Neural Therapy

Any of my readers out there know about neural therapy? It is something I have been looking to add as a service offered to my patients. This method first began in Germany; however, most of the literature has not been translated into English, and not much interest or effort has been put into its research in America. Thus it is not commonly found in the US, though Europe and South America recognize it as effective treatment.

Neural therapy is an alternative method of treating chronic pain caused by an upset autonomic nervous system. Specific anesthetics are injected into the body — in my case, it’s a cocktail of anesthetic and ozone, but more about that later — on a repeated basis until pain is relieved and the body is allowed to start healing. I’ll talk more about how that works too.

The treatment is very precise and individualized. A comprehensive medical background check must be taken before therapy begins, for each patient’s specific history and current pain problem will determine where the injection sites must be.

Neural therapy centralizes on the electrical currents running through our bodies and is thus a unique approach to pain management. And it is not even limited to pain. Neural therapy may correct other disturbances throughout the body as well, disturbances that may not have been identified as issues running back to the nervous system. It may be very good news for patients who are told it’s all in their heads.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

What is Neural Therapy?

So far, neural therapy has been a great success with my patients. One had been suffering pain from past car accident trauma. The lingering pain lasted for months and months with no respite from other treatments and therapy, but a brief period of neural therapy cleared up the pain completely. Another was suffering severe hormone imbalance causing amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea — not your typical injury-related pain, but neural therapy cleared that up for her too.

Obviously, neural therapy serves great purposes in dentistry and dental surgery. But why stop there when there are so many other things it could help? And how does one treatment cover such a broad scope of issues?

I introduced neural therapy in my previous post as an alternative method of treating chronic pain, but it is not limited strictly to pain. Neural therapy targets local disturbances caused by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). These disturbances — called interference fields — are caused by electric signals at certain sites sending the wrong messages to the ANS, thereby causing discomfort or dysfunction.

Interference fields in one area can disrupt an entirely different area of the body. This is why some problems are impossible for your conventional practitioner to diagnose. We’re dealing with a complex network of electricity, and the body functions as one whole unit. If one system is “off,” another will most likely be affected. This is why a thorough, comprehensive medical history of each individual patient is crucial before beginning neural therapy. A neural therapist must know the ANS pathways in order to provide effective treatment.

How is this beautifully simple treatment carried out? And how can neural therapy help you specifically? We’ll find out in the next posts!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Neural Therapy Injections

Neural therapy is administered via injections at specific sites. These sites are not the same for every person, however. A thorough evaluation of your medical history will help me determine where the injections are needed. Neural therapists are specially trained this way. We must be familiar with the specific autonomic nervous system (ANS) pathways where trouble in one area may link to another area.

Procaine, often generically referred to as novocaine, is a common local anesthetic used in dentistry. It is also the primary ingredient in neural therapy injections, which is convenient for me. Procaine has a special talent for this kind of treatment because, injected intravenously, it clears up interference fields and miscommunications, and it restores balance in the ANS, which usually clears up pain or other irregularities.

Depending on the problem, I may prepare a cocktail of both procaine and ozone for an extra-powerful boost of oxygen. A simple lack of oxygen causes and contributes to all kinds of issues in the human body. The causes behind this range from simple to complex, but it is a common factor in every single person with a health complaint or chronic disease. Adding ozone (read: pure oxygen) to the injection addresses the potential lack of oxygen at the site and stimulates healing. I might even bring the laser into the picture, which will address a host of other factors contributing to the problem.

For a patient undergoing neural therapy, treatment may be complete within a single visit, but sometimes it requires repetition. It’s different for every person. Because it is very safe, simple, and minimally invasive, making the decision to try it is easy for most patients.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Is Neural Therapy Right For You?

How do you find out if neural therapy is something you should try? Well, do you have chronic pain? joint pain? injury? inflammation? hormone irregularities? digestive problems? I wouldn’t say that neural therapy is the 100% be-all and end-all to every single human disease. But I believe it can help nearly any problem at least partially, preferably in conjunction with other whole-body therapies. Neural therapy is wonderful for those who cannot get a clear diagnosis or get satisfactory relief with medication.

If you’ve been struggling through doctors and doctors with no answers; if you are looking for a long-term, medication-free solution; if you’ve been given a serious diagnosis and want to start healing with the least invasive options; or if you are simply at your wit’s end, give us a call for a consultation. If your needs reach beyond what my office can comfortably give our patients, I can point you to Dr. Hirani, a fabulous holistic doctor nearby who can cover a broader scope of non-dental health issues.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles