Thursday, March 15, 2001
Neural therapy is a treatment related to acupuncture. While acupuncture involves the insertion of dry needles, neural therapy uses injections of local anesthetic under the skin. The anesthetic is injected either at traditional acupuncture points or at other points recommended by neural therapy practitioners.
A double-blind crossover study suggests that neural therapy might offer benefits for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).1 Researchers enrolled 21 individuals with severe MS and gave each 1 week of neural therapy followed by 1 week of placebo neural therapy (or vice versa).
The results of this preliminary trial were promising. Real neural therapy produced significant improvement in MS symptoms, including movement, sensation, and mental function. In contrast, placebo therapy appeared to be virtually ineffective.
Although too small to prove anything on its own, this study does suggest that further research into neural therapy might be warranted.
1. Gibson RG, Gibson SL. Neural therapy in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. J Altern Complement Med. 1999;5:543–552.