“The good physician treats the disease;
the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”
– William Osler
Although considered to be an alternative therapy, energy medicine has been acknowledged long before modern day allopathic medicine came in to existence. Evidence of hands-on healing dates back to ancient Egypt and is distinguished in cultures around the globe. While age-old, contemporary energy healing has been brought in to the light of modern science being integrated in to hospitals worldwide as research truths out the multi-faceted benefits of energy medicine. Healing Touch, one of the forerunners of the movement in the field of energy medicine describes it as an ‘evidence based energy modality’ …. “an approach to health and wellness that supports healing of the body, mind and spirit…..a biofield therapy that has been shown to effectively relieve pain and anxiety….” Classified as a Mind and Body Practice Complementary Health Approach, it is endorsed by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Science has long recognized the existence of an energy force field within the human body that is responsible for the numerous communication connections that are continually occurring on a cellular level. Just as the cardiovascular system is affected by energy, hence why a pacemaker or even a defibrillator works to “jump start” the heart, every system within the human body is affected by a flow of energy, yet nowhere is it so outwardly obvious as in the central nervous system. Teeming with electrical energy, the nervous system is an intricate and complex matrix of millions of nerve cells called neurons. These specialized cells interpret, transmit and receive messages to and from the brain through the spinal cord so that the entire body functions to maintain balance or homeostasis within the entire organism. Generated by chemical processes in the nerve cells, electrical energy is created by billions of nerve impulses generated by these neurons that act as messenger cells delivering information from one part of the body to another. While motor neurons pass instructions from the central nervous system to other parts of the body such as glands and muscles, sensory neurons pass information about stimuli such as heat, light, or chemicals from the internal and the external environment to the central nervous system. Association neurons are aptly named for connecting motor and sensory neurons.
The central nervous system is responsible for controlling most functions of the body and mind. By affecting the flow of energy in the central nervous system, you might imagine how far reaching the benefits can be, influencing emotional, mental and physical well-being. The effect of energy healing is as potent as many medicines without the harmful side effects of medication. Be aware the effects of energy medicine are both profound and subtle, gentle yet powerful. Most recipients report feeling a deep sense of peace or contentment, of being reconnected to their true self, a sense of well being that can persist for hours, days or weeks. When the body is relaxed, the central nervous system sends a series of signals around the body that assist the body to repair and restore. In fact, this is the only time the body heals from within, when it is in a deeply relaxed state, hence the rejuvenating effects of deep sleep. As such, energy medicine affects the entire body, not just the central nervous system.
“The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest
that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress …
and the opposite of the fight or flight response.”
– Herbert Benson, MD
When the body is stressed, it moves in to the sympathetic nervous system which is fight or flight syndrome. When the body is relaxed it moves in to the parasympathetic nervous system. A trained energy medicine practitioner literally assists the body to shift from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system where the body can regenerate from within. The practitioner affects the energy within the body by applying non-invasive light touch. Hands are softly placed directly on the body and other times they may be very close to the patient’s body, perhaps a few inches from the body in the energy field. In this way, a practitioner can restore balance to the recipient’s energy system safely without any contra indications. In this state, relaxation is induced and the body’s natural innate healing ability is activated. Both practitioner and provider partner to energetically expedite balance and well-being. Most often after receiving a treatment, patients will report a demonstrative decrease in pain and/or anxiety. In many instances, the recipient may not require any additional medication. Please visit the Healing Touch website for additional research or visit Healing Beyond Borders and Healing Touch Program for more studies.
In bringing the body in to a state of relaxation, “….it is a return to the template from which we were originally fashioned”, as John Cornwell, author of The Hiding Places of God, explains, “healing, therefore, involves a dramatic cure process of nature, a return to wholeness, rather than a display of magic.” In Where God Lives by Melvin Morse., M.D., he conveys studies of Dr. Elmer Green, Director of the mind-body lab at the Menninger Clinic in Texas, a cutting edge pioneer in bio-feedback research who measured the vibration of healing energy using highly sensitive instruments to truth out the phenomena of which he himself was a skeptic. To Dr. Green’s surprise, he found that some healers emit as high as 80 – 200 volts of electricity. Olga Worrall, one of the most widely studied healers of modern time, who has produced a wide variety of effects on both living organisms and inanimate objects under controlled experimental conditions, explains the effectiveness of energy medicine to work because “the body is not a sold mass….It is a system of little particles or points of energy separated from one another by space and held in place by an electrically balanced field. When these particles are not in their place, disease is manifested in the body. Spiritual healing is a way of bringing these particles back in to harmony.” Her theory is in direct alignment with what quantum physics has conjectured since the 1920’s.
Energy medicine affects the entire energy field encompassing the body and all of its systems as well as the aura. As a qualified energy practitioner soothes the field through gentle touch and/or soft movements, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects are all influenced by the healing energy, returning the person to an alignment with Universal Life Force Energy whereby the body’s inner healing capacities are stimulated. Please click here to understand what you might expect to experience during a session.
Summing up the essence of energetic medicine,
“Imagine floating in a sea of loving consciousness where the mind, body and spirit
are reunited with their cosmic origins to experience their original projection
where all stressors fall away and only love remains.”
Energy medicine is not meant to be a substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a qualified
medical professional and is not intended as medical advice. Results vary widely;
energy medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.