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Related Terms
  • Acupuncture, allergies, allergy testing, electroacupunture, electrodermal testing, EAV, EDT, energetic pathology.

Background
  • A Vega test is a method employed to identify allergens or disease of the human body. Vega testing was created by Dr. Reinholdt Voll, a German physician, in 1958. After the theory was created, Dr. H Schimmel created the Vega test apparatus. The apparatus is a box with a circuit that compares resistance between the skin and an electrical source. This electrical source sends 0.87 volts of electricity through the patient. The box also contains a metal "honeycomb" for the placement of possible allergens or toxins as well as prospective treatments. More recent devices have been created and generally consist of a computer, which simulates the presence of these substances.

Theory / Evidence
  • The Vega test is based on the theory created by Dr. Voll, a German physician, which says that electrical charges at specific acupuncture points were related to pathology in organs of the human body.
  • Vega testing is based on the ideas of acupuncture and homeopathy and the basic concept of "energetic pathology," which postulates the first sign of a problem in the body is an electrical charge.
  • There is no available evidence to support the theoretical basis or practical claims of the Vega test method. One study organized by 4 Vega test practitioners, each with significant experience in the field, found that the Vega test was unable to differentiate between allergens and non-allergens in 30 patients with known allergies to dust mites and cat dander.
  • Other studies conducted showed the Vega test was unable to distinguish the difference between people with respiratory allergies and those without. One double-blind study did show that the Vega test was able to differentiate between allergens and non-allergens in test subjects, however an author of the study felt that it had several serious flaws and was therefore invalid.

Author information
  • This information has been edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).

Bibliography
  1. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
  2. Fehrenbach J, Noll H, Nolte HG, et al. Short manual of the Vega test-method. Schiltach: BER, 1986.
  3. Krop J, Lewith GT, Gziut W, et al. A double blind, randomized, controlled investigation of electrodermal testing in the diagnosis of allergies. J Altern Complement Med. 1997;3:241-248.
  4. Lewith GT, Kenyon JN, Broomfield J, et al. Is electrodermal testing as effective as skin prick tests for diagnosing allergies? A double blind, randomised block design study. BMJ. 2001;322:131-134.
  5. Semizzi M, Senna G, Crivellaro M, et al. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on the diagnostic accuracy of an electrodermal test in allergic subjects. Clin Exp Allergy. 2002;32:928-932.

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