Everything is energy. Energy medicine utilizes subtle energy fields of the body to support health and well-being. Impaired energy patterns in the body can affect the growth and repair of cells, tissues, and organs. When practicing Energy Medicine the practitioner utilizes one’s energy field, as well as the Universal Energy field. Energy Medicine is multi-dimensional – assessing the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of the individual and includes Reiki, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Therapeutic touch, and other modalities. Many Eastern medicines, including Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine include energy medicine as does Native American medicine.
Energy Medicine Practitioner(s):
- Amy Jenner — M.Ac., Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
- Nicole Emery — L.M.T., C.B.H.S.P.
- Michele DiGirolamo — L.M.T., Reiki Master, C.Y.T.
- Barbara MacDonald — N.D., L.Ac., M.S.O.M.
Acupuncture is one modality within a centuries-old system of medicine that originated in Asia and is practiced around the world today. By shallowly inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles into acupuncture points on energy meridians, the practitioner rebalances our emotional, mental and physical body to remove the energetic causes of illness.
The teachings of acupuncture are based on the theory of balancing the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Within each of these elements, there is an associated yin and yang energy meridian, a color, smell, taste, body tissue, organ, time of day, etc. By taking a thorough case, doing a physical examination (looking at patterns in the tongue, skin color, eyes, body type and taking a diagnostic pulse), acupuncturists develop a diagnosis, then use the appropriate acupoints that eliminate the pattern of imbalance.
Many acupuncturists use other tools such as Qi Gong, Tai Qi, Meditation, moxibustion, Chinese herbal therapy, electric stimulation of needles, cupping, Asian massage techniques like shiatsu, tui na, etc. to support the resolution of the pattern diagnosis and resolve health issues. When the vital life force energy qi (pronounced “chee”) in the body becomes blocked and unbalanced, the acupuncturist uses these techniques to optimize the movement of energy, thereby restoring health.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use, by inhalation or topical application, of aromatic compounds found in many medicinal plants. They may be used for physical, emotional or spiritual health.
Essential oils are the mainstay of Aromatherapy, and are described scientifically as volatile oils. These “oils” which are different than the fatty oils we use for culinary purposes, like olive oil, nut or seed oils, are the concentrated scents found in many plants. In the plant these compounds may be employed for pest repulsion or pollinator attraction. They are generally extracted by steam distillation. Other processes – cold pressing, CO2 extraction, solvent extraction and fat extraction might be chosen based on the final intended use. Different plant parts may be the primary source of an essential oil. Plants store their aromatic compounds in flowers, leaves, wood, roots, resins and seeds. Some plants offer us different essential oils, depending on which part of the plant is used. How an Aromatherapist chooses which essential oils to offer a client for a desired outcome is based on many factors, including but not limited to, aroma, chemistry, application method and personal information from the client.
Homeopathy is a natural modality that uses nontoxic, single origin remedies to gently stimulate the body’s innate efforts to heal and return to a state of balance and wellness. Conceived and carefully developed by German physician, Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800s, homeopathy spread around the world and has established over 200 years of clinical evidence and reinforcement.
The efficacy of homeopathy is found in its fundamental principles: the law of similars, the minimum dose, and totality of symptoms.
The law of similars
The law of similars can be found throughout the natural world, but in the case of medicine, it means that a substance which can evoke a set of symptoms in a healthy person, can heal those same symptoms in a sick person. For example, syrup of Ipecac is given to induce vomiting. Homeopathically prepared Ipecac may help alleviate vomiting in intestinal illness, or morning sickness for example.
The minimum dose
The minimum dose is a key component in the efficacy of the law of similars. A sick person is very sensitive and requires a minimum amount of the appropriate medicine to stimulate healing. For example, a healthy person would likely have to eat, say 46 bowls of chicken soup to feel ill. But a sick person may only have to smell chicken soup to feel ill. In a state of illness, our sensitivity is heightened by giving a similar remedy in a minute amount and the body responds.
Treatment of the totality of symptoms
Hahnemann also discovered through his meticulous observation, that homeopathy works best when applied to the totality of symptoms. Using the above example: matching Ipecac to the symptom of vomiting may be effective, but it is more likely to be the most similar and effective remedy if it matches other aspects of the patient as well, like their temperament and general preferences like thirst, appetite, heat and cold.
This is often called treating the patient’s constitution and it refers to considering the whole patient: physical, mental/emotional, and general symptoms when choosing a remedy.
New patients to homeopathy undergo a detailed consultation of the chief complaint and current symptoms, along with the details of the health history and family history, if applicable. The homeopath makes a careful study of all the symptoms and their relationship to one another. Where a patient may see a handful of unrelated, inconsistent symptoms, the homeopath finds a revealing pattern with careful consideration of inciting cause. The homeopath will choose a remedy that best matches that overall pattern, and the treatment begins. Sometimes it takes trying a couple of remedies to find the best match. Once that match is found, however, the improvement is often immediate. Treatment will be carefully managed by the homeopath to increase improvement over time until the symptoms have been fully extinguished.
Because of its gentle, nontoxic nature, homeopathy is suitable for all ages, including pregnant and nursing mothers, newborns, elders, and even palliatively for those in hospice care.
Research and Evidence
Because remedies are so drastically different than conventional pharmaceutical drugs, and each patient is treated as individual rather than an expression of a recognized diagnosis, homeopathy does not conform well to standard medical trials. That being said, In the past couple decades there has been increased effort to quantify the results of homeopathic treatment. Despite its energetic mode of action and individual treatment, homeopathy *has* shown positive results in much of the research conducted. With the advanced tools available today, we are even getting closer to understanding the underlying mechanism of homeopathic remedies, which is believed to be in the realm of quantum physics.
The National Center for Homeopathy (www.homeopathycenter.org) maintains a Research Library where you can find articles on: mechanism of action, metaanalysis, clinical trials, longterm benefits, and epidemiology.
The International Homeopathic Research Institute (www.hriresearch.org) is also dedicated to funding and supporting research to better understand how homeopathic medicines work, the results of treatment, and making this evidence available to the public.
Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind and looking within, acquiring a state of consciousness unlike that of the normal waking state, with the goal to experience our essential nature of peace, bliss, and harmony. Meditation can be practiced in groups or alone, sitting or lying. It is a systematic approach to learning how to calm the mind and not be distracted by it, enabling a deepened awareness of self. Originally from the Hindu tradition, meditation practices developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India around the 6th and 5th Centuries B.C.E.
Psychotherapy is the practice of talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a trained professional to better understand yourself; to express your concerns and learn new ways of coping with life’s struggles. Psychotherapy helps people understand the many factors that contribute to their feeling stuck so that they can move beyond their current state of dissatisfaction.
This can mean exploring the connection between past feelings, experiences and losses and what is happening in the present moment. The goal is to understand the past to be able to improve the present and future. Psychotherapy is effective in alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety and in recovering from loss and trauma. Psychotherapy is also helpful in understanding and improving one’s relationships and overall life satisfaction, and learning to cope with illness.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for calming and “grounding” the mind and body. The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words, “rei” means “God’s Wisdom” or “the higher power” and “ki” means “life force energy”. Therefore, Reiki means, “spiritually guided life force energy”. Reiki reduces stress and anxiety while promoting healing. It is administered by the gentle laying on of hands and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki energy works on what is integral to one’s well being; relaxing, reducing stress, releasing blocks, strengthening life force energy and promoting natural self-healing
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It can be used with any malady and works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Its beneficial effects include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing. Although Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in if you wish to learn and use Reiki. It has been successfully taught to people of all ages and backgrounds. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for his or her healing and actively commit to self-improvement.