Edgar Cayce recommended the use of several appliances and techniques which utilize electrical energy for healing. Some of these modalities fall within the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g., violet and ultra violet rays) and others were described as utilizing vibrational energy of a low electrical nature (e.g., Wet Cell Battery, Radial Appliance, magnetic healing).
The low electrical energy was said to be the life force or creative force within the body. Cayce's description of this force closely parallels the various oriental traditions (e.g., acupuncture, Quigong, etc.) which recognize the biophysical dimension of healing:
"Oriental medicine is completely consistent with the supposed "new" idea in a rational science that a person is more of a resonating field than a substance.... Quigong, simply stated, is the cultivation of Qi or vital life energy. Stated in a more modern and scientific language, Quigong is the practice of activating, refining and circulating the human bio electrical field. Because the bioelectrical field maintains and supports the function of the organs and tissues, Quigong can have a profound effect on health." (Jahnke, 1990, p. 34)
William McGarey's Acupuncture and Body Energies (1974) provides an excellent introduction to the similarities between Cayce's portrayal of vibrational healing and oriental approaches. Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, M.D. (1988) and Energy Medicine Around the World by T. M. Srinivasan, Pd.D. (1988) are also useful prefaces to the field of vibrational healing. The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM) is an organization founded to explore the various aspects of energy medicine. Interested readers may contact the society at: 356 Goldco Circle, Golden, CO 80401.
THE RADIAL APPLIANCE
The Radial Appliance (also referred to as the "Impedance Device" or the "Radio-Active Appliance") was frequently recommended by Cayce for the treatment of a wide variety of problems. It was said to function strictly at the vibrational level, working directly with the low electrical energy of the body (the "life force"). The readings state that the Radial Appliance works with the same vibrational energy as the Wet Cell Battery but is less powerful. It's application was often suggested to relax and coordinate the systems of the body (McMillin & Richards, 1994).
The term "radio-active" in no way signifies atomic radiation of a toxic nature. In fact, the vibrational energy associated with this appliance cannot be measured with current empirical technology. The original designation was intended to describe the interaction of the appliance and the subtle energy involved (e.g., like a radio and radio waves). The name was changed to avoid confusion as to the nature of the energies involved.
WET CELL BATTERY
The Wet Cell Battery was recommended by Edgar Cayce in over 900 readings. Although this chemical battery produces a very minute direct current voltage, Cayce maintained that the therapeutic benefit was due to vibrational energy generated by the device. The readings state that the battery, when used in conjunction with various therapeutic agents (such as gold), act indirectly upon the nervous system via the glandular system. This subtle energy technology was prescribed in numerous cases of neurological illness where nervous system regeneration was needed.
OTHER ELECTROTHERAPEUTIC THERAPIES
Electrotherapy was widely practiced by health care professionals during Edgar Cayce's career as a psychic diagnostician. Consequently, he recommended many forms of this modality.
The Violet Ray is a high voltage, low amperage source of static electricity which was invented about 1920 and was in common use during the 1920s and 30s. It was recommended for a variety of purposes, including stimulation of circulation and the nervous systems. It was usually prescribed as part of a treatment regimen where its use would be coordinated with other treatments (such as massage and spinal adjustment). This device is commercially available and may be purchased by the public. (See the commentary on the Violet Ray for further information).
The Radium Appliance was a device which utilized the healing properties of radium. The Radium Appliance was recommended in approximately 160 readings for a variety of disorders, including cancer, general debilitation, toxemia, ulcers, etc. This device is no longer commercially available.
- Gerber, R. (1988). Vibrational Medicine. Santa Fe, NM: Bear and Co.
- Jahnke, R. (1990). Qigong: Awakening and mastering the profound medicine that lies within. Newsletter of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, 3, 3-7.
- McGarey, W. A. (1974). Acupuncture and body energies. Phoenix, AZ: Gabriel Press.
- McMillin, D. L. & Richards, D. R. (1994). The Radial Appliance and Wet Cell Battery: Two Electrotherapeutic Devices Recommended by Edgar Cayce. Virginia Beach, VA: Lifeline Press.
- Srinivasan, T. M. (ed.) (1988). Energy medicine around the world. Phoenix, AZ: Gabriel Press.