Energy medicine is a term used to describe certain natural holistic practices which involve recognizing, analyzing, moving and invigorating the body’s natural energies to produce a desired effect. Based on the premise that all bodies are made of energy, and energies need to flow properly for optimal wellness, energy medicine incorporates elements of acupuncture, qi gong, kinesiology, yoga, and other practices to produce results that balance energies and promote health.
Though holistic and energy practices have existed for generations (in Chinese culture dating back thousands of years), energy medicine is relatively new in the West and has only begun to be studied in the last few decades. Using highly sensitive equipment, energy systems of the body have already been mapped and measured scientifically, and have been shown to actually exist (see one study here). In addition to visual evidence of energies, scientific studies demonstrate as high as 98% rates of effectiveness using certain energy practices for certain issues with certain subjects.
To date, there are over 100 valid scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals that demonstrate the effectiveness of energy medicine techniques (find links to some of these studies on the home page). At least 50 of the published studies were performed with randomly controlled trials, and more than 50 studies used measured pre- and post- factors. In addition to scientific studies, including those published and those being conducted/reported all the time, there is sufficient anecdotal evidence from case studies all around the world to support these successes.
Energy medicine is now growing as a field of practice and a valid and effective tool for achieving more optimal health and well-being.