What is it?
Neural therapy is the use of local anesthetic injections to correct electrical blockages in the body. It is a popular treatment in Germany where it is used to treat chronic pain and other conditions. Neural therapy was developed in Germany by Dr. Huneke. He discovered how an injection could affect a distant problem by accident. Dr. Huneke injected a woman in her leg for local pain and her chronic shoulder pain immediately disappeared.
Neural therapists believe that a disruption in the electric pathways in one part of the body can have effects in other areas. These disruptions are commonly referred to as focal disturbances or interference fields. A properly performed injection can eliminate the interference field and restore energy flow and balance to the body. Once the body is balanced, the pain or disruption is often resolved.
In the initial visit, the neural therapist will take a detailed history, paying particular attention to any scar on the body. These scars could be from previous surgeries, injuries (with or without stitches), vaccinations, or tooth extractions. Other causes of energy blockages are toxic nerve cell ganglions (usually involving metal toxicity) and chronic focal infections. Many neural therapists also use muscle testing to identify interference fields.
After determining the site of the interference field(s), the therapist will inject a small amount of preservative-free procaine into the area. Neural therapists believe that the procaine turns off the constant stress signal given off by the interference field that was previously being sent to the nervous system. At the same time, the procaine opens the cell membranes of the tissues in the area. Once the cell membrane is open, nutrients and oxygen easily enter the cells and toxins are easily released.
Recently, neural therapists have also begun to use other methods for treating interference fields. In addition to procaine, neural therapists use sterile saline, injectable homeopathic remedies, and other natural remedies. Some neural therapists use an electrical device that sends a small amount of electricity through the field with results similar to an injection. The last method of treatment uses a low to medium powered laser to correct the interference field.
After the treatment, the neural therapist will ask the patient to keep a written record of any changes or improvements in their symptoms. The amount of the improvement and the how long the improvement lasts will help the doctor decide subsequent treatments.
Most proponents say that neural therapy is often helpful for allergies, hay fever, headache, sinusitis, arthritis, back pain, chronic pain, whiplash, asthma, emphysema, and arteriosclerosis. Bladder, prostate, and kidney disorders, gall bladder and liver problems, heart disease, digestive problems, menstrual problems, depression, dizziness, hormonal problems, post operative recovery, and sports injuries may also be helped with neural therapy.
Neural therapy cannot reverse any major structural damage to tissues and does not take the place of conventional diagnosis and treatment. Neural therapy is not recommended for the people with the following conditions: cancer, diabetes, hemophilia, renal failure, and myasthenia gravis. Any person with an allergy to local anesthetics should not be treated with neural therapy.
Although very popular in Germany, neural therapy is practiced by relatively few in the United States. Most neural therapists are medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, dentists, and naturopathic physicians. When inquiring about a possible therapist, be sure to ask about their training and what other supportive treatments they can provide.
- American Academy of Neural Therapy (206) 749-9967
- National Chronic Pain Association (916) 632-0922
- American Academy of Neural Kinesiology (888) 638-7255
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Last Updated: 1/4/2011