Energy Healing With Hands
Separate ourselves from our parents or guardians. Young adulthood has us pursuing our dreams, entering our career paths, and marrying and having children. When middle age approaches, we are confronted with some physical problems, maybe for the first time in our lives. Our careers are in full swing, or we decide to change career paths. We are caring for our children, and some of us are even caring for our elderly parents. Life may become complicated. We begin to anticipate our own mortality. As we enter into our elder years, we may need to address the negative stereotypes of aging and physical disabilities, and we are more certain than ever of the reality of our mortality. As we age physically and mentally, we also need to develop spiritually. In the words of an older woman (93 years of age) ''When I was five years old, I had and needed a simplistic faith. I could not handle anything else however, now at age 93 that simplistic faith will not do. My needs are very different.'' This...
To the Muslim, God is the ultimate healer. Islam teaches that the patient must be treated with respect and compassion, and that the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of the illness must be taken into account. Many Muslims invoke the name of God in daily conversation, pray five times a day facing Mecca, and wash prior to prayer. They believe that their actions are accountable and subject to ultimate judgment (16). Traditional Chinese medicine views the body and spirit as an integrated whole. This perspective is influenced primarily by Confucianism, but also by Taoism and Buddhism. Illness is believed to be a result of an imbalance of a vital energy force called I qi R and yin and yang (19). Mankind and nature are considered interdependent harmony of this nature-human relationship is vital to health (20). In the Native American population, healing, spirituality, and culture are closely intertwined. Intuition and spiritual awareness are a healer's most...
Alternative medicine has been defined as the use of various treatment modalities that are not usually used in traditional medicine, taught in medical schools, or covered by insurance companies. Terminology, however, is changing and these treatments are being incorporated more and more into traditional therapies and hence the term complimentary medicine is now used more frequently (Complimentary-Alternative Medicine CAM ). In 1991, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the office for Alternative Medicine to address the growing use of these treatments. It has been estimated that two-thirds of the American population has used some form of CAM (59). Of importance, 70 ofthose patients using CAM did not disclose this use to their physician (60). In 1998 the Alternative Medicine office changed its name to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Alternative therapies include things such as imagery, biofeedback, acupuncture, reiki, dietary...
Centuries before the nature of electricity was understood, observant people discovered that electrical stimulation (caused by the proximity of electrical eels) relieved pain. When electricity was controlled, healers replaced the eels with hand-cranked generators and continued to practice electrical therapy without understanding how it relieved pain (12). Eventually, in the mid-20th century, Melzack and Wall crafted a gate-control theory of pain that permitted the incorporation of electrical stimulation with modern medicine (13). Now, despite recognition of the shortcomings of this theory, it is known that SCS can effectively relieve pain (14), and multichannel, computerized systems with percutaneous electrodes allow stimulation of the spinal cord, nerve roots, and peripheral nerves simultaneously (see Fig. 6A,B). In a review of experience with SCS during an 18-year period, North et al. found that, at 7-year mean follow-up, 52 of 171 patients with permanent implants reported at least...
Acupuncture involves stimulation of specific anatomical locations on the skin to alter energy flow patterns throughout the body. The skin can be stimulated by manual or electrical stimulation or the more typical placement of small metallic needles. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of
In Indian law and in Greek mythology owls represent wisdom. In many countries owls were believed to be a symbol of bad luck or death, while in others they were believed to guard the souls of women or ward off famine or plague. In a few places, owls have been eaten as food, but more often, particularly in Southeast Asia, owl body parts are used for medical purposes by traditional healers. In Africa, owls are not particularly popular and can be killed for many reasons.
Saprotrophic wood-decay fungi play a pivotal role in the ecology of forests as they are the principal agents of wood and chitin decomposition and hence nutrient and energy fluxes (Dighton 1997). Unsurprisingly, fungi therefore represent the dominant microbial biomass of the forest floor and soils of many forest ecosystems, of which 60 may be due to decomposer basidiomycetes. Energy flow through woodland ecosystems is ultimately dependent on a limited mineral nutrient availability. Consequently, the balanced cycling of mineral nutrients within woodlands is central to ecosystem
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has existed for thousands of years, long before Western medicine. Rather than following the disease model of Western medicine, TCM focuses on a symptom approach such that a person with PD who has mostly tremor would be evaluated and treated differently than another person whose symptoms were mostly gait and balance difficulty with no tremor. The specific symptoms of the individual signal a deficiency in the body fluids blood that is unable to properly nourish the energy flow or chi or Qi of the entire organism. There are three main symptom approaches under TCM (5). The first is Qi and blood deficiency, which is believed to arise from anger, emotional stress, frustration, and resentment. The second is phlegm-fire-agitating wind (yang), which is the result of poor diet, in particular eating greasy, fried, sweet, sugary foods and alcohol. The third is kidney and liver (yin) deficiency, which results from a lack of rest and overwork as well as part of...
It is important to think of ethics in aging as multicultural and multidiscipli-nary. There is no question that medicine has dominated ethics during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Death has been described as an enemy of medicine, and when issues of life and death arise, ethics is not far behind. The presence of a biomedical centering is obvious in this handbook. Many of the contributors use health as an ethos in which to examine issues and dilemmas in ethics. But ethics and medicine are not synonymous, as Marquis and Ide and Heintz make clear, although Crawford points out that Jesus was both a healer and a moral teacher. Marquis and Ide go on to talk about ''lifestyle'' illness and the importance of recognizing that health problems that emerge from this source are not just medical problems. Holstein and McCurdy point out the problems with ''medicalizing'' aging. Crawford also urges us not to ''medicalize'' aging, a concept that Estes and Binney (1991) have developed....
This dependence on health care professionals to name our problems when we are patients in acute-care settings is one of the sources of the power of health care professionals over patients. This aspect of the healer's power the ability to make decisions by applying biomedical concepts to clinical situations is usually not shared with the patient (H. Brody, 1992). The health care professional also exercises power, now in the form of an ability to carry out one's decisions, in an institutional context in which resources for the diagnosis and management of acute-care problems are organized and made available for health care professionals physicians, in particular to use in the care of patients. Health care professionals, not patients, control access to these resources, creating yet another dimension of the physician's power to make and carry out decisions in the acute-care setting.
These psychosocially, spiritually, and culturally oriented efforts are more than preventive. To label them in this way understates their meaning and begs the question of an ethical responsibility to promote the mental health of elders. Clearly, ''prevention'' connotes avoidance of the negative, that is, illness or disease or ''symptoms,'' without directly addressing the enhancement of mental health. We contend that just as in some sports ''the best defense is a good offense,'' in mental health the best prevention is the active promotion of mental well-being.
Bioenergetics refers to the flow of energy in living systems. Organisms maintain their highly ordered structure and life-sustaining activities through the constant expenditure of energy obtained ultimately from the environment. The energy flow in living systems obeys the first and second laws of a branch of physics known as thermodynamics.
The panel was also clear on the effectiveness of other interventions. Floor time, sensory integration therapy, music therapy, touch therapy, auditory integration therapy, facilitated communication, hormone therapies, immunological therapies, anti-yeast therapies, vitamin therapies and dietary therapies were all specifically not recommended for use with children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) aged 0 to 3 years There was no evidence base to support their use.
This has led those seeking to mold the psychologist cum mediator to ensure that such persons are branching out from a profitable practice, rather than fleeing failure as a healer (Thompson et al., 1993 Young, 1991). 'Good organizational skills' will figure prominently in this background. 'Leadership' is at best a nascent emphasis of the contemporary psychologist (Kiesler, 1999 Sullivan et al., 1998a, 1998b). A growing emphasis on forensic practice, however, has provided a steadily increasing number of psychologists with ample skills in this regard (Bersoff et al., 1997 Hafemeister, Ogloff and Small, 1990 Ogloff, 1999 Tomkins and Ogloff, 1990).
There are over 100 massages or body energy therapies such as deep tissue Swedish, craniosacral, acupressure or Shiatsu, rolfing, myofacial release, reflexology, hot rock, and soft light tissue techniques such as Rekki. Although there are no double-blind, controlled studies supporting massage as a specific treatment of PD, it may have a role as an adjunctive treatment of muscle rigidity and associated pain as well as stress reduction and promotion of a sense of well being.
Through the ages, owls have been the subjects of myth, folklore, and art. People have used owls in different ways. Snowy owls are a subsistence food for Arctic people. Owl body parts are used by traditional healers in Southeast Asia. They have been revered in some cultures. In ancient Babylon, for example, pregnant women wore protective owl amulets. In many cultures, however, owls have been feared. The Swahili believed owls made children sick. Some Arab cultures believed owls were evil spirits that carried children off. In the twenty-first century, conservationists are working to overcome old superstitions and protect owls threatened by loss of habitat.
Ephedra, and other medicinal plants have been identified at European neanderthal burial sites dating from 60,000 BCE (1). Thousands of years later, Pliny accurately described the medicinal uses of ephedra. But thousands of years before Pliny, traditional Chinese healers used ephedra extracts. Chinese texts from the 15 th century recommended ephedra as an antipyretic and antitussive. In Russia, around the same time, extracts of ephedra were used to treat joint pain and though recent laboratory studies confirm that ephedra might be useful for that purpose (2), additional trials and studies have not been forthcoming. In the 1600s, Indians and Spaniards in the American Southwest used ephedra as a treatment for venereal disease (3). That idea might also have had some merit, as some studies show that ephedra contains compounds with antibiotic activity called transtorines (4). Whether the transtorines will prove to be clinically useful has not been determined.
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