A Beginner’s Guide to Energy Medicine

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In this brief overview on the basics of energy medicine, Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD, describe some effective practices and methods.

By Donna Eden and David Feinstein

Energy medicine is both a complement to other systems of medical care and, in itself, a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional disorders, and it can also promote wellness and peak performance.

A Core Difference Between Energy Medicine & Conventional Medicine

A key concept to understand is that the words "diagnosis" and "treatment" have a different meaning in energy medicine than they do in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine you diagnose and treat an illness. In energy medicine, you diagnose where the energy system needs attention and treat the energy system. Physical symptoms may be a clue, but they are not the focus.

For instance, the same stomachache might trace to an imbalance in heart meridian in one person, in liver meridian in another, and in stomach meridian in a third. The same physical symptoms can reflect many kinds of problems in your energy system and call for different treatments.

There are two levels where energy medicine might make a difference with a health condition:

The First Level 

The first level has to do with getting your body's energies into a good flow, harmony, and balance. While not focusing on your health issue directly, this can create within your body an energetic environment that supports your overall health, vitality, and healing. 

This is the place to start, even if you are also taking additional steps, such as assessing and working with specific vulnerabilities in your energy system or consulting with an energy medicine specialist. Unlike treatments that offer pills or surgery, energy medicine focuses on the entire body as a system. Before doing more specific treatments, energy medicine practitioners routinely help people get their body's overall energies into a strong and healthy flow.

Over the years, we have designed a five-minute “Daily Energy Routine” that combines the most potent techniques we know that are able to help the greatest number of people to stimulate each of the vital energy systems and bring them into harmony and balance.

These are the methods an energy medicine practitioner might give to you after an initial consultation so that you can strengthen and balance your own energies. There is much you can do for yourself through the Daily Energy Routine. We propose that you dedicate about 10 minutes each day to this. That is all that is necessary to begin to make a difference. Five minutes for the Daily Routine and five minutes to experiment with repeating some of the techniques and using additional methods.


The Second Level

The second level by which energy medicine might make a difference with a health concern involves an assessment of your body's energies and the ways they are related to the condition. Based on that assessment, individualized treatments can be designed to make your energy system more robust, specifically in the ways that will help with the health condition.

If you are a beginner with energy medicine, this is more than we recommend you attempt without the help of a qualified practitioner. However, the book Energy Medicine gives further instruction in how to assess your energies and correct problems. Meanwhile, everything you might do in terms of the Basic Daily Routine would support work with a professional energy medicine practitioner.