The word 'Radionics' is derived from the two words: 'Radiation'
and 'Electronics'. As these words suggest, it is a relatively modern (within
the last 100 years) therapy - see 'History' for further
Radionics is also one of the most controversial of the modern
Alternative Therapies. Many articles and websites are extremely
hostile to the whole concept and describe its founder, Dr.
Alfred Abrams (1863-1924) as the "greatest quack of
the twentieth century". There is no doubt
that his work generated reactions and widespread attention
- to see the range of opinions expressed just type 'Radionics' into an internet search engine.
History of Radionics
Early work by Albert Abrams
Albert Abrams (1863-1924) discovered and developed techniques
now known as Radionics while practising medicine in California.
He had studied German and then Medicine at the University
of Heidelberg (Germany), then became a professor of pathology
and, eventually, Director of Clinical Medicine at Leland
Stanford University, California USA. He was a respected
Medical Doctor and Researcher.
Abrams' work became controversial when his experiments
- Disease is a form of imbalance of the electrons of the
atoms of diseased tissue (rather than cellular imbalance),
and that disease could therefore be studied as a form of
- Radiating energy from diseased tissue may be sensed
after it has travelled through the body/tissues of a healthy
person and/or along a wire.
These early experiments involved
subjects holding wires connected to a phial of body tissue
and the analysis of the sounds formed when their abdomens
were palpated. This audio technique became known as the
Electronic Reaction of Abrams, shortened to 'ERA'. Abrams
detailed sounds correlated with different diseases then
went on to measure the resistance of a wide range of diseases,
conditions and disorders. Known as 'Radionic Rates', books
of these have been updated and expanded by subsequent researchers.
Development of Radionics
During the 1920s Abrams work was investigated but rejected
by the British medical community.
During the 1930s Dr Ruth Drown,
a chiropractor based in Hollywood, California, developed
Abrams ERA instrument by replacing the human subject in
the circuit with a sample of the person's blood or hair
- this lead to distant healing treatments known initially
as 'broadcasting', and later as 'Radionic Projections'.
By the 1960s there had been a revival in interest in radionics
in the UK and Lavender Dower,
George De La Warr and
Dr. W. Guyon Richards
had become active in the field.
During the 1970s and 1980s American chiropractor David
Tansley wrote several books on the subject ,,
described radionics as a highly effective form of Energy
Medicine, and caused controversy by introducing Eastern
Philosophy to Western-style Radionics. At about the same
time, Malcolm Rae (working in London) invented new forms
of developed radionic instruments, developed the use of
magnetism in radionics and produced instruments that used
reference (or 'simulator' cards) to speed up the process
of analysis and remove the need for many complex dials and
There are now, of course, many off-shoots from Radionics,
and techniques that may seem similar or related to this
approach to healing. One such recent example is described
in the novel "Sanctury; The Path to Conciousness"
For more detailed information see the history
What does a Radionics Treatment involve?
Radionics treatments can be provided in two ways, either
in person, or at a distance. In either case the practitioner
will usually have some requirements of the patient. These
- Acceptance of the practitioner's terms. This may take
the form of signing a statement that protects the practitioner
legally by confirming the patient's understanding that
non-medically qualified persons cannot legally make
diagnoses, alter medication and so on.
- Completion of a detailed questionnaire that may include
questions about personal and family medical history,
lifestyle, temperament, personality etc..
- Provision of small (labelled) sample of hair.
It is not necessary for the patient to meet the practitioner
in person. Some people prefer to do so but it may not be possible
if the geographical distance between them too great.
Once the patient has decided to participate and has supplied
everyting necessary the practioner will usually do some
analysis and then contact the patient with his/her recommendations
(which could include nutritional supplements, remedies and/or
any of a wide variety of forms of narural/energy medicine).
This contact may be verbal, or it may take the form of a
full written report of the analysis.
Radionic treatment would then start, and the practitioner
would start to charge the client at agreed intervals. Also,
exchange of information in the form of regular updates between
patient and practitioner is usually involved.
Further Information about Radionics
General Information about training and referrals
to Radionics Practitioners are available from The Radionic
Association of the UK: www.radionic.co.uk