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How Does Energy Healing Work?

Updated: Jun 27

The Science of Energy Healing: Everything You Need to Know

By: Kiki Matoba & Christy Lee

Energy Healing Reiki Hands on Face
Image by Katherine Hanlon

Have you noticed many of us are speaking the language of energy?

"It's giving me _______ energy."

"They've got that _______ energy."

"I'm feeling the energy!"

Thanks to Albert Einstein we've embraced that everything is energy including our thoughts and E-motions (energy-in-motion) which effect how we feel. Many who have experienced energy healing may not technically know how it works but know they FEEL better on the other side and that's all the proof they need. There are others new to energy medicine who want to know how it works before they do it.

Here's an explanation of the science and studies that support the realness of energy healing to help understand the workings of energy medicine.


What's the energy doing?

Science has confirmed that everything is made of energy including sound waves, biological cells, physical objects, thoughts, and emotions.  Electromagnetic meters, thermal imaging, and biofeedback devices are a few examples of instruments that illustrate the existence of invisible energy fields in and around everything.  Energy’s natural state is in constant motion which creates frequencies that vibrate. These vibrational frequencies are either coherent or incoherent. Coherence is healthy energy that flows and supports all systems of the body to function without us thinking about it. Incoherence is signaled through pain communicating there are blockages in energy caused by stress or toxins which slows the flow of energy eventually creating tension and disease.  Energy healing removes blockages, opens channels, clears biofields, and enhances energy flow in the meridians, chakras, and aura of the body. The result is an increase in strength and vitality which can restore organs, promote oxygen flow, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, slow the aging process, and improve brain function and awareness.  

What's an energy healer doing?

An energy healing practitioner grounds and clears their own energetic biofield in order to resonate a vibrational frequency that the receiver’s energy field naturally picks up, also known as entrainment.  Cell biologist Bruce Lipton discovered that all living organisms react and integrate to energies from their environment supporting the idea that exposure to negative stress, toxins, pollution, and unhealthy food can turn on gene codes in DNA that express various diseases.  A 2013 study in the Netherlands observed anxious energy caused inflammation in the body which is a physiological signal that triggers a cellular healing response communicating to the body that it’s hurt.  Inflammation is associated with the sensation of pain and when not regulated can promote the growth of cancer cells.  This is evidence that invisible mental energy such as anxiety effects us physically.  The body can only heal and recover from inflammation and stress when in a relaxed state known as the parasympathetic mode of the autonomic nervous system. An energy healer guides the life force energy of the receiver downgrading the nervous system back to parasympathetic mode where the body and mind heals most efficiently.  As a result the receiver feels relaxed, sleeps better, thinks clearer, and is calmer.  

Dr. John Ray of Body Electronics discovered acupuncture points, joints, and injury sites contain tiny particles of crystals made up of mineral deposits connected by proteins.  The practice of Body Electronics is based on the knowledge that these crystal deposits block the flow of energy along the meridians which are the pathways that bring life to all the biological systems in the body allowing the heart to pump blood, the lungs to distribute oxygen, cells to repair, and nerves to communicate without us consciously doing anything.  Dr. Ray discovered under certain conditions when emotional blockages are released it melts the crystal deposits thereby opening the flow of energy and resulting in healing and recovery.  Energy healing modalities such as Body Electronics, Reiki, Healing Touch, and Qi-Gong helps energy to freely flow back into homeostasis, a state of balance and harmony.  This state of being is where we can respond to life with more energy rather than react to life through stress.

Another study of energy medicine in 2023 used a placebo controlled trial of 39 males and 38 females receiving biofield energy attunements.  The receivers experienced significant improvements with psychological symptoms such as sleep disturbances, depression, stress, future fears, anxiety, motivation, and confidence as well as improvements on physiological bio-markers such as immunity, neurotransmitters, anti-aging, vitamin, and hormone levels.  Furthermore pro-inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers were reduced compared to the placebo group.  Not only is energy healing helping physical ailments but it also helps with mental and emotional problems which tends to be the root cause of disease according to Bessel van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps The Score and Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life.  Everything is interconnected.  Energy is the unifying force that joins all life on Earth.

(Netherlands) Vogelzangs N, Beekman AT, de Jonge P, Penninx BW. Anxiety disorders and inflammation in a large adult cohort. Transl Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 23;3(4):e249. doi: 10.1038/tp.2013.27. PMID: 23612048; PMCID: PMC3641413.

Trivedi MK, Branton A, Trivedi D, Mondal S, Jana S. The role of biofield energy treatment on psychological symptoms, mental health disorders, and stress-related quality of life in adult subjects: A randomized controlled clinical trial. J Gen Fam Med. 2023 Jan 28;24(3):154-163. doi: 10.1002/jgf2.606. PMID: 37261039; PMCID: PMC10227731.

overall health & wellbeing

“Know that all strength, all healing of every nature is the changing of the vibrations from within - the attuning of the divine within the living tissue of a body to Creative Energies. This alone is healing. Whether it is accomplished by the use of drugs, the knife or what not, it is the attuning of the atomic structure of the living cellular force to its spiritual heritage.” ~ Edgar Cayce

We are a complex system that requires a holistic approach in order to thrive. Western medicine’s ability to address physical problems and psycho-therapy’s ability to help the mind are only part of the solution.  The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) realized this and formed the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) to research complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as energy healing.  Energy healing helps the body physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in an extremely efficient way because it influences the biofield that informs the cells and neurons to process the outer world with ease and flow.  Like a car that regularly needs oil changes and air purifiers that need the filters cleaned, our bodies are like a complex machine that need periodic tune ups in order to process the toxins and stresses of this modern age.  Energy healing is a preventative service that reminds us that we are so much more than just a body working to survive.  We are people animated by energy here to enjoy the physical reality our intricate planet has to offer.

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