The origin of neural therapy can be found in classical medicine but is seen as holistic regulation therapy. In contrast to acupuncture where thin needles are inserted in certain acupuncture points, neural therapy follows different methods. Neural therapy involves the injection of local anaesthetics in certain points and zones. However, the effect of these injections is not only due to the local anaesthetisation but also due to the influence on superior control circuits in the body. The goal of neural therapeutic treatment is to re-balance disturbed control systems on different physiological levels. Many small disturbances can make the body's self-regulation slip and manifest themselves e.g. as pain.
The holistic approach of neural therapy assumes that, for example, chronic inflammations in the head area or stomach area as well as scars can be the origin of pains caused in other parts of the body. Moreover, neural therapy is not only used to remove disturbance areas but local anaesthetics are also injected in reflex zones as part of segment therapy or pain therapy similar to trigger point treatment.
Contraindications are allergic reactions to substances used for local anaesthetisation.