medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force
that is at the foundation of our well-being. The human body
is composed of some 100 trillion cells, each connected electrochemically
with up to 10 thousand other cells. Energy medicine works directly
with the electromagnetic and more subtle energies that orchestrate
health, emotions, and behavior within this incomprehensibly
complex network. It is proving to be an effective, powerful,
and surprisingly precise way of improving health, enhancing
performance, and increasing the joy in ones life. Energy medicine
draws upon ancient healing and spiritual practices (e.g., acupuncture,
qi gong, and yoga), combines them with scientific procedures
(e.g., empirical research, biofeedback, EEGs, and MRIs), and
adopts them into modern contexts. Its applications extend far
beyond the health care setting, into business, education, government,
and family life everywhere that people wish to be more effective,
vital, and creative.
Medicine is a very new field with very old roots. It borrows
from a hundred traditional healing methods, integrates them
into a hundred types of modern settings and perspectives, and
is practiced in a thousand different ways. Quality varies. The
field is still finding itself, its standards, and its efficacy
studies. Yet even in this early stage, commentators such as
the renowned physician Norman Shealy are making statements such
as "Energy medicine is the future of all medicine"
(part of his endorsement of Donna Edens Energy Medicine).
medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical
care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can
address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders,
and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance.
The essential principles of energy medicine include (excerpted
from Energy Medicine):
Energies, both electromagnetic
energies and more subtle energies, form the dynamic infrastructure
of the physical body.
The health of those
energies -- in terms of flow, balance, and harmony -- is reflected
in the health of the body.
Conversely, when the
body is not healthy, corresponding disturbances in its energies
can be identified and treated.
To overcome illness
and maintain vibrant health, the body needs its energies to:
Move and have space to continue
to move -- energies may become blocked due to toxins, muscular
or other constriction, prolonged stress, or interference
from other energies.
Move in specific patterns -- generally
in harmony with the physical structures and functions that
the energies animate and support. Flow follows function.
Cross over -- at all levels, from
the microlevel of the double helix of DNA, extending to
the macrolevel where the left side of the brain controls
the right side of the body and the right side to the left.
Maintain a balance with other energies
-- the energies may lose their natural balance due to prolonged
stress or other conditions that keep specific energy systems
in a survival mode.
Flow, balance, and harmony can be
non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system
tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting,
or connecting specific energy points on the skin
tracing or swirling the hand over
the skin along specific energy pathways
exercises or postures designed
for specific energetic effects
focused use of the mind to move
surrounding an area with healing
energies (one person's energies impact another's
"Man who say it
cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it."
- Chinese Proverb
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