Why Is Energy Medicine Important
"In every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy." - Albert Szent-gyorgyi, Nobel Laureate in Medicine.
From traditional Shamans to the Ayurvedic physicians in India and the doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine most traditional medical systems had a common belief that there was an energy flowing in the body which gave it life and health.
They also believed that imbalances and blockages in the flow of that energy lead to dysfunction and disease. Moving the blockages and creating a harmonious and balanced flow in that energy has always been the basis of those medical systems.
Flow is important:
Some systems such as Traditional Chinese Medicine organized this energy flow into a system of channels and groupings while other traditions saw it as a general infusion of the entire body. All believed that as long as this life-force energy (chi, ki, prana, bio-energy, etc.) was flowing properly, the body, mind and entire person was healthy. When this flow became restricted or blocked the person would begin to exhibit dysfunction and disease of the mind or body including headaches.
Everybody wanted to fix the flow:The goal of every system was to move the blockages and reestablish a harmonious flow to the energy. Depending on the system this was accomplished through prayers and rituals, dietary methods, herbs, bodywork techniques such as massage and shiatsu, acupuncture and cleansing techniques such as purges, fasting, and sweats of various types.
How does the flow get blocked?
In times past the most common causes included injury, old age, dietary indiscretions, over consumption of alcohol, disease and emotional/spiritual issues including stress.
Times have changed:
Today there are many additions to that relatively simple list including heavy recreational drug use and the increased stress of modern living. Unfortunately many things are difficult to avoid, and some that are even supposed to help you can adversely affect the flow of the life-force energy.
Pollution is everywhere, even inside your own head:
The air, water and soil are full of toxic chemicals created by our modern life. Pesticides, fertilizers and drugs, not to mention thousands of untested chemical additives fill our food supply.
The airwaves are full of electromagnetic radiation of all kinds which scrambles the life-force energy. Every day billions of people shoot electromagnetic waves directly into their own brain courtesy of a cell phone, or even worse a wireless headset.
Technology is a two edged sword:There is no argument that tests like CT scans save many lives. However, the overuse of these scans, x-rays, and mammograms, just because doctors are forced to practice defensive medicine because the family has been convinced by the advertising spin doctors that such tests are necessary and beneficial, exposes people to very high doses of radiation. This radiation is cumulative. Enough exposures and radiation may build to disease producing levels in the body.
Modern medicine isn't your friend either:
Antibiotics and other medications can also be lifesavers. Unfortunately, 100,000 people die every year from problems with prescription medications. When you add in wrong medications, incorrect diagnosis, botched procedures, hospital acquired infections, complications from procedures, and medication interactions that number, according to the U.S government is about 784,000 people each and every year are sent to the undertaker by the medical system in the U.S.A. alone. There are times when medications and surgery are a necessary course of action. Energy medicine can be a useful adjunct that enhances the action of other modalities and can can speed the healing and recovery process.
The number is growing:According to WebM.D, 31.2 percent of us use 2 or more prescription medications each year, and 10.7 percent use 5 or more medications per year. Many of these people suffer from headaches or chronic pain. These combinations can lead to serious and often fatal drug overdoses and interactions. There is even a new term to describe this growing trend, pharmageddon. Energy medicine could help reduce those numbers.
Unintentional overdoses have now replaced car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Everything mentioned above, if it doesn't kill you outright, has the long term effect of restricting the flow of the life force energy in the body. This long term restriction is what leads to dysfunction, and eventually disease in the body.
"All healing of every nature is the changing of the vibrations from within" - Edgar Cayce
What's a body to do?
There are actually a number of things that you can do to offset the detrimental effects of modern life and to keep the life force energy moving. Energy medicine is a very useful tool in this process.
Please be sure to consult your licensed health care practitioner before making any major lifestyle changes.
Energy Medicine is a very useful part of an overall health plan:It can help to move specific blockages and keep the life force energy moving so that the body can heal itself, which is what it was designed to do.
Energy medicine is especially important now to help the body offset the negative influences of modern life. This can include things like energy therapy like Quantum touch and Reiki, massage, acupuncture, Homeopathy, foot reflexology, and Chiropractic care. These are just a few of the techniques available. There are many others, and many variations. Keeping the life force energy moving is the key, and regular sessions are a great way to accomplish this. This is extremely important in the treatment of chronic conditions and chronic pain.
Applied electromagnetic energy can elicit, control or trigger biological changes. The degree of change is dependent on a fields strength and frequency, the duration of exposure (continuous verses intermittent), and even the predisposition of the person being exposed to the energy.
Energy medicine techniques enhance the body's electromagnetic potential for healing and are quick, cheap, mostly non-invasive and harmless. Making them the first line of treatment would solve virtually all of society's problems with its current medical system- limited access, high cost, low touch, excessive cost, iatrogenic illness and death, in a single stroke.
Different strokes for different folks (pun intended):Find the technique or techniques that resonate with you and use them on a regular basis as an important part of your overall health program to keep your life-force energy strong and circulating freely. Keeping the life force flowing freely is a great way to prevent and treat chronic pain.
Prevention is always easier, less invasive and more cost effective than waiting for something to go wrong.
Exercise - helps to keep the life force energy moving. Both cardiovascular and resistance exercises are important parts of a balanced exercise routine. There are many excellent books available. You can also hire a certified personal trainer to get you started on a safe and correct routine.
Nutrition - There are many philosophies and styles of nutritional guidelines. is a good starting point. Dr. Mercola has many excellent articles about nutrition, and you can sign up for his free enewsletter.
"Your body is not a mechanical is a field of energy, capable of perpetual healing" - Deepak Chopra