Integrative energy healing is sadly rare. Most energy healers and medical intuitives lack formal medical training, and that’s unfortunate. Today’s medical system discounts the role of emotions, intuition, and even touch on health… yet when you think back on your life, each of those has probably been involved in very significant events.
An integrative energy healer such as myself is fully medically trained. I’ve been an M.D. for over 25 years. As a physician, I’ve run an integrative practice in Hong Kong for much of that time, and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to help heal thousands of people, including some very famous performers.
My willingness to use and integrate the best of what actually works, from traditional healthcare through alternative medicine, Chinese medicine, and energy healing has kept me in high demand as an energy medicine doctor.
Defining Integrative Energy Healing
Integrative energy healing is simply that – combining energy healing with other forms of healthcare to give the best possible outcome for the patient.
Integrative Energy healing is a combination of disciplines. Rather than focusing only on conventional western medicine, or a single alternative discipline like acupuncture or light therapy, it combines a range of methods, bringing all of these to bear in helping you along your healing journey. In my experience, this creates a synergistic effect that leads to better healing outcomes.
The fundamentals of integrative energy medicine come from eastern and Chinese medicine. While western medicine has focused on treating illness, which often means focusing only on symptoms, Chinese medical practitioners set their sights on learning to recognize the elements of a truly healthy body and spirit. This gave them something to guide their patients toward, rather than simply overcoming an illness.
Integrative energy medicine can help you deal with numerous issues, from the physical to the spiritual. Some of these are:
Acute Or Chronic Pain And Illness
Integrative medicine can help manage pain through a variety of techniques, including Reiki massage.
Mental And Emotional Issues Such As Grief, Anxiety, Stress, And Trauma
Emotional and spiritual pain require treatments that focus on their roots, not on managing their symptoms.
True Awareness Of Our Lives And Our Relationships
Integrative energy medicine treats patients holistically, looking at all aspects that make us up, including our relationships with colleagues, friends, and family.
Balancing Our Subtle Energies
Integrative medicine seeks to bring us back into balance with ourselves and the world around us.
Integrative energy medicine focuses on healing the body through natural techniques. These are typically noninvasive, which limits the chances of damaging side effects. Practitioners treat the body, mind, and spirit as a whole, rather than as disparate units that need to be treated separately. Conventional medicine is slowly coming around to this perspective, as we can see in research that shows depression isn’t purely a mental illness, and that imbalances in gut bacteria can be a serious contributing factor.
But integrative medicine goes beyond this, recognizing that our bodies and spirits change day by day. What moved us forward on our healing journey can change as our needs change. Just as we consume different foods each day, our spirits face different influences every day, good and bad.
Components Of Energy Healing
Energy medicine can use a variety of tools, products, and techniques to help us heal. Some may be obvious, while others are less well known.
Energy medicine can use plants and herbs. Natural products like these help keep us in touch with the natural world and satisfy deep needs in us for connection. Many plants can target specific medical issues. Research supports the use of naturally occurring, unmodified plants in treating a variety of disorders. Integrative medicine uses plants and herbs to promote and maintain well-being. Some of the ways these healing substances can be used are as supplements, dietary modifications, or essential oils.
Mindfulness, Meditation, And Other Spiritual Practices
An integrative energy practitioner can guide you in learning valuable practices that help you manage your own mental and spiritual health. Meditation is an ancient practice that helps calm the spirit. Other practices include light and sound therapy. Because everything in the world around us vibrates at its own unique frequency, including ourselves, using energy frequencies through light and sound help get us in tune with the world around us.
Remember, integrative energy medicine brings together an assortment of disciplines, on the understanding that no single method of healing is sufficient to bring us back into harmony and place us on our healing journey.
Reiki dates back to the early twentieth century and has only increased in awareness and popularity in recent decades. It’s a form of massage, sometimes called palm healing. The name comes from a combination of Japanese and Chinese words: “Rei” which means spiritual and “ki” which means vitality or energy. One of its fundamentals is the understanding that our vital energy can be focused, supporting the body’s ability to heal itself. Reiki can help reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue. It may even alleviate depression. At its most basic, it revolves around the understanding that our imbalances in our bodies’ vital energy brings on disease, and correcting these is vital to restoring health and well-being.
Conventional medicine, which just a few years ago was all that most professional medical practitioners in the west called “medicine,” is a valuable tool in treating illness. Integrative medicine doesn’t shy away from treating illness and injury through conventional means when that is appropriate.
Integrative medicine uses these as its foundational principles:
- Healing is a partnership. True healing comes from both the healer and the patient.
- Conventional medicine is not separate from other forms of medicine; instead, it complements them.
- The patient part of an environment, one that is physical, emotional, and spiritual. A healer must address all of these for the patient to truly heal.
- Good medicine of any kind should be based on sound science and open to change when warranted.
- Non-invasive natural treatments should be used whenever possible. Invasive techniques should always be a last resort.
- Health is more than simply treating an illness or removing discomfort.
- Practitioners must commit themselves to self-improvement and exploration, always seeking new ways to better the lives of their patients.
Healing Isn’t All About Wellness!
Healing isn’t all about beginning when you’re sick and stopping when you’re well. Energy medicine seeks to restore joy and enthusiasm for life, to make you a vibrantly healthy human being once again. As children we experience this daily, living in a world full of wonders. Integrative energy medicine attempts to bring you back to this state, to re-experience this sense of joy. Joy at having a body free of disharmony, joy at having a mind that wakes up each day inspired to discover what life has to offer. Joy at being a spirit that greets the setting sun with a sense of calm relaxation that a fulfilling day has passed.
This is ultimately the goal of healing, and integrative energy medicine helps to bring you here.