Neural therapy is a gentle, healing technique developed in Germany that involves the injection of local anesthetics into autonomic nerve ganglia (grouping of nerves), peripheral nerves, scars, glands, acupuncture points, trigger points, and other tissues.
Two German physicians practicing in the early 1900s, Ferdinand and Walter Huneke, are considered the founders of neural therapy.
Neural therapy is one of the best-known natural healing methods in Germany where there are more than 5,000 practitioners. It is now also practiced in other countries in Europe and the United States. Neural therapy is based upon the theory that any trauma, infection, or surgery can damage the autonomic nervous system and produce long-standing disturbances in the electrochemical or electromagnetic functions of tissues.
If there is a disturbance of the autonomic nervous system, the resulting dysfunction can last indefinitely unless repaired. When the autonomic nervous system is injured or not functioning correctly, various consequences result. An example is blood flow going out of synch with demand in an area that needs it, such as a soft tissue injury, thus resulting in incomplete healing.
Neural therapy is performed with local anesthetics, usually procaine. These anesthetics should never contain epinephrine. The standard solution used at the Tennant Institute for superficial infiltration (scars) is 1% procaine with a small amount of sodium bicarbonate to buffer the pH and decrease the pain of the injection, although the sodium bicarbonate is optional.