What is Neural therapy?
Neural therapy is a method of diagnosing and treating illness caused by disturbances of the body’s electrophysiology. These electrical disturbances, called “interference fields,” are manifestations of cell membrane instability and typically trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses. Interference fields may be found in scars, autonomic ganglia, teeth, internal organs or other locations where local tissue irritation exists.
Autonomic nervous system controls all our organs and tissue. It sends information to our central nervous system located in our brain, and receives little input from it, hence “autonomic”. Autonomic nervous system has multiple centers, located primarily near our internal organs.
What is so special about interference fields?
Interference fields have a different electrical potential charge than surrounding healthy tissues. Currents flow from areas of higher voltage to areas of lower voltage and seem to send confusing signals to the body’s nervous system. The body may react inappropriately, resulting in an altered autonomic nervous system tone, chronic pain and/or dysfunction.
Interference fields can be located almost anywhere in the body, often far from the part of the body experiencing symptoms. For example, an old appendix scar might cause migraine headache, or a wisdom tooth extraction scar may cause chronic low-back pain. For the most part, these relationships are totally unpredictable and interference fields must be searched for everywhere in the body.
How to locate interference fields:
1. By taking good history, looking for past traumas, surgeries or infection predating patient issues.
2. By kinesiological testing, Lecher’s antenna or by palpation of sensitive points. Skillful use of these techniques allows immediate verification of which point could be responsible for a particular symptom.
Research experiments have demonstrated that a body’s response to an injury or illness is a local “alarm reaction” involving the autonomic nervous system, which changes circulation to a body part. Interference fields develop when the autonomic nervous system control does not return to normal after the emergency.
Are emotions playing a role in creating interference fields?
Any trauma to our body creates an emotional response. It can become locked and connected to scars or injuries, creating strong emotional reactions.
What medical conditions can be caused by an interference field?
All symptoms related to bodily functions controlled by the autonomic nervous system, such as palpitations, bronchospasm, indigestion, constipation, sexual dysfunction, dysmenorrhea or even cold hands or feet, may be partially or totally caused by an interference field.
Can psychiatric conditions be helped by neural therapy?
Most psychiatric conditions are caused by multiple factors interconnected with each other. Neural therapy has been an important treatment method to resolve severe psychiatric conditions in our clinic.
How can an interference field be resolved by neural therapy?
After locating an interference field it can be treated by injecting it with a local anesthetic, like Procane (Novocaine); it acts as a cell membrane stabilizer on interference fields by balancing electromagnetic membrane potential.
The effect of injecting interference fields can be immediate, with a rapid improvement of symptoms, called a “lightning reaction”. But in most cases it is gradual, within several days.
How long does relief last?
Often treatment of an interference field is temporary, sometimes lasting just a day. However, even a very short response is encouraging. Repeated treatments usually allow for the full resolution of symptoms.
Is neural therapy safe?
Neural therapy is one of the safest medical procedures. Commonly used anesthetics (procaine and lidocaine) rarely cause allergic reactions. In the past, allergic reaction to anesthetics was caused by preservatives, which are no longer used by most physicians practicing neural therapy.
Occasionally, patients will feel faint for a few minutes after neural therapy injections. This may be caused by “needle fright” or by a short-lasting lowering of the blood pressure caused by the procaine anesthetic itself.
Additional risks and benefits should be discussed with your physician.
What can interfere with the success of neural therapy treatment?
• Medications. The most common reason for poor response to neural therapy treatment is the presence of medication. Any drug with a prefix of “anti-” tends to block the autonomic nervous system, e.g., antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, antihypertensives. Illicit drugs will block it as well.
• Poor nutrition. Inadequate nutrition is much more common than most people realize. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies must be corrected or interference fields will either recur or the response to treatment will not increase with time.
• Toxins. Drugs, tobacco and alcohol may be considered toxins and can cause a poor response to neural therapy. Environmental toxins such as organic solvents, herbicides and fungicides also affect some people. The metals in dental amalgam fillings, especially mercury, poison the autonomic nervous system and may defeat neural therapy.
When and where did neural therapy originate?
Neural therapy was developed in Germany in the 1920s. It has become widely accepted and was used in South America after WWII. A considerable body of scientific research supporting its basic principles was published in German and Spanish, most of it has never been translated into English.
Neural therapy is a remarkably safe and simple method of treating many medical problems and is taught in German and some Spanish medical schools. Only limited numbers of English speaking medical professionals are aware of neural therapy. But there is a growing awareness. Together with a group of Canadian physicians we put together the First International Congress of Neural Therapy in North America and are in the process of creating The Neural Therapy Association of North America with the expectation that there will be standardized training and certification.
This web page was developed with the help of my mentor, Dr. Robert Kidd, the author of the first neural therapy book published in North America.
For more information on Neural Therapy, please see the presentation by Michael I. Gurevich, M.D. at the Ottawa Neural Therapy International Conference: Neural Therapy Used to Treat Complicated Psychiatric Conditions (https://youtu.be/yPQ3055-XH4 ) .