Dr. Reinhard Voll,
EAV Discussions "The Basics"
In the late 1940s, a German medical doctor and engineer, Dr.
Reinhard Voll, began researching and proving an innovative testing method now
known as EAV (Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll, also known as EDS,
Electro-Dermal Screening). This method was documented and proven in over
a decade of hospital studies in Germany and today EAV is widely used throughout
Europe by over 25,000 medical practitioners. In the United States, EAV is
currently growing in acceptance particularly by medical practitioners who
specialize in Alternative, Holistic and Biological Medicine
techniques and disciplines.
EAV offers a quick, non-invasive screening method for determining
health imbalances. Practitioners typically use EAV as a compliment to
those standard testing procedures in common use. EAV has great value in
giving practitioners a hands on assessment tool. It should be
clearly understood that EAV/EDS testing is not a standard medical
procedure, and today it is not accepted as a standardized diagnostic test
for determining any specific medical condition or disease. EAV is an
Energetic assessment of the individual. And even though EAV
is not accepted as a standard medical diagnostic tool, the information provided
from an EAV screening is invaluable for the general assessment of a
patients condition. Additionally, EAV practitioners have found
tremendous success using EAV as a powerful tool for determining preventative
and Bio-Compatible remedy therapies for their
More and more health practitioners are now using EAV testing
equipment and many patients are experiencing the benefits of this type of
technology. But many patients and practitioners want to know more about
EAV testing. The questions that are most commonly asked
- What is EAV Testing?
- How does an EAV testing device work?
- What does Energetic mean?
The objective of
this article is to give you a practical and simple explanation of
Electro-Acupuncture Testing (EAV).
EAV Testing is an Energetic Testing
procedure. So what is Energetic and what kind of Energy is
Everyone is familiar
with the fact that we have many different organs and glands in the body.
We are also familiar with the highly organized and complex Nervous System and
the Circulatory System. Initially, we consider that all these organs,
glands, and systems are physical and chemical in nature. We can touch,
see and measure these aspects. We know that science has proven these
attributes, and we take science's accounts of such nature to be true. But
there is also an unseen component of all these organs, glands, and systems
called the Energetic System. This Energetic System is not physical or
chemical in its nature. Instead, it is pure energy.
The Energetic System
is virtually invisible. Many people believe that the Energetic System
does not exist. Often, it is the nature of our strict analytical minds to
deny the existence of that which cannot be seen. Medical science believes
that the energetic System does not exist because the nature of science is to
deny the existence of that which cannot be measured and it is difficult for
scientific experts to validate this type of energy, because it is not
measurable, at least not by current day technologies. Some individuals
claim to be able to see Auras, and "Chakras" and some claim they
can Feel different energies in the body. These types of
phenomena are examples of the Energetic System. But generally we
cant feel this Energy, we cant see it, and we cant measure
it. So how do we know that it exists?
It is best that we start our explanation of the Energetic system
with a basic understanding of Acupuncture. For centuries, Chinese doctors
have been practicing the art of Acupuncture. Acupuncture is
based on a system of Meridians. The Meridians are explained
as a network of "Energy" channels that are used for communication and for
moving energy throughout the body. An acupuncture physician uses needles
that are placed at specific Points to stimulate the flow of Energy
to specific organs and glands. For example the needle may be placed near
the base of the index (pointer) finger to stimulate the Large Intestine, or
near the back of the temple and to the front and top of the ear, to stimulate
the Hypothalamus Gland.
There are twenty-one (21), basic EAV Meridians (Chinese doctors
typically use 12 Meridians), each corresponding to the major organs and glands
of the body. Along each of these Meridians, there are found to be many
AcupuncturePoints. Each acupuncture point on a Meridian will
correspond to either a specific glands, or to the various functional regions
found within an organ. All totaled, there are hundreds of different
points located along the basic twenty-one Meridians. This Energetic
System is an intricate map that is consistently identical in every man and
woman. Everyone has the same Meridians and the same Acupuncture
Points. The Chinese have known about this map for over 3,000 years.
They have had success in using this knowledge of the Energetic System of the
body through the application of Acupuncture techniques for health
improvement. Their empirical success alone offers substantiated proof of
the Energetic System.
Additionally, there are other examples that verify proof of the
Energetic System. Cameras equipped with special film can
detect images of Energetic Auras found around living things.
Science has just recently made successful displays of the existence of the
Energetic System through the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMRI)
Many dispute the real existence of Acupuncture and the Energetic
System because it cannot be physically detected. Once again we have
limited our ability to accept the newest scientific information as fact due to
our analytical character. We are so prone to adhere to the familiar adage
that we believe only that which we see, or "Seeing is believing'. But we
must remember that the simplest things in nature are not always visible, such
as the wind and sounds, yet we all know that they are there, and they are
real. The facts are thus, that the Energetic System does exist.
Consequently, having a good understanding of this remarkable system can give us
access to a more complete understanding of the nature of
The Energetic System is a network of communication pathways.
This System is aware of everything that is going on in even the smallest corner
of your body. The Energetic System knows the presence of every organism
living in your body including all viruses, bacteria, fungi, and
parasites. It also knows the functional condition and health level of
every cell in your body. The Energetic System is also aware of every
toxin and every other factor that influences your state of health. If we
could find a way to directly tap into and measure the Energetic System, we
could determine, at any moment, everything about your health condition.
Just imagine the possibilities of this idea. This sounds like science
fiction, something you would see on Star Trek. Someday, this
type of medical technology may be a reality. But today, we have to
remember that we have not created a technology that can directly measure
and communicate with the Energetic System. This is disappointing,
however, there is a bright side to this story. Using current technology
we can indirectly measure the Energetic System.
An EAV Testing
Device indirectly measures the Energetic System by using electricity.
In Germany in the late 1940s, Dr. Reinhard Voll was
experimenting with the effects of electricity on the human body. In his
studies, Dr. Voll used a technique known as Electrical Conductivity
Metering. We can explain this in simple terms. Electricity flows
very easily through some materials making them very electrically
conductive. Gold, silver and copper are all very electrically
conductive. Other materials are not conductive, for example dry wood or
rubber. We can use a Conductivity Meter to measure the
electrical conductance of different materials.
Dr. Voll found that if he tested the electrical conductance on any
general area of the human body, there was a fairly low level of electrical
conductivity. This is a curious conclusion since we know that the body
has a large volume of electrically conductive fluids within it. But, the
skin, by its nature, is very resistant to electrical current. However,
Dr. Voll also found that at certain specific locations on the anatomy, the
electrical flow he measured was much more conductive than other
locations. These points found by Voll to be higher in electrical flow
correspond to the Acupuncture Points and Meridians.
An EAV device is a
type of Electrical Conductivity Meter. Some of the newer generation
devices are connected to computers with specialized software, but essentially,
any EAV device is a Conductivity Meter. In using an EAV device, the
practitioner tests each Meridian Point with a Point Probe [a positive electrode
(+)]. This is a stylus with a metal tip, usually made of brass. The
practitioner tests the conductivity of different Points by applying the Point
Probe onto one Point at a time on a patient's hands or feet, while the patient
holds a brass cylinder called a Ground Electrode or Hand Mass [the
negative electrode (-)] in the hand not being tested. Both the
Point Probe and Hand Mass are connected with electrical cables to the EAV
device. With the patient holding the Ground Electrode in one hand, the
EAV practitioner will touch the Point Probe at a specific EAV point. In
the instant when the Point Probe touches the skin the Ground Electrode passes a
very slight amount of electrical current through the body. The
electricity seeks the path of least resistance and courses through
the corresponding Meridian, finding its way to the Point Probe. The
amount of electricity is so slight that you cannot feel it (less than 1.5 volts
and less than 10 micro amps), but it is enough to be accurately measured.
If an EAV device uses more than 1.5 volts, such voltage disturbs the Meridians
resulting in inaccurate measurements.
This is the nature
of EAV testing. We use electrical current to measure the Meridians.
We have to keep in mind that this is an indirect measurement of the
Energetic System, and it is not the perfect solution. We also must keep
in mind that Energetic Testing, EAV, is not the same thing as standard
physiological, pathological and biochemical medical health measurements.
When a practitioner tests the Liver Meridian with an EAV device he is not
testing the actual Liver, he is testing the Energetic component of the
Liver. Yet the technology works, in fact it works very well, and it opens
the doorway to the vast possibilities of communicating with the Energetic
Using an EAV to
measure electricity is the first step. The next question is; how to we go
from electrical conductance measurement to a useful assessment of the Energetic
We know some useful
points and from these we can make some viable conclusions:
- Electricity will flow through a Meridian.
- The nature of how electricity flows through a specific Meridian is
directly related to how Energy flows through the specific Meridian.
- The flow of Energy is related to the Energetic health of a
Meridian. And therefore we know that the flow of electricity is also
related, just as the Energy is, to the health of the Meridian.
The "Universal Baseline" makes EAV a viable testing
A Balanced Reading: The EAV Meter gives us conductance readings
and there is intrinsic value in this; however the actual reason that we can use
EAV to evaluate the meridians is because, as Dr. Voll discovered that there is
a Universal Baseline. Regardless of who is tested, no matter what their
age, weight, sex, or race, a reading of 50 with no change over time (no
indicator drop), is an indication of an Energetically healthy or
Irritation and Inflammation: Readings at points that are
significantly above 50 (65+) indicate Irritation of the
Meridian. Readings above 75 exhibit Inflammation of a
Meridian. This is
easily understood. We all have observed or experienced that inflamed
tissue is swollen. It holds more liquid than its normal state of
being. We also know that the more liquid equates to more electrical
conductivity. Therefore, we should have a higher conductivity reading if
a tissue is inflamed.
Indicator Drops and Impaired Functionality: When a
reading steadily drops in value from the high point down, this is known as an
Indicator Drop" (ID), and this can display a weakness or disturbance in
the meridian. From a functional standpoint it can be said that the
Meridian is Functionally Impaired.
Functionally Compromised Readings: When a
reading is significantly lower than 50 (below 40) then it is believed that this
meridian is displaying low energy properties. A chronically
inflamed organ will eventually stop performing as it loses the fight. It
may become hardened, as happens in liver cirrhosis. As organs harden,
they lose their hydration, and thus cannot conduct electricity as they once
did, therefore producing low energy readings.
can test all of the basic Meridians in just a few minutes and by evaluating
each Reading he can determine the general Energetic condition of all the organs
expands the range of capability in EAV Testing.
In his studies, Dr. Voll discovered Remedy
Testing. He found that different remedies might affect the readings
on different Meridians. For example, if you are testing the Liver
Meridian and the practitioner tests several different remedies on the
Test Plate (a metal plate used for remedy Testing on an EAV
device), some of these remedies may change the conductance readings on the
Liver Meridian. If a particular remedy causes the Liver Meridian reading
to become more Balanced (closer to 50, and less Indicator Drop or
flatter), then the practitioner would consider this specific remedy to be
Bio-Compatible. Biocompatible means; the remedy produces a
favorable or Positive Response Energetically.
What makes Remedy Testing a remarkable tool is that the Remedy is
being tested on an Energetic level. The patient does not have to ingest
the remedy, smell the remedy, see the remedy or feel the remedy. Earlier
we mentioned that the Energetic System is extremely sensitive and aware to
everything going on in your body. It is also sensitive to everything
outside of your body within a certain range. If you come within close
proximity to anything, your bodys Energetic System will know the nature
of that substance. Just as your body has an Energy field surrounding it
so does every other creature and substance. Every remedy has its own specific
Energy field and when your body senses this field it knows what the remedy
is. This Energy field will pass through glass or plastic bottles with no
interference, and your Energetic System knows what is inside a sealed
Much of EAV Remedy Testing is based on a specific type of remedy
called Homeopathy. A Homeopathic Remedy is made by successively diluting
a substance in water (alcohol or glycerin is added to stabilize the
remedy). The dilution process is repeated many times to the point where
there is very, very little, or even none of the original substance in the
solution. The more diluted the Homeopathic the more powerful it
becomes. This is difficult to fathom because we are use to chemical
remedies, but Homeopathy is more of an Energetic or Informational Remedy.
A homeopathic remedy does not affect the body through chemistry;
rather it stimulates the bodys own mechanisms through an Energetic
Signal. For example, homeopathically prepared Mercury is not toxic and
creates no side effect in the body, but it can stimulate the bodys own
mechanisms to detoxify itself of Mercury. Using this information
lets say we take a Mercury homeopathic remedy and test this on the Liver
Meridian with an EAV device. If we get a favorable balancing response,
then we can assume that this remedy is Biocompatible to the Liver
Meridian. And, on an Energetic level we can say that the body is
toxic with Mercury.
Using this testing model, Dr. Voll and his researchers developed a
well organized, methodology for EAV. To this day European EAV
practitioners use hundreds of homeopathically prepared test samples (bottled in
sealed 1 ml. ampoules), to determine what types of toxins, virus, bacteria,
parasites, fungus, environmental effects and allergies Energetically affect the
Meridians. Even emotional aspects can be tested in this manner.
Recent technological advances in the United States have taken this method one
step further with the addition of computers technology. The process of
taking small test ampoules, one at a time and placing them on the Test Plate is
slow and cumbersome. A computer can automate and expedite this procedure
using some advanced techniques.
About twenty years ago, a group of researchers in the US were
experimenting with the idea of creating a computer interfaced EAV device.
At first they built a system that automatically switched homeopathic test
ampoules arranged in an electronic circuit. The computer would display
the name of the test ampoule on the monitor and the electronics would select
the desired ampoule in the circuit. This method was similar to placing
ampoules on the Test Plate, except the computer automated the tedious
process. But in their studies these researchers also stumbled onto a
remarkable dynamic. Often the computer interface to the circuit would
function improperly, yet the test results would remain very effective.
The researchers discovered that using the word for the remedy, on the screen of
the computer would produce satisfactory results.
If you are a bit confused or disgruntled by this idea, that you
can test remedies by just showing the name of the remedy on the screen of a
computer, well it is completely understandable. Earlier we explained how
you could test remedies while they are sealed in a bottle. This is a
stretch in itself. Keep in mind that the Energetic System is
ultra-sensitive, in ways that we cannot completely comprehend. We
cant explain how this Remedy Word testing works. We only know that
it does work and it has been used for decades by hundreds of practitioners with
remarkable results. And the results are far beyond the convenient
explanation of coincidence. There truly is much that cannot be explained
between heaven and earth. But, just because we cannot explain it does not
imply that that it does not exist.
EAV Testing is the
first technological application designed to measure the inexplicably illusive
Energetic System of the human body. EAV is not intended to be a
replacement to other patient health evaluation methods, rather EAV Testing
functions best as a complimentary addition to standard testing methods.
EAV Testing has certain aspects that are inherently subjective. But in
the final analysis, EAV offers a source of valuable assessment information,
unattainable in any other fashion. Individuals concerned about longevity,
wellness, preventative care, natural healing methods and alternative therapies
will find EAV to be an unparalleled source for answers. And for all of
these reasons, the number of EAV practitioners and patients seeking this type
of health assessment in the United States is on the rise.