Neural Therapy – Vancouver

Neural Therapy by Vancouver naturopath, Dr. Alea Bell

downtown vancouver neural therapyNeural therapy is a specialized injection technique used to treat chronic pain and illness. It was originally developed in Germany by the Huneke brothers in the 1920s, and is now one of the most widely used modalities in Europe for chronic pain. Neural therapy works with the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to bring about balance and healing. It is based on the theory that any surgery, trauma or infection can damage the ANS and cause long-standing disturbances (interference fields) in the electrochemical function of tissues. A common local anesthetic—procaine—is injected into scars, nerves, acupuncture points and trigger points to heal chronic disturbances and relieve pain in the tissue.

What is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)?

The ANS is the involuntary part of the nervous system. It regulates body functions such as digestion, breathing, heart rate, menstruation, circulation, body temperature, and other automatic functions.

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Neural Therapy in Vancouver
Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard St.
Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
604-685-4325 (HEAL)


What are interference fields?

An important concept in neural therapy is the term “interference field.” Any stress that exceeds the threshold of tolerance may cause a shock reaction in the autonomic nervous system and create a foci of disturbance called an interference field. The most typical example is the site of a scar. Interference fields can be caused by:

  • Surgery
  • Injection sites
  • Trauma
  • Inflammation
  • Piercings
  • Diseased organs
  • Psychological trauma

Interference fields may cause strange symptoms such as referral pain that shows up in a different part of the body.

Neural Therapy – Downtown Vancouver
Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard St.
Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
604-685-4325 (HEAL)

How does neural therapy work?

If the ANS is injured, internal functions will not perform at optimal levels and this can lead to chronic pain and disease. Neural therapy aims to identify and treat the interference field that is responsible for the disorder or pain the client is experiencing. A proposed mechanism is that procaine hyperpolarizes the nerve cell membranes, thereby allowing the nervous system to “reboot”. Procaine without sulfite preservative has a long-standing safety record. It has been used safely for many years in neural therapy to inject into interference fields because it:

  • Causes vasodilation (opening of blood vessels to improve blood flow)
  • Stabilizes membranes of the nerves
  • Is easily metabolized in the plasma
  • Is preferred to lidocaine, xylocaine, and other anesthetics that need to be transported and broken down

What conditions are appropriate for neural therapy?

  • Acute and chronic pain (including headaches and migraines)neural therapy vancouver
  • Most musculoskeletal complaints including chronic joint pain, whiplash or low back pain not responsive to other treatments
  • Scars from trauma, burns, surgeries, piercings
  • Regional pain syndromes
  • Chronic conditions such as allergies and bowel and menstrual problems, among others

What is the neural therapy treatment schedule?

Sometimes one treatment will resolve the problem. More often however, only temporary relief follows a first treatment. To achieve long lasting effects, three to six treatments are the average number of sessions necessary.

What can I expect from a neural therapy treatment?

During the initial consultation, Dr. Bell will conduct a health history, assess the area of pain, and determine a course of treatment.

vancouver neural therapy injections pain reliefNeural therapy at our Vanouver clinic is safe and effective. During a neural therapy treatment, procaine is injected into the area directly beneath the surface of the skin of an interference field (using a very small needle). Mild pain may be associated with the injections, however it is usually short lived due to the effect of the anesthetic. You will experience a temporary numbing sensation in the injection area. Typically, this lasts about 20 minutes. Following a neural therapy treatment, you may experience a sudden relief of pain (the “lightening reaction”), a sense of euphoria, mild fatigue, improved sleep, and/or improved mobility. In addition, it is not uncommon for some patients to have an emotional release after neural therapy treatment.

Other techniques used may include trigger point injections, scar treatments, and segmental technique (for example, surrounding a joint). Additional ingredients such as B12 and complex homeopathics may be added if appropriate.

Is it safe?

Neural therapy in Vancouver is remarkably safe. As with any form of injection, there is always risk of bruising and infection. However, the risk associated with these infections is extremely low, and rare. If you have a novocaine or procaine allergy, please let your physician know.

Are there contraindications?

Yes. If you have any of these conditions, neural therapy is not an appropriate course of treatment. Speak with your physician about your condition to find out what alternative treatments are available for you.

  • Active cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Severe nutritional deficiency
  • Genetic illness
  • Unstable diabetes
  • Psychiatric illness except depression
  • End stage of chronic illness

Vancouver Naturopath, Dr. Alea Bell was trained in Neural Therapy by Dr. Jeff Harris, ND, of Seattle, Washington. Dr. Bell has successfully treated migraines, chronic back pain, joint pain, and surgical scars, including c-section scars. If you would like to know more about neural therapy in Vancouver, or would like to book an appointment with Dr. bell, please call 604-685-4325.

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Downtown Vancouver Neural Therapy
Electra Health Floor – 970 Burrard St.
Open 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm
604-685-4325 (HEAL)

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