Despite great differences in their backgrounds, neural, cell and enzyme therapy closely resemble each other as regards the method of treatment. All three involve administering substances by means of an injection and the purpose of the substances is to help the body to combat disorders. Of the three, neural therapy is the one most accepted by orthodox medicine. In Germany in particular, it is often practised by ‘ordinary’ doctors, which means that it can no longer be described as alternative there. The other therapies are more controversial.
In neural therapy, disorders are treated by injecting procaine or related substances. Ferdinand and Walter Huneke discovered the curative effect of procaine by accident in 1925 while treating a patient with severe migraine. A preparation containing procaine as a painkiller was accidentally injected by Ferdinand into a blood vessel instead of into a muscle. Later they discovered that similar positive reactions were produced if the substance was injected, not into a blood vessel, but just next to it. It was also found that the action of procaine was reinforced if caffeine was added to the solution (they called this combination impletol). In 1940 Ferdinand treated someone with an inflamed shoulderd joint in a similar way. It did not help, however. Ferdinand knew that the patient has previously had a bone inflammation. When he checked this he found that, strangely enough, it had again become inflamed. He then decided to inject impletol around this inflammation. As soon as he had done that, the complaint immediately disappeared. Huneke called this the ‘Sekundenphanomen’ (second phenomenon) and concluded that it was caused by body reactions via the nervous system.
Principles of neural therapy
Neural therapy is based on two principles: segment therapy and interference fields. The body can be divided into a large number of segments, each internal organ in a segment being linked to the superficial parts of the body as regards the nerves that serve it. Thus, every disorder in the body mainifests itself on the surface of the body – the skin, the muscles, and so on – which causes local changes to occur there. The neural therapist breaks this interrelation with the help of impletol. If local treatment with impletol does not work, the cause is thought to lie in an interference field elsewhere. Huneke believed that any chronic illness could be caused by such an interference field and disturbance of the autonomic nervous system. Diagnosis is aimed at detecting such interference fields, well known examples of which are the tonsils, the teeth and the appendix. Treatment consists of giving injections at the site of combinations of cells are injected which reinforce each other’s action. The patient rests for a couple of days after the treatment. The following reactions usually occur: the patient initially feels better than before the treatment; after a couple of days he or she becomes tired and the patient’s complaints can become more severe again; this is followed, finally, by the regeneration period, in which the true beneficial effects are felt.
Other researchers have gone a stage further than Niehans and have developed techniques to isolate and inject RNA – which is the constituent of cells responsible for their healthy condition. The advantage of this form of therapy is that RNA does not cause an antigen-antibody reaction and the patient therefore feels no discomfort.
Yet another refinement of the technique, called serocytology, involves injecting tissue-specific anti-sera at the same time as RNA. The antisera (antibodies) either stimulate weak cells or destroy them.
The disorder. If a cure is not effected, the therapist searches for interference fields and treats these. Depending on the complaint or disorder, the therapist injects impletol into a vein, just next to a vein, at the site of the interference field or sometimes into an artery, the impletol dose usually being 0.1 cc to 2 cc. Complaints for which neural therapy is particularly well suited are painful conditions, chronic neuralgias and joint complaints. It is not suitable for treating psychogenic, hereditary and severe degenerative diseases or cancer.
In enzyme therapy the assumption is that disease is caused by a deficiency or malfunctioning of enzymes. For diagnosing diseases and complaints the same methods are used as in orthodox medicine. Patients are treated by injecting solutions containing particular enzymes into the bloodstream or, in some cases, subcutaneously. To prevent defence reactions taking place in the body the enzymes are treated in such a way that they are not recognized as being ‘foreign bodies’. The preparations are therefore said to be harmless. All sorts of preparations have been put on the market for treating numerous complaints. Well known examples are Vasolastine, used for disorders of the vascular system, Interacton, for allergies, and Neoblastine, used for malignant disorders.
In cell therapy, animal foetal cells are injected into the skin or into muscles in order to increase the regenerative capacity of body cells.
Cell therapy was developed by the Swiss surgeon Paul Niehans (1882-1971). He discovered by accident that a patient with a serious abnormality of the thyroid gland was cured of her disease when she was injected with a solution of thyroid tissue from a calf. The cell solutions come from foetal cells of sheep specially selected for the purpose. These cells are easy to sterilize and have a strong growth inclination. In addition, the glands of young animals are used as material for cell therapy. The advantage of sheep’s cells is that they provoke few defence reactions. After an injection, the cells are absorbed by special white blood cells and broken down into large molecules. These breakdown products are then carried to organs whose cells are disordered.
Before a person is treated by this method he or she is thoroughly examined. The patient must not have an infection and the nature of the disorder must be known. The urine is also analysed to determine the level of enzymes which are responsible for organ-specific defence reactions. If the level is too high, this points to certain disorders in the organ in question. The solutions are injected into the patient’s skin or into muscle. Liver cells are given for liver disorders, lung cells for lung disorders, and so on. In addition,