Neural Therapy A Simple and Safe Solution to Combat Chronic Illness
A Simple and Safe Solution to Combat Chronic Illness
Our culture’s current medical approach to health care is not working. As traditionally trained doctors in the Unites States, the problems we are causing to our patients health are starting to exceed the benefit we are making. The CDC reported in 2016 that Iatrogenic error (doctor caused) is the third leading cause of death now, behind heart disease and cancer…though it gets little public attention. Today, the vast majority of medical treatments are for diseases of a chronic nature, in particular chronic pain. !n 2012, the cost associated with treating chronic pain was over $800 billion dollars in the US alone, not to mention the disability costs and cost of production-loss due to people off work with chronic pain. There is an urgent need at this time to explore effective alternative treatments for chronic illness and chronic pain. A relatively unknown injection technique, initially developed in Germany during the early 1900’s known as Neural Therapy, is emerging as a simple and effective treatment for chronic pain and many other types of chronic illness. The first applications of neural therapy were performed in 1925 by brothers Ferdinand and Walter Huneke. Neural therapy is not based on exclusive treatment of nerves as the name implies but rather based on the premise that illness may result from a nervous system that has become unregulated or temporarily damaged or distracted. In actuality, neural therapy is more of a type of bio-regulatory therapy or holistic therapy who’s goal is to produce a positive response from the whole system. Slowly, neural therapy is now gradually being adopted by medical communities throughout the world with cases demonstrating many remarkable healing outcomes. The Neural Therapy technique primarily involves the injection of local anesthetic called Procaine into scars, trigger points, tendon and ligament insertions, peripheral nerves, autonomic ganglia, epidural space and tissues. Neural therapy is based on the belief that there is a extracellular matrix or ground substance whose pathways are those taken by both illness and recovery and that with support, any illness can be healed. Based on the concept of the extracellular matrix, or ECM, chronic pain and illness result from long-term disruption/ irritation of this complex matrix system, either structurally, biochemically or electrically. Neural therapy generally uses the re-polarizing property of Procaine to re-establish a functional, healthy electrical charge around cells. This in turn allows for proper cellular and ECM functions and eventual homeostasis throughout the entire autonomic nervous system. Neural therapy in its simplest form is an intra-dermal injection of scars, tattoos, or piercings which are believed to be causing an “interference field” or disruption of the autonomic nervous system. The local anesthetic is injected in such a way as to produce a linear “wheal” over the interference field of approximately .5cc- 1cc of Procaine. The location of the interference field can be in the vicinity of the patient’s pain or in an entirely different location. The therapeutic benefits range from gradual improvement after repeated treatments to an immediate complete relief of symptoms. The “Huneke phenomenon” or “Huneke lightning reaction” was the term given to the injection protocol that would stop all disturbances simultaneously with a single injection for at least 20 hrs, resulting in a positive outcome that persisted longer with every repeated injection. As a biologic dentist, I want to make a positive impact with regard to all areas of my patients health when I perform my dental procedures. I do not want to contribute to our high rate of iatrogenic death through ignorance or misinformation. The purposeful goal of finding safer routes of care for helping my patients led me to neural therapy in 2012. The intention behind my education then, and point of this paper now is to demonstrate a safer way of assisting the body in healing illness through neural therapy and how we could significantly lower the high death rates in our country that are resulting from the inappropriate overuse of prescription drugs and unsafe procedures for treating chronic illness.