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What is energy medicine? 

By Dr. Vidya Reddy

Hello, this week I’d like to welcome you to the Healing Corner.

Before I share with you simple exercises or practices of energy medicine you could use on a daily basis for everyday issues like stress, anxiety, headaches, sinus, backaches, flu and more, I’d like to share what exactly energy medicine is. 

Energy medicine is probably the oldest “real” profession. Knowing how to keep the body’s energies healthy and vital gave our ancestors a tremendous edge for surviving in the wild. Strategies for sensing and correcting energy imbalances by stimulating specific energy points have been passed down through generations in China and India, as well as in other parts of the world, for at least 5,000 years. 

Today, energy medicine is one of the five domains of “complementary and alternative medicine” identified by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Methods used within energy medicine include electrical devices, magnets, crystals, needles, aromas, and herbal or other ingested substances. But the tool used by the largest number of practitioners for moving and harmonizing the body’s energies and fields is the human hand. 

Top four questions about energy medicine 

How is energy medicine practiced?

Energy medicine utilizes techniques from time-honored traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and qi gong. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points (acupoints) on the skin; by tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; through exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; by focused use of the mind to move specific energies; and/or by surrounding an area with healing energies.

How does it work? 

Energy medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness

To maintain vibrant health, the body needs its energies to: 

--Move and have space to continue to move – energies may become blocked due to toxins, muscular or other constriction, prolonged stress, or interference from other energies. 

--Move in specific patterns – generally in harmony with the physical structures and functions that the energies animate and support. “Flow follows function.”

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--Maintain a balance with other energies – the energies may lose their natural balance due to prolonged stress or other conditions that keep specific energy systems in a survival mode. 

--Conversely, when the body is not healthy, corresponding disturbances in its energies can be identified and treated. 

Is energy medicine spiritual?

Entering the world of your body’s subtle energies is a bridge into the domain of your deepest spiritual callings and your eternal essence. While no particular belief system, allegiance, or religious affiliation is associated with energy medicine, many people find that energy work touches into the realms of soul and

Can anyone do it?

Absolutely! Working with your energies is your birthright!

Students of energy medicine include: 

--Ordinary people with no experience in self-healing or healing others 

--Anyone who wants to learn to engage their energies for health and vitality 

--People who want to study techniques to help themselves, their family, or a close friend

--Massage therapists, nurses, acupuncturists, doctors, and other health care professionals who are looking to supplement and enhance their training 

--People of all ages and all walks of life who want to embark on a career in energy medicine

Simple energy healing exercises

Now let’s head straight into the simple yet effective practices/exercises that will take hardly 5 –10 minutes of your day but prove to be very effective in solving some everyday issues. If you would like more information, techniques, and meditation based on energy healing, please refer to my podcast: 

Make an X with your arms

Bring your palms toward each other until they are about three inches apart. Now twist your arms so they form an X, with your wrists at the center of the X, still about three inches apart. Bring your attention to the space between your wrists. Because your wrists contain several energy centers, the energies will connect, and most people will feel some sensation in the area between their wrists. 

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Wrists contain several energy centers

Move your wrist about an inch closer and then out a few inches, back-and-forth. What happens to the sensations in the space between your wrists as you change the distance? Do not be concerned if you do not feel the energy, it is there. 

The palms of your hands also emit a considerable amount of subtle energy. See if you can feel the energy in the space between your hands if you cup your hands and move them toward and away from each other. 

Energy medicine for tight shoulders 

Most people carry some tension in their shoulders. Reach your right hand over to your left shoulder and press into any point with your middle finger. Feel around until you find the spot that is most tender (if there is another area of your body you would prefer to focus upon, do so). Give a rating of 0 to 10 to this spot, with zero meaning no tension or tenderness at all and 10 meaning extreme tension or tenderness.

Next, vigorously rub your hands together and shake them off. Now cup your right hand about two inches above the area where you felt the tension and begin to move it over the area in a slow counter-clockwise circle, making about a dozen rotations. Notice if you have a sense of energies being exchanged between your hand and your shoulder. 

Hold your hand over the area a few more seconds, then relax. What sensations do you feel? Now press the original point with your middle finger and again rate it from 0 to 10. Most people find that the tension diminishes.

While about as simple as a technique could be, these experiments show how readily we can move our energies. Energy medicine begins with such simple tools for reducing tension and fostering healing, and it progresses to more complex protocols for bringing about targeted benefits and addressing serious health challenges.

Bring this practice into your own life. Infuse it. Let it work for you.

In Peace, Love and Gratitude.

‘Til next time.

Dr.Vidya Reddy, ND, AMS, DAC, CLC