Since Qi ( life force or vital energy ) itself is a form of bio-electric energy, all these methods interest me a lot, especially since most claim that what they detect or generate is Qi. At best, the energy that each machine detects or produces is probably just a portion of Qi, as I have said before that Qi is all what these gadgets detect, and more. No scientific instrument as yet can fully detect and explain Qi.
BE WARY OF UNPROVEN DIAGNOSTIC METHODS
Once, a complementary health practitioner came to demonstrate an energy-measuring instrument in my clinic. When I was tested, he pronounced that some of my organs were “weak” and that my blood uric acid level was too high. It so happened that I had just received the blood test results I did for my annual tests. My uric acid level then was very low. When I showed him the blood test results, he tried to give all sorts of explanation. There was of course no way to disprove or confirm the vague diagnosis of “weak” organs. Anyway, that was the last time I saw him.
I often take up the offer for testing at the many “diagnostic” booths at shopping complexes and trade exhibitions, set up by people selling supplements and therapy gadgets. I never tell them that I am a medical specialist so that I will have some idea what they tell the gullible public.
On one such occasion, an experienced iridologist, who runs a popular iridology health clinic, checked my iris and diagnosed that I had severe kidney disease, and that if I did not believe him, I could go to a medical specialist for confirmation! However, I could of course avoid the consequences by buying the supplements and remedies that he had on offer. He even wrote down the diagnosis on his clinic call-card for me to show the doctor. That was more than 5 years ago, and my kidneys are still healthy, and my blood kidney function tests have always been absolutely normal.
Although I am very open-minded about accepting alternative/complementary health methods, I am wary of the misdiagnosis and over-diagnosis given to the unsuspecting public by practitioners who use methods, instruments and gadgets that impress the innocent people into buying supplements and remedies they don’t need.
Some of these practitioners are experienced and well-trained in their art, but still fail to see the limitations of these methods ( eg. abnormalities found by iridology can only be “suggestive” of organ damage, but must be confirmed by other accurate tests; it may be a convenient screening method ). Unfortunately, for business reasons, many are quick to jump to all sorts of diagnosis to justify the need to buy their remedies.
There so many such instruments out there, some very impressive and expensive, claiming fantastic predictive, diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, but very few actually have been evaluated and passed the standards evidence-based medicine, which should be the case if we want to protect the public. All instruments should be put through independent evaluation to prove their accuracies before they are allowed to make any claims. Until such scientific evaluation is done, the public will still be exposed to these gadgets and their fantastic claims, and may be fooled into paying for unneeded therapy.
Our government has just announced that soon all health instruments must be registered. It is a good decision.
BIO-ELECTRIC DIAGNOSTIC & THERAPY INSTRUMENTS
I am not saying that all these machines are useless. I am sure some do live up to their claims and may one day be accepted as medical equipment. I am sharing my own experience and also reminding readers about the need to be cautious when being “diagnosed” by these non-medical methods.
Some of these instruments are sophisticated, with computerization, often giving out impressive printed reports. This will make the patient more convinced of the accuracy of the diagnosis. Diagnoses of non-existent diseases and even cancers have been made subjecting the patients to unnecessary distress, and of course, expenses for the “treatments”.
Conversely, many have also benefited from the predictions and diagnoses made by these machines. The expertise of the operator or practitioner is a crucial element in the accuracy of diagnosis and effectiveness of therapy.
I will describe some simple and sophisticated energy-modulated machines that are in use.
ACUPOINT ENERGY/QI METER
One of the first such instruments that I was exposed to was a simple gadget that claims to detect the energy levels along the major acupuncture points and meridians, and thence predict the energy levels and health of the different organs. Some instruments also have features that can check which supplements or medicines are suitable for the problem detected. So this type of instrument is popular with those who have supplements to sell. As related above, there is no way to confirm the accuracy of “weak” or “strong” energy levels diagnosed by these machines. But when they make a diagnosis on things that can be counter-checked ( like the case of my uric acid level ), then you should not accept without the confirmatory tests.
The Quantum QXCI (Quantum Xrroid Consciousness Interface) is a sophisticated computerized diagnostic/therapeutic machine that reads the patient’s “subtle energy fields” ( same as claimed by radionics instruments ) in forty “virtual dimensions”. Its advent was a hallmark in the field of complementary Energy Medicine, and is currently used by many top complementary practitioners and health centres. A combined diagnostic/therapy session may take several hours, with the patients hooked up to the machine by electrodes and a headgear. Through bio-feedback, it claims to read, analyze as well as attempt to normalize the patient’s subtle energy field. Like radionics, this machine also has the ability to treat, by electro-acupuncture and other methods; or select remedies from homoeopathy, nutritionals, herbs, and others.
This French computerized machine is also called the ElectroScanGram. It is described as an imaging medical device that evaluates the functional state of the organs and systems in the body. The field of neuroscience/neurophysiology is combined with energy medicine through complex mathematical algorithms to arrive at the diagnosis. Charts and evaluations of the functional/energy state of various body parts ( dermatomes ), organs and systems are printed out and remedial advice given.
It is claimed that this machine has been evaluated at three different hospitals and found to be highly accurate. If so, it has immense predictive and preventive value as many conventional medical equipments and tests can diagnose only when damage has occured.
Although the machine does extensive evaluations and gives elaborate reports, the entire session only takes a few minutes.
BIO-ELECTRIC POTENTIAL THERAPY
Many of us have had the opportunity to try out ( for free ) a bio-electric potential therapy method that has been used in Japan for over 50 years. It consists of a rectangular pad placed on a chair for you to sit on. A computerized machine sends out healing energy via a low-current electrical charge that is claimed to heal everything from insomnia to joint stiffness. Even local testimonies have included improvements ( and even cure ) from a whole gamut of health problems, including hypertension, diabetes, sinusitis, and so on.
These free healing centres have sprouted in many suburbs and towns. Everyone can have an unlimited number of half-hour sessions to feel the benefit for themselves. The catch is that, you will be so impressed that you will want to buy the machine for your own home use.
Although the original machine was invented in Japan, there are now several such machines from other countries as well.
THE ART OF HEALING
What I regret most is not learning the skills of the physicians of the past, who could accurately diagnose all sorts of illnesses by just examining the patient’s pulse, or tongue, or feeling the energy field.
Fortunately, there are still good Chinese physicians who do have these skills. About 5 years ago, a surgeon in Beijing (trained in modern medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and qigong) predicted that one of my relatives would get thyroid cancer in 6 month’s time by just examining her pulse and tongue. Six months later she was operated here in KL for that reason.
Recently, a Chinese physician was able to tell one of my patients that she had a diseased, enlarged womb by just examining her pulse. This is accurate as the patient is being treated for an enlarged uterus due to adenomyosis, a disease that is becoming more common for the modern women, possibly due to hormonal imbalance or inappropriate hormonal response.
So while all the latest gadgets may impress us, nothing beats the skills of good traditional physicians.