Many of today’s energy healing therapies have their basis in ancient Chinese healing techniques, which in stark contrast to traditional western medical practices. The most prominent contrast is in the foundation of each practice. Western medicine typically treats the illness or disease and are implemented when a person gets sick. Chinese healing techniques treat the person and are used to prevent people from getting sick.
Almost all of the Asian or eastern methods include balancing of the life force energy in order to perfect the flow of natures rhythms within the human body. This is done as a way to prevent disease before it begins.
Eastern healing theory professes that energy, if not flowing properly through the human body, will store negative influences within, causing blockages. These blockages allow places in the body to store unhealthy chi and therefore influence disease. So, in effect, energy balancing techniques are preventative medicine. East-west healing arts are used in combination to affect a holistic approach to wellness.
Examine the following practices associated with eastern healing methods. All of these practices are designed to keep the body’s life force energy flowing in harmony and balance.
- An ancient Chinese healing art, acupuncture uses needles placed along meridian points which correspond with specific muscles, organs and connective tissues. The placement of the needles stimulates the flow of energy through the body.
- Another therapy with roots in ancient China, moxibustion therapy involves the use of heat applied by burning an herb knows as Mugwort close to the skin at specific places along the meridians. This is commonly practiced with acupuncture.
- Based on the principles of Acupuncture, acupressure involves applying pressure with the fingers, instead of needles, to specific touch points of the body to help reduce pain and suffering.
- A traditional form of martial arts, Tai Chi builds strength, coordination, and speed while balancing the flow of the body’s chi in order to attain health and longevity.
- With benefits similar to Tai Chi, QiGong focuses on balancing the Qi (also known as Chi) and strengthens joints and muscles. The health benefits of a traditional QiGong practice are immense.
- Yoga practices involve stretching the muscles and connective tissues while using breath work to balance and coordinate the energy of the body and mind. This in turn helps to balance one’s spiritual side. The result is a healthy body, active mind and spiritual wisdom.
- Balancing the universal life force energy through light touch, Reiki is a practice that is easy to employ on oneself to help the life force energy within ones’ own boy to stay healthy. It is easy to use, easy to learn and can be practiced by anyone. It is a practice that works with both the chakras and the meridians.
- This practice incorporates the principals of acupressure applied within the meridians with Zen techniques to heal the body and improve blood flow and circulation.
- Using the energy centers found within the core of the human body from the base of the spine to the tip of the crown, Chakra clearing balances the specific zones of the body in the vicinity of where the chakras are located.
Meridians and Chakras – Energy Fields
Meridians are unseen channels within the human body that allow energy commonly known as chi, to flow in harmony with nature. This system of lines with branches is reminiscent of a tree with roots, a trunk, and branches.
The main lines (trunk) allow the energy to flow in a circular fashion within the body to balance the yin and the yang of human energy. Another example might be of a complex river water system of rivers, streams and tributaries. Good energy flow within the river system or within the tree makes for a healthy ecological base. Human energy balance equals good health.
Chakras are the energy vortexes within the human body. There are seven chakras that run off of a line from the base of the spine to the top of the crown. Each vortex represents an area of the body and it associated with a color and a specific vibration.
Theories show that when chakras are misaligned they may cause the entire center, to where it corresponds, to become out of balance and malfunction. Just as the energy flow within the fields of the meridians, the chakras when spinning smoothly allow for good health within the body.
Yin – Yang
Another aspect to consider when examining ancient Chinese healing techniques is the effect of the yin and yang meaning on human health. Yin/yang theory describes how the opposites in you are necessary forces and, when in balance, promote better health, more energy and increased confidence. Examples of yin and yang in nature might be include:
Complete balance between the male and female aspects of each individual make for not only a healthier body, but also for a healthier perspective of life itself. It is important for the world to be in balance and harmony, and this begins with the harmonizing the energy within ourselves.
The Five Elements
The five element theory involves keeping the five elements in harmony for better health. The five elements are:
These five elements are used in many Chinese and Japanese practices, but they are not always associated only with health and healings arts. For example, traditional feng shui practices involve using the five elements to insure health, wealth and happiness.
Ancient Chinese healing practices are used the world over. As complimentary techniques or stand alone practices, each has a benefit for the giver, the receiver and the universe. Western society is implementing the theories of eastern medicine, just as the eastern world has embraced the western style of medicine. Together they combine to become an incredible force of human nature.