Energy Medicine Bodywork is a powerful, yet gentle, alternative medicine technique that removes energy blockages, promotes healing and relaxation, and provides new vitality. Energy medicine is part of a broad branch of alternative medicine based on the pseudo-scientific belief that practitioners can direct or modulate energy and can have a positive effect. This method may be performed hands-on, hands-off, and distant. Many forms of therapy exist in the energy medicine realm, including but not exclusive to energy healing, spiritual healing, reiki, qigong, acupressure, chakra and meridian therapy.
"In a few decades science has gone from a conviction that there is no such thing as energy fields
in and around the human body to an absolute certainty that they exist."
-Dr. James L. Oschman, PhD
Since the 1980s, Energy Medicine has gained increasing recognition among medical experts and holistic practitioners. In today’s modern world, clients are becoming more receptive to the idea that we are made up much more of our physical bodies. Energy medicine is based on the premise that imbalances in the body’s energy field result in illness and physical manifestations. By restoring and rebalancing the body’s energetic and spiritual structures, health may be improved and even restored.
Energy medicine addresses the root, not the symptom. Energy medicine complements other medical care approaches and together they form a basis for self-care and overall well-being. Even though the term “energy medicine” includes the word “medicine”, it is an alternative medicine practice not an allopathic (western) system of medicine.
Additionally, energy medicine and spiritual healing occur largely in non-denominational contexts. While no particular belief system, allegiance, or religious affiliation is associated with Energy Medicine, many people find that energy work is directly connected to a bodymind connection and may open up the doors to a spiritual path.
Eastern vs. Western Concepts
Western medicine is also known as allopathic or traditional medicine. "It relies heavily on empirical scientific concepts, assessing symptoms for underlying causes, and alleviating these symptoms with tested and verifiable methods, such as prescription drugs, surgery, or devices."
"Eastern medicine is often labeled as alternative, complementary, or natural care. It is a holistic approach, treating body, mind, and soul, and addresses underlying causes rather than symptoms." Energetic Medicine or Energy Medicine are often placed in this category.
Integrative medicine combines Eastern and Western modalities. "A newly coined term for this unifying thought is nonlocal medicine, which asserts that the basis of physical reality does not lie within the physical universe, but rather, in the subtle planes and energies that run through everything. Subtle energy is simply energy that cannon be accurately measured using current scientific methods. It is not supernatural, paranormal, or scary -- it is just energy."
Excerpt from Cyndi Dale's The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy
Types of Energy Medicine
Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Chakra Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Herbs and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Kinesiology or "Muscle Testing", Magnets, Acupressure, Meridian Therapy, Massage, Shiatsu, Numerology, Polarity Therapy, Qigong, Reflexology, Reiki, Color and Sound Healing, Energy and Spiritual Healing are all various forms of Energy Medicine.
Energy Medicine Benefits
Energy Medicine Across the Cultures
Native American Energy Medicine
India's Ayurvedic Medicine
China's Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The Māori Culture in New Zealand
Ancient Egyptians Energy Medicine
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