The word “medicine” is derived from the Latin expression, ars medicina, which means “the art of healing”. It is a science of diagnosis, healing, and prevention of diseases in human beings. In today’s world, we move at a pace that is racing to keep up with the speed of our thoughts. These thoughts drive the human body, and energy medicine recognizes the power of both our thoughts and this world, thus revolutionizing healing via energy.
This method of healing is a branch of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It is one of the mind-body practices that include a diverse group of techniques taught by trained practitioners. These procedures are proven to deal with health problems that conventional medicine can’t seem to fix, and bring renewed stamina to a tired body, and fresh vitality to a weary mind. It counteracts a sagging attitude by helping to eliminate stress and reduce anxiety, which helps in removing the toxins that could eventually turn into different diseases. Each cell in the human body emits and responds to the electrochemical signals and help us breathe while regulating our body functions to keep us safe from any foreign microbe, but the mind is ultra-sensitive and tends to register everything that is happening to us, big and small. The energy body logs every incident and the feeling within our bodies. These unexpressed and unconscious emotions cause energy
Energy healing includes a variety of therapies, which include Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chakra Tuning, Reiki, Qi gong, and Whole Medical System. The above techniques are all about energy balance and flow of energy within a body, and can manifest as heat, tingling, or even cooling sensations.
This is a centuries-old form of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture involves the painless insertion of needles along points of the body called meridians or energy channels. Generation of small electric pulses occurs when the acupuncture needles attach to a device. This process helps in the release of energy blockages, thus relieving pain.
This is a part of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and it works by stimulating the meridian system by applying pressure, which helps to bringing relief by balancing energy and releasing any blockages.
Indian healers believe that the human body has seven energy centers called chakras. These chakras receive, absorb and express our energy, acting like a bridge between body and mind. Energy can be restored by either Chakra chanting or using turning forks.
This is an ancient Japanese form of spiritual healing wherein the healer’s hands transfer the universal energy to the patient to help restore good health. It helps to open all the blockages that prevent him from a good health.
This is an ancient Chinese practice with roots in medicine, martial arts and philosophy. The rhythmic breathing coordinated with a calm mindful state helps in guiding energy through the body. Qi Gong is classified as an alternative medicine as it has been proven to help develop human potential by balancing the flow of vital energy, which helps to improve immune function and promote relaxation in the body.
Whole Medical System
Whole medical systems (WMS) are built upon theory and practice. Western Cultures include homeopathic medicine, and naturopathic medicine, while non-Western cultures include traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine.
· TCM is approximately 5,000 years old and is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of energy, which is maintained by keeping a balance in the two forces known as yin and yang. It uses the theory of five elements such as fire, earth, metal, water and wood to explain how the body works. Herbs, massage, and moxibustion are some of the ways TCM uses to treat people suffering from different diseases.
· Ayurveda originated in India and had evolved over thousands of years. It means “the science of life”, and the goal of this form of medicine is to prevent disease and promote welfare by balancing body, mind, and spirit. It works via the theory that each person’s body constitution is based on five doshas, and imbalance in any of them could result in illness. Ayurvedic medicine helps in eliminating impurities, reducing worry, and increasing harmony in a person’s life by increasing resistance to disease via therapies such as diet, yoga, meditation, herbs, massage, and controlled breathing.
· Homeopathy originated in the 19th century in Europe. Its goal is to help the body heal by using natural substances derived from plants, minerals and animals. A practitioner helps treat physical symptoms, emotional, psychological state, body type, and genetic and personal health history.
· Naturopathic medicine also originated in Europe, and includes ancient and modern therapies from other traditions. It attempts to help the body heal by supporting good health rather than fighting a disease. Practitioners use natural and non-invasive treatments by focusing on changes in diet, lifestyle, and prevention combined with herbs and massages.
Therapists practicing Energy Medicine have claimed that they have succeeded where medical science failed. Science has no boundaries, and alternative medicine has proven that living beings have a unique property that gives them a special quality called life. Belief in the existence of a living force is ancient, and many names are given to this existence. It is called Prana in Hinduism, Chi by the Chinese, and Ki by the Japanese. This energy is said to constitute the source of life that is associated with soul and intelligence.
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