This article by Dr. Christiane Northrup, a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, comes from Donna Eden‘s book, Energy Medicine for Women.
Below are excerpts of this insightful foreword to outline a vision for how Energy Medicine and conventional (Western) medicine could work together.
Introducing Energy And Medicine
I began experimenting with Energy Medicine in my practice many years ago, using it when I had to perform invasive office procedures such as endometrial biopsies, the removal of IUDs, or tests that involved injecting dye into the uterus.
I sensed how disruptive these routine procedures were to the body’s natural energy fields.
So, as the final part of the treatment, I would have my patient lie down and I would move my hands in long passes above her body.
Something in this simple act seemed to help restabilize the body’s energy fields.
Many women would report:
- Immediate relief of pain or cramps;
- Pleasurable tingling sensations in the areas that had been traumatized;
- A deepening calm throughout their bodies.
You can heal, restore, and revitalize your body and mind with simple techniques — ones that are pleasant, non-invasive, and effective
Now, even as the field of hands-on Energy Medicine has developed far more sophisticated procedures than my early experiments, the approach has retained these basic qualities: simple, pleasant, non-invasive.
But don’t be fooled.
Your hands hold powerful medicine — Energy Medicine — that, beyond just soothing the body after an invasive procedure, is able in itself to prevent or help overcome challenging illnesses.
Energy Medicine is moving into our health care system quickly, powerfully, and none too soon.
We have as a society come to the end of our journey in Newtonian medicine, a perspective that looks at the body more like a bag of organs and bones than a miracle of animation.
Conventional medicine right now focuses on illness rather than optimizing health; and that often futilely seeks to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships rather than to grasp how body, mind, and spirit are profoundly interrelated.
As a result, we have built a medical system based on drugs and surgery.
And this means that for us healthcare professionals we don’t usually become involved in health care until after the person is already sick.
We are like a river patrol that sends power boats out into the rapids to rescue people who are drowning, rather than going upstream to figure out how to keep them from falling into the rapids in the first place.
We can’t go much further with the current model of conventional medicine.
It isn’t working, as Michael Moore’s documentary, Sicko, makes abundantly and compassionately clear. The old paradigm is breaking down before our eyes.
But we also see the emergence of a new paradigm and, happily, one whose ancient roots have withstood the test of time.
The new paradigm, as Energy Medicine for Women beautifully articulates, addresses biological processes at their energetic foundation.
Doing so gives rise to methods that:
- Are precise, practical, rapid, and non-invasive;
- Optimize health as well as countering illness;
- Empowers the person with effective methods for back-home self-care;
- Integrates body, mind, and spirit.
But perhaps the best news about Energy Medicine is that even though many leading edge thinkers in health care believe it to be the medicine of the future, it is available today. You don’t have to wait.
So what if it’s not yet in your town…
So what if it’s not yet in your hospital…
So what if your doctor doesn’t yet believe in it…
… You can use it with any medical regimen you are currently on.
Any regimen: The beauty of Energy Medicine is that it won’t interfere.
And there are no side effects whatsoever.
So why wouldn’t you try it? There is nothing to lose.
The Evolution And Acceptance Of Energy Medicine
I have always recognized the importance of the body’s energies in my medical practice.
I intuitively understood the influence of my patients’ thoughts, fears, desires, relationships, family history, jobs, diet, use of exercise, and overall lifestyle on their body’s energies and the powerful impact of those energies on their health and their illnesses.
But this fundamental dimension of health care isn’t taught in medical schools, and as I began to speak with my colleagues about its importance, I felt like the proverbial voice in the wilderness.
In the early part of my career, I didn’t think this perspective would be accepted during my lifetime.
But now, with the embrace of these ideas reflected in many arenas, including in my own life — from having my books on the New York Times best-seller list to multiple appearances on Oprah — I have clear-cut, measurable evidence that a broad population is ready to hear about the principles that have guided my work.
The medical community is listening…
The world is changing faster than most of us imagined could be possible even a decade ago.
While many of the changes are shaking us down to our foundations, a hopeful landscape is also emerging.
Energy Medicine is one of its contours. It is not just the latest fad in alternative health care. It is a fundamentally new way of grasping who we are…
Energy Medicine brings these values into health care, and it is not just for women or just for healers.
Every mother, father, teacher, policeman, and politician needs to become a quick-study in Energy Medicine to better cope with the challenges we all face in today’s world.
Women, however, are innately sensitive to energy in a way that is different from most men.
We are more multi-modal in the ways our brains are constructed. We are also the healers of our families. When women are healthy and happy, their families are healthy and happy…
I want to emphasize and comment on a few of my favorite concepts…
1. The Basic Premise Of Energy Medicine
Einstein was right – the physical world is nothing but a slower vibration of energy.
Energy is the prime mover of all we see and know. This understanding opens you to a new way of taking charge of your health. You change the energy and, over time, your body has to respond.
This is an enormously empowering idea.
It flies in the face of conventional wisdom where we believe that treating illness requires something from the outside, such as a drug or a surgical procedure.
Energy healing is an inside job… based on the premise that energy is all there is in the world.
From these experiences, you will develop a rock solid knowledge about the central role of your body’s energies.
I was impressed when Donna Eden told me about being alerted to a discussion on a cystic fibrosis blog.
Double lung transplant patients were figuring out together how to use energy techniques (based on Donna’s first book, Energy Medicine) and sharing their successes…
2. Using Energy Medicine To “Evolve Your Body”
Because our bodies evolved for a world that no longer exists — our adaptations are often imperfect compromises, and we can teach our bodies to adapt more effectively.
This is a radical idea.
Most people’s sense of what is possible for them is tied to the prevailing notion called genetic determinism:
“This is what runs in my family.” “I am who I am because of my genes.”
But what we’re discovering is that the same DNA can express itself in multiple ways.
Your genes respond to the environment, and your body’s energies are the first tier of that environment.
Energy Medicine shows you how to help those energies evolve, and when you do, your physical body will follow…
When Donna got her own spleen meridian into a better balance while addressing a serious health condition, she spontaneously lost 17 excess pounds without changing her diet.
That you can evolve your body is a new and enormously exciting concept, and beyond merely offering the concept, Energy Medicine gives you a way to use it…
3. How Conventional Health Care Settings Use Energy Medicine
For the first time in human history, we have scientific evidence that Energy Medicine works. In fact, it is possible to scientifically establish that the Chinese physicians who intuitively mapped the acupuncture meridians thousands of years ago were right!
Of course, you don’t need scientific instruments to use these techniques… but the scientific documentation builds a bridge between worlds that makes the book much easier for a medical school or a nurse or a doctor to use.
Some hospitals routinely give patients an opportunity to have their energy fields balanced prior to and following surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other invasive procedures.
It diminishes the shock to the body, expedites healing, and decreases many adverse effects, from pain to nausea to hair loss.
In the medicine of the future, as I envision it, working with the patient’s energy field will be the first intervention.
Surgery will be the last resort.
Drugs will be the last resort.
They will still have their place, but shifting the energy patterns that caused the disease will be the first line of treatment.
And before that, teaching people how to keep their energies in healthy patterns will be as much a part of physical hygiene as flossing or exercise…
Being able to sense energy and work with energy is our native human territory.
We are born with this ability, and people in indigenous cultures retain it.
In technological cultures, however, where sensing the subtle energies of the body and the environment is not mentioned or cultivated, this ability has usually atrophied by the age of two.
This needn’t be the case.
If infants are nurtured to see and feel the energy they are born knowing, they will retain this ability. And it is an enormously practical skill that will serve as a significant part of their inner guidance system.
Fortunately, even if your natural ability to sense energy wasn’t cultivated, you can learn how to work consciously with the body’s energies, which is very empowering.
Donna, who literally sees subtle energies, has made a career of empowering people who don’t see their energy work with them effectively nonetheless.
And the implications are major.
Not only can you improve your own health by using Energy Medicine to uplift the energies in your body, uplifting the energies in your body effects and uplifts the entire planet.
— Christiane Northrup, MD