Through a roundabout series of events, I was introduced to Erdman Therapy, a treatment that was on the verge of dying out. Having its tiny heyday from the 1930s until nearly 1990, the people who mainly know and use this self-care treatment now are vigorous octogenarians. I'll admit, my initial reaction when Ukrainian researcher Dr. Roman Antyukhov asked me if I knew anyone practicing it was, “That's way too weird. I know about lots of unusual treatments, and I've never heard of it.”
Frederick Erdman's theory about circulatory differences in people offers a good explanation of why some people and conditions are so difficult to treat and understand or rehabilitate. Migraines, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, chronically cold hands and feet are just some. Thousands of patients with these conditions received help at the Erdman clinics in Philadelphia for nearly fifty years. Here is a treatment that is safe, costs almost nothing, can be self-administered without special equipment, has no serious side effects and a documented high rate of success, at least with migraine patients. It's based on simple laws of physics: heat causes expansion, cold causes contraction. If all parts of the body are adequately nourished via optimal circulation, health improves. This treatment has helped many people in the past, and you might be one of the people that it could help.
If you just want to know enough to get started, download the Erdman Quick Start Basic.
For a full discussion of the history, method and complexities of the therapy, download Comprehensive Practical Erdman. Erdman therapy can be easy, but it's not simple.
If you want to see some research, download Dr. Wes Ulrich's paper Migraine Treatment Using a Physical Medicine Approach.
For information about pulse strength, skin temperatures, and use of a special thermometer, read Dennis Cochrane's article New Discovery.
A relevant article was published in American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2003 (volume 82, pages 972-978): Salcido R., Musick D.W., Erdman F., “Erdman therapy: A treatment utilizing hot and cold therapy.”
This is a topic that provides fertile ground for research, although it offers no value to pharmaceutical companies or medical device makers. We welcome news of studies, and also your reports of your own experiences using it.
For much more about Erdman therapy, theory, its founder and history go to www.erdman.org.