In spite of the criticism and misunderstanding of alternative holistic and energy medicine, the need for such approaches to complement standard Western medical practices has never been greater. There is the widespread belief in our culture of the “technological fix” or “magic elixir”. In the meantime, prevention, nutrition, exercise, healthy living habits, and self-healing have been de-emphasized or discarded. There is also an inability to effectively treat stress-related and chronic conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, IBS and Auto-Immune dysfunctions that often resist Western cures.

What is holistic medicine and how does it work?

Holistic and energy medicines treat the patient as a whole; incorporating mind, body, lifestyle, diet, emotions and all prevalent symptoms. It includes both western and traditional management principals to try to uncover and treat the root cause of the health condition. While western medicine often focuses on masking one symptom at a time, holistic medicine identifies how the illness came to being, looks at the whole body and mind and provides long-term solutions of how to remedy it.

Why do we get sick and suffer from chronic conditions?

There are many answers to this question but it is to no one’s surprise that stress is acknowledged as the most common psychological contributor to illness. Over time prolonged stress can cause energy imbalances in our body that can lead to chronic health conditions. Every cell in our body has a characteristic vibration rate and pattern. When the vibrations are in harmony the body maintains its energetic homeostasis. However, when they vibrate at different rates and patterns, the body doesn’t function as well and becomes prone to developing chronic conditions. All stressors, including thoughts and emotions have the ability to negatively affect the patterns of energy which influence the functions of the whole body.1

For the most part Western Medicine still clings to the Newtonian principle of the physical body and the Cartesian mind-body split, i.e we treat the mind and body separately. Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and subsequent proofs of the wave-particle duality of matter indicate that there is more to humans than just the physical body. The electromagnetic basis of existence has been established beyond a doubt: “All matter, living and non-living, is ultimately an electromagnetic phenomenon”.  As such our vibrations from our thoughts can influence our entire body and create both physical and chemical imbalances.

Thoughts create vibrations of energy that can either positively or negatively influence our health.

Harmonising our energy with energy medicine can help fight chronic conditions and assist with recovery.

What is the proof for holistic energy medicine?

A growing body of medical research is confirming the energetic basis of human existence, and many energy based tools have already become integrated into standard medical practice. Some examples of these include:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

  • Magnetoencephalography

  • Magnetocardiography

  • Electromyography

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT/ CT) scans

  • Electron microscopy

  • Therapeutic Radiology

  • Laserpuncture2

  • Colorpuncture3

In addition, the energy based treatment of acupuncture is now one of the most widely accepted forms of energy therapy. In fact, the World Health Organisation recognises its effectiveness in treating almost four dozen ailments.4 Beyond this there are many stories of Yoga or Qigong practitioners making science defying recoveries by mastering the ability to harmonise their own or others ‘energy’. One thing we have to say is that there is a lot we don’t know about the body and it’s ability to self-heal. For science to dismiss this ability based on a supposed ‘lack of evidence’ in my mind would be naive and counter intuitive.

Meditation and mindfulness are powerful tools that can both heal the body and prevent illness in the future.

The ancient art of Tai Chi has been used for thousands of years to improve health and well-being by people of all ages.

Why is holistic medicine so effective?

Western Medicine often dismisses the effectiveness of mind-based therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, qigong, meditation, spirituality or similar practices. Energy medicine isn’t the only solution but in complement to conventional treatment it can offer many benefits. It treats the patient as a whole, promotes early intervention and prevention. It allows for de-stressing, mindfulness, self-analysis, self-healing, balancing and builds strength and stamina both mentally and physically. When done correctly it can create a stronger connection to your own body and health. Although holistic medicine is gaining acceptance for intervention, it has the ability to address prevention and chronic conditions. Health is more than just the absence of illness.

Fortunately, humans are provided with a way to combat disease and stress: ‘We produce within us a remarkable natural healing resource. It is the ‘healer within.’ Powerful yet simple self-healing methods can create a critically needed revolution in health care and medicine”.5 Energy therapies like Qigong place great emphasis on the breath and mind to balance and direct energy within the body, to activate self-healing, and achieve homeostasis. The Qigong and Energy Medicine Database 6 contains 3500 references to the effectiveness of different forms of Energy Medicine, and especially Qigong.7 Tai Chi, a form of Qigong, has been proven very effective in reducing stress, preventing falls, reducing osteoporosis and incontinence, increasing balance, improving cardio-respiratory fitness, helping with chronic arthritis and pain, amongst other beneficial effects.8 What sets Qigong apart is its wide range of applicability and accessibility. Qigong is easy to do, easy to learn and has no harmful side effects. My personal experience found both acupuncture and qigong to be essential tools to help me manage and overcome chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (read story). It allows me to prevent future health problems and keeps my body and mind stress free and balanced.  For those suffering from stress and/or poor health I urge you to investigate different forms of holistic medicine and find out what resonates with you, your body will thank you for it.

Author Dr Corin Storkey performing qigong as a way to build a stronger body and mind. Read his story here.

Author Dr Corin Storkey lecturing on holistic medicine, better health and well-being.

Opinion piece by Dr Corin Storkey Founder and Director of Seleno Health.

  1. (a) Pert, C. The Molecules of Emotions. Why You Feel the Way You Feel. Scribner. New York. 1997. (b) Trieschmann, Roberta B. Spirituality and Energy Medicine. The Journal of Rehabilitation, Jan-March, 2001, v67 i1, p26.
  2. Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol. 5, Number 2, 1999, pp.177-188.
  3. Oschman, James L. Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. Elsevier Science Limited. China. 2003.
  4. Koontz, Katy. Energy Medicine Goes Mainstream. Natural Health, Oct 2003. v33 i8 p100(7).
  5. Koontz, Katy. Energy Medicine Goes Mainstream. Natural Health, Oct 2003. v33 i8 p100(7).
  6. Sancier, KM. The Qigong Energy Medicine Database TM. Qigong Institute. Menlo Park, CA. 2004.
  7. Sancier, KM. Therapeutic Benefits of Qigong Exercises in Combination with Drugs. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 1999; Vol 5, Number 4: 383-389.

  8. Gallagher, Bill. Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong: physical and mental practice for functional mobility. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, July-Sept 2003 v19 i3 p172(11).

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