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James Oschman is one of the leading authorities on the scientific understanding of hands-on healing.

His book, Energy Medicine, and his soon-to-be-released new book, Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, are remarkable in the way they easily convey a scientific basis for hands-on healing. His work makes it easy for doctors and scientists to understand and accept Reiki, which is valuable for anyone wanting to place Reiki in hospitals or to work in a clinical or scientific setting.

His fascinating ideas and insights give a new perspective on how Reiki works which inspires us to make better use of our skills. Can you share a little about your background as a scientist—what field s you were involved with, and what prompted you to refocus on energy medicine? As an academic scientist, I worked in the fields of cell biology, biophysics, and physiology, doing research and teaching at major universities and laboratories in the US and abroad.

My specialty was electron microscopy—studying the microscopic structure and function of various kinds of cells and tissues. This was very interesting for about twenty years, but then I developed a back problem, probably from bending over microscopes for long periods. Eventually I found my way to Structural Integration, and this changed my life. In addition to helping my back, the practitioner Peter Melchior told me about a whole field of research into human energy that I had not encountered during my years in academics.

I was curious about what happened to the various fascinating and important discoveries he told me about, and why they never came up in courses or seminars or conversations in academic circles. It seemed that for some reason nobody wanted to talk about energy. This was strange to me.

Following this curiosity led me into the field of energy medicine.

I met many therapists who seemed to know a lot about energy, and I was curious about what science, if any, there was to explain their observations. From your perspective of having worked in academic science and also with Reiki and other forms of complementary medicine, can you see ways they fit together?

The integration of research science with complementary medicine is a tremendously exciting endeavor. My first focus was not on what science can teach practitioners, but what science can learn from them.

Later I learned that science can help the practitioner develop a better understanding of the effects of their work at the cellular and molecular levels. As we discuss this subject, I am sure you will see that Reiki and the other methods certainly do not violate the laws of physics.

While we obviously have much to learn, we are beginning to develop logical explanations and testable hypotheses about these methods, and this is the hallmark of good science. You will see that I focus on magnetic and biomagnetic fields. This is because we know a lot about these fields and they are relatively easy to measure.

But this is not meant to exclude other kinds of energy from the inquiry. The body also emits light, sound, heat, and electromagnetic fields and, like all other matter, it has a gravitational field.

Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis

Can you give us a definition of energy medicine? In a sense, all medicine is energy medicine. This may seem trivial, but it makes an important point. Any intervention with a living system involves energy in one form or l.oschnan. We all have our specialties and interests, and it is challenging to take the step into the energy domain simply because it is the most multidisciplinary pursuit we can undertake, and it can l.osvhman provide new insights, regardless of our main focus.

It is worthwhile for Lo.schman practitioners to learn a bit of physics and biology so that they can understand the mechanisms involved. It can make your intentions clearer and make the work easier to explain to medical professionals who have a scientific background.

Energy medicine involves understanding how the body creates and responds to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields, including light and sound as well as other forms of energy such as heat, pressure, chemical and elastic energy, and gravity. We are interested in how the body produces these different kinds of energy, and how these energies can be l.oshman to the body for beneficial effects.


Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis by James L. Oschman

It is important for Reiki and other energy therapists to realize that science does not really understand the origin of these various kinds of .oschman. So if l.oschmxn feel uncertain about what the words mean, if you are bewildered by science, you have good company.

The problem is still unsolved at a fundamental level. We say that an electron has an electrical charge, but why it has a charge and just exactly what a charge really is continues to be mysterious to science. When physicians and scientists react negatively to the term energy medicine, they are forgetting that there are many medical technologies using different forms of energy for diagnosis and treatment. Hames and MRIs fall into the diagnostic category. Passive measures of the fields produced by the body are also important in diagnosis: Each of these diagnostic tools has a recently developed biomagnetic counterpart: Every doctor has used an electrocardiogram, an energy medicine diagnostic tool we have had for nearly a century.

Modern researchers have developed the magnetic biopsy, the electrical biopsy, and the optical biopsy. Transcutaneous nerve stimulators, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, lasers, electrocautery, and pulsing magnetic field therapy are examples of energy ajmes modalities that are part of conventional medicine.

Controversial or not, energy medicine based on the use of medical equipment is alive and well in hospitals, clinics, and medical research centers. jamws

Has the human energy field HEF been demonstrated to exist and can you tell us about the studies l.sochman are the most scientifically valid? What instruments have been used and how have measurements been made?

In a few decades scientists went from a conviction that there is no such thing as an energy field around the human body to a certainty that such fields exist and are medically important. Now doctors are making treatment decisions on the basis of these biofield measurements. The first human energy field to be well documented was the field of the heart. This research led to the electrocardiogram and was done a century ago by Einthoven, who received a Nobel Prize for his accomplishments in About a quarter of a century later, Berger measured the electrical fields of the brain,resulting in the medical field of electroencephalography.

The research of Einthoven, Berger, and others established that organs such as the heart and brain produce bioelectric fields that travel through the tissues of the body and that can be recorded with electrodes on the body surface.

The electrocardiogram, for example, can be picked up with electrodes placed anywhere on the body, even on the feet.

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Since living tissues are conductors of electricity, the well established laws of physics require that the currents set up by the heart and other muscles, and the brain and peripheral nerves, will produce fields in the space around the body.

These are called biomagnetic fields. The biomagnetic field of the heart was kames measured in Syracuse,New York, inusing two coils, each with two million turns of wire see Figure 1A. At about the same time these measurements were being made, a discovery took place in Cambridge, England that revolutionized biomagnetic field measurements and led to a Nobel Prize for Brian Josephson a decade later.


Dr. James Oschman

These magnetometers are now used in medical research labs worldwide to study the human energy field. It is important to appreciate that the standard methods of recording electrical fields with electrodes on the skin surface as in the electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram provide much less information than the corresponding biomagnetic measurements.

The reason for this is that the electrical resistances of the various tissues vary by a factor of about thirty. Bioelectric fields generated within the body by tissues such as the heart and brain take the paths of least electrical resistance, so the patterns measured at the body surface are uames of smeared out and difficult to l.oschmman.

In contrast, the magnetic permeabilities of the various tissues are all about the same as in a vacuum. In essence, the tissues are transparent to magnetic fields. So the Biomagnetic measurements are a lot more informative about what is happening inside the body than are the bioelectric measurements. This is an important point for energy therapists because a magnetic sense, if it exists, will provide much more information on what is going on within the body than will measurements of electrical fields from electrodes on the skin surface.


And there is a good scientific basis for the existence of a magnetic sense in the human body. In various kinds of therapy we refer to healing energy. What do you think of this term? Much credit is due to the late C. Bassett and jamew colleagues at Columbia University College of Physicians and Jammes in New York for their persistence in overcoming entrenched skepticism and daunting regulatory names to bring pulsing electromagnetic field therapy PEMF for bone healing into mainstream medicine.

Bassett and his colleagues names Columbia also researched the use of PEMFs on other musculoskeletal problems, and had considerable success. These problems include osteoarthritis,osteonecrosis, osteochondritis dessecans, osteogenesis imperfecta, and osteoporosis.

The first FDA approval for magnetic field therapy was obtained in Subsequent work showed that healing in other tissues can be jump-started with fields pulsing at different frequencies. Figure 2A shows the bone healing device, in which coils of wire placed near uames fracture site induce current flows in the bone.

The important frequencies for stimulating tissue repair are all in the biologically important extremely low frequency ELF range. Two cycles per second Hz is effective for nerve regeneration,seven Hz is optimal for bone growth, ten Hz is used for ligaments,and somewhat higher frequencies work for skin and capillaries.

It is the l.oschman for a jamrs science called magnetobiology, which explores the effects of magnetic fields on living systems. What is important about all of this is evidence that practitioners of various hands-on and hands-off therapies such as Reiki, acupressure, aura balancing, Bowen, cranialsacral, Structural Integration Rolfinghealing touch, Polarity Therapy, Massage, and Zero Balancing l.oschnan emit ELF signals from their hands.

This was discovered in a valuable study by Dr. His results are shown in Figure 2B.

Zimmerman found that the pulsing field produced by the hands of practitioners is not steady in frequency, but varies from moment to moment. The frequency sweeps up and down through the very same range of frequencies in the ELF band that medical researchers have identified as being effective for jump starting the healing process in the various tissues they have investigated.

It seems likely that one effect of the various hands-on and non-contact energy therapies is to jakes into tissues the same healing frequencies that medical researchers have identified as key to tissue healing see Figure 2C. Moreover, careful medical research on the mechanism by which these signals jaames cells applies equally to conventional and complementary therapies. The basic physics of induction is important because it helps explain some of the effects of Reiki, laying on of hands, andother hands-on and hands-off therapies.

As a result of these discoveries, I have suggested a definition that is also a hypothesis: Healing energy, whether produced by a medical device or projected from the human body, jamew energy of a particular frequency or set of frequencies that stimulates the repair of one or more tissues. The biomagnetic field arises from the pulsing electric currents set up by the tissues. The overall field, seen from a distance from the body, is a composite of all the fields, the largest being the field of the heart.

Jamse the blood is a very good conductor of electricity, the whole of the circulatory system pulses with electricity each time the heart beats.

The second-strongest source of electricity is the retina, which acts like a large battery that changes in polarity when light falls on it. The third-strongest field is that produced by the various muscles, with the larger muscles producing larger fields and tiny muscles, such as those that jajes the eyes, producing tiny fields.

The field of the l.oschmam is about a thousandth as strong as that of the heart. Even weaker are the evoked fields produced by the brain when a sensory stimulus is provided, such as a sound, a light, or a touch. Finally, the weakest fields are those of the conducting system of the heart, called the Purkinje system, bundle of His, and bundle branches.

Again, the overall l.owchman is a composite l.oschmah all these fields.