What is Energy Medicine?

Every day our bodies receive and transmit energy messages to and from other people’s bodies.  You could say we’re like human barometers, constantly in non-verbal communication with others.  Every living organism pulsates with energy containing information.  Your physical body possesses an energy field that extends approximately three feet in all directions, encompassing the full length of your body.  Most people are not consciously aware of their energy field until they’ve been invaded.  However, if you’ve ever had an uncomfortable feeling of someone standing too close to you on an elevator, you’ve had your energy field infiltrated.

Two Type of Energy Fields

Energy medicine deals with two types of energy fields: veritable energy, which is energy that can be measured, and putative energy, which is energy that has yet to be measured with our current technology.  Veritable energy fields include therapies such as vibrational energy, also known as sound.  Sound therapy involves the use of tuning forks to create certain healing sound frequencies that resonate with the body to promote healing.  Music therapy, generally in the form of classical music, is another type of sound energy therapy and has been known to decrease blood pressure, anxiety, and reduce pain.  Other forms of veritable energy include electromagnetic forces such as visible light, magnetism, and monochromatic radiation (lasers).  Some commonly used measurable energy fields in the area of diagnosis and disease include cardiac pacemakers, laser eye surgery, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiation therapy, and UV light therapies for seasonal affective disorder and psoriasis.

The term energy medicine usually refers to techniques that involve putative energy fields.  Just because modern technology is currently unable to measure this energy doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist, although we are beginning to measure certain aspects of it.  Most of us have felt the energy effect of a negative experience and may be familiar with the phrase “The tension was so thick, you could cut it with a knife.”  In contrast, positive energy usually registers in a more subtle manner, causing an increase in positive energy and power in the body.  It’s the negative energy of traumatic experiences and memories that often adversely affect our physical health.

Thoughts are Things

Positive and negative energy emanate from positive and negative thinking, thus affecting our bodies.  Whether you create your own positive or negative energy, or experience someone else’s, it has an effect nonetheless.  Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit, reports on this effect:

Positive and negative experiences register a memory in cell tissue as well as in the energy field.  As neurobiologist Dr. Candace Pert has proven, neuropeptides – the chemicals triggered by emotions – are thoughts converted into matter.  Our emotions reside physically in our bodies and interact with our cells and tissues.  In fact, Dr. Pert can no longer separate the mind from the body, she says, because the same kinds of cells that manufacture and receive emotional chemistry in the brain are present throughout the body.

 The Chinese believe that a blockage of energy in the body can result in damage or disease to the corresponding organ system.  Thus, unblocking this energy and restoring proper flow to the body is the goal of energy medicine.

References: (1) Myss, C. (1996). Anatomy of the Spirit; (2) Energy Medicine: An Overview, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Therapy.