Medical Dowsing

Radiesthesia is the science dealing with the study of energy fields by sensitive individuals or the study of the human body's perception of, and reaction to, ultra-low intensity radiation. 

The operational technique is known by various terms, such as dowsing, divining, etc., which means the same thing. Radiesthesia mostly deals with detecting diseases in human beings or is applied to medical divining, whereas dowsing deals with underground water, oil, minerals etc.

The operation when applied to health, is termed as Radiesthesia in England and Radionics in America.

From - downloadable file 'The Mars Report 2'

"Radionics (Definition 1):
Radionics is the utilisation of unusual energy or energies in devices to produce natural phenomenon or effects. J.G.Gallimore

Radionics (Definition 2):
System of alternative medicine developed by Dr Albert Abrams, who believed that diseased body tissue affected the nervous system and gave forth 'dull emanations'. Abrams believed electronic phenomena were involved with this, and he invented a variable resistance instrument called a 'black box' to measure the ohm resistance of different diseases on an electronic circuit. He found for example, that cancer produced a 50-ohm resistance, while syphilis had a 55-ohm resistance. Abrams later modified his technique so

he could take readings from a drop of blood. In 1924 a committee established by the Royal Society of Medicine investigated Abrams techniques and were favourably impressed. Today Radionics and its cousin Radiesthesia (medical dowsing) are recognised in Europe as legitimate medical procedures.

There are two reasons why the USA has made laws against Radionics:

  1. It works, but not in a way totally understood, either by the academic community or by the practitioners themselves.
  2. It works and produces miracle cures in man, plants, animals and outdated existing sciences if it is understood. 


Therefore, the 'lobbies' in Washington representing the commercial applications of existing sciences force laws against Radionics to preserve existing sciences and the large sums of money invested in them to create our present technology and preserve the jobs of millions which might be lost if indeed Radionics was used to achieve the same results.

Note: Radionics can be used to transmit positive, healing and also negative, destructive energies.Since its beginnings about 100 years ago, the relatively obscure science of Radionics has utilised various dowsing techniques, not only to detect disease states but also to identify and apply appropriate therapies. Homoeopathic remedies are widely used in radionics, and some seminal personalities (such as John Damonte) in the present development of homoeopathy in Britain were also radionics practitioners.

Radionics was founded by Dr Albert Abrams (1863-1924), a native of San Francisco, under the original name of


ERA - Electronic Reactions of Abrams. A highly qualified conventional practitioner with an illustrious career and also the advantage of a substantial private fortune, Abrams was able to pursue his researches without reliance on outside funding. Like Hahnemann, the founder of homÏopathy, he was a master of observation and a tireless experimenter and truth-seeker - attributes which eventually led him to make discoveries which brought considerable opprobrium from the medical establishment of the day. Like so many of these outstanding figures, he was also capable of making inspired leaps of judgement.


Abrams's fundamental discovery was that under certain conditions the human nervous system will react to the energy field of external elements such as persons with disease conditions, samples of diseased tissue and so forth. This reaction would manifest by means of a muscle reflex which could be detected by percussing the abdominal wall. Alternatively, Abrams found that drawing a glass rod across the abdomen could also be used to localise the point of response. Different diseases produced reactions in different parts of the abdomen, and, as Abrams noted, "drugs in homoeopathic dilutions can be detected and identified by the stomach reflex", which suggested a unique diagnostic method.


He then proceeded to develop a technique which placed a person (known as "the Subject"), with abdomen bared, in series with a patient, i.e., linked by a wire which terminated on the subject's forehead. He could then diagnose by testing on the healthy subject for the response to disease conditions in the patient. Abrams later discovered that certain diseases produced reactions in the same muscle groups, which neatly threw his method off the rails until he hit upon the idea of placing a variable potentiometer (i.e., a rotary control such as might be used to adjust the volume on a hi-fi) in the middle of the cable linking the subject to the patient. Settings of the potentiometer would be found which were unique to each disease, thus making it possible to diagnose a wide range of conditions.

Eventually, Abrams discovered that he could diagnose just as accurately using a blood sample from the patient, and he later found out that he could work at a distance with the patient's sample placed next to the telephone line; such tests were performed over distances of more than 500 miles. He finally discovered that he could work without any form of linking wire between himself and the sample, but not over a distance of more than a mile.

From these basic elements - the reflex muscle reaction to the stimulus of an external energy field, the substitution of a sample from the patient for the patient himself, the creation of a unique value representing a disease or other energy factor, and the possibility of working at a distance - is formed radionics as we know it today.

Dr Ruth Drown (1892-1963), a chiropractor based in Hollywood, USA, had apparently worked in Abrams's clinic as a young woman and decided to develop his methods. From all accounts, she was clearly another remarkable figure. 


Drown redesigned the diagnostic instrument into a compact system which gave greater flexibility and extended the range. The patient's blood sample was relocated into a small container in the instrument. She replaced the subject's abdomen with a small rubber membrane (known as the "stick pad"); the index finger was stroked along the pad while the potentiometers were adjusted, and when the appropriate setting was found - i.e., the circuitry came into balance, indicating a resonance or response in the practitioner - the finger would "stick" on the membrane. Her new designs, incorporating a number of potentiometers in series, also allowed longer sequences of numerical values to be created, which enabled her to assemble an atlas of rates covering most of the structures in the human body, many disease types, poisons and toxins, and a range of other factors including emotional states.


Drown sought to define perfect structures, to measure the degree of deviation from perfection and then to rectify any imbalances or deficiencies. Thus, very simply, her rate for the liver is 48; this would be set on the instrument and the deviation from zero tested. Any significant reading would indicate a problem either in the liver or elsewhere in the body which was affecting the liver. Her principal treatment method was to feed the "perfect" rate back to the respective diseased location in the patient, either by wires or remotely - the idea being that as new cells were created, they would be healthy and would replace the diseased structures. According to the information available, she claimed many successes. She also placed a priority on treating the endocrine system,  with radionics emerging as a system of treatment on the dynamic plane, this ties in with the analysis of subtle anatomy which has come to dominate present-day radionics, at least in the UK.

What is also of significance is Drown's use of the technique of treating at a distance - any distance, anywhere in the world - in the process known as "radionic broadcasting". Therefore, it was no longer necessary for the patient to be present. Incidentally, the term "broadcasting" is descriptive but probably inaccurate, as no radio or television technology is involved. Whatever the mechanism, there is no doubt that treatment-at-a-distance works, whether one is broadcasting homoeopathic remedies, radionic (i.e., Drown-type) rates or any other energy factor or vibrational pattern which can be represented as a radionic signature and is appropriate to the patient. however, substance itself cannot be broadcast.

It would seem from the present-day position that virtually anything can be represented by a radionic rate, and this, of course, includes the entire Materia Medica. It is even possible, in principle, to find rates for remedies which we do not yet have or which are too dangerous to handle, such as radioactive materials. Malcolm Rae's ever-expanding system has around 24,000 rates which are presented in the form of ratio cards and include the whole acupuncture system of meridians and a vast range of chemicals, drugs, human organ functions, ayurvedic and I Ching concepts and so forth.


As virtually anything can be represented by a radionic rate, and radionics is truly an open-ended system this enables a vast range of energy qualities and relationships to be studied.
The first step in radionic medical analysis is to discover the location, type and, if possible, reason for any deviation from proper function. The second step is to establish the nature of the relationship between the patient and an energy factor - for instance, the homoeopathic remedy - which may be used to correct the problem.

The practitioner uses the instrument to create an overall picture of the patient's health and vitality by working through various levels and systems: the mental, emotional and etheric bodies, the aura, chakras, and the physical systems as generalities, e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, gastrointestinal tract and so forth.

The influence or presence of miasms and the effects of vaccinations, poisons, toxins, geopathic stress, malignancies, infections, allergies, nutritional deficiencies and other factors are also checked. These findings are noted, enabling a rapid assessment of the patient's general state to be made; whilst any areas of difficulty should immediately become apparent. The type and source of the problem can be worked out either by mentally posing questions and watching the pendulum's response or by the use of additional charts. Again, each practitioner will tend to vary the basics according to his or her knowledge and experience. Radionics is not simply a "dumb" process of watching a pendulum move, as the key factor lies in knowing which questions to ask and how to interpret the responses. It should be apparent that both diagnosis and treatment are highly individualised, as in homoeopathy.

Radionic methods can give the practitioner additional information to help the diagnosis and prescription and can even detect diseases before they manifest in the form of symptoms.
Homoeopaths use the word "stuck" when talking about cases, or another way of looking at the problem is to find out where the energy is stuck. When case-taking, Homoeopaths have only the verbal description by the patient to guide them. However, in Radionic analysis, a structured method of dowsing is used to locate the points where the energy is blocked. 

In Homoeopathy the problem with working from symptoms alone can be that the patient may not give you all of them, or may not remember certain things which happened, or may not consider certain things as being relevant or important enough to tell you, or perhaps the practitioner may misinterpret them. Consequently, you may never find the key to the case or you may give any number of what you think are well-selected remedies without useful results because you are missing a vital part of the picture.  This is where Radionics can help by pinpointing symptoms etc more accurately.

Clearly, many successful homoeopathic prescriptions are made which bring about fantastic results, but just as clearly there are many failed prescriptions where cases are not resolved because a suitable remedy is not identified. Therefore, the radionic diagnosis of the subtle energies, and selection of the remedy and potency by dowsing, can help us resolve the matter, particularly when the remedy cannot be discerned from the patient's stated symptoms. 

There is a further test which is possible with radionic techniques, which is that the effect of the selected remedy can be checked before it is administered to the patient.  To put it another way, a hair sample provides a link with the energy field of the patient; when you introduce the radionic rate or ratio card or sample of the remedy itself into that field, you are mixing the two together in some way. I presume that the remedy cancels out some distortion in the patient's field and thus rectifies it, and this is later reflected in the removal of the symptoms.

Analysis and treatment in radionics are often performed when the patient is elsewhere, possibly even on the other side of the planet. Although some may struggle with this idea at first, practical application has shown that diagnosing and treating at a distance does work. You can give someone a remedy by setting up the instrument appropriately, and they will receive it as if they had taken it by mouth. I have even had patients call me up and ask if I'd switched the machine on at such-and-such a time (which of course I had done) without first telling them. 

Radiesthesia may refer to:


  • (a) all forms of dowsing
  • (b) medical dowsing specifically
  • (c)dowsing and radionics or
  • (d)the ability to detect biological radiations

Bouly and two other French priests - the Abbe Alexis Mermet and Father Jean Jurion - pioneered medical dowsing. Mermet's hypothesis was threefold:

  • (1) Everything emits radiation,
  • (2) Some kind of current flows through human hands, and
  • (3) Holding appropriate objects renders them revelatory tools.

There are two basic diagnostic modes of radiesthesia: In one, practitioners detect and diagnose illness simply by passing their hands over the patient. In the other, they hold an instrument (see pendular diagnosis) over the patient and/or  over the patient's energy field, or over a sample of tissue or body fluids, a photograph of the patient, or one of the patient's belongings (e.g., an article of clothing).   In the latter form of radiesthesia, practitioners base diagnosis on the movements of the instrument.
Medical dowsing: Encyclopedia Definition of - Radiesthesia

Radiesthesia is a practice similar to dowsing that is used for medical diagnosis. It uses a pendulum near the patient, in order to work off the energy field or suspended above a patient.    The nature of the swinging and direction of rotation is thought to indicate the person's ailment. It was first developed in Europe in the eighteenth century. Later it was used to locate underground minerals and treasures. Dr Solcol W. Tromp wrote about this phenomenon in his book Psychical Physics, a 534-page book published in 1949.

Dr Tromp believed that every object in the world has a characteristic "aura", or electromagnetic field that can cause a sensitive person to be able to perform dowsing.  Although Dr Tromp frowned on "long-distance radiesthesia", there is evidence that the German Navy attempted to use pendulums over large maps of the North Atlantic to locate battleships.

There are still periodicals devoted to this phenomenon, such as monthly review, The Pendulum.
The reason why pendulums (and similar devices, such as dowsing rods) seem to work can be fully explained by the ideomotor effect.

Early Medical Dowsers

Abbe Alexis Bouly

One of the first medical dowsers was Abbe Alexis Bouly, a Catholic priest, living in a little French seaside village on the English Channel. He became so well known as a water dowser that, after finding commercially important supplies for French manufacturers, he was contracted to do likewise by other industrialists in Belgium, Portugal, Poland and Romania.

At the end of World War I, Bouly was summoned to the city of Reims to be examined on his alleged ability to locate unexploded shells buried in the ground and to state whether they were of German, Austrian, or French manufacture prior to their unearthing. He was so impressive that he was recommended to the Ministry of War in Paris.

Bouly eventually founded the Society of Friends of Radiesthesia, a new word he coined for dowsing, an amalgam of a Latin root for ‘radiation’ and a Greek root for ‘perception.’ Looking for new worlds to conquer, he finally hit on what he called ‘the world of microbial vibrations.’ “I was bold enough to tackle it,” he wrote, “but to start with I had to learn about microbes, to study their nature and their influence on the human body.”

Eventually, Bouly carried out experiments in the hospitals of Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Berck-Plage, Lille, and the Belgium City of Liege. Put to repeated tests, Bouly was able, simply by manipulating a pendulum, to identify cultures of microbes in test tubes just as easily as if he were observing them through a microscope.

In 1950, at the age of eighty-five, in recognition of his accomplishments, the Abbe was made a Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur, the highest decoration his nation could bestow on him. In his acceptance speech the newly knighted priest declared, “This Cross of the Legion of Honor is awarded in my person to all practitioners of dowsing. For my part, the award represents the crowning of a life I have tried to dedicated to the service of God and the good of humanity.”

Father Jean-Louis Bourdoux

A second medical dowsing pioneer was Father Jean-Louis Bourdoux, who spent sixteen years as a missionary in the jungles of Brazil’s Matto Grosso. During one of his missions, he was struck down with a nearly fatal case of galloping consumption and later by a six-week long fever. Both times he was brought back to health with saps from local plants prescribed by his Brazilian Indian parishioners.

Bourdoux launched into a study of the medicinal properties of Brazilian plants. Following extended talks with doctors and patients, Bourdoux decided to write a book that might help his fellow missionaries care for the sick in outbacks around the world. The main question he pondered was “How can missionaries be taught which plants in a particular region would act as a specific remedy for specific ailments.”

In the midst of his writing, Bourdoux met Father Alexis Mermet who had learned to dowse for water from his grandfather and father in Savoy, France. Mermet came to the conclusion that if what lay hidden in the earth and in inanimate objects could be studied with a pendulum, then why couldn’t the same pendulum detect hidden conditions in animals and human beings? Mermet wrote a classic book on the subject entitled How I Proceed in the Discovery of Near or Distant Water, Metals, Hidden Objects and Illnesses. Mermet claimed that he invented the method of ‘pendulum diagnosis.’

After years of study and practice, and another visit to the South American jungles, Bourdoux published his Practical Notions of Radiesthesia for Missionaries, the preface of which read in part: “If you have the patience to read these pages you shall see how, thanks to the new science called ‘radiesthesia,’ you will be able, without any medical training and hardly any funds, to succour both believers and pagans. Perhaps you will be amazed at some of the things I have set down and be tempted to say, “That’s impossible.” But are we not living in a time of marvellous discoveries each more disconcerting than the next?”

Father Jean Jurion

Father Jean Jurion, a Catholic priest, born in 1901, spent the first half of his working life as a teacher and administrator in Catholic colleges in the French capital. He was introduced to the dowsing art in 1930 by a fellow priest in the countryside near his home who used a pierced coin on the end of a string, to find lost objects and missing persons. For some time Father Jurion looked on the practice only as an amusement until, one afternoon, his sister lost her gold ring while packing apples into baskets between layers of hay.

Entering the shed where the packing was taking place Jurion, driven more by curiosity than purpose, held his own string-suspended nickel-plated gold coin over several baskets that, filled and covered, were ready for shipment to market and was surprised to see the coin rotate over one of them in the clockwise direction he had established as indicating a positive answer. He opened the basket, removed the top protective layer of hay, then re-dowsed for the exact position of the lost ring. The pendulum became violently active over one specific apple. When he gingerly lifted it from its resting place, there was the ring lying on the apple beneath.

It was only after World War II that Father Jurion began seriously to consider the use of dowsing in medicine. He was inspired by the aforementioned men. He began a survey of all the literature on dowsing but he was met only with a welter of contradictory opinions that, unsupported by experimental proof, had simply to be taken for granted. Numerous precautions filled the pages of dowsing guides:

“…one should never dowse unless one was facing north or while wearing rubber-soled shoes.”

“…one should remove metallic objects from one’s clothing.” The list was endless.

After liberating himself from what he called a conglomeration of ’self-imposed servitude,’ Jurion found he could dowse anywhere, any time, under any conditions. When he began his own first attempts at diagnosis, he obtained excellent results confirmed by doctors. His greatest surprise came with the realization that his most spectacular achievements were related to cases which he thought practically impossible to solve because doctors had given up on them.
A particularly difficult case was a 49-year-old Belgian man. X-rays had confirmed two inoperable cancerous tumours in his brain. He had been given 40 cobalt radiation treatments accompanied by x-rays. Nothing had stopped the spread of cancer which was blocking his throat. He could barely swallow, had lost all hearing and lay in a coma in an oxygen tent. Through the pendulum diagnosis, and use of homoeopathic remedies pushed down his throat, after one year, medical doctors found the man cancer-free. Jurion wrote, “…this diagnosis and treatment, which medical specialists could not believe would be effective, amply justifies the existence of the radiesthesia practitioner, who may not be a doctor but may be a patient’s last chance. …it is our duty to take even the seemingly most intractable cases.”


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