Introduction to Vegatesting


Vegatesting is a branch of electro acupuncture, which was pioneered during the 1950s by a talented German physician, Dr Reinhold Voll.

Dr Reinhold Voll (1909-1989)

Dr Voll discovered that acupuncture points are low resistance points on the skin, which represent bio energy flow in their associated acupuncture meridians. He also found that measuring changes in the electrical resistance at selected acupuncture points can assist with selection of homoeopathic treatment.

Here is a his own account of the discovery translated from the original German.

“I diagnosed chronic prostatitis in a colleague that was associated with an abnormally high skin resistance at the relevant acupuncture point and I prescribed for him the homoeopathic preparation, populus 4X.  I tested him again, with the homeopathic preparation in his pocket (unbeknown to me), and this time the electro acupuncture reading lowered to a near normal level.  On further testing, without the homoeopathy in proximity, the resistance at the acupuncture point returned to the previous abnormally high reading. When he held the homoeopathic preparation, the reading returned an almost normal level. I repeated these findings with consistent results”.

Dr Voll subsequently verified his discovery by successfully treating many other patients and some practitioners still use his approach, which is known as Electro Acupuncture according to Voll or EAV.

A disadvantage of EAV is that it entails electroacupuncture testing on the twenty acupuncture points at the tips of all the fingers and toes.

Single Point Electro-Acupuncture Vegatesting

Dr Helmut Schimmel (1929 – 2003)

Dr Helmut Schimmel, was also a talented German practitioner, qualified in medicine and dentistry and a follower of Dr Voll. He found multipoint electro-acupuncture testing (EAV) to be unacceptably time consuming and cumbersome. During the 1970s, he developed a system of single point electro-acupuncture testing, using an electronic device that became known as the Vegatest, named after its manufacturer (Vega). A computerised version was introduced in 1999 (see photo below).


Vega is also the brightest star in the Northern hemisphere.

Computerised Vegatest Expert Device

Instead of measuring electrical changes at multiple acupuncture points, Dr Schimmel did all his electroacupuncture testing at a single acupuncture point. He researched and used diagnostic filters, that contained informational resonances that facilitated electroacupuncture identification of stressed body organs, the causes of biological malfunction and appropriate naturopathic treatment.

His research indicated that the underlying causes of health deterioration include chronic infection, unhealthy intestinal microflora (dysbiosis), a compromised immune system, dental mercury poisoning, urban and industrial pollution, psychological stress, an over acidic biological terrain and harmful electromagnetic and terrestrial radiation. His treatment was mainly homoeopathic, although subsequent practitioners have found that vegatesting can also facilitate selection of nutritional and herbal preparations.



The practitioner is an integral part of the diagnostic test circuit so that electro acupuncture findings can be influenced by the mindset of inexperienced practitioners. For example, an investigative journalist has drawn attention to inconsistencies in food sensitivity vegatest findings by poorly trained health food shops workers. Considerable training and experience is needed for reliable vegatesting.

At this clinic in order to minimise error, vegatest findings are independently checked with muscle testing (clinical kinesiology).



The patient holds an aluminium cylinder, that is electrically connected to the device, in his/her right hand, and the practitioner gently makes skin contact with the tip of a blunt aluminium probe on to a (low resistance) acupuncture point on the side of a toe on the patient’s left foot. The probe is also electrically connected to the device, so that an electrical circuit is completed linking the patient, the practitioner and the Vegatest. 


When a pertinent diagnostic or therapeutic resonance frequency is included in the circuit, the practitioner is able to detect a change in skin resistance at the test acupuncture point. This technology provides the practitioner with information on stressed body organs, the causes of the disease process and on appropriate naturopathic treatment. The electrical changes are also monitored on the device by changes in the metre scale reading and by alterations in sound pitch.



VEGATESTING AND  PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE                                 

Vegatesting can detect potential health problems long before biochemical changes would become evident with conventional health screening


Vegatesting in practice

The continuing popularity of vegatesting, particularly for chronic illness, stems from the observation that vegatesting has consistently been found to be of clinical benefit for medical conditions that have not responded to conventional or other types of complementary medicine.

Correcting Misconceptions

A journalist has reported that Vegatest food sensitivity testing at health food shops is unreliable.

Competent vegatesting requires a high level of practitioner medical knowledge and skill, which cannot generally be acquired by health food shop workers during weekend courses. When he first started vegatesting during the 1980’s, it took Dr Bourne several months to get consistent results: vegatest technology is much more difficult to use than say an electrocardiogram.

An investigative journalist visited Dr Bourne on one occasion and asked for food intolerance testing. He had only half an hour to spare as he planned to visit several health food shops that day. Dr Bourne attempted to explain the principles of vegatesting and that about two hours are needed for a vegatest check-up. The journalist was not interested as he was fixated on producing an article rubbishing vegatesting for publication on the following day.

Conventional research

During 1985, the group of British doctors (Julian Kenyon, David Dowson and George Lewith), who practised vegatesting in Southampton at the Centre for The Study of Complementary Medicine, authorised a survey of their practice success rate to be carried out by senior medical students and the findings were published in a letter to the British Medical Journal (see reference below).

In the letter, it was pointed out that only about 20% of techniques employed by conventional doctors have been properly evaluated.

The survey found that the majority of patients attending the clinic had long-term health problems, and that between 60-70% of them experienced significant health improvements as a result of attending the clinic for only eight weeks. As the patients had previously been unsuccessfully ‘treated’ with conventional medicine for up to ten years, the improvements were impressive.

Critics of such successful non-conventional treatment attribute health improvements to a placebo effect. However, they are liable to be poorly informed about the advantages of identifying and treating the causes of disease over symptom suppression and of the advantages of using naturopathic preparations that do not have bad side effects. They also overlook the probability that any placebo effect of successful short-term naturopathic treatment would be more than offset by any placebo effect of long term (unsuccessful) conventional ‘treatment’.


Judith Moore et al. Why do people seek alternative therapies? British Medical Journal (1985), 290, 29-29.

Vegatest Health Screening at this clinic

A session lasts about two hours and provides information on:
1. The health index (level of toxicity).
2. The causes of ill health.
3. Stressed body organs.
4. Allergies and food sensitivities.
5. The indicated naturopathic treatment.

A printout of the results is provided.

For case histories, please have a look at the testimonials section on this web site .

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