• James DeMeo Ph.D.


A controlled experiment was undertaken over three summers, from 1998 to 2000, for evaluation of the growth-enhancement effects of the Reich orgone accumulator on sprouting mung beans. An overview of published accounts from both professional journals and a popular magazine indicated this device, which has been subjected to unprecedented hostility since the time of its discovery, has real lifepositive benefits to people, laboratory animals and plants. Early preliminary tests by the author confirmed a clear growth-enhancement effect upon sprouting mung beans. This paper reports on a more systematic and controlled study. Mung bean seedlings were selected for ease of use and ability to control for various environmental factors. The experiment proceeded outdoors, at the author’s high altitude laboratory, in paired orgone accumulator and control enclosures. Mung beans were randomly selected from the same well-mixed batch of seeds, divided into orgone-charge and control groups, placed into their respective enclosures, supplied with fresh water daily, and maintained under nearly identical darkened, confined and sheltered environmental conditions. A 34% increase in growth was observed in the group of seedlings kept inside the orgone accumulator, as compared to the control group (p<0.0001) kept inside a non-accumulating enclosure; the orgone accumulator group also showed increases in germination rate, water consumption, and group weight gain, though sugar content as determined by both taste and measured refractive index of sprout juices (brix readings) was higher in the control group. A separate experiment was undertaken within two control enclosures, to determine how small temperature variations alone might influence the seedling growth. Only a very slight and fully insignificant influence, of around 0.6% growth increase, was observed in seedling groups deliberately kept at a temperature up to 1.5°C higher than the other. This amount of thermal variation was about three times that recorded in the actual orgone-charged versus control experiment indicating the much larger growth-boosting effect from the orgone accumulator could not have been due to observed half-degree residual thermal variations. The results confirm, the orgone accumulator is a special device of importance, able to significantly influence the growth of seedlings.