Recently ive been hearing alot of people talk about “amydala retraining” for the treatment of CFS. Ashok Gupta, the creator of the Gupta Amygdala Retraining course, claims an 85% cure rate for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The DVDs cost $190 if you live in the U.S. He states that this treatment is not Cognative Behavioral Therapy, Reverse Therapy, or Pacing Therapy.
The course teaches techniques combine Neuro-Liguistic Programming, meditation practices, and yogic techniques that help to retrain the amygdala which he says may have been damaged in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome. He believes that a physical, chemical or emotional stressors may cause sympathetic nervous system overstimulation and lead to the mental and physical exhaustion seen in CFS patients.
I wasnt sure what the Gupta DVDs were all about, so i emailed the The Gupta Program and they provides me with some answers to my questions.
“Thank you for your email. Here are the answers to your questions:
You claim a high success rate when treating CFS, how many people do you think have been successfully treated?
- We have successfully treated over two hundred people with the condition in the last few years. We launched the DVD programme in September, and we have had hundreds more people buy the programme, and have given us a lot of positive feedback.
How is this course different than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or psychotherapy, which has many peer reviewed studies that have already been conducted for treatment of CFS?
- This programme of treatment is very different to CBT or psychotherapy. CBT is based on a very different underlying causal model for CFS, as well as different techniques to help. The Gupta Programme is unique in both its underlying hypothesis for causation, as well as the novel tools and techniques used to “retrain the amygdala”. Many of my patients who are using the programme have already undergone CBT or psychotherapy, but find the Gupta Programme very different and much more powerful. (See attached article)
What is Ashok Gupta’s medical background?
- Ashok Gupta is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). In terms of the medical background, Ashok is self-taught, and has spent many years of self-study in the fields of brain neurology and physiology. This culminated in the publishing of his medical paper in a peer reviewed medical journal in 2002.(Attached)
Have there been any follow-up studies? Do the beneficial effect last after a period of months, years?
- We are currently conducting an initial pilot study, which will be complete within a month and will be published. This is showing that approx 85% of patients significantly improved, and 70% of patients reached “full-functioning”, which means they are 80-100% better. We believe that if this was confirmed in an independent trial, this would make this treatment the most successful treatment for ME and CFS currently available. The study is a one year study with one year follow-ups, but we will be updating the study every year to show that there are long term results. We hope that publishing this study will encourage funding of a larger independent study this year.
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