Electrodermal Screening

Electrodermal Screening is a tool I use in my Oakville Naturopathic practice regularly, but it’s a type of testing that’s new to most people.  Here’s answers to a few FAQ to help you understand what it’s all about.


Q:  What is Electrodermal Screening?

A:  Electrodermal Screening (EDS) is a tool which allows the practitioner to evaluate the body from a different perspective.  It is not an instrument used to diagnose disease. It does however measure the electrical current moving through the acupuncture points and as such gives information about the internal systems from a different view point called bioenergetics.  These points relate to specific organs and systems critical in maintaining your health. The information gathered focuses the practitioner and patient on what areas may need special attention.

Q:  Is this technology new to the world of medicine?

A: EDS has been used by practitioners for over 60 years.  The technology is based on the works of Dr. Reinold Voll a German physician from the 1950’s.  Dr. Voll observed that traditional acupuncture points had a lower electrical resistance than other skin points.  He developed a device to measure the skin’s resistance at these points and found that each point had a standard measurement for all healthy people.  After numerous tests Dr. Voll determined that any deviation from the normal point measurement, either an increased or decreased reading, correlated with the presence of a deviation in health of that patient (eg. presence of inflammation or tissue degeneration).  The acupuncture points that are measured are usually on the hands and feet, however there are currently over 2000 points that have been discovered.

Q:  Does the test hurt?  Does it involve needles?

A: The test is a simple, pain free procedure and does not involve any needles.
The patient is seated comfortably in an arm chair in front of the practitioner.  During the testing process, a metal probe is touched to the skin to measure electrical conductivity at a series of points on the hands and feet.

The test instrument measures the electrical conductivity of the skin as it is influenced by ampoules that have been stored electronically in the system. These ampoules help to assess the function of various organs, detect the relative sensitivity to various food substances or other allergens, or the presence of various infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, parasites) or heavy metals.

Q:  What is the benefit of EDS testing?

A:  Electrodermal screening can be very helpful with many health problems. A skilled EDS practitioner is able to detect the energetic signature of toxins, allergies, emotional patterns, organ “weakness”, etc., in the body. EDS can also screen potential natural remedies to determine which will help restore the body’s balance.  This technology is also a valuable tool to detect substances that aggravate the body and put it out of balance causing a sensitivity reaction (eg. Food sensitivities).

Regular follow-up tests allow the patient and doctor to work closely together as they track the progress and begin to see overall health improvements.

To experience the benefits of EDS screening for yourself please see the contact page to book your initial appointment.

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