Tachyon energy

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Gabriel Cousens (left) and friend in 2007
Against allopathy
Alternative medicine
Clinically unproven

Tachyon energy is a pseudoscientific concept used by proponents of holistic medicine.


The idea of "Tachyon energy" was proposed in a pseudoscientific book titled Tachyon Energy: A New Paradigm in Holistic Healing (1999) written by Gabriel Cousens and David Wagner, two proponents of spiritual medicine who pretended that they were doing science. In the book they claimed that "tachyon energy" can explain everything from acupuncture, chi, homeopathy, reflexology, yoga to chakras.

Since the book was written many New Agers have embraced the concept claiming that it has bridged the gap between science and spirituality.[1] Some have even set up websites to feed off the gullible to sell their "Tachyon energy" products.[2][3]

There is no scientific evidence that "Tachyon energy" exists and the energy has never been tested in any experiment. It is just another name for the belief in vitalism. It is no different than any other supposed metaphysical force such as chi, prana or vril.

No relation to science[edit]

Tachyon Energy has no real relationship to the hypothetical particle called a "tachyon" put forward by the physicist Gerald Feinberg, and which most physicists think cannot exist. Yet New Agers in hope of sounding more "scientific" in some of their books claim that there is a relationship.[4]

Explanations as a substitute for reality[edit]

Our Glass Tachyon Cells increase negative entropy, which promotes balance and harmony in the body. When Tachyonized Energy Cells are placed on an injury or an unbalanced area they help to swiftly heal the injury and rebalance the area. Glass Energy Cells direct Tachyon flow. Each glass cell has a distinct color and each color has its own energy or frequency so choose the color or colors that resonate with you.
—"Tachyons - they're not miracles but they suree act like it"[5]

There is a common idea that "explanations" are useful. That is, if we don't know how something works or appears to work, someone will "explain" it by referring to something else not understood. And some people seem to be impressed by this mental sleight of hand. The usage of "scientific terms" outside the context for which they were created is behind, and defines, much public pseudoscience. TachyonWikipedia is an example. If products like tachyon beads[6] actually worked, more than as an effect of expectation, they could then be used to study tachyons. Unfortunately, this could be more like N-raysWikipedia, which many people "saw" when they were first reported.

From Tachyon Energy Research, Inc.:

"These State-of-the-Art products are creating a major impact in the world of professionals and amateur sports, academia, businesses, and even in the residentials."

Residentials? Residential Mental Health units (also called "loony bins"?:

"This phenomenal breakthrough was a result of 18 years of innovative research in science and technology and thorough testing by scientists in Japan."

Ah, yes. "Scientists in Japan" is more impressive than "Scientists," but what kind of scientists? Marketing professionals? It's not just research (published? -- no, you can't expect them to reveal their Secret Production Process) but "innovative" research. Nobody ever tried a scam quite like this before. Actually, it's been common. Used to be "magnetized" Or "succussed" Nothing new under the sun.[7]


  1. Tachyon Energy
  2. Tachyon Energy Products
  3. Gene Latimer on Tachyon Energy
  4. Tachyon Field Theory
  5. Glass Tachyon Cells. store.planet-tachyon.com. Retrieved on 6 March 2018.
  6. Tachyon healing and the physics of love. awakening-healing.com. Retrieved on 6 March 2018.
  7. Tachyon Energy Research products. Retrieved on 6 March 2018.