Energy is the substance of life. Without the understanding of energy, medical professionals cannot possibly comprehend the significant role that energy plays in medicine. We could not imagine a hospital today without the diagnostic capabilities of X-Ray, MRI, EEG, and EKG. All these techniques measure and report the energy of a particular part of the body. The author’s hope is that this article will widen the reader’s perspective, understanding, and use of Energy Medicine which, ideally, should complement patient care.
Keywords: Energy Medicine, Electromagnetism, Biofeedback, Focused Field Stimulation, Personalized Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” Nikola Tesla
Energy medicine is the diagnostic and therapeutic use of energy either produced or detected by a medical device or the human body. It recognizes that the human body utilizes various forms of energy for communications involved in physiological regulations. Furthermore, it involves the energy of particular frequencies, intensities, and wave shapes that stimulate the repair of one or more tissues. Examples of energy include heat, light, sound, gravity, pressure, vibration, electricity, magnetism, chemical energy, and electromagnetism.1
It may come as a surprise to many to learn that energy medicine has been part of human history for thousands of years. Ever since man crawled and later walked the earth, energy was an essential part of primitive societies as well as advanced sophisticated cultures, including the Egyptians, the Chinese, and the Greeks.
Going back to 15,000 B.C., Shamans living in their native tribes performed healing rituals using their bodies in movement, their voices, ancient instruments, and plant or animal materials along with the elements of the earth such as fire, wind, and the moon. Their goal was to eliminate bad spirits that negatively impacted the physiological body of the sufferer. This art of healing is still taught and practiced today around the globe.
Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda), birthed in India, is one of the oldest medical systems and still remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems to this day. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, cleansing of the bowels, soft tissue massage using hot oil, and other unique health practices. India’s government and other institutes throughout the world support clinical and laboratory research on Ayurvedic medicine, within the context of the Eastern belief system.2
Energy Medicine Going Mainstream
Dr. Silvia Binder, ND, PhD