THERE seems little doubt that the Medical profession, particularly in France and Italy, has, during the past twenty years, made considerable progress in Medical Radiesthesia. The French priests were the pioneers and we are indebted to them for some of the best books on the subject, but it spread to the medical faculty and now there are a number of works by French doctors as well as scientists.
The basis of Medical Radiesthesia is that the pendulum held over a healthy organ gives one reaction, whilst over an unhealthy one it gives the opposite reaction, which is, we might say, the diagnosis, just as we had the soil and the plant which were not in harmony. In order to correct the soil we tested a number of fertilisers until we found the right one, so in the case of the unhealthy organ drugs are tested in a similar manner with, of course, the same object in view. I do not suggest for a moment that anyone but a qualified person should attempt to prescribe any drug or cure for a patient, but I see no reason why a radiesthetist should not materially help a doctor by working in close co-operation with him, giving him a primary diagnosis which the doctor can check up by applying his medical knowledge. Should the radiesthetist’s diagnosis be wrong, no harm has been done, but on the other hand, it might be the means of saving the patient’s life. There is no reason why the doctor himself should not operate the pendulum, but there is the danger of auto-suggestion. It would therefore seem better for the doctor to indicate to the radiesthetist the parts over which to try the pendulum without giving any reason for so doing, thereby eliminating the possibility of autosuggestion.
As I have had no medical training whatever, I am not in a position to pass an opmion on the various methods I am about to describe, although I have, in an amateurish way, been able to check up on some of them with, I may say, quite gratifying results; not to mention my experiences when I first started in Italy.
W. H. Trinder tells us how he does his own dental diagnosis and I will give it in some detail because, like his feather and egg test, it appears to be so logical. I will quote his own words. “I take my pendulum and place my forefinger against what I believe to be a sound tooth. I move my finger from tooth to tooth until, when it points at an unsound tooth, the pendulum immediately changes from gyration to oscillation.” He also tells us of another case when he tested a friend’s teeth. The pendulum gave a bad reaction over one tooth but this was not confirmed by a dentist who could find nothing wrong with it. X-ray, however, showed a shadow and when the tooth was opened up it proved to be in such a bad state that it might have caused a severe illness. Truly a case of correct self-diagnosis and of the pendulum acting as an X-ray unit.
The late Abbe Mermet carried out his diagnosis in direct contact with his patient. Using his left hand as a pointer he went over the body of the patient, the pendulum gyrating over healthy organs and changing to oscillation over an unhealthy organ. Others used samples, such as urine, blood, saliva, etc., taken from the patient, thereby enabling them to carry out their diagnosis at home. Apparently human urine gives the best results, and will cause reaction of the pendulum at some distance if taken from a healthy person, whereas a product of a sick person’s will give different and smaller reactions according to various diseases.
Mermet measured blood pressure by means of the pendulum and although it may appear a somewhat rough and ready method it would probably give a sufficiently accurate indication to call for, if necessary, a more precise test. The thumb and first finger of the left hand should be held wide apart, rather as if you were holding a tumbler of water. Hold the pendulum over the left hand; if it gyrates the blood pressure is high. Lower the pendulum until it is between the thumb and first finger; if it gyrates blood pressure is normal and if it gyrates when lowered below the left hand then blood pressure is low.
Mermet also measured the nervous tension by applying the pendulum to the clenched fist, fingers uppermost. For a normal man the pendulum should give ten oscillations, but many more if he is depressed. In my case I do get ten oscillations but not over the back of the hand where as many as twenty occur. I’m afraid I cannot give any certain explanation for this difference.
The diagram of the human hand is given by Pietro Zampa as having been used by Bost. It will be noticed that he has assigned Roman numerals to the fingers in the following order: I, IV, II, III, excluding the thumb, and that the ordinary numerals denoting the joints of the fingers run consecutively in the same order. The numerals on the fingers and palm of the hand correspond1 to the various parts of the body which are, briefly, as follows: 1, head; 2, throat; 3, arms, hand, shoulders; 4, chest; 5, stomach; 6, intestines; 7, kidneys, spine; 8, sexual organs; 9, thighs, anus; 10, knees; 11, legs, 12, feet; 13, liver, blood circulation; 14, bones, teeth; 15, heart; 16, nervous system; 17, muscles, nose, etc.; 18, stomach, chest; 19, throat, etc. The left hand should be used and it should be clean and without any rings. If the pendulum, when over the palm of the hand, gyrates positively (clockwise) the person should be in good health; but if the reverse occurs then the pendulum is applied to each numeral in turn, until the defective part is indicated by negative gyrations.
- Chapter VI: MISCELLANEOUS EXPERIMENTS
- Chapter VIII: SERIAL NUMBERS, COLOURS, ETC.