Bioresonance is a technique belonging to unconventional medicine, also called alternative medicine (altmedem) or simply pseudo-medicine. It is based on “vibrations” that are supposed to have some special properties, and the pseudo-scientific theory explaining the action.
Bioresonance itself was derived from the parareligious movement of scientologists, which is worth noting that in some EU countries is treated as a criminal organization and regularly arouses various, often justified, controversies.
The creators of bioresonance machines (the first one was called “MORA-Therapie”, the newer one is e.g. “BICOM”) were Franz Morell and Erich Rasche, who tried to monetize their idea in the 1970s in Germany. They had links with the sect.
Bioresonance is designed to detect and treat diseases. It is recommended for the whole spectrum of disorders. Starting with all kinds of ailments of the locomotive system (bones, joints, fractures, injuries), the circulatory system (heart, arteries, veins, heart attack, varicose veins) or the immune system (immunity), through problems with the brain (memory, concentration, neurodegenerative disorders) and eyes (vision) or ears (hearing), to diseases with liver or stress.
Bioresonance is also recommended to quit smoking (anecdotal evidence: all people I know who tried bioresonance still smoke) and to treat alcoholism. As it often happens in the case of this type of drugs, which are supposed to cure a lot of various diseases and disorders and be a universal remedy for everything, here too, this fact alone raises suspicions.
Bioresonance equipment: MORA, BICOM and others
The bio-resonance machine is hard to figure out in the sense that it’s hard to tell what it is. Manufacturers of such devices declare that they emit electromagnetic waves, which have therapeutic properties. The mechanism of operation of this device is unknown, neither in the case of treatment nor diagnosis.
Alleged readings of the bioresonant state of cells for diagnosis and modification of this state for therapeutic purposes have not been proven and it is difficult to take this argumentation of bioresonant therapists seriously at all. After dismantling such a machine, it turns out that it is simply a measure of resistance, i.e. the resistance of tissues to the flow of current.
There is also no evidence that bio-resonance equipment can measure electromagnetic waves at all and use them somehow. Nevertheless, scientists have checked whether bioresonance works and it turns out – without any surprise – that it is not effective e.g. in the case of autoimmune diseases, allergies, atopic dermatitis.
Research shows that the effectiveness of bio-resonance is no higher than that of a placebo. Apart from the whole apparatus of modern science, there is no reliable evidence based on a doctor’s opinion that would suggest the effectiveness of bioresonance.
Is bioresonance a fraud?
I came from unclear mechanisms, which in the case of bioresonance are not only unexplained, but also the available knowledge even contradicts their idea. I also mentioned scientific research and I would like to add that by searching the Internet, you can also find publications whose authors confirm the effectiveness of bioresonance.
In my opinion, however, these are not reliable studies, conducted with due diligence and methodological accuracy required by science. They appear in journals that are difficult to consider as truly reliable and internationally renowned, and are recognised by the scientific and medical community.
Unfortunately, patients using bio-resonance often are not aware that this method is not effective, has not been tested or does not know at all what kind of method it is – this information is so moving that it comes from research carried out in Poland.
Such as the Office of the Patient Ombudsman, had taken care of bioresonance clinics and other shrines of pseudo-medicine, including appropriate financial penalties, one could certainly, perhaps not spectacularly, but noticeably subsidize the budget allocated to health care. I am afraid, however, that this will not happen because, among other things, there are financial constraints and the competences of the relevant authorities, whose aim is to protect consumers.
This methods based on bio-resonance are fraud. The mechanism of alleged operation of this technique is not known, there is no evidence of its effectiveness (truth be told, I believe that spending money on bioresonance research means throwing it down the drain, if the money is spent on bioresonance research, then it is a fraud).