About the Voll Method

The Electro Acupuncture method by Voll was discovered and developed in Germany by Dr. Reinhold Voll (1909–1988). He was a man with a wide spectrum of interests. First he studied architecture, after that he turned to technical science, studying at a technical university. Later he graduated in medicine.
            Dr. Voll became ill with cancer of the bladder. He did not agree with the conventional medical approach. He found the solution to his problem in Chinese traditional medicine, using acupuncture treatment. After that he had twenty years of active life.
            Dr. Voll, together with his friend Fritz Werner, an electronics engineer, did intensive medical and technical research into the functioning of the Chinese acupuncture points. In 1953 they found that the physical properties of the human skin in the Chinese acupuncture points were different from any other points on the body. Using a sensitive device called an ohmmeter they found that the skin resistance at any of the Chinese points is twenty times less than at other points on the skin. On the basis of the well-known Ohm's Law:
            I = U/ R    
where:  I = current of electricity
            U = potential
            R = resistance           
At the acupuncture points, the following was found:
       I = 10–12 μA (Microamperes)
       U = 1.0–1.2 V (Volts)
       R = 95 kΩ (Kilo-ohms)
Elsewhere on the skin the resistance is about 20 times more,
            R = 2,000 kΩ [Scott-Mumby, 1999].
In this way the Chinese acupuncture points, with their low resistance, look like whirlpools, and the flow of the energy is moving from point to point.
            After that they discovered that the points could have a resistance, different from the "normal" one, depending on the health of the patient.
            The third discovery was made by chance. It was found that by placing an appropriate remedy in contact with the body, the reading of an abnormal point would go to normal [Voll, 1980].   
            It was confirmed that the acupuncture points could be detected with great accuracy. They are 1–3 mm in diameter. Very soon Dr. Voll realized that there are more meridians on the human body than the number of classical Chinese meridians. He added eight additional Voll meridians to the meridian map and he added some new points to the Chinese meridians as well.
            This was the beginning of the development of a new branch of natural medicine, Electro Acupuncture by Voll (EAV). The first machines for these measurements were known as Diateperapuncteur, or Dermatron.
            During the 1960s in Korea, Professor Kim Bong Han did a series of studies on the meridian system of rabbits. By injecting radioactive phosphorus (P32) at acupuncture points, he discovered a fine tubule system, following the path of the acupuncture meridians. He found that the meridian system was divided into various subsystems: internal, intra-external, and external. He also found that the meridian duct system was independent of the vascular network. Based on many experiments on different animal species, Professor Kim concluded that the meridian system would appear within fifteen hours of conception and might also play an important role in both replication and differentiation of all cells in the body [Gerber, 2001]. 
            Later, in 1985 in Paris, Jean-Claude Darras, Pierre de Vernejeul, and Pierre Albarede performed experiments that tracked the movement of energy along the meridians. By injecting a solution containing ions of the radioactive element technecium (Tc99), the movement of this element in the meridians was recorded at a speed of about 5 cm/min [De Vernejoul et al., 1985].
            In Moscow, Dr. Romen Avagnyan did experiments making acupuncture points visible by using a high-voltage and high-frequency electrical field. When a human hand was put in this field, the points became visible on the skin. The most interesting part of this experiment is the fact that it reveals far more points than are shown in the classical Chinese meridians and even more than the points on the additional meridians found by Dr. Voll [Scott-Mumby, 1999].
            Using a similar technique, Dr. Ion Dumitrescu from Romania developed a method, named Electronography, which detects and displays the irritated meridian points. It was found that the points only appeared in electrographic scans of individuals where pathology was present in a particular organ system [Dumitrescu & Kenyon, 1983].
            Dr. Voll studied the classical Chinese meridian points in relation to many clinical cases. He found a correlation between the points and their physical position on the organs or their physiological function. As a result he published maps of the Chinese meridians that included some new points and the map of the additional Voll meridians [Voll, 1976]. He described the Chinese meridian points according to Western medicine. In this way he made a connection between traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine of today. Further, by his findings that homeopathic medicine is able to balance the reading on the meridians, he built a bridge between Chinese medicine and homeopathy [Voll, 1980].
            The essence is that a homeopathic remedy, as a source of resonant energy, is able to restore the imbalance of the energy of the meridian. If the remedy has a different vibrational energy, it does not produce any changes in the reading of the Voll machine. In this way Dr. Voll made a synthesis among three main branches of the knowledge of healing and he named it Electro Acupuncture by Voll (EAV).