Gupta Amygdala Retraining ~ Technique


'The Amygdala is easy to spot being the only red part of an other wise grey brain' - Professor FuddingWups

What is it: The Amygdala is a part of your amazing brain. It is composed of two almond shaped clusters which help to process your memories memory and emotional reactions.

Inspired by these little nut shaped chunks of grey matter a man by the name of Ashok Gupta has created a system called Amygdala Retraining Therapy (ART). The ART process utilises meditation, NLP, Hypnotherapy and specific psychological techniques  to  retrain the Amygdala and allow the body to recover from a state of disease.

Having used the system to recover his own health from CFS/ME  he claims to have had great success treating others and various patient reports suggest he is on to something big.

Why do it: Ashok has developed a hypothesis that while an initial infection (or other event) usually  triggers the onset of CFS/ME it is the ongoing subconsious response to these original  symptoms which prolongs the presence of the illness. Ashok suggests  this over arousal of the Amygdala causes the body to stay in a constant state of flight or fight and prohibits its ability to heal.

How Often: The ART program involves practicing the techniques daily for an average of at least 6 months before seeing lasting results. However it may take some people anywhere up to 2 years to completely reap the benefits.

My Thoughts & Experience: I bought Ashoks DVD programme over a year ago and have been keen to give it a go  ever since. During this time I have completed the telephone psychology program with the Optimum Health Clinic which uses a very similar approach to Amygdala retraining. However just recently Ashok held a workshop on his new accelerator technique here in Melbourne and I went along. I was impressed. Ashok is a kind, insightful and engaging character who comes across as very passionate about ridding the world of CFS/ME.

But do his tools work?

Before approaching this question you need to ask yourself whether you believe:

1. CFS/ME is in the body.

2. CFS/ME is in the mind.

3. Or a combination of both.

Currently I go for option 3 and so was open to hearing what Ashok had to say. The big take away from the workshop for me was realising that I can in fact merge Ashoks ideas with my current understanding of CFS/ME. That is, while there are definitely physical imbalances in my immune system there also seem to be mental patterns which prohibit the rate of my recovery. Which basically comes back to my notion that in order to treat oneself completely you must heal the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of ones body (explored in more detail here).

In my opinion ART addresses the emotional and mental imbalances in an individual and while calming the nervous system may be enough for some, others seem to need nutritional support to see them return to optimal health. The magic in the process appears to be accessing and transforming subconscious thought patterns. This is achieved through calming the system through meditation, applying a process commonly known as a ‘Stop’ (whereby when you notice a symptom you suddenly pause and freeze it in its tracks) and also using N.L.P to retrain negative thought patterns that may be consistently cycling through your subconscious mind.

This approach isn’t for everyone. In fact many may be offended by the notion that ultimately this system suggests your mind is the primary culprit. But for those with an open mind, ready and willing to try something completely new and different this could be a very viable option. Personally I look forward to more thoroughly applying the methods and reaping the rewards myself. I will keep you posted.

Links: Ashoks website

In house Research: Results from a study Ashok has conducted into the effectiveness of his approach.

Had an experience with the Gupta Programme ? 

Leave a comment below and share your insights!

Where to Next?

Have you read Psychology for CFS/ME: An Introduction?

Or explored how Meditation can help you regain your vitality?

9 Responses to Gupta Amygdala Retraining ~ Technique
  1. Silvia
    December 11, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Hi Joe,

    I just discovered your website. Thank you for sharing all this information. I would really like to try the Gupta programme. At the moment I have absolutely no money to buy his DVDs. Do you think you could explain me the stop technique a little more in detail so I could try it? That would be really nice.

    All the best,

    • Joe
      December 12, 2011 | 3:57 am

      Hi there Silvia nice to hear from you :) Glad you have been enjoying the site. Hope it makes a difference in your day.

      You should try getting in touch with the Gupta team in the UK. Or also the Optimum Health Clinic. They are good people and I’m sure if you explain your situation, possibily even the idea of paying them later down the track when you are better placed, they will no doubt find a way to get you the information you need.

      In the mean time here is a basic version of the Stop technique:

      Identify the mental pattern (ie. Feeling negative about your symptoms, comparing yourself to others, thinking you won’t get through the day etc.)
      *In your head firmly but kindly say the word STOP and even use a gesture to immediately halt the thoughts in their tracks.
      *Put yourself back in the Now, in the present moment and pay attention to your breath, your surroundings and emotions.
      *Then gently imagine how you want the next 20mins-2 hours to unfold. Picture it in your mind being a smooth, positive symptom free period of time.
      *Repeat again and again (and agin) until you have overrun your ingrained negative thought patterns whenever a symptom appears.

      Good luck. It’s quite a powerful tool.

      • Silvia
        February 28, 2012 | 10:53 am

        Hi Joe,

        sorry for taking two and a half months to reply 😉 Was focusing on other things and typically, everything stacks on my desk. I just wanted to let you know that I’m doing a Candida treatment since 8 weeks with tremendous success. Almost all side symptoms of my CFS have disappeared and the exhaustion is getting better by the day. I had to experiment a while and then pick the right Candida treatment, which is one of the most rigid ones available. Did an easier one first (with a less restrictive diet and other antifungals), that helped a bit but symptoms soon came back. The one that I’m doing now needs full commitment, quite a lot of time and patience – not something you complete in a few weeks. But IT IS WORTH IT. I’ve spent the last months reading research articles and other information on Candida and CFS and am convinved that Candida plays a big role. If you want to try it, read this . Seriously, after reading lots and lots of information by naturopaths and doctors, I’ve found that the information provided in this forum (not the website itself) is the most up-to-date, valuable, scientifically justified as there are a few people there who did A LOT of research and really figured it out.

        All the best

        • Joe
          February 29, 2012 | 12:06 pm

          Hi Silvia, very happy to hear of you success. Thanks for you insight into the Candida story. I had a look at the link you provided and it seems very comprehensive. It should really help any one waging war against Candida. Keep us posted on how you go, I know a few people that really got back on their feet after getting their candida under control. Best! Joe

  2. Audrey
    December 25, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the note back at Silvia. I too would love o try. I have had MCS for 8.5 years. I wear a respirator anytime I leave my home. Being on disability allows NOTHING extra. I have an 11-yr old and we miss out on so much, or I hold say she does. No friends, no visitors, she is home schooled so I don’t get get very day when she comes home smelling like potpourri, disinfectants, and perfume everyday. I wish I could find it used somewhere or get to buy in installments. (we have no credit cards) I’ll try to implement some f the techniques I kep refine about; mybe I cn make my own program in my head. Continue to be well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Joe
      February 29, 2012 | 11:52 am

      Nice one Audrey. Give the short stop a chance and see if it helps. I’m sure it will help you calm any wayward thoughts of anxiety which seem to lurk around most of our minds. You can also make your own home versions of programs you read about. It’s the discipline that counts in the end.

      I’ve talked to people that have made great improvements with their MCS so don’t give up the fight! There is hope.

  3. Sula Maye
    January 22, 2013 | 8:34 pm

    The Gupta technique costs just over £100 and comes with a money back guarantee if after 6 months you are not cured. I found the technique very useful and it deff helped me, I still use it, but I felt I had given it a good shot and it hadn’t got me near 100% better, so I got a refund. Really worth trying and don’t be afraid to ask for your money back, so if neccessary borrow the money. If you make a full recovery you will be able to pay someone back, if not you’ll get a refund and pay them back!

    • Joe
      February 18, 2013 | 9:51 am

      Thanks Sula. This is good advice.

  4. Sarah
    July 23, 2016 | 11:19 am

    Hi joe

    I have had a recent set back with my recovery due to an infection but I too believe in he whole body/ mind approach and believe I will get better with time. I have also used the optimum health clinic but rather than buy the Gupta programme without knowing. Is it just like the ohc programme? If not what’s different about it? Just because my finances being housebound are very tight right now and I didn’t want to spend money I really don’t have if it’s exactly like the ohc programme.

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