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Traditional Medicine >> Energy Therapy

Our bodies are made up of energy that is vibrating quite slowly, because to us they appear quite solid, but a rock is made up of energy that is vibrating much more slowly because it appears extremely solid. A filmy material is made up of energy that is vibrating quite fast, so it appears light and floating. Not only our body, but each and every material in the world is made up of some energy and there are always interactions between energies with different frequencies. Getting treatment by using such type of energies is called Energy Therapy. This is something like ‘lying on of hands’ to heal has a significant and rich history often combined with religious practices. Today, most energy therapies are administered without attachment to any religious sect. Their aim is to balance the body’s energy and enhance the body’s own healing response. Based on century old practices, their staying power and growing popularity speak to their effectiveness. There are also some scientific studies that provide further evidence.

The main purposes of Energy therapy is for reducing stress and anxiety, increasing energy and improving your physical health and wellness, feeling more peaceful, obtaining perceptual clarity, experiencing deep relaxation and bliss, receiving greater joy and confidence, gaining greater enthusiasm and ease in daily living, expanding your sense of well-being, awakening you to your holiness and assisting you toward the fulfillment of your spiritual promise.

Some types of usages of Energy therapy are: 

Reiki

It is one type of energy therapy, which can be especially beneficial to people with ITP (Integral Transformative Practice). It is very gentle, effective, and requires only a very light touch by the practitioner. In Reiki, the ITP client’s body controls the absorption of the energy and directs its use in activating a healing response. This is often accompanied by a warm or tingly sensation. The client typically feels more relaxed and has an increased sense of well-being. On a very basic level, it feels healing.

Being most popular, Reiki is now widely used in some hospitals as an adjunct therapy to traditional medical care often with Reiki trained physicians, nurses, and support staff. Columbia Presbyterian Medical center, Marin General Hospital, Tuscon Medical Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, and California Pacific Medical Center all accept Reiki as part of a patient's care. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. It originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It is a traditional Chinese medical technique used for unblocking the natural energy of the Universe by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang (two primal cosmic principles of the universe). It is believed to flow through the body along 14 main pathways called meridians.  When yin and yang are in harmony, natural energy of the Universe or Cosmic rays flows freely within the body and a person is healthy. Traditional Chinese medicine has identified some 500 specific points where needles are to be inserted for specific effects. 

Therapeutic Touch

Another popular type of gentle energy therapy is Therapeutic Touch. Therapeutic Touch is a contemporary healing modality drawn from ancient practices and is based on the assumptions that human beings are complex fields of energy, and that the ability to enhance healing in another is a natural potential.  Many nurses have taken this training and some hospitals have sanctioned its use along with other treatments. There is a growing body of well defined studies that show positive results from its use. Therapeutic Touch (TT) is used to balance and promote the flow of human energy. It is taught in colleges around the world and has a substantial base of formal and clinical research. This research has shown that TT is useful in reducing pain, improving wound healing, aiding relaxation, and easing the dying process. It can be learned by anyone with a sincere interest and motivation towards helping others. 

Qi-gong

Qi-gong is used by millions of people in China everyday and has been for centuries. It is a type of energy therapy that combines movement and breath regulation to help improve blood circulation and immune function. Some Qi-gong exercises can be done individually. Other Qi-gong healing requires a Qi-gong master who can ‘read’ your energy and use his energy that flows through him to impart balance. For ITP, Qi-gong helps to increase or balance the body’s energy, bring more oxygen to the system, reduce stress, and generally improve mental and physical health.

 
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