I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in now way influenced by the company.
The Gupta Programme, also known as “The Advanced ME/CFS Recovery Programme,” was developed by Ashok Gupta, who suffered from ME/CFS himself for a few years. He says he would still be suffering if it hadn’t been for his discovery that he wants to share with us. The Gupta Programme is a package of 12 Weekly Webinars with Ashok. I also received a DVD Home Study Course and Meditation CDs. This package comes with a full one year Money Back Guarantee, no questions asked.
Basically, Ashok believes that the brain (specifically the Amygdala) is the key to healing all of these conditions. If we can change thought patterns or “rewire” the brain. I read in some of the background information for the program that “in a published medical study, two-thirds of patients [of the Gupta Programme] reached a full recovery, and 90% made an improvement.”
I had a couple of stumbling blocks as soon as I started the program. The first was the timing of the webinars. Ashok is based out of London and went live Monday evenings at 6 pm London time. Since I live on the west coast of Canada, that makes it 9 am for me.
To say I am not a morning person is putting it mildly. Thanks to pain, stress, and coughing, I rarely get to sleep before 2 am and often is can be 5 or 6 am. What sleep I do get is not restful and when I do wake up it takes awhile to get oriented for the day. It is very difficult to concentrate at any time; however, first thing in the morning is the worst.
Ashok is very engaging and I very much enjoyed listening to him. His excitement and passion are very contagious. Even so, I really found the sessions (at around 1 hour and 45 minutes) long and hard to keep up with.
I did contact the program and they said that while Ashok prefers you get the interaction factor of the live feeds, there was no problem with watching the recorded versions that were emailed a few days later. Once I started doing this, in my own time, I was able to follow along much better. I could even take breaks without missing anything. Well, except for the interaction with Ashok and others.
Ashok begins with having you close your eyes and be aware of each part of your body starting from your feet and going to your head. All through this process, he says to take slow deep breaths and at the end, relax your whole body. Once I opened my eyes I felt refreshed. This is something I have learned in other chronic pain/fatigue programs I have taken before.
The sessions go on to talk about how things like meditation, relaxation, changing thought patterns can help heal the Amygdala and ultimately heal the autoimmune conditions.
I was having problems with the “meditation” aspects of the program; however, when I turned them into meditative prayer sessions I found that it helped me feel better physically and stronger in my faith. I found that to be a win-win.
I do believe that I did get a lot out of the sessions. Am I healed? No. But I have only worked at it for three or four months. I have adapted what I learned to fit comfortably with my life and what I have already been doing in this area.
Do I recommend the Gupta Programme to others? Yes, most certainly. If the content overwhelms you, just listen to Ashok’s cheerful and engaging voice. One thing I will keep with me probably forever is hearing him say “smile as you exhale.” You can’t help but do it because he is so encouraging.