Energy Medicine Appliances
in Meridian Institute Research Projects
[Note: This page contains a description of two
electrotherapeutic devices researched by the Meridian Institute.
The following excerpt comes from a book entitled, The Radial Appliance
and Wet Cell Battery: Two Electrotherapeutic Devices Recommended by Edgar
Cayce written by David McMillin, M.A. and Douglas G. Richards, Ph.D.
Copyright © 1994; used with permission; all rights reserved.]
BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE RADIAL APPLIANCE AND
WET CELL BATTERY
Electrotherapy is a fundamental therapeutic modality
in the readings of Edgar Cayce. Cayce's explanation of the importance
of electricity in healing is that the body itself is an intricate electrical
system. Illness is often associated with imbalances or incoordination
in the energy patterns of the body. Treatment is aimed at correcting
imbalance in the body so that the body's own natural healing processes
can bring coordination and regeneration to the system.
Since many forms of electrotherapy were available
during Edgar Cayce's career as a psychic diagnostician, he made use of
a wide variety of commercial appliances and devices. Yet by far,
he most often recommended two appliances which were not part of mainstream
medical practice. In fact, the commercial manufacture and distribution
of the Radial Appliance and Wet Cell Battery were initiated and sustained
through the information provided in the Cayce material itself. Modern
versions of these appliances are still evolving in their design and application.
The purpose of this book is to provide basic information about using and
building these appliances. This book discusses specific applications, but
does not contain sufficient information for a treatment plan for any specific
1 shows a basic Radial Appliance with the wire and disk components
essential for its attachment to the body. Although it looks like
a battery, and was occasionally referred to as such in the readings, Edgar
Cayce insisted that it produces no electrical energy of it own. He
said that it acts more like a magnet that draws energy from one part of
the body and redistributes it to other parts.
According to the readings, placing the appliance
in a nonmetallic container full of ice water for about 20 minutes prior
to attachment to the body chills the carbon steel core of the appliance.
The steel core then becomes "electronized by ice or cold or water" (1800-4).
Acting as a "radio magnet" (1800-28), the appliance can then affect the
body's energy system when attached at definite anatomical centers on the
surface of the body.
On the other hand, the Wet Cell (Picture
2) is definitely an electrochemical battery which produces a measurable
direct current (DC) output. However, the strength of the battery
is quite low. Typically, the battery produces a DC voltage of about
1/50 the output of a common 1.5 volt flashlight battery.
As with the Radial Appliance, Cayce said that
the Wet Cell Battery works with the "low" form of electrical energy or
life force of the body. The primary difference between the appliances
is that the Wet Cell has a stronger effect on the body. Thus the
Wet Cell is used almost exclusively as a "curative" treatment for chronic
and degenerative diseases whereas the Radial Appliance is most often utilized
as a "preventative" measure with "curative" applications at times.
In the "preventative" mode, the Radial appliance
can be used as a tool for stress management and as an aid to meditation.
Edgar Cayce said that it "would be good for EVERYBODY! ... This assists
in keeping an EQUILIBRIUM. Not that it is a curative, but it is CERTAINLY
a PREVENTATIVE!" (202-7). Used on a regular basis, the Radial
Appliance can play an important role in a general health maintenance program.
The Wet Cell Battery is strictly a "curative"
treatment. In other words, if the body is already seriously ill and in
need of regeneration, the Wet Cell may be included as part of a comprehensive
treatment plan. Cayce seldom prescribed it as the sole therapeutic
modality. Physiotherapies including bodywork (such as massage and
spinal adjustment), hydrotherapy, and diet were regarded as essential components
in the integrated treatment plans recommended by Edgar Cayce. Cayce would
also typically bring in the mental and spiritual aspects of healing when
making referrals for the Wet Cell Battery. In certain cases, he said
that treatment with the Wet Cell Battery should not begin until some progress
in the spiritual area had been achieved (e.g., 3684-1, 4014-1, 4036-1,
The therapeutic possibilities of Cayce's comprehensive
and integrated approach were enormous. The readings stated that remarkable
physical healing could be expected, even with extreme illness. For
example, in severe neurological disorders such as dementia, Cayce consistently
maintained that the nervous system could be regenerated and that in some
cases, the brain itself could be "rebuilt." A later section will
discuss some of the therapeutic principles and techniques involved in nervous
With this brief introduction to the appliances,
it is easy to see why the Radial Appliance and Wet Cell Battery were so
much preferred by Edgar Cayce. They were regarded as relatively mild
and safe and yet possessing tremendous therapeutic and preventative potential.
1: Radial Appliance in ceramic container with ice.
2: Wet Cell Battery with solution jar and attachments. Modern Wet
Cell Batteries are often made with plastic or synthetic containers.