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Vegatesting is a branch of electro acupuncture, pioneered during the 1950s by Dr Reinhold Voll.


                               ELECTRO ACUPUNCTURE ACCORDING TO VOLL (EAV)












                            ..                         Dr Reinholt Voll (1909-1989)


Dr Voll was a talented German physician, who discovered that acupuncture points are low resistance points on the skin that represent bio-energy flow in their associated acupuncture meridians. He found that measuring changes in the electrical resistance at selected acupuncture points enabled selection of appropriate homoeopathic treatments.


Here is his account of his discovery (translated from 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. 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 again held the homoeopathic preparation, the metre scale reading on the electronic device returned to 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.






Dr Helmut Schimmel (1929-2003)



Dr Schimmel, was another talented German practitioner. He had dual qualifications in medicine and dentistry and became a follower of Dr Voll. Dr Schimmel found multipoint electro-acupuncture testing (EAV) 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 manufacturing company (Vega). A computerised version was introduced in 1999 (see photo below).




    .                                                      Computerised Vegatest Expert Device


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


His research indicated that the underlying causes of health deterioration include toxicity, chronic infection, unhealthy intestinal microflora (dysbiosis), stress (adrenal gland exhaustion), a compromised immune system, dental mercury poisoning, psychological stress, an over acidic biological terrain, and harmful electromagnetic and terrestrial radiation. His treatment was mostly homoeopathic, although subsequent practitioners have found that vegatesting can assist with 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. Also, considerable aptitude, training and experience are prerequisites for reliable vegatesting.

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



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


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



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 (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 most 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. Since the patients had previously been unsuccessfully ‘treated’ with conventional medicine for up to ten years, such  improvements were impressive.

Sceptics attribute the health improvements to a placebo effect. However, they are likely to be poorly informed about the advantages of identifying and treating the causes of disease over conventional symptom suppression and of the advantages of using naturopathic preparations that are free from the toxic side effects of conventional medicine. They also disregard the probability that any placebo effect of successful short-term naturopathic treatment would be more than offset by that of long term (unsuccessful) conventional ‘treatment’.


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


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



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