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Energy Healing; Ancient Healing in Modern Times

Updated on December 23, 2010

Energy Healing is Natural

"If the head and the body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first thing... the great error of our day in the treatment of the human body, is that physicians separate the soul from the body ." Plato

The common hypothesizes among practicing energy healers is that in healing, we use the Life Force Energy that resides within all humans. Hippocrates hypothesized that the healing energy or the power of nature was the vital force of life. He also thought that nature heals the patient, not the doctor, another common belief among seasoned healers. Unfortunately, Hippocrates also believed that the body and mind were separate. The Pythagoreans believe that body and mind were united. Many cultures before Christianity had what were called incubation temples for the sick, where they encourage dreaming; priests interpreted dreams, which were used for self diagnoses. Even during the Middle Ages, some of the churches actually provided mattresses and baths for this purpose. This is similar to Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945), who went into trance with the intention of diagnosing and healing others.

Some types of healing that have been studied are what are referred to as type I healing, where the healer establishes an altered state of consciousness and deep focus of attention, the same as meditation and hypnosis (all hypnosis is self-hypnosis). The only attempt of healing is no attempt at all, but to simply ask for the highest and best good of the patient. In other words, a healer does not "try" to heal, but assumes healing takes place. Laying on of hands is a type II healing technique that can be done while in an altered state that it is not necessary.

Energy healing has been around for many thousands of years. Even in early Christianity, some priests were chosen as healers. They used the laying on of hands, some used prayer. Sadly, the church gradually turned its back on the natural use of energy healing after the conversion of Constantine to Christianity. But the church pretty much neglected all healing gifts. From there the church not only discouraged, but persecuted healers who are outside of its support. Eventually, the only two healing practices recognized by the church where the ritual of exorcism and the sacrament of unction in which the dying were anointed with holy oil.

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Reiki and Acupuncture

There are many forms and methods of energy healing. There is Reiki from Japan, the most widely known form of energy work which can have powerful effects. It was started around 1914 in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui, who received the knowledge of how to heal during a mystical experience.  Acupuncture and Acupressure part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is about 5 to 6 thousand years old.  This practice inserts hair-thin needles, or pressure, into specific points in pathways called meridians, to open blocks that hinder healing on a molecular level.  

Therapeutic Touch and Healing Touch

Therapeutic Touch was made popular by Dr. Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N. and is widely used in hospitals today.  The therapist centers herself to an inner reference of stability.  She then assesses the patient's energy field, then extends her energy into the energy field of the patient with the thought of bringing about wholeness to them.  There is generally little or no touching.  There is much research that can be found on the efficacy of Therapeutic Touch Healing Touch also works in the human energy field, using techniques such as human magnetic healing, using techniques called  ruffling, wound sealing and filling, also with sophisticated research.

Psyhotherapy and Hypnosis

Psychotherapy  is a form of energy healing in that there is often a shift on the part of the patient's thinking.  A shift in thinking affects neurotransmitters, hence, can affect thinking processes.  Hypnosis is also often effective as the power of suggestion enters the patient's unconscious mind. Also shown to be effective in some cases is spiritual healing, where the healer is of such a high belief in their connection with the Creative forces referred to as God,  that they can either lay-on hands, or even send healing from a distance. Massage is also shown to have healing benefits.

Therapeutic Touch Part I

Image of Human energy field; Photo courtesy of University of Itegrated Science Calafornia
Image of Human energy field; Photo courtesy of University of Itegrated Science Calafornia | Source


An excellent pilot study done on psychic healing, was a doctoral dissertation at Union graduate school, yellow Springs, Ohio 1974. It showed that people in the study can identify subjective sensations during distant healing with a high degree of accuracy. Physical changes were not the subject of this study, but it did show that the energy not only traveled, but was experienced by distant receivers.  Acupuncture is not dependent on belief, as some think. Studies have shown efficacy in babies and animals. Many veterinarians use acupuncture with great success. 

Perhaps healing is simply the energy of caring thought, commitment, and electrical transference from the willingness to help another being.

Some References

Spiritual Healing; Scientific Validation of A Healing Revolution, Daniel J. Benor, M.D.

The Therapeutic Touch;  Dolores Krieger, Ph.D.. R.N. The Power of the Mind to Heal; Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., Miroslav Borysenko, Ph.D.

Experiences with Healing

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      5 years ago from Arizona

      Great post !! the post has been written and compiled very well!

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi sfshine,

      Please forgive me for not answering sooner, as I have been unable to be on this site for quite awhile.

      I am a Reiki Master and we teach it here at our center. You can learn Reiki through video, but you would miss much. Especially for beginners, it is so important to get feedback by actually feeling the changes in energy. Mostly, how would you get your attunement? It is an important part of the training to make you a better channel of healing energy. We also have volunteers who allow our students to do a Reiki treatment so they get more feedback on their ability to send healing energy and to be able to feel it.

      I would say that a video is better for just going over what you have learned in a live setting.

      I thank you so much for your interest and happy to FINALLY get back to you.


      Dr. Cherie

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative hub. I am interested also in energy healing. Do you know Reiki. I want learn Reiki from video. Is it okay to learn it from video?

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey, Neil,

      What a nice thing to hear (read:) I also have studied a great deal of metaphysics and worked with some phenomenal healers from around the world. It seems the more I learn the more I realize I do not know!

      Thanks again for the vote. Hope to see you again.

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      voted up and bookmarked - I've studied some metaphysical as well and read on both nutrition and natural cures - you have a ton of awesome hubs - thanks

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Eileen,

      First, thank you for the time to comment. I have heard these stories many times. I get so annoyed when doctors predict a negative outcome for people. Dr. Ronald Santasiero, MD, tells people that everyone is different and so are outcomes.

      You are right, there is no treatment or practitioner that is the "best" for everyone, which is why it is wonderful that we have so much from which to choose. It is good, however, for one to make sure that whatever the method, there should be credentials and some science behind it.

      I am most happy to hear of your husband's journey. You said he is in pain when he does too much. Well, that is how his unconscious mind tells him "he is doing too much!" Simple concept.

      Both of you take care and God bless

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Dr cherie, great hub it is amazing how one kind of medication or treatment works for some and not others. I swear by chiropractors as they have got my husband walking for the past 40 years whereas the doctor said he would be in a wheelchair by the time he as forty. hes nearly 70 now and still walking. Oh yes still painful when he overdoes it but still good. Thanks for sharing that

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi RebekahELLE,

      So glad you like it. You are so right: we exude our thought/etheric, energy out into the world. Some people read it better than others. Most people do read it, they just don't know what it is or where it's coming from. "Thoughts are things," right? Animals read it exquisitely, because they have not been indoctrinated or conditioned to not believe! Anyone who has pets, especially cats, will see them read their human brothers' energy. Whey you are sad, over tired, lonely, or sick, they will hang around more closely, even cuddling and touching more, because they know when healing is needed, without questioning it. We can learn a lot about energy from small children and animals.

      I am planning another hub to do with energy and the physical body. By the way, I know what you mean about "energy healing" lumping so many forms of healing together. Just something else to learn, eh?

      Thanks again!

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      very informative hub. I enjoyed reading it and watching the video. I have some background experience with energy healing, but it was not called this at the time, although we knew it was energy moving through the body. I have not heard explained this therapeutic touch. how wonderful that it is used with hospice patients. I believe our personal presence is very powerful when we are very centered and focused wherever we are, even walking into a coffee shop.

      our energy field announces our intention, our moods. I think even our dogs can detect this energy even more acutely than most humans. I'll be back to read more. I love reading these healing/health hubs!

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Thank you very much rls8994. I hope it helps you one day. It was difficult to stop, because there is enough information and so many aspects of energy healing, that it would take a book.

      Take care and blessings,

      Dr. Cherie

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      8 years ago from Mississippi

      This is great information to have. You explained it very well.

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      8 years ago

      I just search about acupuncture a few minutes ago,it happens you came up with this ,thanks you save my time.I like one of the words here about "the power of nature was the vital force of life",.It is good to know nature is a good remedies too,at least can reduce consuming pills and tablets !Good and very informative!Thank you

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hi Ghost Whisper,

      Thanks so much for your loyalty! I had a strong feeling that this one would interest you. yes, this was entered for the "race." Allowed to enter up to 3 for each day??? I don't think so, not with the hours I work. I'll do what I can, though.

      Look who's talkin' about the photos! I really like the new one of you. I LOVE the one previous to it, but you didn't have it up long... You know, one can be beautiful and sensual and still be spiritual! God gave you that vehicle for a reason, Sister!.

      God bless,

    • Dr. Cherie profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherie Santasiero PhD 

      8 years ago from Hamburg, NY

      Hey there Pamela99

      Thanks so much. There is a plethora of types of energy healing, and I tend to make a short story long, so it was a challenge narrowing it down.

      I am so glad you like it. Hope you check out the "vote" below. As one who teaches and does various healing techniques, I am interested in knowing how much experience people have with it.

      Thanks again,

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Excellent Hub Dr.Cherie!!!

      I bet you also are in the race to win on this hub!!

      Keep on doing what your doing--healing--and it sure looks good on you! Your new picture looks like ummmm are you 35 years old now???? WOWZIE!!!! You look great!!!:)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You covered the topic of energy healing very well. Good hub.


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