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Human Resonance Wave Therapy

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Human Resonance Wave therapy -- also referred to as Human Wave Therapy -- is performed with a device that is claimed to produce waves that penetrate 80 to 100 millimeters into the skin to "make the water cells in human body resonate and increase its vitality." The device, available in two models (Aladdin H TR-1000 and Aladdin H TR-2000) is manufactured by a Korean company named Taerim Co., Ltd. According to a promoters' Web site, the devices:

steady emit Human wave with 6~14 micron of wavelength, to decrease the size of water clusters by cleaving the band of H2O in polymer of human body, which leads to the volume of water clusters reduced and the quantity of water cluster increased, enhance the activity of the free water molecules which adhere to the cells, accelerate the flow of the calcium ion (Ca+2). Finally, to potentate the cells activated that burden the mission of vitality. Especially for inhibiting hydro-peroxide which cause hindrance of blood vessels.

A manufacturer's spec sheet states that the device can "improve the combination of blood and balance pH value" and "enhance the activity of cells and metabolize the fat."

The promoter's brochure claims that the device is useful for treating bronchitis, gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis, nephritis, pancreatitis, diabetic complication, pneumonia, infantile, diarrhea, bedwetting, burns, wound soft tissue (sprain, contusion, bruising), trifacial neuralgia, polyneuralgia, hemorrhoids, joint pain, osphyalgia, lumbar hernia, back pain ear noises, catarrhal conjunctivitis, ulcerative blepharitis , retrobulbar neuritis, epidemic conjunctivitis, conjunctivitis, blepharitis, retrobulbar neuritis, herpes, virus skin rash, allergic dermatitis, pruritus cutaneus, seborrheic keratosis, follicular keratosis, seborrheic dermatitis, athletes foot, eczema, dermatitis gangrenosa, acne, chronic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, atopic dermatitis, alopecia areata, irregular menstruation, functional metrorrhagia, vulvovaginitis, vaginal laceration, endocervicitis, cervicitis, perimetritis puerperalis, salpingitis, tuboovaritis, pelvic inflammatory, cervical laceration, perineal tear, artificial abortion sequele, nephritis, orchitis, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy, epididymoorchitis, priapitis, vulvovaginitis, urinary incontinence, cervicitis, genital trauma, and several other problems.

The brochure also claims that the device can be validated by measuring "blood speed" and that a clinical experiment done in 1997 by the "Research Laboratory of Blood Science U.S.A." found that the waves "increase alkalescency." Searching the Internet, I am unable to locate any mention of such a laboratory. Assuming that the device is a heat lamp, it would be reasonable to assume that a body part that gets heated might have its circulation slightly increased. However, there is no logical reason to believe that this would make the body more alkaline or influence the course of any of the above conditions.

The brochure depicts a scantily-clad woman lying on her back on an table while being treated wth at least four of the devices. This -- and the fact that wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum of 6 to 14 microns fall into to "middle infrared" range -- leads me to conclude that the device is simply an expensive heat lamp. Regardless, the claims made for it are nonsense, the range of treatable conditions is preposterous, and the device cannot be legally marketed in the United States.

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This article was revised on July 7, 2002.