By Dr. Christine Surrago, ND
In an era of modern living and technology, our nervous systems are overstimulated, overdriven and taxed on a minute to minute basis. Due to the overdrive of the autonomic nervous system (fight or flight system), the body lacks the ability to properly rest and heal. Proper rest is the foundation of all health and healing. Regardless of whether you sleep well or not, if your living in modern society, you have some degree of overstimulation on your nervous system.
There is some excellent research that shows that many cases of chronic illness and pain are associated with negative changes in the autonomic nervous system. This includes anxiety, depression, mood disorders, autoimmune diseases, digestive disturbances, chronic headaches, chronic pain conditions, chronic infections (such as lyme, EBV or MRSA), endocrine conditions (diabetes, hormonal conditions) and so forth. An unbalanced autonomic nervous system has a widespread negative effect on the body including muscle tension and pain, decreased blood and lymph perfusion throughout the tissue, decreased glandular functioning, thyroid issues, adrenal issues, hormonal issues, cardiovascular and immune system issues. Neural therapy helps to release tension and trauma that is held in the nervous system and helps to restore the function of all of the cells and organ systems.
Neural Therapy consists of injections of procaine either just under the skin, or deeper in some cases. Procaine is a medicine that helps to stabilize cell membranes, decrease inflammation, restore blood and lymphatic flow to a region. Carefully placed injections of procaine in the body over a series of treatments help to restore the autonomic nervous system. The restoration and balancing of the “fight or flight” response leads to expedited healing.
Chronic Pain + Myofascial Tension
Neural Therapy is used to treat cases of chronic pain. Some causes of chronic pain are from surgeries or traumas to the body. Surgeries will result in a scar pulling on their other organs, bones and muscles. This injection releases the scar tissue resulting in decreased pain. Many women with C-Sections or fibroid removal have benefited drastically from this therapy. Any pain in their body that has developed over time from the scar tissue pulling on their body is completely resolved within a few treatments.
Neural Therapy is used to treat interference fields. An interference field forms from an injury, scar, surgery or tattoo. These fields can cause a disturbance anywhere in the body no matter where it is located and halt the healing process. All scars, injuries and tattoos need to be injected over time to clear these interference fields. I have also seen concussions related to various diseases including hormonal disturbances, gastrointestinal issues and autoimmune diseases. A few injections around the crown of the head, restoring the autonomics around the head has significantly helped these people. Tattoos are another trauma to the body which I highly recommend a series of neural therapy appointments to clear any trauma in the body. I have seen many patients with tattoos receive neural therapy and many of their conditions resolve including anxiety, depression, digestion issues, hormonal issues.
Chakras + Mental Emotional Issues
There is another use of neural therapy, which I find very beneficial on a mental/emotional/spiritual level. It is the injection of procaine near the different chakras. Chakras can hold patterns or programming which can limit our ability to have healthy relationships, vibrant health and progress in our lives. With these injections, people have reported to have released different programs during their visit and have the experience of having no ego or chakra programs for the rest of the day. This experience is priceless and most people never have the opportunity to experience this.
Who Can Benefit?
Anyone can benefit from neural therapy. If you have had any injuries, scars, tattoos, surgeries it would certainly be beneficial. If you have any degree of stress, anxiety, depression or a sense of unwellness you can certainly benefit from this therapy. Conditions I have seen benefit from this therapy, or completely heal include:
- Autoimmune conditions including RA, MS, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Chronic immune deficiency leading to infections including Epstein Barr Virus, Lyme, Strep, Bowel infections + MRSA infections
- Hormonal issues including PMS, PCOS, amenorrhea, painful or excessive period flow, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues
- Endocrine issues including diabetes
- Cardiovascular issues
- Mental/Emotional Issues including Anxiety + Depression + Bipolar
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Dr. Christine Surrago is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices medicine in Santa Monica California. She draws on ancient healing modalities, nutrition, homeopathy, bioresonance and modern healing modalities from all over the world to cure her patients of illness. For any questions or to learn more check out her website drchristinesurrago.com