Neural therapy is a natural healing modality that works with your autonomic nervous system to resolve blocks, dysfunction, and imbalances so you can fully heal. It was developed in Germany by Walter and Ferdinand Huneke in the early 1900s. Dr Dietrich Klinghardt originally introduced neural therapy to North America and still teaches through the Klinghardt Academy. Another excellent instructor, practitioner, and incredible human is Jeff Harris, ND, in Seattle, I’ve personally worked with both of them.
Neural therapy is an injection therapy that uses the anesthetic called procaine (ideal, some use lidocaine but this is not ideal). Neural therapy historically addresses scars, glands, trigger points, acupuncture points, vascular structures, ligaments and autonomic ganglia. It is excellent for treating chronic pain and illness by restoring normal function to the autonomic nervous system and resolving blocks (aka interference fields, foci, and blocked meridians) that were caused by trauma or surgery scars, sports injuries, birth, toxicity build-up. environmental factors, electromagnetic fields, previous infections, and stress.
You may be unaware of how significant scars are to your health and how they impact or block your ability to heal and experience vibrant health.
Scars interfere with normal physiological exchanges, blocking the connection and communication between nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, fascia, skin, meridians and their associated organs, and other tissues.
Scars in one area of the body can cause pain in another part of the body through the transmission of tension via the fascial planes, this is refereed to as fascial drag. Upledger and Vredevoogd (1983) Upledger JE, Vredovoogd J.Craniosacral Therapy. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press; 1983.
An example demonstrates how a patient with chronic migraines were in fact caused by an appendectomy scar. When the scar was pressed deeply medially, the headache was reproduced. When the scar was pressed laterally, the headache was relieved. Chaitow L, Russ D, Shipley DJ. Assessment/Palpation Section: Skills. In: Chaitow L, ed & co-author.Naturopathic.
Densely packed sympathetic nerve fibers are severed when tissue is cut and these poorly healed fibers disrupt the autonomic nervous system. It’s as if this tissue gets locked into a fight or flight response. It’s like a trauma alarm bell is always going off in your autonomic nervous system, even decades after the surgery or trauma that caused the scar. It’s a distraction to your body, that wants to regulate and heal, but can’t fully due to the noise of this alarm bell constantly going off. Neural therapy turns this alarm off so the body can regain function and balanced health again.
And here’s the science geeky explanation…. The alarm is turned off by altering the autonomic nerve conduction by normalizing the membrane potential. Anesthesia occurs after procaine is injected into a nerve because of it’s temporary hyperpolarization of nerve tissue. This means it’s inhibited. (Kidd RF. Interference Fields. In:Neural Therapy. Renfrew, ON: Custom Printers of Renfrew Ltd; 2005) (fig3-1, p39). When the anesthetic wears off, the nerve repolarizes with a now-normal membrane potential.
Any scar can cause this kind of interference with your autonomic nervous system. Even non painful or seemingly asymptomatic scars can be a focal point to your autonomic nervous system. I use muscle reflex testing, palpation, extensive case history, and Korean and Chinese pulse diagnosis to determine with which scars to work. I look for any thickening of the scar, tenderness, ticklishness, temperature changes, reported numb areas, color changes, taut areas on or around the scare, or any scars that restrict movement.
If you’d like to see proof of the adhesions observed during surgeries and how a skin scar attaches and restricts the sliding motion of tendons or how a C-section scar caused ovarian adhesions and so much more, please watch: Guimberteau JC. Skin,Scars and Stiffness. [DVD]. Endovivo Productions; http://www.endovivo.com/en/cicatrices,inflammation,dvd.php. Created by a French plastic surgeon, Dr Jean-Claude Guimberteau.
Some scars need to be treated only once, while others may need a few sessions to fully resolve. I listen to your body and allow it to direct us. Some scars, when treated, are painless while others may feel tender. I’ve had some patients experience a quick flash back or memory of the original incident during treatment. One patient reported I didn’t realize so much trauma and memory was stored in that little scar, it’s gone now, I felt it leave. While other patients have no visuals but a decrease in pain and increase of mobility, almost instantly and it remains. Other patients can retrace their past trauma. This means that similar feelings, sensations, or symptoms may occur that remind you of the past surgery or trauma, and usually it’s quick to resolve. For example, I had an emergency appendectomy and had all three laproscopic scars later treated. About 24 hours after neural therapy, I felt a sense of guarding my abdomen, as if I had surgery, but I had no pain. I just had this vague sense of my abdomen being vulnerable and then it was fine.Dr Jean-Claude Guimberteau.
Homeopathy + Acupuncture = Homeopuncture.
This is a natural modality that injects homeopathic preparations into acupuncture points. The combination of these two modalities is fairly new but homeopathy and acupuncture on their own, predate modern medicine and have been proven to work. Acupuncture is no longer seen as just folk medicine, rather it’s been proven to affect hormonal and neural mechanisms, immune, cardiovascular, endocrine, central nervous and enteric nervous systems to name a few.
In this therapy, either acupuncture needles (solid filiform needles) are dipped into homeopathic solution and then inserted into acupuncture points or the acupuncture points are injected (small gauge injection needle) with a homeopathic preparation. Different state’s laws allow for licensed acupuncturists to perform this medical technique. Colorado, of which I am licensed, does allow this. I have been trained in this modality through many continuing education courses and doctors such as Heel Inc. and Pleo-Sanum (SANUM-Kehlbeck GmbH & Co).
Homeopuncture may be used for pain, inflammation, sports injuries, lack of mobility, scar tissue, dysfunction, organ stress or insufficiency, toxicity (such as liver or gall bladder congestion), pre and post operative cases, hair loss, skin disorders, arthritis, symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy, infections, stress, glandular disorders, and there aren’t any contraindications, other than those of standard acupuncture practices.
It’s two modalities combined, that offers you the best of both worlds.
First you receive a powerful therapeutic homeopathic directly into tissue and second the acupuncture point is stimulated, enhancing the effect. When you take a homeopathic orally you must avoid coffee, garlic, tobacco, alcohol, menthol, perfume, lipstick etc., but with homeopuncture these are inconsequential.
Homeopuncture is both safe and effective.