Neural Therapy FAQ
1. Where does neural therapy come from?
Neural therapy was developed by two German physician-dentist brothers, Walter and Ferdinand Huneke, in the 1920s and '30s. They
accidentally found that procainea local anestheticwhen injected into certain spots such as scars, can relieve pain in
areas away from the place of injection.
They also found that the pain relief lasts much longer than would be expected from the anesthetic effect alone. The brothers called
these spots interference fields. Neural therapy is the treatment of pain and other illnesses by finding and treating interference
2. Where are interference fields found?
The best-known location for interference fields is in surgical scars. However, they also may be found in teeth, in autonomic ganglia
(nerve "junction boxes," separate from the brain and spinal cord, that look after regulatory processes of organs or regions of the body),
at sites of nerve entrapment, in organs, at sites of somatic dysfunction (joint or muscle mechanical dysfunction) or even in puncture
3. How does neural therapy work?
The tissues in which interference fields are found can be shown to have abnormal cell membrane resting potential (abnormal electrical
charges on the cell surfaces). This creates electrophysiological instability and abnormal afferent signals (nerve signals to the spinal
cord and brain) which, in turn, trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses. Procaine has a membrane-stabilizing effect (much
like lidocaine in treating cases of irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrhythmia). By restoring cell membrane potential to normal for even a
short time, cellular metabolism improves, a healthier local environment is created and the system stabilizes.
4. Is neural therapy about nerves?
Despite the name, neural therapy is not usually treatment of nerves. However, the nervous system, especially the autonomic nervous
system, is very much involved.
5. What health conditions can neural therapy treat?
Neural therapy is best known for treating pain, but is also used for any condition where the autonomic nervous system is involved, such
as asthma, migraine headaches, gastro-esophageal reflux disorder (GERD), sympathetic dystrophy, "nervous" stomach, irritable bowel syndrome,
sexual dysfunction and irritable bladder.
6. Are cures possible from neural therapy?
Occasionally, one neural therapy treatment will cure a condition. More commonly, repeat treatments are needed. However, if even a
temporary response is obtained the first time, repeat treatments are usually increasingly effective. A limiting factor in the success of
neural therapy is the general medical condition of the patient. If the patient is chronically tired, nutritionally deficient or toxic,
neural therapy is less effective.
7. Does neural therapy have any side-effects?
About 5% of the time, neural therapy injections may provoke an increase in pain for a day or so. This usually means that the injection
was not in the correct spot; however, a painful reaction typically indicates that the interference field is nearby.
8. Are neural therapy injections painful?
Neural therapy injections can be painful, but the pain usually lasts only a few seconds.
9. Does neural therapy offer any alternatives for patients who are afraid of needles?
Yes, it is possible to treat interference fields painlessly without needles. The Tenscam®, a hand-held electronic device, pointed at
the interference field from a distance of 18 inches for about two minutes, seems to be as effective as procaine injections.
10. Why is neural therapy not better known in the USA?
Neural therapy was developed in Germany, where it is considered a normal part of medical practice. Virtually all the neural therapy
literature has been published in German; very little has ever been translated into English. Thus, the non-German-speaking world has simply
not been exposed to neural therapy.