This article was originally posted in
Green Living magazine.
Bioenergetic medicine is a powerful approach to healing based on physics,
not chemistry. If chemistry is about the body's components (oxygen,
carbon, etc.), then physics is about how those components interact with
each other and with their surroundings.
All living things are surrounded by fields of energy. Living things emit
very low levels of visible light. Kirlian photography (used in "aura
photography") is able to capture these emissions and transfer them
to a photographic plate or other medium so that they can be seen by the
naked eye. Other more familiar technologies also capture some of the body's
Our physical body is simply dense energy permeated with the more subtle
energies that inform and surround it. Healing medical traditions have
understood this premise for thousands of years. This energetic model for
health underlies Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine,
as well as modalities more familiar in the Western world like botanical
medicine and homeopathy.
In 1974, Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp proved the existence of a field of light
and energy that surrounds the body. He demonstrated that normal living
cells emit a regular stream of photons or quanta (tiny packets) of light.
In his book "Biologie des Lichts" (Biology of Light), he showed
how living cells pass on biological information via photons through the
language of light.
Each of the trillions of cells in the human body undergoes more than 100,000
biochemical reactions per second, all of which are exquisitely timed and
sequenced with each other. Our DNA contracts and expands several billion
times per second, producing a photon of light with each contraction. These
photons send and receive information at a speed faster than any computer
mankind has devised. Light is an efficient carrier of biological information.
The meridians are avenues of electrical energy flowing through the body.
In the 1950s, Dr. Reinhold Voll verified the existence of meridians and
acupuncture points which had been used for thousands of years in Chinese
medicine. Dr. Voll created an electronic testing device which passes a
tiny electrical current through the human body to measure the amount of
resistance encountered at the acupuncture points. He found that the acupuncture
points exhibit a different resistance to current than nearby tissues.
For example, he found that patients with lung cancer had abnormal readings
on the acupuncture points found on the lung meridian. Dr. Voll made it
his life's work to identify and document correlations between disease
and changes in the electrical resistance of the various acupuncture points.
To heal with energy is to heal with the body's own essence. Rather
than assaulting the body with chemicals to fight disease, we can encourage
our body's ability to heal through the inherent natural inclination
to set itself right - called homeostasis.
As technology has advanced, we have learned how to measure energetic dysfunctions
and departures from the original template. We are now able to treat with
substances that can restore the disharmony of the information systems
which subtend the body's cellular function, right down to the level
of the DNA.
"Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not
knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides
within each patient a chance to go to work." - Albert Schweitzer.
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