Alternative Energy Medicine for Women
Energy medicine relates to different types of alternative therapies that are used to harness the body’s healing powers, and help it heal itself.
It also works in restoring parts of the body – and mind – that are thought to be out of balance or out of sync, and restore them to their proper position.
Both women and men can benefit from a variety of alternative therapies that concentrate on energy medicine techniques. Some can be specially formulated to help women in particular, who might have specific problems that energy medicine can address.
Clue to HealingEnergy medicine is seen by its proponents as a complement to traditional medical care, as well as a system of healing in and of itself. Physical symptoms are not the focus of the treatment, but a clue in helping the patient get better.
According to energy medicine guru Donna Eden, “In energy medicine, you assess where the energy system needs attention and correct the energy disturbances.” People can benefit in two ways: by creating an environment in the body conducive to positive energy flow, and by making recommendations based on specific problems to make the energy system stronger and more robust.
Energy medicine can be divided into two distinct categories. The first is putative, or types of energy that are theorized but not based on science. The second is veritable, or theories based on forms of energy that are generally known to us all, such as electromagnetic energy.
Veritable Energy MedicineVeritable types of energy medicine include therapies that can be measured. They include:
- Light therapy. Can help women with a variety of mood disorders, such as SAD, or Seasonal Effective Disorder, which strikes more women than men. Also good for women with certain skin problems.
- Electromagnetic therapy. This pulsation wave therapy is said to be especially beneficial in helping treat women with insomnia.
- Cymatic therapy. Viewed with scepticism by many, this therapy says parts of the body emit a specific resonant frequency, which change when we are ill. Certain audible frequencies are applied to bring them back to their former state. Purports to not heal per se, but to help create a healing environment.
Putative Energy MedicinePutative types of energy medicine include therapies that are not measurable. They include:
- Yoga. A universal self-healing and stretching technique. Can help women with everything from posture to pregnancy. A recent survey of 126 women found that those who did yoga found their physical strength, functioning and quality of life was much better that those who did not.
- Acupuncture. This ancient Chinese practice is used to treat a variety of women’s problems, from infertility to morning sickness.
- Qi Gong. Purports to discover and connect the positive energy women have, addressing their internal organs and helping to either improve or maintain good function.
- Reiki. Claims to tap into our “universal life force” in order to heal, and said to be effective with gender-specific problems such as sexual health, menstrual problems and gynaecological cancers.
Alternative energy medicine has both followers and sceptics, but most people agree that as a complement to more traditional forms of medicine, it cannot do any harm.
In fact, more mainstream therapies such as yoga and acupuncture often seem so to people a lot of good, targeting both gender-specific problems and those that are common to both sexes.