by Stanford Erickson
Editorial director, Chiropractic Economics and MASSAGE Magazine
Anyone who has studied physics understands that our bodies can be described and understood electromagnetically. The problem with many who went into healthcare — be it chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists, or medical doctors — is that often their education was so focused on biology and chemistry they did not have time to take courses in physics.
What is now called energy medicine, therefore, was often relegated by professional healthcare practitioners as unscientific New Age speculation.
But that is now undergoing change with chiropractors and massage therapists in the vanguard of those promoting the legitimacy of this understanding of how the body works electromagnetically and physicians, somewhat grudgingly, following along.
Linnie Thomas’s “The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine” is a good 568-page primer in covering many of the approaches to harnessing and enhancing the body’s own energy to assist in healing.
The book is available at booksellers, Amazon.com (Click the link above to go to Amazon), and from the publisher, Fairview Press, at fairviewpress.org.
James L. Oschman, PhD, former president of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, sums up the benefit of this compendium when he states in the book’s forward:
“This book therefore serves a variety of important purposes. For the student looking for a rewarding career, this is the most comprehensive description of the opportunities available … for the researcher looking for new and fertile areas for investigation, there is no better compendium of techniques and concepts waiting to be explored. For patients wondering about alternative therapies, this is an excellent place to start their search.”
I would add that this is useful too for health practitioners because it provides morale support for those already practicing energy healing and, for those who are not, it might help wake them up to a whole new exciting world of healthcare.
II. A Review of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine
By Kristine Clemenger
When it comes to having experience with and teaching about energy medicine, Donna Eden is the star. Donna communicates with a warmth and truth that are so sincere that it is easy to understand how she has become so popular and been able to share her teaching with so many people.
Energy Medicine is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to take control of their personal health and well being. If you are open to learning about energy and our ability to help strengthen and influence our own energies then this book has so much to offer. And if you are looking for a better understanding of this complex subject and how it can help you, I can not think of a better place to begin. The book is designed to help us boost our own stamina and immune system and stay healthy and balanced. It does this by teaching in easy to understand language and illustrations, simple routines and exercises designed to boost and balance your energy.
The book begins by giving an explanation of energy and energy medicine and how you can help your own body to achieve better natural health. Donna has a better understanding of energy than most of us ever will and explains that many of these techniques are not new but rather, as she has discovered them and studies them she notices similarities to practices that have been around for thousands of years across the globe. What is old is new again. She explains the nature of how energy works with, in and around us and how this influences our bodies. She also talks about the difference in how human technologies have changed the energy around us over time, how that may be affecting us and what we can do.
Later in the book, Donna gives a detailed explanation of energy testing and how to learn this valuable assessment skill. She then goes on to describe the various energy systems of the body such as the aura, the chakras, and the meridians and how they work in traditional acupuncture as well as in other energy techniques.
My favorite part of the book is the “daily energy routine”. This is a series of ‘exercises’ that are taught in the book which help keep your energies balanced and humming. I have been doing these along with a few others that I like from the book nearly every day for years. Adding this regimen to my day helps keep me healthy, energized, balanced and calm.
Energy Medicine : by Donna Eden [available at amazon.com]
III. Book review – Energy Medicine for Women
Journalist and writer Rachel Newcombe reviews a long anticipated book, Energy Medicine for Women.
This hefty tome by Donna Eden, with Dr David Feinstein, is a much awaited follow-up to her bestselling book, Energy Medicine.
However, if you’re not familiar with her original book, there are certainly no disadvantages to be had by starting off by reading this one.
At the heart of Donna Eden’s theory is the idea that everyone can work with their own body’s energy systems to boost their natural healing ability.
Where her original book looked at energy medicine in general, Energy Medicine for Women focuses specifically on how the techniques can be used to help a range of women’s health problems.
The book contains seven chapters, first looking at what energy medicine is and the basic techniques involved, and then going on to explore how it can be used to help boost women’s health.
In particular, it looks at health and vitality, hormones, easing menstrual symptoms, sexuality, fertility, pregnancy and birth, the menopause and weight management.
Throughout the book there are a lot of do-it-yourself exercises to try out – great for putting ideas into practice and seeing how they actually work – and plenty of photographs to show exactly how to do things.
The photos are a big help, as they’re often marked to illustrate the position of acupressure points, which helps remove the worry that you’ve not got your hands in the right place!
As well as utilizing acupressure points and tapping, many of the techniques include simple movements too, such as the Cross Crawl, which ‘facilitates the crossover of energy between the brain’s right and left hemispheres,’ and Connecting Heaven and Earth, designed to help keep your energy flowing well.
In addition to the main text, the appendix explores what energy testing is and how to learn how to do it, plus there’s useful notes, including detailed references, and resources.
Donna includes lots of anecdotal material, which brings her work to life, and provides excellent examples of how beneficial energy medicine can be.
Her tale about how she went into the operating theatre with her daughter when she was having a fibroid removed, so that she could administer energy medicine was particularly striking.
Energy medicine and similar techniques are often regarded as ‘alternative’ and separate to conventional medicine, so it’s good to hear how they can be successfully used in tandem with each other – and with such positive results.
Overall, if you’ve intrigued by energy medicine, this is very interesting read. The design and layout of the book, with its easy to read sections, makes it ideal for dipping into, and there are numerous techniques and ideas to take away and try.
Other Books on Energy Medicine:
Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality
Energy Medicine for Women: Aligning Your Body’s Energies to Boost Your Health and Vitality
The Little Book of Energy Medicine: The Essential Guide to Balancing Your Body’s Energies
The Energy Medicine Kit
The Energy Medicine Kit
Energy Medicine: Practical Applications and Scientific Proof
Energy Medicine, The Esential Techniques
Energy Healing for Dogs