Energy Medicine describes a group of healing modalities and traditional paradigms that consider subtle energies, including the electromagnetic field that underlies the physical structure of the body, and its interface with the environment. It incorporates hands on methods and other techniques that change, stimulate or shift this underlying subtle energy in order to restore balance and flow of the energy or life force.
Energy Medicine describes a group of healing modalities and traditional paradigms that consider subtle energies, including the electromagnetic field that underlies the physical structure of the body, and its interface with the environment. It incorporates hands on methods and other techniques that change, stimulate or shift this underlying subtle energy in order to restore balance and flow of the energy or life force. This energy is known as Qi (Chi) in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ki in Japanese traditional medicine, Prana in Ayurveda and Hindu Yogic traditions, Mana in Hawaiian traditions and Chu’lel in Maya traditions. More esoteric notions of the energy system include Spirit, intuitive wisdom, psyche or consciousness. It is believed that blockages, stagnation, deficiency or excess of these vital forces can lead to imbalance of the system as a whole and over time, cause physical, mental and emotional manifestations of illness or dis-ease. Though a significant body of scientific evidence has not yet accumulated, there is now a small growing collection of research that suggests such modalities as Reiki and Therapeutic Touch may have a positive impact on health and disease. There is now compelling evidence in support of acupuncture and acupressure, which are, at their core, traditionally considered to be energy modalities or mind-body modalities. In my personal experiences, I have found energy treatments to be great supports in all aspects of medical care and often facilitate tremendous improvements in restoring and maintaining the homeostasis of the human system.
More information from the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Introduction to Energy Medicine by Anne Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the Fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine:
“’In addition to a system of physical and chemical processes, the human being is made up of a complex system of energy’ (Hurwitz, 2001).
The underlying principle of energy medicine posits that one can manipulate this system of energy (biofield) in a manner that can positively impact health. The term “Energy Medicine” is a broadly used concept that includes anything involving energy as part of the therapy. It includes such modalities as magnet therapy, sound energy therapy, light therapy, and acupuncture – although how these modalities work, and if their effects are related to a human biofield are currently a matter of study and dispute.
Energy-based therapies are a part of most traditional medicine paradigms around the world. In fact, many ancient healing techniques are primarily centered around the core tenets of energy medicine. Evidence of the use of energy medicine in Asian and Ayurvedic practices dates back more than 4,000 years. The “laying on of hands,” a fundamental demonstration of energy medicine, has been a common practice for centuries and, in archeological finds, dates back even further. While new schools of energy medicine are emerging, most of these modalities have emerged from principles that were mapped out long before the emergence of modern scientific medicine.
There are areas of overlap between energy medicine, spirituality, mind-body medicine, manual medicine and acupuncture. Again, much of this overlap points to the dispute over the definition of “energy medicine” and the human biofield. Some of these modalities could also be covered in other areas: shamanism under spiritual healing, zero balancing under manual medicine, and sound healing as a form of mind-body medicine. From the standpoint of most energy medicine practitioners, energy is everything and everything is energy.”
Here’s my personal take so far: we know that E=Mc2 and we know that every cell of the body operates on an ionic gradient (an electrical system of negatively and positively charged particles in continuous flow). There’s quantum theory in favor of a quantified field of energy connecting everything in our perceivable world. We are, essentially made of energy that has slowed down and everything has its own vibrational frequency, this is all scientific fact. It isn’t a stretch for me to believe that we are strongly influenced by various energetic forces, such as electromagnetic, piezoelectric, vibrational and others that are not as easily measured. The science that relates healing to these forces is coming along slowly, but the physical laws of nature that dictate it and the ancient traditions that have stood the test of time as well as my own experiential knowledge tell me there is something essential and important in this realm of inquiry and tremendous potential as a viable healing tool.
“We are energy first,” Elisha Halpin, spiritual mentor and life coach.