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January 2011

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Finding an Energy Healer

A core belief in traditional medicine for thousands of years, the idea that the body possesses a subtle energy which can be manipulated is an idea that has caught on in the US only within the past 30 years or so. The term “energy medicine” generally refers to “the therapeutic use of a practitioner’s or healer’s hands to assess and balance the human energy field and enable healing and wholeness,” says Linnie Thomas, trained healer and author of The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine (Fairview Press), who adds that such practices are normally used with other forms of medicine. The following are some of the more commonly available types of energy work.

Technique How It Works Who Practices It
Acupuncture Very thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points to influence qi, the body’s basic life energy, running through defined pathways called meridians Licensed or Registered Acupuncturist (LAc/RAc), depending on locality
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Gentle touch is used to rebalance energy flowing through the craniosacral system, which consists of the skull, spine and sacrum (a bone at the spine’s base) Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST)
Healing Touch (HT) The patient’s energy field is cleared of blockages and congestion by placement of the healer’s hands lightly on or just above the body Healing Touch Practitioner
or Certified Practitioner (HTP/HTCP)
Polarity Therapy Energy in three systems—north-to-south, east-to-west and spiral—is influenced
using touch, rocking the client’s body and hand or foot manipulation
Associate or Registered Polarity Practitioner (APP/RPP)
Reflexology Pressure is applied to reflex points on the hands, feet and ears to help alleviate
illness in associated organs or areas of the body
Certification through several groups, including the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB)
Reiki The practitioner places his or her hands above the client’s body to help healing energy flow where it will No official certification; Reiki Master is the highest level of training

To Learn More

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: www.aaaomonline.org
866-455-7999

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America: www.craniosacraltherapy.org
734-904-0546

Healing Touch Program: www.healingtouchprogram.com
210-497-5529

American Polarity Therapy Association: www.polaritytherapy.org
336-574-1121

Reflexology Association of America: www.reflexology-usa.org
980-234-0159

The International Center for Reiki Training: www.reiki.org
800-332-8112

 

More Energy Modalities

Technique How It Works Who Practices It
Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) This form of psychology uses energy work and spiritual development exercises, among other protocols, to help patients overcome trauma

Certified AIT Practitioner; requires graduate degree in a healing profession before study begins

Core Energetics

Uses breathing, movement and consciousness exercises to clear deeply held emotional blockages

Core Energetics Practitioner; certification also available for other healthcare professionals

Healing Sounds

Holds that each person vibrates at a specific frequency; sound is used to help all parts of the body resonate together

Certification available from the Sound Healers Association

Kairos Therapy

This hands-on modality bring deep qi blockages caused by trauma, shock, pain or tension to the surface, where they are released

Certification available from the International Association for Kairos Therapy

Qigong (Medical)

The practitioner passes qi on to the client via hand positioning, exercises and mediation to promote good heath

Ranges from Medical Qigong Practitioner to Doctor of Medical Qigong

Thought Field Therapy

Acupressure points are tapped in a specific sequence to help ease physical and psychological disorders

Certification required for instructors

To Learn More

Advanced Integrative Therapy: www.aitherapy.org

Core Energetics: www.coreenergetics.org
800-901-1770

Sound Healers Association: www.soundhealersassociation.org
800-246-9764

International Association for Kairos Therapy: www.kairostherapy.com
510-466-7751 (US association)

National Qigong Association: www.nqa.org
888-815-1893

Association for Thought Field Therapy: www.atft.org
866-396-1365

Source: The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine by Linnie Thomas,
HTCP, HTCI, MLW (Fairview Press, www.fairviewpress.org)

 

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Fish Oil May Turn On
Anti-Diabetic Genes

A gene called PPARy plays a vital role in helping the body regulate glucose (blood sugar) and avoid diabetes. Now a Taiwanese study has shown that supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are found in fish oil, can activate PPARy.

Researchers at National Taiwan University fed mice either fish oil or a drug called rosiglitazone designed to affect PPARy, which also regulates fat cell growth. Mice who received the
rosiglitazone did not lose body weight or fat pad weight. In contrast, the fish oil-supplemented mice lost both weight and fat, showing that EPA and DHA help “regulate glucose homeostasis through interaction with PPARy,” according to the study team’s report in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

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WORD

EGCG

The acronym for epigallocatechin gallate, the best-known healthful compound found in tea, in
particular green tea. This powerful antioxidant is being studied for its anti-cancer properties, among other effects.

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Step It Up, America

5,117
Average number of steps taken by Americans per day

7,168
Number of daily stepstaken by Japanese

34%
Americans who are obese

3%
Japanese who are obese

Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 10/10

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