Practical Protocol for Electromedical
Treatment of Pain
Chapter 61 in Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians
Daniel L. Kirsch, Ph.D., D.A.A.P.M., F.A.I.S.
If there were pharmaceutical products that could control people's
physical pains more than 90% of the time and were safe enough to use
as often as necessary without causing any significant side effects,
physicians would pre-scribe them often. If those drugs could also calm
people who were seriously clinically anxious or depressed, while being
safe enough for people who are only a bit stressed, they would be the
most widely prescribed drugs on Earth. If those same drugs could also
heal broken bones and close wounds, the pharmacies could not possibly
stock enough of them.
What if there is something that could do all these things and so much
more, but is not a drug? What if there is a treatment that is so safe
it could be used daily to control pain and stress-related diseases.
What if it is also so inexpensive that once purchased for a fraction
of the cost of conventional care, it will cost almost nothing to use?
There is. New forms of electromedicine offer all this and more.
Change has always fought its way into the healthcare system slowly. A
mere 100 years ago it would have been considered quackery to propose
that invisible little germs could cause disease. Even after the
discovery of bacteria, for 35 more years most doctors refused to
believe that washing their hands before surgery would make much of a
difference. Yet progress in medicine occurred as we developed tools to
look deeper into the body, and to see smaller particles. We even speak
of subatomic particles, such as electrons, which could both cause
disease in the form of free radicals and cure known diseases as well
as functional disturbances of the body and mind. We have learned to
appreciate the power of physics in our lives with convenient
technologies such as microwave ovens and cellular telephones. Today,
our daily lives are increasingly more influenced by electronics than
As we begin this new millennium, we rely on various forms of
technology to diagnose our patients, both locally through an
ever-increasing armamentarium of devices, and even over long distance
with telemedicine. But we also can treat our patients with new
technologies for a variety of disorders with remarkable and
unprecedented safety and efficacy.
Most systems of healthcare have historically been based on biophysics.
Acupuncture is an obvious example. Chinese call the electrical
properties of life Chi energy, Japanese call it Ki, Indians call it
Prana, and chiropractors call it "innate intelligence." Even
homeopathy is based on the energetic residual of the chemical after it
has been so diluted that chemists question its continued existence.
Western allopathic medicine stands alone in reliance on synthetic
chemical treatments and invasive procedures, many of which impose a
risk worse than the disease for which it is offered. In fact,
conventional medical care is the third leading cause of death in the
United States with at least 225,000 people dying annually from
iatrogenic conditions (Stanfield, 2000).
Change takes time in medicine as in any established system. There are
strong controlling economic influences and long-standing institutions
that will always argue for the status quo. Yet people are more
educated and informed about healthcare than ever before. With that
comes concern over side effects of dangerous treatments. Why do
Pain Management: A Practical Guide for Clinicians • Chapt. 61 • 2002
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