Ondamed devices

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Posted 26 April 2018

On the Ondamed website, the following claims are made:

ONDAMED; Focused Tissue Stimulation And Biofeedback
A Breakthrough Technology for you and your patients

After more than 20 years of research and clinical use in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia , these advanced Class II-a medical technologies are approved in many countries for use by medical healthcare professionals as:
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapeutic Medical Devices for Tissue Stimulation with Intended Use for Pain Relief, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Wound Healing.

Does Ondamed devices work? Are they a scam?

I could not find a single study evaluating this device in PubMed (PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites). So their claim, “more than 20 years of research and clinical use” means “we belief rather than we have proof”. Scams like Laetrile have been making claims for even longer, so their claim of use for 20 years is not proof that the product works.

In 2015 the USA FDA sent a warning letter to Ondamed to stop making unsubstantiated claims.

Quackwatch, a USA based site, has lumped this device with other EAF (“electrodiagnostic”) devices and regard them as scams calling this one a ‘bogus device‘. Quackwatch gives a good background about these types of devices and whey they are unlikely to work: “Galvanic skin resistance has no proven or logical relationship to the diagnosis or treatment of any disease”.

Considering that there is no objective proof that the product works, and considering that its methods are similar to other “electrodiagnostic devices”, this is a product to avoid.

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One Response to Ondamed devices

  1. Harris 26 April, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    There is only one practitioner in SA on this website: a Dr WJ de Wet MD (sic), http://www.ondamed.net/en/south-africa.

    He is registered with HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa). (He does not have an “MD” – though he may be using it as shorthand for “medical doctor”?)

    He is a specialist Family Physician – his research project for his MMed (Stellenbosch University) appears to have been on the use of EBM (Evidence Based Medicine) by general practitioners in Gauteng. He states: “It is thus imperative for any practitioner wanting to stay informed regarding the latest treatment plan, to implement EBM, starting with training in the correct use of databases and other options available to them.”

    It is therefore ironic and anomalous that he is himself promoting a non-EBM-based “therapy/intervention”.

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