A five-minute voice recording can reveal whether you are fated for a heart attack or heart break - or so Hong Kong's newest form of alternative therapy claims.
Swami Jaguar calls himself the city's first practitioner of VoiceBio, touted as providing all the data needed for a full medical and psychological assessment. It works on the theory that organs emit musical frequencies, which can be analysed to see how they are functioning.
'Ultrasound needs to send beacons to [individual] organs, but VoiceBio can see all the organs at once. It can tell if a person is going to have a heart attack or develop diabetes later in life,' he said.
He explained that the assessment by VoiceBio, developed by former police officer Kae Thompson-Liu in America after 'a series of dreams', is then used to prescribe treatment.
Mr Jaguar, who is in talks with Central's New Age Shop to set up consultations, says there are a thousand practitioners worldwide. But medical and consumer experts are sceptical.
'This sounds like a total scam. How can a voice be used to analyse physical health? So hearts, lungs and pancreases can all talk? It is absolutely ridiculous,' medical sector legislator Kwok Ka-ki said.
The Consumer Council said people should seek proof before using the device.
'There should be controlled clinical studies to prove it works,' deputy chief executive Connie Lau Yin-hing said. 'Patients may be led down the wrong path and delay proper treatment. Consumers should be aware that many services only want to sell supplements.'
The Sunday Morning Post tested the device at the Centre for Peace & Healing in Tsim Sha Tsui. Subjects answer three questions into a microphone hooked up to a laptop and are asked about stress triggers and future plans.
Using the voice data collected, the computer came up with a confusing graph - which the reporter was not allowed to keep - to justify a diagnosis concluding there were 'holes in her aura'.
For what would have cost HK$900, the reporter walked away with new-found knowledge that she suffered from too much thinking, minor digestive problems and grouchiness.