THE VEGA TEST METHOD
The Vegetative reflex test used in this office is a technique that was developed in Germany over 55 years ago. Just as an EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart and the EEG measures the activity of the brain, the EAV measures the electrical activity of the skin. The original technique started in 1953 by Dr. Voll, a physician who used to test hundreds of accupuncture points on the body. This required many hours of time and was therefore quite expensive. Therefore, in 1978, Dr. Schimmel, a physician and dentist, developed a method in which only a few points are measured, since the system is based on measuring against test vials and not organ-linked points themselves.
Electro-accupressure is a non-invasive technique that measures the skin resistance of the accupressure points of the hand or foot. This is achieved by producing a slight potential difference (voltage) between the tip of the electrode placed on the accupressure point and a ground electrode held by the patient. This creates an electrical circuit. Just as a light-bulb in a circuit causes some resistance to flow, entering a food into the circuit may cause some resistance, if the body finds it to be an irritant. This causes the meter to read less than 100. However, if the meter stays at 100, there is no resistance caused by that food, therefore, that food is not a problem.
VEGA testing is painless, involving no needles or scratches and can give specific information regarding the state of a patient’s organs, the foods/supplements/drugs that are tolerated and effective for that specific person, environmental irritants, whether the person is lacking any vitamins or minerals and the focus of where the body is trying to balance itself. The test results are used in conjunction with other clinical observations and labs performed by the doctor.
Presently, more than 10,000 Electro-Diagnosis instruments are used in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Use has also increased in Great Britain and North America. North American physicians and patients have more difficulty in understanding and accepting these methods, since most of the research here is based on biochemistry. European doctors recognize and use both biochemical and biophysical methods. Many of these methods are based on electron flow of energy and quantum mechanics. Also, most of the research has been published in German.
A controlled comparative study by Julia Tsuei M.D. compared various ways of testing food sensitivities. Blood, scratch, cytotoxic, food challenge and electro-accupressure were compared and the VEGA method proved to be accurate and reproducible. This research revealed that it was a non-invasive sensitive test (American Journal of Acupuncture, 1984).
There are four testing procedures using the VEGA in this office. The first is the sensitivity test, used to determine food and environmental irritants. The second determines the functional state of the organs in the body, the third determines deficiencies of vitamins and minerals and the forth evaluates where the body is focusing to re-balance itself. As well, any supplement or drug can be tested to assess whether it is tolerated by the body and if it is beneficial and therefore at what dosage. This minimizes taking a supplement that is not useful to you and can also individualize whether a medication is effective and the ideal amount for you. All these results supplement other methods of assessment used in the office.
Any age can be tested — I have tested 4 day old babies and 101 year old adults!