ELECTRODIAGNOSIS IN NATUROPATHIC PRACTICE

1. Naturopathic physicians are primary care practitioners who specialize in the use of natural therapeutic methods.

2. Naturopathic physicians use conventional and traditional methods of diagnosis and treatment. Some of the traditional methods used have been vigorously criticized for being unscientific. The naturopathic colleges and the profession have done much work developing and collecting the empirical, scientific and verifiable data supporting our practices.

3. Electrodiagnosis uses equipment classified as experimental by the US Food and Drug Administration.

4. This equipment measures the amount of current, by voltage or amperage between a ground that the patient holds and a testing probe at a Electrodiagnosis point (usually an acupuncture point).

5. There are three levels of electro-diagnosis:
a. Meridian testing: Readings are interpreted in indicate strength of specific meridians, organ strength or physiologic function.
b. Remedy testing: Variations in readings are interpreted when remedies are given to the patient either orally, to hold or put on a "testing plate" wired to the electrodiagnostic equipment. Interpretations may include sensitivities, nutritional enhancement, or improved function.
c. Energy medicines: Electrodiagnostic equipment interprets information and manufactures an energy medicine which is given to the patient to take orally.


THEREFORE IT IS THE POSITION OF THE AANP THAT:

1. It is appropriate that the naturopathic profession pursue scientific research regarding the reproducibility and reliability of each of the three uses of this methods.

2. That a coordinated project by either the colleges or a Naturopathic specialty society develop appropriate research models that meet the criteria of ethical and humane research.

3. That a policy be developed regarding proper patient and third party billing that addresses appropriate procedure and diagnosis codes.

4. That an informed consent form be developed describing the experimental nature of electrodiagnosis for each of the three levels of electrodiagnosis.

5. That AANP members provide the appropriate informed consent forms to be read and signed by their patients or guardians who receive electrodiagnosis until such time as electrodiagnosis is no longer experimental.

Principle Author: Michael Cronin, ND
Adopted at the 1992 Annual Convention


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