How does neural therapy work? Understanding the answer to this question begins with exploring the nature of the form of alternative medicine. The Huneke brothers initially developed the therapeutic approach in Germany. It has progressively moved west with the work of Janet Travell, MD, a physician who worked with patients suffering from chronic pain.
What is Neural Therapy?
Neural therapy is a technique that involves injecting Novocain (Procaine) into trigger points in the body. The specific points are determined according to the individual’s symptoms and ailment. Often, the trigger points are in different locations than the discomfort is actually felt, making them tricky for someone who is not familiar with trigger points to detect.
Physical trauma can lead to ongoing problems in the electrochemical functioning in the skin and tissues of the body. Neural therapy seeks to correct the misfiring of electrochemical elements in the body by directly injecting problem sites with Novocain. Sites typically injected include:
- Scarred skin and tissue
- Sensitive nerves
- Ganglions (nerve clusters that may be painful)
- Acupuncture points
- Peripheral nerves
When the injections are properly administered, they are believed to lead to relief from chronic pain and medical conditions.
In addition to trigger point injections for chronic pain, neural therapy may treat other conditions including but not limited to:
- Chronic intestinal problems
- Kidney disease
- Prostate problems
How Does it Work?
Neural therapy works by numbing points of the body that trigger chronic pain or that correlate with various types of medical problems.
The approach involves injecting various sites with Novacain or other type of local anesthetic. Some technicians use other solutions as well. Injections may include:
- Saline solution
- Diluted toxins
The injections are believed to be effective in correcting neural misinformation that may be caused by injury or illness. The approach may be used to as a means to detoxification for tissues and it may be used to help certain medications to work more effectively.
Patients can expect to have at least one injection for treatment, and some may have up to six. The injections are given two times per week until the symptoms subside.
Neural therapy does not have much scientific backing and much more research is necessary to determine the effectiveness of this form of alternative medicine. The approach is popular in Germany, and many recognize it as a viable option for managing chronic pain. However, no clinical backing supports the claims.
Side Effects and Precautions
Side effects are important to consider as well, and neural therapy has surprisingly little incidence of side effects. However, one recorded incident involved life-threatening internal bleeding after receiving injections into adenoids.
Finding a professional is another important factor and certain precautions need to be made. It is critical to find a professional who is certified or licensed in neural therapy techniques.