Whole-Body Dentistry incorporates the use of adjunct "alternative" treatment methods to assist in healing, balance the massive effects of dentistry, reduce symptoms, and create a favorable human environment for healing. One such technology used to achieve this goal is with Electro-acupuncture According to Voll (EAV), which is also sometimes called Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS).
This amazing instrument will revolutionize the way that dentistry and medicine are practiced in the next century. The technology is based on the phenomenon that all parts of the body are interrelated and are also energetically linked via meridians.
EAV was developed out 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 which correspond to traditional acupuncture points. Fascinated by this, 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 major part of the EAV equipment is basically an Ohm meter, measuring electron flow in a circuit. The body operates largely by a series of electrical impulses 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, with all sorts of chemical reactions going on, creating a more active environment through which electrons can flow at a greater rate. Thus, if inflammation exists anywhere along the pathway, the EAV will show a higher than average flow of electrons, and a reading greater than 50 will be indicated.
Degenerative states cause cellular activity to slow and stagnate, making it more difficult for electrons to flow through the circuit, with a reading of less that 50 being 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 indicates that a circuit which was formerly capable of sustaining an electron flow, is no longer able to do so and usually evidences a disturbance in the circuit. The result is a reading which drops.
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 hypothyroid condition which could actually be caused by a root canal in the upper first molar. This 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 instrument. A phenomenal amount of information is available through EAV testing, about the nature of what is happening in the body. It is an exceptional tool for helping to recognize what types of more traditional diagnostic testing might be appropriate to confirm suspicions of what is occurring.