What is EDS?

These days, nearly everyone has heard of an MRI. Consider that up until the mid 1980s, the average person had never even heard of it, and you will begin to understand how quickly technology is advancing in the field of medicine. One such advance has been with Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), which is sometimes called Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS). Your doctor may have never heard of it, but in several years this piece of equipment will undoubtedly be as common in medicine as the MRI. Electro Dermal Screening will improve the way medicine is practiced. The technology is based on the principle that all parts of the body are interrelated by the meridians or nerve pathways.

History of EDS

EAV was developed out of the research of Dr. Reinhold Voll, an MD, anatomy professor and acupuncturist, who began his clinical analysis in the late 1940s. Dr. Voll was able to scientifically document that in the human body, there are higher levels of electrical conduction (or areas of less resistance) at certain points on the skin, many of which correspond to traditional acupuncture points. He developed a simple metering device to measure this skin resistance on acupuncture points. The meter has a metal cylinder at one end and a stylus at the other. Dr. Voll let his patient hold the cylinder in one hand and then he would touch the tip of the stylus to a specific acupuncture point. A minute amount of electrical current would travel through the body and form a complete electrical circuit. The amount of skin resistance at the acupuncture point would then be recorded.

EDS SessionDr. Voll found that normal skin resistance over a healthy point is 100,000 Ohms. A healthy pathway will be able to sustain this level of electron flow. Inflammation tends to foster increased activity in the cells, with all sorts of chemical reactions going on, creating a more active environment through which electrons can flow at a greater rate. Thus, if inflammation exists anywhere on that pathway, the EDS will show a higher than average flow of electrons. Degenerative states cause cellular activity to slow and stagnate, making it more difficult for the electrons to flow through the circuit, with a reading of less than 10 Ohms. The most significant information for EDS testing occurs when the circuit has a high electron flow, which then drops to a lower reading. This indicates that a circuit which was formerly capable of sustaining an electron flow is no longer able to do so and is called an indicator drop.

Investigational Device

Although used in Europe for medical diagnosis, EDS is still considered an investigational device in the US. The FDA is currently exploring the use of EDS as a non-invasive diagnostic instrument. An increasing collection of knowledge is available through EDS testing about the nature of what is happening in the body.

EDS can be used to assist in the understanding of health challenges caused by bacterium, viruses, parasites, chemical toxins, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, allergies and organ “weakness” in the body. EDS can also screen potential medicines to determine which will help restore the body's balance before actually taking the medicine. Any serious illness, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. should also be monitored with conventional blood testing and other diagnostic tests through a licensed physician.

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