This is the first installment of our white paper discussing the impact of energy therapies in today’s healthcare landscape.
Helen Chin Lui, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master/Instructor & Kirsten D. Whitten, Ph.D., PR/Com & IMC Consultant and Lecturer Stonehill, Regis and Curry Colleges & Northeastern University.
The Holistic Approach
Holistic care is the emphasis of overall well-being (both physical and emotional), with an emphasis on maintaining health, not just curing ailments. “It is the difference between the allopathic and the osteopathic approaches to medicine,” said Helen Chin Lui, Certified Reflexologist, Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. “Allopathic medicine aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery), whereas osteopathy takes a holistic perspective on the practice of medicine. It’s based on the theory that diseases are due mostly to loss of structural integrity, which can be restored by treating the ‘whole patient’ (mind-body-spirit), and supplemented by therapeutic measures (such as the use of drugs or surgery).”
One of the most influential holistic approaches is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which dates to 1766 B.C. TCM is based on the idea that health is a reflection of energy that flows within the body and between the body and one’s external environment. Optimal health results when these forms of energy are balanced and their flow unimpeded. Energy medicine practitioners are trained to sense and to visualize energy circulation within people and within the patterns of their life, with special attention to energy deficiencies, excesses, and obstructions.
“Energy medicine is defined as any energetic vibrational healing interacting with the biological being to bring the body back to homeostasis,” said Chin Lui. In other words, healing must take place not only on the physical realm but the mind and spirit must also work in conjunction with the body to help it heal. “Energy Medicine does not take the place of allopathic medicine,” Chin-Lui points out, “but compliments the current healthcare paradigm by teaching and incorporating self-care, self- responsibility and mindfulness through self-awareness.”
Energy medicine is gaining popularity as a means of preventing and maintaining good physical and emotional health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute for Health (NIH), 33.2% of U.S. adults and 11.6% of U.S. children age 4 to 17 used complementary health approaches in 2012. This equates to nearly 4 in 10 Americans (and 8 in 10 people worldwide) are using chiropractic, relaxation therapies (such as meditation, yoga and reflexology) and energy medicine (such as acupuncture, chakras balancing and reiki healing) to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual health (NCC, 2012).
While the 2017 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) released in November 2018 did not measure these numbers in broad spectrum, it did report that the number of American adults and children using yoga and meditation, specifically, has increased significantly over previous years and the use of chiropractic services increased modestly for adults specifically. Today, more than 14 percent of U.S. adults use yoga and more than 10 percent use chiropractors. These reports show that more people are turning to mind and body approaches than ever before.
Case Study (2019):
Katherine decides to visit the Healing Place LLC in Medfield, MA. She immediately notices the difference between a holistic care office and her primary care doctor’s office. The environment is warm, inviting, and soothing. Katherine has experienced years of infertility, so her doctor suggested she undergo IVF treatments. After four rounds of unsuccessful IFV treatments, Katherine decided to seek holistic care, in this case, Reflexology treatment, for help. At the first meeting, the holistic practitioner discussed with Katherine what her healing objectives were by asking her mindful questions about her physical and emotional health, how she processes her emotions, and what she thinks might be the possible root of her health problems. Katherine realizes that these are not the typical medical questions asked at her doctor’s office. After the initial intake, Katherine relaxes on a massage table while releasing anxiety and stress through her breathing. She begins to believe she can become pregnant and heal her body. After 12 cycles of Reflexology treatments and one more IVF treatment, Katherine announces she is pregnant. Katherine realized that she needed to be in a partnership with her the holistic care practitioner and her medical doctor… by relaxing, decreasing her stress and believing that she could become pregnant, she did.
This case study, adapted from one of Chin Lui’s healing sessions at the Healing Place LLC in Medfield, MA in 2019, describes an initial experience with holistic care. Helen has helped countless people to break the cycles associated with chronic digestive problems and chronic pain and assist them in balancing their hormones naturally.
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