Energy medicine techniques refer to the manipulation of subtle energies associated with the body to help improve health and well-being. These energies may go by names such as qi, chi, prana, etheric energy, and more. The goal of energy healing therapy is to restore a normal energy balance, which is thought to be connected to good health.
IONS Director of Research, Dr. Helané Wahbeh, recently authored an article in the magazine Energy Medicine, The Cutting Edge of Energy Medicine and the Latest Research.
The belief in a biofield and subtle energies, which is the basis of energy medicine, has been recorded since ancient times. The subtle energy system in the Vedic tradition and Chinese medicine are examples of models for health and healing developed over a millennium through religious and spiritual beliefs, and thoughtful observations. In modern times, an increasing number of studies on energy medicine have expanded our understanding of biofields and energy medicine.
As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Helané Wahbeh has always thought about more holistic ways of healing. It’s why she’s researched the benefits of energy medicine, a field of complementary and integrative medicine that is used to treat various diseases and conditions.
Although some people believe that energy medicine effects are the result of a placebo effect, Helané has worked to challenge that skepticism. At IONS, we have gathered much evidence that intention matters and our consciousness affects the physical world. She and other researchers also propose that energy medicine has a true effect on the health and well-being of participants.
In this new article, Helané shares the latest research on energy medicine. She explains how utilizing energy medicine therapies like Reiki can potentially help patients achieve positive relief from symptoms of a wide variety of conditions including cancer, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and trauma.