Energy Therapies

energy healing

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” — Plato

Energy Therapies are also called biofield therapies. Energy therapy is the gentle art of clearing cellular memory through the human energy field promoting health, balance and relaxation, and is based on the concept of connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of our lives found in many holistic healing methods.

Energy therapy uses focused healing energy to clear blocks that accumulate in the body hindering the natural flow of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. When energy is flowing freely through your body, you have good emotional, physical and spiritual health. When you are ill, the energy flow is blocked.

Energy Healing Practitioners believe that Energy Healing is an important component in the treatment of cancer; it can address root cause, therefore can help the individual focus on the underlying factors and reverse them. Energy Healing opens the channels so that treatments such as chemotherapy can work more efficiently. Conversely, it can also remove chemo from the body after it has done its work, thus reducing the toxic load on the body.

 

Energy Therapy as a Complementary Therapy

There is no evidence at this time that energy therapies can treat cancer itself. They have mainly been used to try to ease symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment such as anxiety, fatigue, pain, nausea or vomiting. Some studies show that people feel that energy therapy treatment improves their quality of life. Many people say that they feel very relaxed, calm and peaceful after an energy therapy session.

Some studies suggest that energy therapies work because the person experiences the focused and caring presence of the practitioner, rather than a change in energy flow. More research is needed to understand the role of energy therapies as a complementary therapy.

While several studies have been published evaluating various energy therapies, unfortunately many of the studies lack rigour. Therefore, there is a paucity of well-designed research evaluating energy therapies.

Case reports and pilot-level data have been published supporting the benefit of energy therapies in cancer care for palliation of cancer symptoms and treatment-related side effects. Areas that have shown promise include:

  • Reiki for cancer-related fatigue, anxiety, overall improvement in quality of life, and decreased pain;
  • Therapeutic Touch for anxiety; and
  • Healing Touch for mood disturbance, fatigue, nausea, pain, side-effect bother, vitality, and physical functioning and well-being.

Energy therapies are considered complements – not replacements – to traditional cancer treatment. Energy therapies cannot cure or directly treat cancer. These therapies can help people relax and may improve quality of life among people with mesothelioma and other cancers.

 

How is Energy Therapy Administered?

In an energy therapy session, you lie fully clothed on a flat surface, such as a massage table or bed. An energy therapist uses gentle pressure or places hands in or through your energy fields to change, move or unblock the energy flow in your body. Sometimes they touch you or they may move their hands just above your body. Most sessions are 45–60 minutes long.

 

Types of Energy Therapy

 

The most common types of energy therapy are:

 

6f6b1812f73a5932f9e331c887b8eedfReiki – Reiki is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’ – a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing, and has the most spiritual focus of all of the energy therapies.

Reiki originated with a man named Dr. Mikao Usui around the early 1900s. Hawayo Takata, a female student of Usui’s style of Reiki, brought the teachings to the United States in the late 1930s.

Reiki assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Reiki practitioners believe that channelling spiritual energy through their hands can help in healing.

Even though clinical studies cannot find strong evidence to support Reiki, many people who receive Reiki tout the relaxing and healing effects of the therapy.

 

therapeutic-touchTherapeutic Touch – Therapeutic Touch (TT) does not actually involve touching the body.

Practitioners use their minds to communicate with a person’s energy fields. They put their hands just above the body to find the blockages, remove the harmful energy and replace it with their own healthy energy.

Therapeutic Touch (TT) was developed in the early 1970s by Delores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nursing at New York University, and Dora Kunz, a natural healer.

Despite mainstream scientists’ unwillingness to accept its fundamental premises, TT is taught in North American nursing schools and widely practiced by nurses in the U.S. and other countries. Proponents of TT claim the therapy can reduce anxiety, improve healing and treat numerous ailments, from headaches to nausea to cancer.

 

Healing Touch – Healing Touch uses gentle touch on the body to help it heal its own energy fields.

With Healing Touch, the practitioner also uses hand movements on or slightly above the body to clear and balance the energy fields around the person.

In two studies conducted on women with breast cancer, both studies found that the Healing Touch group had statistically greater improvement than the placebo group in the areas of physical functioning, pain, and vitality, and  the Healing Touch group also experienced less fatigue and less treatment-side-effect bother.

 

Magnetic Healing Therapy – Magnetic Healing Therapy uses magnets placed on different parts of the body. Practitioners believe these magnets help unblock the energy flow around the body.

 

MAS_1Electromagnetic Field Therapy – Electromagnetic field therapy uses electromagnetic energy generated by an electric current to treat pain or illness. Types of electromagnetic energy used in this category of alternative medicine include low-voltage electricity, radio waves and magnetic fields.

In contrast to proven types of electromagnetic energy that help to diagnose and treat disease – such as MRI, lasers, ionizing radiation and infrared rays – alternative electromagnetic therapies are not clinically proven to work against cancer or other diseases.

Although it is proven that electrical and magnetic energy exist in the human body, no studies have proven that electromagnetic therapy or any magnet have an effect on pain or any human ailment.

 

ChakrasChakra Balancing – Chakra balancing is a technique that aims to cleanse and balance the life-force energy in a person’s body.

Chakra balancing is offered by a variety of alternative energy healers, such as shamans or Reiki practitioners. Healers use several different methods to balance chakras. Some might involve the use of crystals, stones, essential oils and meditation.

No clinical studies have been conducted on chakra balancing and little to no scientific research has investigated the theory of chakras.

The concept of chakras originated in India. Chakras are described as energy centres throughout the body that channel and store life-force energy.

Approximately seven major chakras are defined, though some systems describe eight chakras and even micro-chakras within each energy centre.

Anecdotal reports of chakra balancing say the therapy helps people to relax, reduce stress and increase well-being. Chakra balancing cannot treat or diagnose cancer. Like all complementary and alternative mesothelioma treatments, the therapy is meant to be a helpful addition to traditional cancer treatment, not a replacement for it.

 

 

Side Effects and Risks

While there is no evidence at this time that energy therapies can treat cancer itself, they are often used to try to ease symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment such as anxiety, fatigue, pain, nausea or vomiting. Some studies have shown that individuals feel that energy therapy treatment improves their quality of life. Many people say that they feel very relaxed, calm and peaceful after an energy therapy session.

Energy therapies are generally thought to be safe. Few side effects have been reported. Overall, it is a safe therapy to use. But some experts say you should use it with caution if you have uncontrolled epilepsy. In theory the deep relaxation it can bring on, in some people, could cause a seizure (fit).

Some studies suggest that energy therapies work because the person experiences the focused and caring presence of the practitioner, rather than a change in energy flow. More research is needed to understand the role of energy therapies as a complementary therapy.

 

Disclaimer

Please note that the Little Fighters Cancer Trust shares information regarding various types of cancer treatments on this blog merely for informational use. LFCT does not endorse or promote any specific cancer treatments – we believe that the public should be informed but that the option is theirs to take as to what treatments are to be used.

Always consult your medical practitioner prior to taking any other medication, natural or otherwise.

 

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