"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."Thomas A. Eddison(1847 - 1931)

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Ideally, the body is in a constant state of melting and reorganizing; this maintains its health.  Health problems in the form of energy blockages manifest as an inhibition of the flow through the cytoskeleton.  This can be caused by anything from an emotional situation to a physical injury.  Tension and / or stress are some of the major factors that inhibit this flow, causing compression in the body’s system.  The belief in medical circles now is that about 80 percent of all illness is stress related, and the newest research is starting to show that this number is closer to 95 percent.

Every therapist (massage practitioner, chiropractor, etc.) who touches the body with the intention to help is already involved in energy work, regardless of whether this is his desire, or even awareness. Don't we feel great after having a massage, which removes blocked energy from stiff joints, and helps to move it faster through the blood, nerves and skin? We can move more easily, we feel warm and relaxed, and our skin feels fresh. There is a great deal of evidence that massage was the foundation of preventive medicine in all ancient cultures. Descriptions have been found on papyruses, old drawings, ancient paintings and old medical books. Other important forms of ancient energy healing practices include aromatherapy (use of fragrant oils); hydrotherapy (bathing to cleanse the skin and enhance blood circulation); acupressure (pressing the ends of the nerves to free blocked energy); acupuncture (using needles to stimulate the energy flow through the nerves); energy practice (using chi, pneuma, prana etc.); and herbology, using herbs.

Since the above modalities were first practiced, medicine has developed tremendously, bringing innumerable new solutions and prolonging many lives. At the same time, the main focus has shifted from prevention to merely curing the symptoms. The development of chemical pharmacology has replaced the use of herbs and other natural methods. "Pill psychology" as a constant solution has replaced the search for the true source of the problem. The side effects and the toxicity of many drugs have been shown to produce adverse consequences. The development of narrow specializations leads to quicker diagnosis, but allows many specialists to forget that they are dealing with an entire human being and not just one organ in a patient's body. In extreme cases computers instead of physicians provide diagnoses and even treatment protocols, such as drugs, on the basis of statistics. In such cases a doctor requires only encyclopaedic medical knowledge and computer training. As a result, the role of the doctor is transformed from that of an artist to a mere craftsman, while the patient is "reduced" to a single organ or illness. Doesn't this sound like the final triumph of reductionism? The only problem is that no one is really happy, with the exception of large pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Many physicians complain that their work has become boring and overloaded with bureaucratic duties. In the meantime patients are frustrated by impersonal contacts with their doctors, who do not understand the multidimensional nature of each patient. With a constant rise in the cost of medical help and drugs, it is no wonder that an interest in alternative healing methods is on the rise which should more accurately be defined as complementary rather than alternative. A careful look reveals that all of these methods have been practiced in the past, although today they may have contemporary names. All have a common goal: to eliminate incorrect flows of energy in the body, thereby maintaining the correct flow of information in living systems in order to promote health and vitality. When practiced correctly they produce no side effects or toxic reactions – freeing the flow of information in the place where the original blockage occurred, without creating new sources of blockage.

Since energy medicine and people who have healing abilities are hot topics these days, a certain amount of confusion is unavoidable. The main problem in understanding these concepts is probably the lack of a proper vocabulary in Western languages to differentiate between levels of energy. Simply speaking, even the word "energy" itself is overused. It may refer to flows of vitality or life force through our physical body, the so-called "internal energy levels," or to the "external energy levels" of emotions, mind, intuition and spiritual awareness.

Much of our knowledge about energy as an essential life force comes from China, India and Tibet. The traditions of these regions base their medicine, psychology and understanding of human functions largely on energy systems. Indian and Tibetan traditions recognize the chakras, meaning spinning wheels in Sanskrit, as important energy centers located outside the physical body and connected energetically with certain body organs (mainly glands).

Whenever a person's energy is blocked, congested or weak, we are dealing with an incorrect flow of "information" throughout the system. Because neurotransmitters supply all the cells of the body·with information from the brain, and also carry information from the cells into the brain, the transmission of this information has biochemical as well as electrical characteristics.

The basis is an assumption that all living organisms, including humans, are surrounded by universal energy. While we are constantly bathed in this ocean of energy, at the same time every living object has its own individual energy blueprint. Every interaction between living beings includes an exchange of energy, whether we desire this or not, or are aware of it or not. We can learn much more about ourselves when we become more conscious of this entire process.