Introduction to Energy Medicine

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of

energy, frequency, and vibration." ~ Nicola Tesla

Let’s talk about the energy that our body produces and consumes today. Some of this energy is measurable, and some of it we have yet to understand how to measure. Everything in the universe has energy. We know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but that it can be altered or transformed. Energy by itself is a neutral force. Our consciousness and mindset direct its movement. Energy flows into us, through us, and out from us. Even though energy medicine has been practiced for millennia, the definition has varied from practitioner to practitioner. The definitional also changes with scientific progress. I would also like to emphasize that energy also delivers information that’s embedded in the energy flow frequencies. Different energies have different wavelengths or frequencies. When the energy flow is strong and vibrant, the entire organism remains healthy and balanced. When it’s weakened or disturbed by any number of factors, the body becomes weak and sick.

All of our organs communicate with each other by generating electrical signals. This is how an ECG works. An ECG registers our heart’s electrical signals and an EEG captures brain activities. Our central nervous system is like a wiring system to deliver these signals. This electricity continually flows throughout the body and to the brain, making it possible for us to move, think, and feel. For example, my mind sends a signal to the muscle to lift my right hand up, shoulder-high. My muscles complied with the signal, sending a responding signal back, “it’s done,” and my eyes send another electrical signal to confirm this. We see amputees manipulating artificial limbs by capturing brain waves, and no one doubts this science. Our body’s electromagnetic biofield can tell a lot about ourselves. The brain connecting to computers is not science fiction any more. Scientists are working on capturing and processing our electromagnetic output by measuring changes in our biofield.

In the 1920s, a Japanese scholar, Mikao Usui, popularized Reiki as an Energy Healing modality. In the mid-1960s, Dr. George Goodheart concluded that the human body could be scientifically understood and should be treated as an open self-regulated energy system. We are slowly changing the paradigm of treating our body as a chemical plant to an energy-information exchange system. We are slowly replacing the phrase Alternative, or the later term, Integrative Medicine, with Biofield Therapies. With the advancement of science, we now better, though not entirely, understand energy and information transmission and exchange in the body, from the major organs and systems to an individual cell. We understand how the individual cell’s electrical charge, negatively charged inside and positively charged outside, allows ions to flow in and out through the membrane. “Bioelectricity is an amazing new direction in medicine that goes far beyond just infection,” says Dr. Michael Elvin. Cells in our body are specialized in conducting electrical currents.

When I began practicing Energy Medicine in the 90’s, it was not accepted by the medical community. Now with our technological progress, we can better study and better understand the human biofield. Energy medicine treatment, or Integrative Medicine, is now offered in major hospitals and clinics. Over the years, several Energy Therapies were developed in addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. The most common Energy Therapies are Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Qigong, and EFT. They all have the common goal to restore optimal health by restoring the energy flow in the body. I firmly believe that Light, Sound, and Art therapies also need to be included.

Every second, our body uses energy to rebuild itself. Let me explain what I mean by this. Every cell in our body has a lifespan. Our body is replacing cells at a rate of thousands per second. To build a new cell, our body needs energy. This energy provides power and information, or blueprint, for the new cell. The unblocked flow of energy is vital for our wellbeing. The needs of this energy vary depending on our physical and emotional health. For example, when we recover after surgery or an accident, we need more energy for cell restoration and creation. Energy Medicine focuses on the body’s bioenergy which organizes and controls the growth and repaid of cells, tissues, and organs. Trillions of cells within the body are instantaneously linked, exchanging information and energy. Each cell continuously receives and shares information with other cells by electrical signals through energy flow. The uninterrupted flow of energy creates wholeness in the body, mind, and spirit. This energy and information are a decisive factor in creating a new cell; how healthy and vibrant it will be. This knowledge is changing the paradigm of how we see DNA, from genetics to epigenetics. If you are interested in this topic, I would recommend The Biology of Belief written by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

Our thoughts and our emotions effect the energy flow in our bodies. We already agree that energy is transmitted in the form of waves with specific frequencies. From high school physics, we remember that when two waves collide, the result can be Constructive or Destructive Interference. This is why we can feel energized after interacting with some people, while feeling drained after interacting with others. Our biofield, like all energy, can be manipulated and channeled. “The molecules of emotion, and their receptors, are found in every cell in the body. Any state of mind is mimicked by the immune system” Dr. Candace Pert, Ph.D. This is why it’s so important to be aware of our thoughts and emotions. By controlling them, by choosing how to react to events in our lives, we affect our health.

A session with an energy practitioner can help restore optimal energy flow, and help with emotional and physical healing. Please check out my other blog post, “How to Choose a Reiki Practitioner.”

Disclaimer: Any kind of energy session is not a substitute for medical treatment or medication.

With Love and Light,


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