How did bio-feedback therapy start?
- The BICOM device, manufactured by Regumed GmbH in Germany, uses the bioresonance principle.
- Bioresonance was originally defined in 1987 by Hans Brugemann as therapy using oscillations (electromagnetic frequency patterns) taken from the body and from substances.
- It became well-known in 1991 for the success of paediatrician Dr Peter Schumacher in reducing allergic reactions.
- Since then, individual practitioners have developed methods to treat a range of conditions which many have shared in presentations at the International Congress for BICOM Practitioners held annually near Frankfurt.
Where is Bio-feedback therapy used?
- BICOM is now the leading device of its type in Germany with over 8000 in that country alone. Worldwide, there are over 13,000 BICOM devices in use, mainly in European countries.
- In China, over 600 BICOM devices are being used in the public health system almost exclusively in children's hospitals for applications similar to those pioneered by Dr. Schumacher. Scientific case studies in the fields of pain alleviation and allergy therapy have been carried out (see clinical studies).
- In other countries, including Australia, the technique is seen as a complementary therapy.
All BICOM devices, and their accessories, are manufactured by Regumed GmbH in Germany to ISO 9001 quality standard. They comply with the European Union directive 93/42/EEC on medical devices and are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods under the ARTG number 138918. These are medical devices for use by a trained practitioner and are not consumer products.
Official "Intended Purpose"
This electronic system provides visual and auditory signals corresponding to the patient's physiological status. It detects changes in physiological functions that are outside of normal awareness, amplifies these signals and provides this as feedback to the patient with the intention of promoting the healing process. Examples of use are pain reduction, muscle relaxation, stress reduction and reduction of allergic reactions.