What is Energy Medicine?
There is much talk these days about “energy medicine”, and increasingly, many people advertise that they offer this in their professional settings. What is it, exactly? The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defined it in 2005 as therapies that involve the use of energy fields. They described two types:
1) “Biofield therapies that are intended to affect energy fields that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body. The existence of such fields has not yet been scientifically proven. Some forms of energy therapy manipulate biofields by applying pressure and/or manipulating pressure and/or manipulating the body by placing the hands in, or through these fields.”
2) “Bioelectricmagnetic-based therapies which involve the unconventional use of electromagnetic fields, such as pulsed fields, magnetic fields, or alternating-current and direct current fields”.
Fast forward to 2013, 8 years later. There has been an explosion of scientific research emerging and documenting the very presence of these energy fields. Scientists, along with the aid of high speed computers and imaging technology, are able to penetrate a reality that is challenging, and changing, the way we perceive our world. Dolores Krieger, Ph.D, RN, is the creative genius behind the practice of Therapeutic Touch, practiced by nurses in hospitals across the country. As she bluntly puts it, “You don’t stop at your skin!” In the late 1970’s, Dr. William Tiller of Stanford University and a group of researchers pioneered studies evidencing the existence of the HEF (Human Energy Field). The work of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake on morphogenic fields, Dr. James Oschman’s compilations of research studies, “Energy Medicine, the Scientific Basis”, and the work of Rollin McCraty and others of the HeartMath Institute continue to build a strong and convincing case for our emerging understanding of, and ways of working with these energy fields. These are but just a few of the pioneers legitimizing energy medicine.
Eden Energy Medicine, as taught by Donna Eden, is a mixture of Traditional Chinese Medicine involving the use of the aura, chakras, meridians, Five Element Theory and acupressure. It also includes Applied Kinesiology, as taught in “Touch for Health”, as well as some Qi Gong, and Yoga. Donna had significant health challenges such as MS,(multiple sclerosis), that did not respond to conventional allopathic medicine. She, like many people, sought alternative answers. She learned and developed her own techniques as she discovered that the things she was intuitively doing were mirrored in other cultures’ ancient and traditional ways of healing. She had wonderful, lasting results both with her own health, and that of those she worked with. Her personal story, found in her book, is a fascinating and worthwhile read. While energy medicine is not a “quick fix”, nor a substitute for diagnosis and treatment in the conventional sense, the outcomes can be amazing. She was encouraged to put her vast knowledge into a program that could be taught to others, which is what she has done. She has also written two books on the subject, “Energy Medicine”, and “Energy Medicine for Women.”
A brief overview of Eden Energy Medicine involves the practitioner doing energy “tracking” to determine how the client’s body’s energy systems are functioning; then making corrections to get them flowing properly. The client is then given “homework” to help integrate these changes in order to facilitate improved health, energy and well being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that disease begins in the energy field prior to manifesting as physical disease. Their practitioners performed healing methods for their clients, and were only paid for their work when their clients remained well.
Eden Energy Medicine has something for everyone – from the person simply wishing to improve his/her own health and function, to those wishing to become certified practitioners. For more information, go to: www.innersource.net ; click on “energy medicine”.