Neural therapy

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Neural therapy is the process of receiving an injection of small amounts of the commonly used anesthetic (pain killer) Novocain® (also known as novacaine or procaine) into specific areas of the body in order to supposedly relieve a variety of medical complaints.
Neural therapy is considered a form of alternative medicine in the United States. The theories of how the method works are difficult to explain in a way that would make sense to most mainstream medical practitioners. Practitioners of neural therapy base their explanations of how the procedure helps patients in terms of energy fields.
In 1925, a German surgeon named Ferdinant Huneke began to formulate the idea of neural therapy as a treatment when he injected Procaine into the vein of his sister, who was suffering from a migraine. The delivery of the drug to stop the migraine was unusual because this pain drug was always injected into a muscle as a painkiller in surgeries. On another occasion in 1940, Dr. Huneke injected procaine into the shoulder of a woman who was experiencing shoulder as well as leg pain. The pain in the woman's shoulder improved to some extent, but her leg became itchy. When Dr. Huneke injected the woman's leg, the shoulder pain disappeared completely. This experience led the physician to theorize that physical symptoms could be treated by injecting a pain killer medication into a different part of the body to cause a positive change in the patient's flow of energy in another area of the body. The idea that problems in one part of the body could be treated by injecting another part of the body was the primary theory behind what became known as neural therapy.
Neural therapy is popular in South America and in some parts of Europe. In Germany, neural therapy is considered a mainstream treatment for pain. Neural therapy is only practiced at a few clinics in the United States.
There has not been a large amount of scientific research conducted on neural therapy, and the way that this treatment method may help a patient experience relief from their symptoms is not very well understood.
Neural therapy is most commonly used as a treatment for chronic or ongoing, pain. Other less common uses of neural therapy include the treatment of allergies, arthritis, asthma, circulation problems, depression, dizziness, gallbladder disease, headaches, hay fever, heart disease, hormone imbalances, liver disease, menstrual cramps, phantom pain syndrome, skin problems, and sports or muscle injuries.

Related Terms

Interference field, interference zone.