Bioenergetic Healing Q&A
by Kamau B. Kokayi, MD
What Is Bioenergetics?
Western medical science takes the position that the basis of life is biological; biochemistry and molecular biology are what define living organisms. Bioenergetic theory, however, looks at the individual cell’s ability to receive “messages” in the form of heat, light, vibration, sound, magnetism and electricity. These are not byproducts of cellular function but intrinsic to the function of every living cell in the body. In other words, the body runs on a two-part system, which includes biology and energy.
What Does That Have to Do With Health?
Some traditional healing disciplines (most notably traditional Chinese medicine or TCM) see the body as an energy system. The flow of energy is what affects health; when the flow (or “Qi”), is diverted or blocked, illness results. Hebrews use the term “ruach,” which means “breath of life.” The term “prana” is also used to describe this flow of energy; prana is a Sanskrit word meaning “life-force.” Pranic healing, then, focuses on this energy system.
What Is Bioenergetic Healing?
Bioenergetic or pranic healing concentrates on correcting the problems with the energy flow or energy itself. Acupuncture, for example, is administered along meridians or channels through which energy flows in the body. Bioenergetic or pranic healing need not be hands on, as healers who use this system believe the healing energy can be transmitted through the energy body (aura) that surrounds the physical body.
What’s Included in Bioenergetic Healing?
A number of hands-on disciplines use techniques that are underlaid with the bioenergetic concepts. The traditional “laying-on-of-the-hands” is one example. Reiki, therapeutic touch, the Chinese therapy called Qi Gong, distance healing, intercessory prayers and healing rituals are all methods that theoretically involve the transfer of energy from one person or persons to the patient or – in some cases – to the patient’s environment. Although controversial, these bioenergetic modalities have gained in popularity, and scientists are investigating many of these techniques.
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