Sharon Vining: Healing Touch Fact or Fiction

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Sharon Vining

Energy medicine, energy therapy or energy healing is a branch of complementary and alternative medicine. It holds the belief that a healer can channel healing energy into the person seeking help by different methods: hands-on, hands-off, and distant (or absent) where the patient and healer are in different locations. There are various schools of energy healing. It is known as bio-field energy healing, spiritual healing, contact healing, distant healing, therapeutic touch, Reiki or Qigong.

There are several types of energy therapy being used in health care today.  Types of "Veritable Energy Medicine" include magnet therapy, light therapy, electromagnetic radiation (radiation therapy, or magnetic resonance imaging) is not considered "energy medicine" in the terms of complementary medicine. Cymatic therapy uses sound waves.

Types of "Putative Energy Medicine" include Biofield energy healing therapies where the hands are used to direct or modulate "energies" which are believed to effect healing in the patient; this includes spiritual healing and psychic healing, Therapeutic touch, Healing Touch, Esoteric healing, Magnetic healing   Qigong healing, Reiki, Pranic healing, Crystal healing, distant healing, intercessionary prayer, etc. Acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine also come within this category.


The human body has many different systems which we already know about: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, lymphatic and the nervous systems.  Even up until modern times (prior to the invention of the microscope) medical science believed body functions were the results of animal spirits roaming the body.

Walter J Kilner, (1947-1920) from St. Thomas Hospital in London, reported on seeing the HEF, or aura, as he called it. Looking through glass screens stained with dicyanin dye, he saw a glowing mist around the body in three distinct zones:

1. A 1/4 inch layer closest to skin;
2. A more vaporous layer, 1 inch wide, streaming perpendicularly from the body;
3. A delicate exterior luminosity with indefinite contours, about 6 inches wide.

In his work "The Human Aur" published in New York, 1965, Kilner states that the appearance of the aura differs from person to person, depending on their physical, mental, and emotional states. Kilner actually developed a system of diagnosis based on the consistent differences he found in persons suffering a particular disease. He successfully treated many conditions, including epilepsy, liver disease, tumors, appendicitis, and hysteria. Research based on his work continues to this day in Europe.


Another Energy Field Investigator, Dr. Valerie V. Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Physiological Science at UCLA, placed electrodes on the skin to record the low millivoltage signals from the body during rolfing sessions. Rosalyn Breyere observed the auras and recorded her observations of both the rolfer and the patient. Breyere's observations were recorded on the same tape as the electronic data. She described the color, size, and energy movements of the chakras, and auric clouds, or HEF, involved.

Scientists then mathematically analyzed the wave patterns recorded by a Fourier analysis and a sonogram frequency analysis. The wave forms and frequencies reported by Rosalyn Breyere correlated specifically with the colors reported. When Breyere saw blue in the HEF at a specific location, the electronic measurements would always show the characteristic blue wave form and frequency in the same location.

The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the premise that the Qi (ch'i, chi, or vital energy) of the body must be strong and in balance in order for the person to enjoy good health. During the last ten years in China, there are hundreds of scientific papers written on qigong in relation to its medical applications. There are an additional 837 abstracts published from international conferences on the subject. More than half those numbers are available in English, and thus accessible to Westerners.

To say there is not no energy fields around a human body is to say medical science knows everything there is to know about the human body.

The Secret to Life:

"There was once an argument among the gods over where to hide the secret of life so that men and women would not find it. One god said: Bury it under a mountain; they will never look there. No, the others said, one day they will find ways to dig up mountains and will uncover it. Another said: Sink it in the depths of the ocean; it will be safe there. No the others objected, humans will one day find a way to plumb the ocean's depths and find it easily. Finally another god said: Put it inside them; men and women will never think of looking for it there. All the gods agreed, and so that is how the secret of life came to be hidden within us."

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