The Validity of Energy Treatment


Energy medicine is an all-inclusive term for diagnosing, treating, and enhancing subtle energy flow in human body. It covers what is also called bio-energy medicine, vibrational medicine and functional medicine.

Subtle energy is an important factor in many traditional medicines and is often believed that it can be influenced by many objects such as magnetic stones, gemstones, and others. Nowadays, some electronic devices are claimed to be very accurate in measuring subtle energy flow while others can provide energy-based treatments. A range of contemporary treatments are developed from energy medicine including gem therapy, flower essences, and magnet therapy. Some medical doctors, homeopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and others use these therapies and devices, but energy medicine remains very controversial because too few scientific evidences exist to back up its validity. You may need to understand the principles and roots of energy medicine before seeing a practitioner. This way, you won’t think that energetic treatment is one step too far into the realm of the wacky and weird, in fact, you may think that it represents the future of medicine.

Energy medicine is built upon ancient wisdoms, technological advances and modern scientific. Many ancient cultures mention the importance of subtle energy flow in the body, as it crucial to our health. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), this subtle energy is known as ch’i; in Japanese medical practice, it is ki; in Tibetan medical practice, it is loong, or ‘wind’, while in Ayurveda, it is called prana. This subtle inner energy is believed to flow through a system of invisible channels which are commonly known as the nadi or meridian system.

For decades, scientists around the world are working on devices that can measure and control the subtle electro-magnetic field and energy network that are believed to surround our body. Some of these devices are now available and used by practitioners of complementary medicine.

Energy treatments such as radionics, flower essences and magnet therapy are built upon the idea that all living things have an electromagnetic ‘vibration’ or ‘field’, which affect the occurrence of disease and overall health condition. Most energy medicine devices use EDS (electro-dermal screening) principle which detect and measure changes of skin conductivity value, known as the EDR (electrodermal response) or GSR (galvanic skin response). This value is changed based on emotional and physical states and environmental conditions such as humidity or dryness. High speed computerized variants have also been developed, which is called as CEDS (computerized electro-dermal screening).

Other devices use different types of measurement, such as infra-red pulses (MERID) and skin tissue sampling (AMI). These treatment devices connect an electrical circuit with patient’s body to directly shape electro-magnetic field and control subtle energy flow which will indirectly help to cure diseases and restore health. However, very few scientific evidences support these treatments.

We may not have enough evidence to scientifically verify the underlying principles and the results of energy treatments. Some researches confirm the relation between allergies and EAV (Voll), while other researches have suggested a relation between skin polarization values and many health conditions, which can be measured by Motoyama AMI. However, recent researches only cover very small samples. Furthermore, some investigations proved that people may get different results even when they are tested at different times using the same machine. Even so, numerous testimonies from patients suggest that there should be further investigations and researches.

Other than energy treatment, lodestones (stones with magnetic properties) have been used for treating diseases since ancient times. There are recent researches into magnet healing on Germany, Eastern Europe, Austria, Russia, the UK, and the US. Fixed therapeutic magnets are often encased in ceramic or plastic material and then placed for hours at specific locations on human body with a wrap or plaster. They may also be integrated in items such as shoe insoles and mattress covers. Pulsed electro-magnetic devices are commonly designed as portable and can be used on the affected area. Magnets vary in thickness, size, and strength, while most magnet products vary in terms of usage and the number of magnets used. These magnets are usually strong enough to go through the skin tissues (at about 800 to 1,000 gauss and 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick). Supposedly, the more numerous, thicker, stronger, the magnets are, the bigger the curative effects are. Fridge, bar, and horseshoe magnets are usually not strong enough for the treatments Magnet treatment is used by veterinaries, podiatrists, acupuncturists, sports coaches, physiotherapists, and osteopaths to heal injuries and ease debilitating conditions such as arthritis, foot pain, headaches, and others.

Magnetic devices can be risky or dangerous on those with insulin pumps, defibrillators, and pacemakers, as they may interfere with these devices. Strong magnetic fields may also have some effects on foetus development.

In many countries, energy and magnet treatments aren’t regulated, although some of the treatment devices have satisfied European Community directives and use CE mark, while others are approved by FDA. However, these approvals only show that they are safe and don’t necessarily confirm what these devices are accurate in measuring subtle energy or effective in treating disease.

Countries such as the US, Germany, and the UK have attempted to develop training standards for energy treatment devices, even so because there are so many types of device are available, it is difficult to develop a universal standard or establish a unifying association. Magnet therapy, radionics, and flower essence and gem therapy are also largely unregulated today.

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