What Is Neural Therapy?

02 June, 2020
Neural therapy is a booming therapy that seeks to treat changes in your body's electrical system. It aims to solve complex health problems, like neuropathic pain, through the use of local anesthetics.

Neural therapy is a technique that has become increasingly popular. Its main purpose is to treat illnesses caused by disorders in the body’s electric system. These electrical disorders are known as “interference fields.”

You can find interference fields in organs, ganglia, skin, and practically any part of your body. For a long time, this type of disorder hasn’t been considered by medicine or has been undervalued. To date, this treatment is still an open subject in medicine and research. In this article, we’ll explain what neural therapy is and what it’s used for.

What is neural therapy?

Neural therapy helps to re-establish the normal functioning of the nervous system. In this way, it seeks to accelerate recovery from many conditions that may not have been improving with conservative treatments.

The nervous system is a set of specialized cells that conduct electrical signals. It’s in charge of directing and controlling a lot of the functions that take place in your body. Likewise, it helps to keep the balance in your body and with the environment.

The nervous system, like any other part of your body, is vulnerable to injuries or infections. For example, trauma or surgery can damage it. Generally, if it’s a small injury, the nervous system can respond well and recover.

However, when the injury is too damaging or prolonged, it can permanently damage the nervous system. When this happens, it causes a series of sensations, like pain, that don’t have an easily identifiable origin and may not go away after traditional treatments.

This is where neural therapy comes in. This therapy seeks to reestablish the normal functioning of the nervous system. That is, it helps to repair those injuries to the conduction pathways. Thus, it may stop the pain.

Man holding arm in pain.
Neuropathic pain is a field where neural therapy can help.

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How is neural therapy done?

Neural therapy consists of injecting local anesthetic in the areas where there could be a neural injury. Normally, the anesthetics they use are procaine or lidocaine. They inject small amounts diluted in physiological serum.

In many cases there is a rapid improvement in pain. However, some people react differently. For example, some patients have a lot more energy, but others who feel very tired for days.

Ideally, your doctor will follow up on the treatment, usually around a month after the injections. You might need several injections to achieve the desired effects.

Syringe in vial of anesthetic for neural therapy.
In neural therapy treatment, doctors inject local anesthetics.

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What does it treat?

Neural therapy can be a useful treatment for several conditions, especially in cases of chronic pain or inflammation. For example, in conditions like lower back pain, cervical pain, and tendinitis.

On the other hand, it can help more complex conditions like fibromyalgia. It’s even being used to treat cases of Crohn’s disease and certain mood disorders that become somatized.

Neural therapy, although it seems complex, can also be used in children. To do this they need the parents to give their consent. Neural therapy can treat repetitive infections like bronchitis, cystitis, and even gastroenteritis.

Keep in mind

The truth is that to use neural therapy you have to keep many things in mind. Additionally, a specialist should always do it. Therefore, it’s important to inform yourself and take a look at each case.

Your doctor will decide if you should use it or not.

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