Energy medicine is regarded the oldest form of medicine in the world. Whether it is in the discipline of Reiki, Quantum Touch, Healing Touch or faith healing, there have been records that date back to the time of Christ, and Buddha where energy work, administered through “laying hands” was regarded as essential medicine around the world. Although Reiki has been popularized since 1920 and has been regularly used in eastern hospitals, it is now becoming more popularized in the west. Regarded as one of the most common and beneficial forms of energy work in the west, Reiki is now used in 15% of US hospitals and trauma centers every day.
How it Works:
Energy medicine is a form of complementary medical care that focuses on cleansing, repairing, redirecting and strengthening the human energy field. The human energy field, or aura, is comprised of many dense layers emanating from seven major energy points in the body called the seven chakras. This energy is known as your life force, Chi, Qi, or Pranic energy. Over time, our experiences, both positive and negative, have an effect on our energy. Once this takes place, unresolved energy illnesses lead to physical manifestations, or disease of the body. For this reason, energy work is imperative to completeness in mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The Reiki practitioner acts as a conduit to administer and detect energies throughout the body in hands on and hands above positions for optimal healing.
Energy Medicine’s Mainstream Appeal:
Allopathic medicine has been astringent in the acceptance of energy medicine. As we progress to a more open-minded society, the medical industry is forced to recognize the presence of the aura, and benefits of Energy Medicine. Facilities such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America and public figures such as famed cardiologist Dr. Mehmet C. Oz are not only informing their patients about the benefits of energy medicine, they are using various modalities such as Reiki, Quantum touch and Qi gong in their practice for the treatment of deadly diseases. Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, Cardiologist, television host, and professor of surgery at Columbia University, is the director of the Integrative medicine program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University. He endorses Reiki and uses it at home. He cites Reiki as his “number one alternative medicine secret.” In a recent interview with Good Morning America, Dr. Oz stated that energy medicine energy medicine is at the “forefront of healing”.
A Spiritual Aspect:
While energy medicine does not ascribe to any particular dogma, there is a level of reverence and universal spirituality associated with treatments. Energy work goes beyond the physical plane, dealing with an aspect of the body most of us do not normally see. Most recipients of energy work are able to feel the subtle impulses of energy flowing through them. The practitioner is able to feel and sense the areas in which energy is in need of replenishment. This level of personal connection can assist in the restoration of faith.
Choosing a Complementary Medicine Professional:
If you are interested in exploring the benefits of energy medicine, you may be unsure where to begin your search. While anyone may be able to be certified to administer complementary medicine after a certification process, the problem lies within the lack of requirements for such certifications. Post-secondary education is not usually required, and in most complementary medical classes, anatomy and physiology is rarely explored. Many registered nurses and certified nursing assistants are also complementary medical professionals and can be a great resource of healing and information. Be sure to ask for testimonials of the last three patients that were seen, and how complementary medicine benefitted their medical condition. The healing environment should be welcoming, sterile, and all hands on treatment should be discussed and agreed upon before the treatment begins. Complementary medicine is not a replacement for medical care, but is an enhancement that will reap benefits for many years to come.
Lana Zak “Complementary Medicine: Challenge the Status quo” ABC News
William Rand “Reiki In Hospitals” International Center for Reiki Training
The Dr. Oz Show Airdate April 2009