Energetic approaches to health and wellness are dramatically changing the face of medicine which makes it a very exciting time to be a practitioner in the field of energy medicine. As I began writing this post, I realized that it’s difficult to define energy medicine because it means different things to different people.
NCCAM, the National Center for for Complementary and Alternative Medicine associates energy medicine with biofields and energy healing. In conventional medicine, the MRI uses the body’s electromagnetic energy field to capture images of internal body systems. More recently, new sophisticated medical tools are being developed that also work with biofields to address post-stroke issues in patients and for pain management.
When I think of energy medicine, I consider how the marriage of physics and biology have given birth to entirely new ways of perceiving the human body. As a magnificent living system, the human body follows principles of physical law (physics) and cellular activity (biology) which interact in such a way that allows for the emergence of countless new possibilities (behaviors) which cannot be explained entirely by what is known in either field of knowledge. Here are a few basic principles of living systems proposed by biophysicist Mae Wan Ho that mesh with energy medicine theories:
1. Life resides in patterns of dynamic flows of energy and matter.
2. As a living system, the human body is open to and organized by specific environmental cues.
3. Energy flow (chemical, electrical, mechanical, cellular, vibrational, oscillatory) drives and sustains molecular order and structural organization and insures continued energy flow.
4. The amplification and propagation of specific signals tell genes to turn on or off and determines the shape of cells.
As an acupuncturist and somatic therapist, I keep these four principles in mind when working with individuals which opens up infinite possibilities.
Have you ever used complementary and alternative medicine to treat an illness or pain? Did you get results?