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Bioresonance therapy is a type of alternative medicine. A similar, older method is electroacupuncture according to Voll.

Bioresonance therapy was invented in 1977 and marketed as MORA-therapy by the German Franz Morell and his son-in-law, engineer Erich Rasche and was named after them (MOrell RAsche). This method is based on former radionics introduced in the USA during the 1920s. It is not part of scientific medicine, due to an absence of evidence.[1] Some of the machines contain an electronic circuit measuring skin-resistance, akin to the E-Meter used by Scientology, which the bioresonance creators sought to improve.[2] Bioresonance has nothing in common with biofeedback concepts.

Mode of operation Edit

Descriptions are obscure.[3] Usually electrodes, linked to a box, are applied to the patient's skin. According to the manufacturer of these devices, they emit alternating currents which are healing. The manufacturers describe cells as objects having a natural resonance (i.e. bio-resonance.) Such frequencies are not viewed as efficacious by modern medicine.

Due to the electrical interference of the signals generated by everyday equipment and the range of frequencies utilised, the response is sometimes read though an extended period, in order to average it and increase the accuracy of the results. In some of these devices a modern signal processing technique, usually PC-based, is able to analyse the multiple parameters of the response and interpret the results. The analyst is then supposedly able to make an assessment/summary of the physical and mental health of the patient.

Practitioners also say they can treat disease using this therapy, claiming they can stimulate a change of bioresonance in the cells, reversing the change caused by the disease. The devices would need to be able to isolate and pinpoint pathogen's responses from the mixture of responses the device receives via the electrodes. Transmitting these transformed signals over the same electrodes is claimed to generate healing signals that have the curative effect. With this method of diagnosis and treatment, practitioners claim to be able to detect and cure a variety of diseases and addictions without drugs. The given mode of operation (pathogenic signals in opposition to healthy ones) is linked to similar concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially acupuncture.

Detection and healing Edit

Example of symptoms or features that are claimed to be detected:

  • Energy level / Vitamin deficiencies / Cell oxygenation
  • Mental health / Stress / Adrenal activity
  • Hormonal disorders / Immunity response

Examples of diseases that it's claimed are possible to heal with this method:

Controversy Edit

Bioresonance is a controversial subject. Due to the obscure description of how it operates, it has been called pseudoscience.[5] Scientific studies[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] did not show effects above that of the placebo effect.

There are also proven cases of online fraud[14] with a practitioner making false claims that he had the ability to cure cancer, and that his clients did not need to follow the chemotherapy or surgery recommended by medical doctors, which can be life-saving. Ben Goldacre ridiculed the BBC when it reported as fact a clinic's claim that the treatment had the ability to stop 70% of clients smoking, a better result than any conventional therapy.[15]

In the USA, The FDA classifies "devices that use resistance measurements to diagnose and treat various diseases" as Class III devices, which require FDA approval prior to marketing. Some of these devices have been banned from the US market.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Unproven techniques in allergy diagnosis
  2. http://www.bioenergeticmedicine.org/CoRe-System/Main/FAQ.htm BioenergeticMedicine FAQ
  3. Ernst E (June 2004). "Template:Link". Forschende Komplementärmedizin und klassische Naturheilkunde = Research in complementary and natural classical medicine 11 (3): 171–3. doi:10.1159/000079446. PMID 15249751, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15249751&dopt=Abstract. 
  4. [1] Placebo-controlled study of the effects of a standardized MORA bioresonance therapy on functional gastrointestinal complaints
  5. [2] Bioresonance, a study of pseudo-scientific language
  6. Schöni MH, Efficacy trial of bioresonance in children with atopic dermatitis.,Arch Allergy Immunol. 1997 Mar;112(3):238-46
  7. Wandtke F,Biorensonanz-Allergietest versus pricktest und RAST,Allergologie 1993,16 S.144
  8. Wille A, Bioresonance therapy (biophysical information therapy) in stuttering children, Forsch Komplementarmed. 1999 Feb;6 Suppl 1:50-2
  9. Wüthrich B, unproven techniques in allergy diagnosis, j invest clin immunol, 2005,15 86-90
  10. Hörner M,Bioresonanz: Anspruch einer Methode und Ergebnis einer technischen Überprüfung, Allergologie,1995,18 S. 302
  11. Kofler H,Bioresonanz bei Pollinose. Eine vergleichende Untersuchung zur diagnostischen und therapeutischen Wertigkeit,Allergologie 1996,19 S. 114
  12. Niggemann B,unkonventionelle Verfahren in der Allergologie. Kontroverse oder Alternative ? Allergologie 2002,25 S. 34
  13. Schultze-Werninghaus,paramedizinische Verfahren: Bioresonanzdiagnostik und -Therapie,Allergo J,1993,2 40-2
  14. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news02/biores.html "BioResonance" Promoter Settles Charges
  15. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/nov/12/badscience.uknews Who's holding a smoking gun to bioresonance?
  16. [3] Unbreak your health, p29

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