“Is energy healing even real?”
I used to feel intimidated by that question. And, even with the amazing experiences I’d had, I sometimes wondered about it myself.
Then I discovered the amazing research on energy healing, including placebo-controlled trials, cell culture studies, and more. It boosted my confidence, answered my doubts, and helped me find my voice as an energy professional.
In this post, we’ll explore why the evidence for energy healing is far stronger than most people imagine, including links to my favorite papers.
But before we get to the evidence, let’s get clear on what we mean by “energy”.
What is energy?
The word “energy” can refer to a variety of phenomena.
We might say, “This party has great energy.” This doesn’t mean an energy healer set a field of chi throughout the house. It means that the music and conversation is exciting. Here, “energy” is talking about emotion.
Or, “What a crazy day at work! My energy was pulled in ten different directions.” We don’t mean our co-workers were tugging on our chi. We mean our focus was split between meetings and interrupted by emails. Here, “energy” is talking about attention.
What I mean by “energy” is a phenomenon that in the East is called chi or prana, and in the West is called biofield energy.
Note: “Biofield” can also refer to electromagnetic fields around the body, gas emissions of cells, and other phenomena that I don’t work with.
People are often surprised to learn of the half-century of excellent peer-reviewed research on energy healing. Here’s just a small sample:
- Placebo-controlled trials provide strong evidence that energy healing can reduce pain, including in arthritis patients (my specialty).
- In vitro studies have shown significant results with bacteria (E. coli), along with human and animal cells (osteoblasts, tenocytes, keratinocytes, and more).
- Animal studies have shown significant results for breast cancer metastasis and immune response in mice.
- Plant studies have shown increased rate of seed germination and extended longevity of plant clippings from under 30 days (for the control group) to over 90 days (for the treatment group).
- Studies of inanimate matter have shown energy healing affecting the physical properties of water.
These results cannot be explained away as placebo, since placebo only affects humans.
They cannot be dismissed as coincidence, since the chance of coincidence in many studies is less than one in one in a thousand — stronger than most medical research.
The more I read, the more I realized how compelling the results are, and the more confident I felt in my own energy work.
How Energy Works
It seems that living cells produce this subtle energy, and that there are many types, or signatures, of this energy. Healthy cells produce energy in one signature, inflamed cells in another, nerves signalling pain in still another. And, by adjusting the energy around the cells, it seems that we can promote healing in those cells.
The Big Picture
As we come to better understand energy healing and how it works, we’ll develop healing techniques to help all those people and more.
The first step is developing a better awareness of the excellent research that already exists. By reading this post, and seeing how the evidence for energy healing is far stronger than most people imagine, you’re part of that effort. Thank you for reading and sharing!