By Anna Murphy
7:00AM GMT 07 Nov 2014
It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis, acupuncture, biopuncture, infusion therapy, oxyvenation…”
In her native Germany, the 37-year-old tells me, it is normal for one individual to offer such a wide range of therapies, normal too that they should be used alongside conventional medical treatment.
“Germany has a long tradition of natural medicine, so it’s more common to find conventional doctors who have also studied natural medicine and use these modalities. Here we are at least 20 years behind.”
As diagnosis tools Hempel uses live blood analysis or a bioresonance machine. (“Every cell in the body puts out a certain electromagnetic frequency, that can be measured – a healthy stomach cell sounds different to a healthy brain cell – and the machine can put the right resonance back in, to trigger deep healing.”)
The most common problems she sees are related to the digestive and nervous systems: “These are the two fundamental imbalances in the civilised world.” Their cause? “Stress, mental and emotional – it has such a big impact on every cell in the body.”
Aside from nutritional therapy, acupuncture and biopuncture (in which the needles contain homeopathic injectibles), she uses infusion therapy (“if your digestion isn’t working properly there is a malabsorption of nutrients”).
She says her work is about prevention as much as problem-solving: “Bioresonance can pick up a condition before it manifests as a disease,” she claims.
What is it?
Hempel draws on a variety of different “modalities”. For diagnosis she uses live blood analysis (“in a normal blood test you have to add preservatives, which changes the chemistry”).
She also has a bioresonance machine, based on the so-called EAV machine developed by a German doctor, Reinhold Voll, in the 1950s. “Bioresonance measures the electromagnetic output of every cell in the body,” she claims. “If there’s any discrepancy with the healthy frequency for that kind of cell that gives a diagnosis.”
What is it good for?
The majority of Hempel’s clients have issues that stem from imbalances in the digestive and/or nervous system. “I look to address the cause, not just eradicate the symptoms. If you simply suppress symptoms on a superficial level then you can drive an imbalance deeper into the body.”
She often treats chronic conditions that have proved resistant to other approaches. “Whatever the problem, at root it will be an imbalance in the cells.”
How does it work?
Hempel claims to use bioresonance to put healthy electromagnetic frequencies back into the cells. “I also always address the diet, then I look at supplements and infusion therapy, which gives a quick boost. Chronic deficiencies in B12, zinc and vitamin C are common.”