There are claims that the Rife machine can treat different conditions including cancer. There is no reliable evidence that the Rife machine works as a cure for cancer.
- Rife machines use electromagnetic frequency.
- Supporters of the machine claim that by using a frequency that is similar to the frequency of cancer cells it can cure cancer.
- There is no reliable evidence to use it as a treatment for cancer.
What is the Rife machine?
Royal Raymond Rife developed the Rife machine in the 1920s. He was an American scientist. The machine is also called a Rife frequency generator.
The Rife machine and other types of similar machines produce low energy waves. These waves are also called radio frequency electromagnetic fields. They have low energy compared to x-rays or radiotherapy which has high energy. The use of low energy waves as a treatment is less common, but there is some research on it.
Why people with cancer use it
Rife and his supporters say that all medical conditions have an electromagnetic frequency. Rife treatment works by finding the frequency of the condition. An impulse of the same frequency is then used to kill or disable diseased cells.
Many websites are claiming the Rife machine can cure cancer. Most of these claims are personal accounts. They don’t have any scientific research to back them up.
How you have it
To use the Rife machine, you put electrical pads on either your feet or hands. These pads attach to the machine, which produces electrical impulses. You connect yourself to it for a few minutes a day, several times a week.
Supporters of the Rife machine say there aren’t any side effects. But there have been some reports of electrical shocks and rashes.
There is also no evidence that it doesn’t cause harm.
Research into Rife machines as a cancer treatment
Before doctors can use a new treatment, it goes through a long process of development. During this process, the researchers test to check that it works. They make sure that it doesn’t do any harm, and that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
The Rife machine hasn't been through the usual process of scientific testing. There are studies that looked at low energy waves as a treatment for cancer. They used machines that work in the same way as the Rife machine. Some of these studies were in the laboratory.
One study was on a small number of people with advanced cancer. They had a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma. Researchers found that the low frequency waves affected cancer cells. It did not affect normal cells. But this research is still at an experimental stage, and it’s not clear exactly how it could work. And importantly the electromagnetic frequencies used in this research were not the same as those of Rife machines.
Despite the evidence that low energy waves might kill cancer cells, we need more research. Only then can doctors use low energy waves to cure cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in America has not approved the Rife machine as a treatment for cancer. The FDA also warns companies who sell these machines against making unproven claims.
What a Rife machine costs
Rife machines can be costly. Do not believe information on the internet that is not backed up by research.
A word of caution
It is understandable that you might want to try anything if you think it might help treat or cure your cancer. Only you can decide whether to use an alternative cancer therapy such as a Rife machine.
You could harm your health if you stop your cancer treatment for an unproven treatment.
Many websites promote the Rife machine as a cure for cancer. But no reputable scientific cancer organisations support any of these claims.