During the 20th century, there were relatively few studies conducted on the efficacy of energy healing. With the turn of the 21st century, that has quickly changed. In just the past few decades, the body of evidence to support the effectiveness of energy healing is growing with more than 100 published studies, 49 of which have been randomized control trials. The results are outstanding with 98% of the studies showing effective and four more meta-analysis studies confirming the power of energy healing. Energy healing is an evidence-based treatment.
Studies confirm that not only does bio-energy exist but that it is connected to health and that bio-energetic techniques (energy healing) affect the body and that specific techniques treat specific conditions. Bio-energy is emitted from the body and from the hands of a practitioner. Studies show that the average person emits 12 megahertz of bio-energy. A study by David Schwartz measured the bio-energy being emitted by the hands of energy healers and the energy’s influence on the bio-field of recipients. One group used trained healers and another group used untrained healers who pretended to be conducting energy by merely holding up their hands. In the group that had trained healers, demonstrative changes occurred in the way of oscillations (cycles per minute) of energy that were recorded within the bio-field of the recipients. The findings discovered the likelihood of it happening to be less than one in a million. In contrast, the group with untrained healers had minuscule to zero oscillations of energy with no change on the energy field of the recipients.
While there are many modalities that fall under the energy healing umbrella, Reiki is one that has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Like most energy healing, it is a non-invasive hands-on or hands-0ff energy healing modality used to treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms. While there are many studies to cite, one recent study, in particular, using mice demonstrated dramatic results when using Reiki as an energy healing intervention. Mice are often preferred for such studies in an attempt to reduce the possibility of the placebo effect and to control for extraneous factors including belief systems, diet, etc.
The study measured stress response. Mice have been shown to have subtle blood leakage in to the gut when stressed. In this study, two groups of mice were stressed using a loud noise. One group was given Reiki by trained Reiki healers while the other group was not. The group was that was given Reiki had a much smaller incidence of blood leakage. A third group acted as a control group where the mice were given sham Reiki by untrained healers who were asked to merely held their hands up. This group had virtually the same amount of blood leakage as the group that was not given Reiki while the group that was given Reiki showed dramatically less blood leakage than either of the other two.
Another study was conducted on mice that were injected with mammary cancer. Every study ever conducted on mice with mammary cancer has resulted in death within 27 days or sooner, until researchers added energy healing to the mix. Those groups that were given energy healing were fully cured of cancer and lived out their full lifespan of two years. Those groups that were not given energy healing fulfilled their prognosis of 27 days or less before their demise. I can hardly wait for the results of the human studies that will inevitably follow.
Recently in Asia, another set of scientists have put a name to what was previously only known in theory as the meridian system. Formally not recognized by modern diagnostics this system has been identified within the human body by the application of blue dye. Scientists in Korea discovered an intricate circulatory system called the primo-vascular system that appears to be substrate of the acupuncture model of healing the body using Qi (pronounced chi ), the eastern equivalent of energy. This impressive system is essentially an optical channel for bio-photon emission. Bio-photons are transmitted along this system at the speed of light. This discovery has exciting implications on the future of medicine in general. While the mechanisms are not completely understood, energy healing is thought to work by the transmission of energy along the meridian system thereby releasing blockages along the pathways to allow for a free flow of essential life force or Qi energy to every area of the body. The discovery of the primo-vascular system could provide scientists with vital insights in to energy healing transmission.
While the body of research to support the efficacy of energy healing has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few decades, the evidence continues to mount as more institutions take an interest in energy healing as a treatment option. These studies are helping to bring more credibility to ancient healing methods including a number of energy healing modalities including acupuncture and Reiki. Energy healing is no longer perceived as a placebo treatment but rather as a viable evidence-based therapy for trauma, stress, pain reduction, enhanced post surgery recovery rates, cancer (at least in mice), and many other conditions.
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