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Vega Testing

What is Vega Testing ?

Vegatesting is a branch of electro acupuncture, that was pioneered during the 1950s by a talented German physician, Dr Reinhold Voll.

Dr Voll discovered that acupuncture points are low resistance points on the skin, that represent bio-energy flow in their associated acupuncture meridians and that measuring changes in the electrical resistance at selected acupuncture points assist with selection of homoeopathy.

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, was also a talented German practitioner, with dual qualifications in medicine and dentistry and a follower of Dr Voll. He 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.

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

His research indicated that the underlying causes of health deterioration include chronic infection, unhealthy intestinal microflora (dysbiosis), stress (adrenal gland exhaustion), a compromised immune system, dental mercury poisoning, urban and industrial pollution, 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 also enable 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 and considerable training and experience is needed for reliable vegatesting.
Often, Vegatest findings may be independently checked with muscle testing (clinical kinesiology).


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

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 therapeutic naturopathic treatments. The electrical changes are also monitored on the device by changes in the metre scale reading and by alterations in sound pitch.

Conventional research

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 because of attending the clinic for only eight weeks. As the patients had previously been unsuccessfully ‘treated’ with conventional medicine for up to ten years, the improvements were impressive.

Critics attribute such 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 symptom suppression and of the advantages of using naturopathic preparations that are not disadvantaged by toxic side effects. They also overlook the probability that any placebo effect of successful short-term naturopathic treatment would be more than offset by the placebo effect of long term (unsuccessful) conventional ‘treatment’.


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

A typical Vega Test 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.

A printout of the results is normally providedto the patient.

Thanks to the London Centre For Vegatesting for this information

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