Friday, December 11, 2020

A Look at the Science behind Energy Healing (Yes, Really!)

I’m often asked if energy healing depends on the belief of the client -  the placebo effect is real. And while we can harness it by working through feelings and beliefs that may undermine the healing process, when I worked in consumer healthcare, research was expected to outperform the placebo. 

This is why I was happy to find a book called Vibrational Medicine, by Dr Richard Gerber. It goes through research done in labs and clinical settings. The book is a brick: 500 pages and almost too technical, but worth reading as an energy healer. 

Below you will find highlights from Chapter 8 on Psychic Healing. Please noteEnergy Healing is complementary to medical care, not alternative. The terms energy healing and psychic healing are used interchangeably in this post.  

Vibrational Medicine, by Richard Gerber M.D

Dr Richard Gerber was a surgeon and this book looks at how medical care and vibrational healing can work together. The author explores the Aura and Chakras from technical and physiological points of view. 

For example, the book looks at how energy flows from the Aura to the physical body through the meridian system, while presenting research done tracing the movement of fluids injected at acupuncture sites. This was helpful for me because the hand positions used in Reiki coincide with the meridians. It gave me an understanding of how Reiki energy flows to the body's organs and tissues. 

Vibrational Medicine covers research from the 1800's until its publication in the 1980's. The studies mentioned below were carried out at universities in the US & Canada. 

A Quick Note on Research 

There are different types of studies, some used early in the scientific process to explore the potential for new lines of research. I am not a scientist, but based on my time in consumer healthcare, my understanding is that early stages of research further our understanding of anatomy, physiology and how biological processes interact (among other things).  

These exploratory stages are often in vitro (petri dishes). They give us an understanding of how organisms function and if a new idea might have success. If it shows promise, that line of research can move out of the relatively inexpensive petri dish to more complex studies.  

Each type of study has a purpose and a role within the larger picture, and the entire process is hugely expensive. The studies mentioned in Dr Gerber's book were organized and conducted by universities, which is understandable as healers may not have the funds or the knowledge to set up a study that achieves (measures) what what it sets out to do. 

Dr Gerber's book is fascinating. It goes through research done in labs on cell division, detailing how electric impulses are involved in a range of biological processes, before discussing separate lab studies where psychic healing was seen to have a similar effect to magnetic waves. It presents tests on animals that indicate the presence of an energetic template around the body. 

Taking Belief Out of the Equation

The book is fantastic but it takes time to digest. Below are three studies that I found to be interesting - all done on animals and humans. Dr Gerber presents these in the book, as well as lab studies that give us an understanding of how psychic healing might have this type of effect on living organisms. 

1)  In one experiment researchers performed surgery on mice and measured their surgical wounds afterwards. One group of mice received psychic healing, one group a placebo (warmth to simulate the healer's hands) and a third control group. The mice that received psychic healing recovered before the others with the difference being statistically significant. Dr Gerber then explores laboratory studies on the effect that psychic healing has on cell enzymes as a potential explanation for this.  

2) This one I struggled with because thyroid tumours were induced in mice. Three groups of mice were exposed either to psychic healing, placebo or control. Delayed tumour growth was seen in the group of mice that received psychic healing. It didn't make their tumours disappear however, and Dr Gerber highlights the fact that psychic healing is complementary to medical care, not alternative. The results are said to be statistically significant, but the book doesn't go into the details. 

>>> Despite these findings, the researchers were unable to detect a magnetic field emanating from the Healer's hands. The studies mentioned were carried out by Dr Grad at McGill University and Dr Justa Smith at Rosemary Hill College. The same healer participated in both studies, which brings up my next question ...  

Both of the above mentioned studies involved the same person giving psychic healing. Based on my own experience, a person's health, stress levels, meditation practice and diet influence their ability to channel healing. To create a controlled study on a large scale, I wonder if participating Energy Healers would need similar backgrounds and lifestyles?  

3) The study that I found most intriguing reported increased haemoglobin levels in human patients who received energy healing from nurses. As far as I understand, haemoglobin relates to the amount of oxygen that is available to our cells, which in turn relates to how energized or tired we feel. This got me thinking about my experience as a complementary therapist with cancer patients; one of the feedbacks I receive most often is their feeling less tired after an energy healing session. I had attributed it to relaxing, letting go of stress or sleeping soundly. The haemoglobin study was carried out by Dr Dolores Krieger, who at the time, was a professor of nursing at New York University. 

As always, energy healing is complementary to medical care, not alternative. In instances where a family member or friend was diagnosed with cancer, my focus has been to support them through surgery, chemo, radiation and other treatments. We can support those we love in many ways; energy healing is one of them (details here). 

If you are an energy healer I would recommend reading Vibrational Medicine by Dr Richard Gerber. It also covers spiritual themes such as the Higher Self and how that part of our being relates to the outer layers of the Aura and the upper Chakras. It is not an easy book to read - loaded with information much like a text book - but I am glad to have found it. 

Reiki hugs! 




Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angel intuition and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as a healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Her passion is bringing the qualities of self-love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuitsRead her books to heal yourself.  



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