In neural therapy, injections of a weak and short-acting local anaesthetic, usually procaine, are administered to painful parts of the body and to nerve bundles in the autonomic nervous system.
This temporarily incapacitates the nerve programme in the treated region (pain or functional disorders). As a result, the body can retrieve its normal programme. If the structure of the organs is not too severely damaged, the wrong (pain) programme can be deleted and the normal one recovered.
Pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints is often caused by what are known as trigger points in the muscles. Neural therapy involving direct infiltration of these points can provide effective assistance. Painful scars or poorly healing and chronic inflammation can also be treated with direct injections, as procaine exhibits circulation-enhancing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Larger regions of the body are frequently affected, particularly in chronic disorders such as headache, pain in the shoulders and arms or pain in the pelvis and legs. In these cases, treatment is targeted on the nerve centres concerned. As the autonomic nervous system processes impulses on skin, muscle, skeleton and internal organs in the same cells and forwards both interfering and regulating information to all parts, the regulating procaine injections are particularly effective at these switch-points.
Indications for neural therapy include: