November 11, 2022 woman undergoing electrodernal analysis

What is Electrodermal Analysis?

If you’re interested in alternative medicine, you may have heard of a therapy called electrodermal analysis (EDA). But what is EDA? Simply put, it’s a type of therapy that uses the electrical conductivity of the skin to diagnose and treat various conditions. Let’s take a closer look at EDA, including what it is, what it treats, and when it should not be used.

Electrodermal Analysis by Other Names

EDA is often referred to as Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) or Electro-Acupuncture According to Voll (EAV). It’s also sometimes simply called Voll’s Method. While the names vary, the principles of the processes are the same. The technique was originally developed in the 1950s by Dr. Reinhold Voll, an MD living in Germany.

Electrodermal Principles

Electrodermal Analysis is based on the principle that the electrical conductivity of the skin changes in response to different stimuli. By measuring these changes, practitioners can gain insights into a patient’s overall health. The instruments used to perform EDA are FDA-registered and approved for obtaining biofeedback measurements.

How Does Electrodermal Analysis Work?

During an EDA session, a practitioner will attach two electrodes to the patient’s skin. One electrode is placed on an acupuncture point, while the other electrode is placed on a neutral point. Common practice is to affix the electrodes to the hands and feet. A small current, or micro-amp, is then passed between the two electrodes, and the practitioner measures the electrical resistance of the skin. 

This process is repeated multiple times with different combinations of electrodes until a comprehensive picture of the patient’s health has been obtained. The results are assessed by computer software so imbalances can be identified and addressed.

Does Electrodermal Analysis Hurt?

Since micro-pulses are used in EDA, you are not likely to experience any pain during the process. Some patients report feeling pressure where the EDA instrument is applied to acupuncture points (fingers or toes).

What Does Electrodermal Analysis Treat?

EDA has been used to develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including allergies, chronic pain, digestive disorders, fatigue, stress, and more. In addition, EDA can be used to evaluate a patient’s response to different medications or supplements to see what affects the electrical field. 

What EDA Can Test For

  • Digestive issues
  • Environmental sensitivities/allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Thyroid imbalance

Depending on the biofeedback analysis, practitioners may suggest moving forward with certain supplements to achieve a balanced Meridian. The goal is to use Electrodermnal Analysis for early detection so symptoms of a malady can be treated before they’re more overwhelming.

How We Use Electrodermal Analysis at Alpine Clinic

We focus on four main uses for EDA at Alpine Clinic:

Comprehensive Body Analysis

In a one-hour procedure, Alpine Clinic uses EDA to check for general imbalances throughout the body. Based on the results, we’ll develop a plan to improve upon the imbalances we discover.

Food and Environmental Sensitivities

If you want to know if a food or environmental allergy/sensitivity is what’s bothering you, we can use EDA to test over 150 elements. See your body’s response to food, pollen, plants, and animals. Expect this test to take anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes.

Sensitivity Removal Technique

Alpine Clinic implements an EDA test to see if we can teach your body not to respond negatively to certain foods or environmental stimuli. If we’ve identified food and environmental sensitivities, let’s work on a remedy. This technique can be completed in about 20 minutes.

Quick Check

EDA can also be used to check for and address acute, or obvious, symptoms you’re exhibiting. The EDA will guide us in the development of a plan to treat or lessen symptoms. The Quick Check can be conducted in as few as 15 minutes.

Contraindications for Electrodermal Analysis

EDA should not be used on pregnant women or on anyone who has a pacemaker or other implanted medical device. In addition, EDA should not be used on patients who are taking anticoagulant medication (blood thinners) or who have open wounds. 


(801) 407-3000EDA is a safe and non-invasive therapy that can be used to identify a wide range of conditions. If you’re interested in trying an EDA scan, get in touch with Alpine Clinic today.