also take place. While conditioning is normal under most situations, so is its counterpart, the natural elimination of a conditioned response — called 'extinction'. When we have an 'emotional conditioning', it is normal for the natural extinction process to take place. However, there are times when a conditioned emotional response does not fully extinguish, and this is where we can utilize NET to help the body complete the process. This dynamic has been scientifically validated by many, including Pavlov, et. al. Also visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5390734/ for 'Social Pavlovian Conditioning'.

3. Emotions / Meridian System Correlations 

Using the Law of Five Elements from Acupuncture, which has been clinically validated for more than 1,500 years, we know that specific emotions are linked to specific meridians. The Pulse meridian points have been named after the Elements of Fire, Wood, Water, Metal and Earth, and each is associated with various emotional/stress responses: For example:

  • Fire can be associated with abandoned, vulnerable, etc.
  • Wood can be associated with anger, frustration, etc.
  • Water can be associated with fear, dread, etc.
  • Metal can be associated with grief, sadness, etc.
  • Earth can be associated with worry, hopelessness, etc.

4. Repetition Compulsion Sigmund Freud's concept of 'repetition compulsion' notes that once we have been emotionally traumatized (and conditioned), we may unconsciously seek to repeat a similar trauma in the future. Essentially, what has traumatized an individual earlier in life, if unresolved, will often revisit them again in similar future circumstances. Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181920/ for a related paper on the 'Neuroplasticity in Addictive Disorders'.

5. The Role of Memory and Physiology Science has proven that when we remember a past event, it's possible to have a 'physiological response' that is similar to the one that happened back then. Here's an example: Pretend you're biting into a lemon; now imagine squeezing some of the juice into your mouth and feeling your mouth pucker in response to that sour taste! ...If you're like most people, your mouth is probably starting to water, and this is a perfect example of having a physiological response to a memory (tasting a lemon). Emotional responses can also be similarly stimulated with the memory of a past traumatic or stressful event. Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28181091 for a paper titled 'Neuro Emotional Technique Effects on Brain Physiology in Cancer Patients with Traumatic Stress Symptoms.'

6. Manual Muscle Testing It has been demonstrated that manual muscle testing can be used to access the physiology of the body, including the physiology of an emotional response, and that muscles — which initially test strong in the clear — will test as being inhibited (weak) when words are posed that have a 'charge' or stress-response associated with them. Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1847521/ for a paper 'On the Reliability and Validity of Manual Muscle Testing' by Cuthbert and Goodheart.

7. Semantic Responses Semantic response can be described as the psychological and physiological reaction to words and language and other symbols in relation to their meanings. For example, the physiology of the body can be reactive not only to the sight of a spider, but also to the word 'spider' or a picture of a spider. This dynamic has been validated by Monti, et. al., with non-congruent words testing as a physiologically weakened muscle response. Visit https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10407911/ for Monti's paper, 'Muscle Test Comparisons of Congruent and Incongruent Self-referential Statements'.

8. 'Like cures Like' 

Part I. NET uses a 'like-cures-like' principle in this way: When we ask patients to re-experience an emotion from their past (such as anger, fear, etc.) within the context of doing NET, we're asking them to go back and briefly relive a memory — and in reliving that memory they produce a feeling (with an associated physiological response), and that feeling is an important 'like-cures-like' component of the NET correction process.

In developing NET, Dr. Scott Walker came to find that there were times when the body needed extra support to fully release a stressful issue. After more than 2 years of clinical investigations and testing various products (essential oils, herbs, remedies, vitamins, etc.), he found that specific homeopathic remedies significantly helped the NET process where other products did not.

Part II. Homeopathy also uses a 'like-cures-like' principle — In fact, it's a verified law of pharmacology called the Law of Similars. Using this principle, Dr. Walker created specific NET Remedies formulas, which he clinically tested and then shared with other practitioners. Since 1994, the NET Remedies have been used by thousands of practitioners to help support their patients in the release of stress-related toxins, and they are considered to be a valuable enhancement to the NET process.