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Don’t let “interference fields” control your life.


Scars are Interference Fields

Scars change the electrical potential crossing the scar and surrounding tissue. This triggers a response  in the autonomic nervous system which will refer pain both externally and internally.


Unknown causes of migraine can be a result of interference fields causing a referred pain into her head, eyes, face and neck. We specialise in finding causes for treatable conditions.

Continued Pain after Injury

Post injury pain is often maintained by the nervous system being overstimulated and sending pain signals long after the original injury has recovered. Neural therapy has a proven track record for restoring balance.

Neural therapy defined


Neural therapy 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.


What characterizes interference fields?


Interference fields have lower (or higher) electrical potentials than surrounding tissues. Currents flow from areas of higher voltage to areas of lower voltage and seem to send confusing signals to the body’s nervous system. The body sometimes reacts in inappropriate ways, resulting in altered autonomic nervous system tone, chronic pain and/or dysfunction.

Interference fields can cause referred pain


Interference fields can be found almost anywhere in the body and are often far from the part of the body experiencing symptoms. For example, an old appendix scar might cause migraine headache, or a wisdom tooth extraction scar may cause chronic low-back pain. For the most part, these relationships are totally unpredictable and interference fields must be searched for everywhere in the body.


How to find interference fields


1. Look for an injury, operation or illness preceding the patient’s problem.

The traditional way of finding interference fields is by taking a careful history of the patient’s problem to look for an injury, operation or illness in the months preceding the onset of symptoms. Presumably, part of the body’s response to the injury or illness was a local “alarm reaction” involving the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system changes circulation to a body part when an emergency affects that area of the body. Interference fields seem to develop when the autonomic nervous system control does not return to normal after the emergency.

2. Palpate possible trouble spots while testing the patient’s muscle strength.

Another way of finding interference fields is by making use of the body’s electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field of the body depends on the generation of electricity by healthy tissue. If tissue is not receiving adequate circulation, as in an interference field, it will be less vigorous and not have as strong an electromagnetic field over it.

The interference field can be “boosted” temporarily by another person (usually the physician), touching the spot with his or her hand. When this occurs, there is a generalized inhibition of all the patient’s muscles. Thus, the physician can search for interference fields by touching possible spots while testing the patient’s muscle strength.


What conditions are likely to be caused by an interference field?


Any symptom related to bodily functions controlled by the autonomic nervous system, such as palpitations, brochospasm, indigestion, constipation, sexual dysfunction, dysmenorrhea or 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 change in skin colour.


How does neural therapy treat interference fields?


If an interference field is found, it can be easily treated by injecting it with a local anaesthetic. Caine anesthetics are cell membrane stabilizers and act on interference fields in the same way that lidocaine does in treating supraventricular arrhythmias.

The effect of injecting interference fields is immediate. There is sometimes sudden relief of symptoms—a “lightning reaction”— but any response typically will occur within the first few days.


How long does the relief last?


More often than not, response to treatment of an interference field is temporary, sometimes lasting even 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 then repeated until it is no longer required.

Neural therapy is a remarkably safe medical treatment. The most commonly used anesthetics (procaine and lidocaine) rarely cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to these anesthetics in the past seem to have been caused by preservatives such as methylparaben. These preservatives are no longer used by most physicians practising neural therapy.

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 itself. Puncture of an internal organ is a theoretical possibility with certain injections. Because the needles used are of small caliber, this is rarely (if ever) of any consequence. The one exception is the lung which, if punctured, may cause a pneumothorax. For this reason, special care must be taken with any deep injection into the chest wall or near the lungs. Another area of injection that carries a slight risk is the head and neck. Injection of a large volume of anaesthetic into an artery could precipitate a seizure. To avoid this, injections in the head and neck are always performed slowly, drawing back on the syringe from time to time to make sure the needle has not penetrated an artery.


What conditions may prevent successful treatment?


  • Medications. The most common reason for poor response to neural therapy treatment is the presence of medication. Any drug with a prefix of “anti-” tends to block the autonomic nervous system, e.g., antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, antihypertensives. Illicit drugs will block it as well.
  •  Poor nutrition. Inadequate nutrition is much more common than most people realize. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies must be corrected or interference fields will either recur or the response to treatment will not increase with time.
  • Toxins. Drugs, tobacco and alcohol may be considered toxins and can cause a poor response to neural therapy. Environmental toxins such as organic solvents, herbicides and fungicides also affect some people. The metals in dental amalgam fillings, especially mercury, poison the autonomic nervous system and may defeat neural therapy.

When and where did neural therapy originate?


Neural therapy was developed in Germany beginning in the 1920s. (See the FAQ for details.) A considerable body of scientific research supports its basic principles; unfortunately, almost all of the literature is published in German and has never been translated into English.

Neural therapy is a remarkably safe and simple method of treating many medical problems and is taught in German medical schools. Only in recent years have some in the English-speaking world of medicine become aware of neural therapy.


Where does neural therapy come from?

Neural therapy was developed by two German physician-dentist brothers, Walter and Ferdinand Huneke, in the 1920s and ’30s. They accidentally found that procaine—a local anesthetic—when injected into certain spots such as scars, can relieve pain in areas away from the place of injection.

They also found that the pain relief lasts much longer than would be expected from the anesthetic effect alone. The brothers called these spots interference fields. Neural therapy is the treatment of pain and other illnesses by finding and treating interference fields.

Where are interference fields found?

The best-known location for interference fields is in surgical scars. However, they also may be found in teeth, in autonomic ganglia, at sites of nerve entrapment, in organs, at sites of somatic dysfunction or even in puncture sites.

How does neural therapy work?

The tissues in which interference fields are found can be shown to have abnormal cell membrane resting potential. This creates electrophysiological instability and abnormal afferent signals which, in turn, trigger abnormal autonomic nervous system responses. Procaine has a membrane-stabilizing effect (much like lidocaine in treating cardiac arrhythmias). By restoring cell membrane potential to normal for even a short time, cellular metabolism improves, a healthier local environment is created and the system stabilizes.

Is neural therapy about nerves?

Despite the name, neural therapy is not usually treatment of nerves. However, the nervous system, especially the autonomic nervous system, is very much involved.

What health conditions can neural therapy treat?

Neural therapy is best known for treating pain, but is also used for any condition where the autonomic nervous system is involved, such as asthma, migraine headaches, gastro-esophageal reflux disorder (GERD), sympathetic dystrophy, “nervous” stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, delayed healing of fractures and skin ulcers, sexual dysfunction and irritable bladder.

Are cures possible from neural therapy?
Occasionally, one neural therapy treatment will cure a condition. More commonly, repeat treatments are needed. If even a temporary response is obtained the first time, repeat treatments are usually increasingly effective. A limiting factor in the success of neural therapy is the general medical condition of the patient. If the patient is chronically tired, nutritionally deficient or toxic, neural therapy is less effective.
Does neural therapy have any side-effects?
About 5% of the time, neural therapy injections may provoke an increase in pain for a day or so. This usually means that the injection was not in the correct spot; however, a painful reaction usually means that the interference field is nearby.
Are neural therapy injections painful?

Neural therapy injections can be painful, but the pain usually lasts only a few seconds.

Does neural therapy offer any alternatives for patients who are afraid of needles?

Yes, it is possible to treat interference fields painlessly without needles. The Dermojet®, a hand-held device that uses high-pressure to deliver the medicine to interference field.

Why is neural therapy not better known in Europe?

Neural therapy was developed in Germany, where it is considered a normal part of medical practice. Virtually all the neural therapy literature has been published in German; very little has ever been translated into English. Thus, the non-German-speaking world has simply not been exposed to neural therapy.