Neural Therapy

Neural Therapy

Neural therapy is a technique pioneered by German physicians in the 1950’s. It is a method of diagnosing and treating illness and pain caused by disturbances of the body’s electrophysiology. These electrical disturbances, called interference fields, are manifestations of cell membrane instability, and typically trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses. Interference fields may be found in scars, autonomic ganglia, teeth, internal organs or other locations where local tissue irritation exists.

From Nafysa Parpia, ND: Neural therapy is a specialized injection technique that aids in the treatment of chronic pain, neuropathy and illness, as well wrinkle and scar reduction. It was developed in Germany, and is commonly used there for such treatment. In America, injection techniques such as epidural, regional and trigger point injections are typically used in acute conditions. There are only a small number of doctors in America who are highly experienced and trained in neural therapy for chronic conditions, as well as facial line reduction as I use it in my Anti-Aging protocols.

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    How Does Neural Therapy Work?

    When nerve conduction flows freely,  all body functions such as heart rate, digestion, perspiration, breathing and blood flow work properly. Neural therapy can help relieve the effects of recent or long past whiplash, post traumatic conditions, athletic injuries, post-surgical pain, including dental, digestive disorders, sinusitis, hypothyroid, and scar disturbance among others.

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    Neural Therapy involves treatment of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS consists of a vast network of nerve endings extending to almost all cells in the body, and controls unconscious bodily functions such as: metabolism, intestinal motility, cellular respiration, heart rate, circulation, body temperature and breathing.

    Microbial infections, toxicity, allergens, stress, scars and trauma provoke chronic disturbances in the ANS and cellular electrochemical tissue function. Each cell in our body has a charge of 40-90 millivolts.  Injured cells transmit inefficient information, creating an interference field in the electrical field of the body. The result is often inflammation, pain, and scars in the area of trauma, or a taxed nervous system.

    Neural therapy includes the injection of low dose procaine into areas surrounding peripheral nerves, ganglions, glands, trigger points, scars and wrinkles to heal the chronic disturbances in these tissues.  Re-establishing ANS balance and healthy electrical impulses through Neural Therapy allows for the healing of stressed nerves and their ability to send out appropriate nerve impulses to organs and tissues they supply. Neural Therapy also has effects similar to acupuncture when needling is done in acupuncture points. An unblocking of the Qi meridians takes place, thus allowing for more functional Qi flow.

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    What conditions can Neural Therapy help?

    Neural therapy can help any symptom related to bodily functions controlled by the autonomic nervous system, such as palpitations, bronchospasm, indigestion, constipation, sexual dysfunction, dysmenorrhea; even cold hands or feet, may be partially or totally caused by an interference field.

    Chronic pain—especially migraine—often has an autonomic component such as nausea or sweating. An interference field may also be suspected if sciatica or any other leg pain is accompanied by coldness or a change in skin color.

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    Many different types of symptoms can be treated with Neural Therapy. These include:  chronic headaches, back pain, joint inflammation, neuropathy, sciatica and pain in almost any region of the body. In complex chronic illnesses such as Lyme Disease, MS, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Neural Therapy is an important adjunctive therapy.

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    Research articles on the effects of Neural Therapy in various symptoms
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    What does a Neural Therapy treatment involve?

    The therapy involves injecting a small amount of procaine or lidocaine into certain key biologic points or scars in order to free energy blocks in the physical body. Very small needles are used to minimize discomfort. In many ways it is analogous to acupuncture, but more powerful in some situations. The treatments can have beneficial effects all over the body in locations far away from the area treated, again analogous to acupuncture, in which we may see a headache being treated with needles inserted around the knee, for example.

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    Do I need a prescription for Neural Therapy?

    Yes, you will need to have an appointment with a GMA Practitioner who provides Neural Therapy prior to your injection appointment. This allows them to review your imaging results and decide if Neural Therapy is the right treatment for you.

    If you are new to the practice you may need a complete evaluation. If you are being referred by another practitioner (whether from GMA or another practice) just to have the injection performed, you will only require a short evaluation. Evaluations are scheduled in advance of your injection appointment so that the Practitioner can review all options with you and select the best treatment to address your needs.

    New Patient Contact
    (707) 575-5180

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    How often will I need a Neural Therapy treatment?

    More often than not, response to treatment of an interference field is temporary, sometimes lasting less than a day. However, even a very short response is encouraging and indicates that treatment should be attempted again. Each time an interference field is treated; there should be a longer response. Treatment is repeated until it is no longer required. Please discuss your treatments with your Practitioner.

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    How do I schedule an appointment?

    Once you have received a referral by your Practitioner for Neural Therapy, please use the Patient Portal or call Gordon Medical Associates at (707) 575-5180 to schedule your treatment. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday with a Technician or Practitioner.

    If you are a New Patient, or a patient being referred for Neural Therapy by an outside practitioner, please call the New Patient Coordinator to make an appointment with a GMA Practitioner for an evaluation.

    New Patient Contact
    (707) 575-5180

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    How much time does treatment take?

    Neural Therapy is scheduled for one hour. This allows enough time for the Practitioner to locate the injection sites and complete therapy. Not all injections take this amount of time.

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    How much does Neural Therapy cost?

    Your Practitioner will need to see you to evaluate you before your injections. If you are new to our practice you may need a complete evaluation. If you are being referred by another practitioner (whether another GMA practitioner, or one in another practice) just to have the injection performed, you will only require a short evaluation. In general, sixty minute evaluations are scheduled in advance of your injection appointment so that your Practitioner can review all options with you and select the best treatment to address your needs.

    Fees for the exams are billed separately from the fees for the injections. Price lists are available through the bio of the Practitioner you will see for Neural Therapy, or contact the office at (707) 575-5180.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    Gathering related imaging studies for your evaluation visit can expedite treatment to the first visit rather than waiting till the second. Wear loose clothing, expect a physical exam of the affected area, and please clean the affected area before your visit.

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    Are there any adverse effects with Neural Therapy?

    Neural therapy is a remarkably safe medical treatment. The most commonly used anesthetics (procaine and lidocaine) rarely cause allergic reactions. Occasionally, patients will feel faint for a few minutes after neural therapy injections. This may be caused by needle fright or by a short-lasting lowering of the blood pressure caused by the Caine anesthetic (Procaine, Novacaine, Lidocaine, etc.) itself.

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    Neural Therapy is safe and side effects are occasional. As with all injection therapies, there is a possible adverse effect of bruising or infection. The risk of infection is very low and uncommon, as the injections are subcutaneous and therefore superficial.

    Other possible adverse effects are temporary. Because nerve function and circulation is often improved, there is the possibility of the release of accumulated metabolic acids in the injured area. Cellular detoxification typically takes place as well. Both may rarely result in temporary symptoms such as fatigue, general achiness or headache. Such symptoms are easily managed with adequate water intake, rest or a mild analgesic.

    If you are allergic to novocaine/procaine, you must inform your practitioner. Normal saline may be used as an alternative, however it is not as effective as procaine.

Offering Neural Therapy

*Dr. Gordon refers his Neural Therapy treatments to Trina after he does the evaluation. Trina only does Neural Therapy by referral from a Practitioner.

Eric Gordon MD - 2017 Maggie Perkins
Eric Gordon, M.D.
Medical Doctor/Founder and Medical Director of Gordon Medical
“My deep respect for the individuality of my patients is the heart of my practice. The point is to carefully listen to each patient and correlate their subjective experience with pertinent objective laboratory tests, to determine unique treatment guidelines that allow the innate wisdom of the body to overcome illness and restore good health."
Nafysa Parpia ND
Nafysa Parpia, N.D
Independent Practitioner/Naturopathic Doctor
"Functional and integrative medicine that is heart centered guides how I treat my patients with complex chronic illness. Each patient has unique contributing factors to their disease. Biochemical imbalances, epigenetic expression, toxin exposure, microbial exposure and emotional imbalance are often key in unraveling the mystery of and treating chronic illness."
Trina - Lab Services
Phlebotomist / Labs / Technical Services Specialist
A Jill-of-all-Trades, from phlebotomy to plumbing, Trina can take care of it. Since 2005, she’s covered shipping, the front desk, repairs, filled in for Medical Assistants, and has mastered the art of blood draws. She enjoys the variety in her work at GMA, and finds great satisfaction in being able to help our patients. Still, after all the excitement offered to her at Gordon Medical, Trina is happy to go home each night to her husband and three beautiful children.