Electrodermal Screening

Electrodermal Screening

Whole-Body Dentistry incorporates the use of adjunct "alternative" treatment methods to balance the massive effects of dentistry, reduce symptoms, and create a favorable human enviornment for healing. One technology used to achieve these goals is Electro-Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV), is also sometimes called Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS).

EAV technology is based on the phenomenon that all parts of the body are interrelated and energetically linked via meridians. This amazing instrument will revolutionize the way that dentistry and medicine are practiced in the next century.

EAV was developed our of the research of Dr. Reinhold Voll, an M.D., anatomy professor, and acupuncturist, who began his clinical analysis in the late 1940's. Dr. Voll was able to scientifically document something that Chinese acupuncture had known for centuries. In the human body there are higher levels of electrical conduction or, in other words, areas of less resistance at certain points on the skin. Many of these points correspond to traditional acupuncture points. Fascinated by this finding, he developed a simple metering device to measure the skin resistance on acupuncture points. The meter had a metal cylinder at one end and a stylus at the other. 

The essential part of the EAV equipment is an Ohm meter, which measures electron flow in a circuit. The body operates largely by a series of electrical impluses which have been shown to follow certain pathways. We access these pathways via points on the skin where there are changes in the electrical resistance or the ability of the tissue to conduct electricity. A healthy pathway will be able to sustain a certain level of electron flow. Inflammation tends to foster increased activity in the cells, multiple chemical reactions taking place. Electrons can flow at a greater rate through this type of active environment. Thus, if inflammation exists anywhere along the pathway, the EAV will show a higher than average flow of electrons and a reading of greater than 50.

Degenerative states cause cellular activity to slow and stagnate, making it more difficult for electrons to flow through the circuit. In such states a reading of less than 50 will be indicated. The most significant information from EAV testing occurs when the circuit has a high electron flow which then drops to a lower reading. This finding indicates that a circuit which was formerly capable of sustaining an electron flow, is no longer able to do so. This reading suggests there is a disturbance in the circuit. 

Since every major organ and, in fact, nearly everything in the human body is linked via meridians to a specific tooth, the implications of the EAV in Whole-Body Dentistry are tremendous. For instance, EAV may indicate a hypothyoid condition which could actually be caused by a root canal in the upper first molar. EAV testing could provide an early warning, after which traditional testing could be performed to see if the condition has reached a point where blood tests are reactive. 

Although used in Europe for medical diagnosis, EAV is still considered an investigational device in the United States. But that does not mean it cannot be employed as an aid to support diagnosis. EAV is currently being explored by the FDA as a noninvasive diagnostic instrutment. EAV testing provides a phenomenal amount of information about the nature of what is happening in the body. It is an exceptional tool for helping to recognize which type of traditional diagnostic testing might be appropriate to confirm suspicions of what is occuring.