Electrodermal Screening

Diagnosis with Electrodermal Screening

Electrodermal screening is method used to diagnose various ailments through the measurement of electrical resistance on the surface of the skin. This is thought to help a practitioner detect an imbalance of energy and the level of that imbalance. The same meridians (invisible lines of energy extending throughout the body), that are used in acupuncture are used in electrodermal screening. Currently, no evidence supports any claim that electrodermal screening can diagnose or treat any form of disease or medical condition. Electrodermal screening is performed by natural healers and some chiropractors with the intent of making a diagnosis of medical problems. In some cases, symptoms may be present, but practitioners claim they can detect diseases before they actually manifest. Other types of diagnoses said to be in conjunction with electrodermal screening include: allergies, dietary issues, parasites, weak organs, and heavy metal poisoning.

The Procedure

Electrodermal screening is conducted with a device that emits a weak electrical current through a probe. In most cases, this current cannot be felt by the patient. Some devices call for the patient to hold one probe while the practitioner uses another probe in order to complete an electrical circuit. The device has an analog or digital gauge marked from zero to 100. Several different readings are taken, after which the numbers are analyzed and correlated. Depending on the readings, the practitioner is said to be able to tell if a patient’s energy is out of balance, the location of the imbalance, and to what degree. Some practitioners may have various natural remedies that can be applied during the treatment. After the remedies are applied, new readings are taken to discover if they were successful in restoring the balance of energy.

History of Electrodermal Screening

Electrodermal screening evolved from galvanic skin testing, which originated in the early 1900s. Galvanic skin testing detects the amount of sweat on skin. In the 1950s, Reinhold Voll, a German doctor and practitioner of acupuncture, combined theories of acupuncture with the methods of galvanic skin testing. He found that different meridians in the body had different electrical conductivity levels. The first device for electrodermal screening was called the Vegatest. Shortly after being invented, it was replaced by the Vegatest II. Since then, over a dozen different models have been manufactured.

Mesothelioma and Electrodermal Screening

Those diagnosed with cancers such as mesothelioma might be especially interested in alternative treatments like electrodermal screenings. Restorative methods among various bodily systems could promote a feeling of well being within certain cancer patients. Mesothelioma exhibits especially long latency periods, normally being diagnosed in the later stages, sometimes resulting in the need for palliative treatments over curative ones. Those diagnosed with mesothelioma and other cancers might consider these types of alternative treatments in accordance with their other standard treatments.