Energy medicine is a branch of alternative medicine based on a belief that healers can channel healing energy into a patient and effect positive results. Practitioners use a number of names including various synonyms for medicine (e.g., energy healing) and sometimes use the word vibrational instead of or in concert with energy. In no case is any empirically measurable energy involved: the term refers instead to so-called subtle energy.
TNN said in his article that, “Energy healing is a traditional healing system that restores the balance and flow of energy throughout the body, mind, and soul. This technique works directly with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of well-being. It is used to treat various medical conditions, especially ailments related to mental health. It addresses the illness caused due to disturbance of the energy flow in the body. It is believed that when the energy flow gets fixed, the person automatically gets cured.”
There are many types of energy healing:
The word Reiki is made from two Japanese words called- 'Rei' meaning "God’s wisdom" and Ki meaning “energy”. This therapy is provided to a person along with traditional medicine to cure an illness. In this therapy 'ki' or the energy is used to help others. Lots of hand movement techniques and specific symbols are used to channelize the energy of the universe to heal the body. Reiki can help to cure ailments like cold, flu, head and stomach aches. It is also quite effective in serious illnesses such as heart disease.
Pranic healing is all about using the body’s life force to heal the body energy. This therapy works specifically on the energy of the body or aura of a person. In this therapy, energy is used to clean the toxic from the body, thus accelerating the healing physical process.
Stones and crystals are used in this healing process to draw out impurities from the body. These stones and crystals work differently on the body and target different kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual problems. They repel negative energy from the body, which disturbs the mental and physical well-being.
Quantum healing therapy is based on the principle of resonance and entertainment. The energy level in the body is escalated through breathing and visualization of energy flow. Quantum Healing is not only a spiritual thing, but it also directs positive effects on the immune system.
Qigong therapy is used to regain the lost balance of the body. With the history of some 4,000 years, Qigong is comprised of coordinated movements of the body along with breathing, and meditation to stimulates health and spirituality. The therapy has its root in Chinese medicine and is said to balance the positive energy of the body, which is required to stay healthy.
Is it proven effective?
Green Lotus in his report stated that “New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.
It’s interesting to note that Columbia/Presbyterian was one of the first hospitals to offer Reiki as part of their Integrative Medicine Program (CIMP). The now famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz brought tremendous attention to Reiki when he invited Reiki practitioners to treat patients during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr. Oz is often quoted as saying, "Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals."
Not only Reiki, but the other methods like crystal healing have some proven effects for those who use them. Using the natural resources, positive energies, and the like for the healing of our inner and outer selves simply proves that we are maximizing all the resources for our well-being.