Bioresonance therapy is a form of alternative medicine belonging to the field of Electromagnetic therapy, invented in Germany in 1977 by Franz Morell and his son-in-law, engineer Erich Raschebut, having little acceptance elsewhere, particularly outside of Europe. Initially they marketed it as "MORA-Therapie" - named after themselves (MOrell RAsche). Some of the machines contain an electronic circuit measuring skin-resistance, akin to the E-Meter used by Scientology, which the bioresonance creators sought to improve. (Franz Morell had links with Scientology.) Bioresonance has nothing in common with electroacupuncture concepts.
Mode of operation
Descriptions are obscure, possibly on purpose. Practitioners usually apply electrodes, linked to a box, to the patient's skin. According to the manufacturer of these devices, they emit alternating currents which are healing. The manufacturers describe cells as objects having a natural resonance (i.e. bio-resonance.) Such frequencies are not viewed as efficacious by modern medicine.
Due to the electrical interference of the signals generated by everyday equipment and the range of frequencies utilized, the response is sometimes read through an extended period, in order to average it and to increase the accuracy of the results. In some of these devices a modern signal processing technique, usually PC-based, is able to analyze the multiple parameters of the response and interpret the results. The analyst is then supposedly able to make an assessment/summary of the physical and mental health of the patient.
Practitioners also say they can treat disease using this therapy, claiming they can stimulate a change of bioresonance in the cells, reversing the change caused by the disease. The devices would need to be able to isolate and pinpoint pathogens' responses from the mixture of responses the device receives via the electrodes. Transmitting these transformed signals over the same electrodes is claimed to generate healing signals that have the curative effect. With this method of diagnosis and treatment, practitioners claim to be able to detect and cure a variety of diseases and addictions without drugs. The given mode of operation (pathogenic signals in opposition to healthy ones) is linked to similar concepts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, especially acupuncture.
Detection and healing
Examples of symptoms or features that practitioners claim to detect:
• energy level / vitamin deficiencies / cell oxygenation
• mental health / stress / adrenal activity
• hormonal disorders / immunity response
Examples of diseases allegedly healable with this method:
• sleep disorders
• chronic pain
• chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
• hormonal disorders
• psychosomatic illness. A placebo-controlled study was conducted, but with a sample of only twenty people.