Frequently asked Questions
- Prescribing Life -
1. Where are you located
Prescribing Life is an international practice. We have offices in the United States and South America. Please click here to find the nearest office location to you.
2. Do I need an appointment?
Do to the quality of care we like to afford our patients, our services are by appointment only.
Please click here to schedule an appointment.
3. Do I need a referral?
No referral is needed.
4. What are your qualifications?
Please click here to see our health care team's qualifications and experience.
5. How much does it cost?
Each session is $150.00 USD.
You can find the answers to "what is a session" and "how many sessions will I need" in this FAQ.
We do not accept health insurance.
We accept all major credit cards, cash and checks.
- Neural Therapy -
6. What is Neural Therapy?
Neural Therapy uses intradermal (superficial) injections of a local anesthetic, injected in specific areas with two goals:
ELIMINATE PAIN: Pain is caused by irritation and inflammation of the injured tissue. The signal of pain is activated by increasing the concentration of positive ions (protons) in the affected area and recognized by the nervous system. Neural therapy normalizes the concentration of protons by restoring the membrane potential, eliminating interference fields and the signal of pain.
REPAIR TISSUE: Procaine is a compound of two amino acids that are naturally produced in our bodies: PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) and DMEA (Dimethylaminoethanol). The function of these two amino acids is to help repair damaged tissue by repairing the cell membrane.
The arterial system is omnipresent in the body. It is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the different organs. Arteries are always accompanied by nerve fibers that regulate the arterial bold flow in an integrated way according to the needs of each organ and the whole body.
Neural Therapy enables us to treat the artery’s vegetative nerve system directly allowing us to resolve certain associated clinical cases in particular dystrophic disorders of the bone, ligaments and muscular system, with delays in bone consolidation, and of course in cases of Complex Regional Pain Syndromes.
Please click here for more information on Neural Therapy.
7. How do I know that Neural Therapy is not just causing an anesthetic effect?
Neural Therapy is a treatment modality using injections with local anesthetics (procaine or lidocaine) for diagnosis and therapy (indications include functional disorders, inflammatory diseases and acute and chronic pain). The real purpose, though, is not to achieve local anesthesia. We are looking for the neural therapeutic effect.
1. The concentration and quantity of doses used for local anesthesia is twice as high, some times more, than what is used for Prescribing Life’s Neural Therapy treatments to achieve the neural therapeutic effect.
2. A local anesthetic typically works for 10 - 20 minutes and then the sensation of anesthesia (numbness) begins to dissipate. With the neural therapeutic effect there is a gradual and maintained effect of reparation of the tissue by diminishing the inflammation which eventually leads to no pain.
3. Local anesthesia works locally meaning there is an anesthetic effect at the point of the subcutaneous injection. With the neural therapeutic effect there may be pain relief at an entirely different area of the body from the injection point.
Please click here for more information on Neural Therapy.
8. What is a Neural Therapy session?
A Neural Therapy session is comprised of a series of injections that target the interference field(s). The application or technique of the injections is superficial (subcutaneous).
The interference field location is determined by:
Your history of trauma and/or surgery
Location of symptoms
Applied kinesiology methods
9. How long does the relief last?
Neural Therapy is a permanent solution for pain (chronic or acute).
85% of Prescribing Life patients feel a significant reduction of pain after the first session.
Often there is a one or two day improvement and then the old symptoms return in a lower scale of pain.
Each time an interference field is treated, there should be a longer response. Treatment is then repeated until it is no longer required.
Sometimes the improvements occur gradually.
Occasionally (~10% of patients) emotional blocks are released and strong emotional responses may occur, this is a healthy sign. As we work through a history of compensation, other body parts may experience or re-experience pain, discomfort and/or temperature change sensations. This is a positive sign - demonstrating the effect of Neural Therapy on mulitple interference fields.
10. How many sessions will I need?
The length of the treatment will be determined with the Prescribing Life team during your initial assesment. Factors included in the assesment are case type (acute or chronic) and severity.
With each session you will be re-evaluateed.
Acute cases (symptoms present for less than 3 months) typically require 1 - 4 sessions.
Chronic cases (symptoms present for more than 3 months) typically require between 7 - 21 sessions. The severity of the symptoms / case plays a big factor. Of course every patient is different as is every case.
11. Do the Injections Hurt?
We know that no one likes having an injection and since the perception of pain is subjective, we find that some people complain more than others. However the small prick that is involved is usually well accepted and well tolerated by most of our patients. Even by people who have a fear of needles.
12. What are the side effects?
Even though the injection techniques are very safe, any procedure that involves the infiltration of substances has a risk of bleeding or infection. Complications due to treatment with Neural Therapy are VERY RARE.
The side effects tend to be of a temporary nature and may precede improvements.
Allergic reactions to procaine are very rare and on the few occasions that we have observed it, it has been a local reaction or itch that disappeared within a few days.
At the site of the injection / puncture it is possible to develop a haematoma. When a hematoma does occur it is usually small.
Occasionally an injected point may hurt for a day or two. This discomfort can be relieved with an ice pack.
A possible complication is bleeding although this is rare due to the small lumen of needle used in Neural Therapy – much smaller than the ones used in conventional medicine.
Another possible complication is infection. This is also very uncommon due to the fact that the procaine inhibits bacterial growth and so prevents the development of infections.
Patients may have some of the following immediate reactions to the injections. These reactions typically dissipate within five to ten minutes: An overall light sensation of heat A sensation of heat in a specific area Sweatiness Lightheadedness Temporary numbness
Some patients report that they feel worse for a few days, followed by a great relief in symptoms.
13. What conditions may interact with the treatment?
Because of the use of several injections during each treatment is not recommended for patients with hemophilia.
14. Why is neural therapy not better known in the USA?
Neural Therapy started in Germany in the 1920's, where it is now considered a normal part of medical practice. In the 1970's it spread to Colombia, South America thanks to the work of Dr. Peter Dosh, Dr. German Duque and Dr. Julio Cesar Payan. Virtually all the Neural Therapy literature has been published in German and Spanish; very little has ever been translated into English. Thus, the English-speaking world has simply not been exposed to Neural Therapy.