By definition, a biofield is “an energy blueprint that corresponds holistically to an entire organism.” It connects our physical, emotional and mental dimensions.
I recently watched an informative film, now available on Amazon Prime Video, entitled
The Healing Field, that gives an excellent review of this emerging science. The term “Biofield” as an alternative medical practice, was first coined in 1992 by the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institute of Health. However, this healing practice has been used for over 5,000 years. Modern scientific investigations have proven that our immune and cardiovascular systems are impacted by our emotional and mental state. Now also known as “psychoneuroimmunology” this field of study has shown that there are definite connections between our central nervous system and our immune system.
Previously and still known in some circles as reiki, therapeutic touch or healing touch, this “complimentary to medicine” modality has been proven to reduce pain and decrease negative behavioral symptoms in those with dementia as well as decrease anxieties in the hospitalized population.
Touch has always been a form of non-verbal communication. When something hurts on your body, your first instinct is to place your hand on that area. If someone is sad, a simple touch or comforting hug can reassure that person. Many studies have been done on infants who have not had sufficient human embrace and have proven that lack of that type of contact can have a lifetime effect on their development. The basic message here is simple, i.e. that the human touch is a powerful aid in comfort and healing.
Furthermore, the use of touch has long been a part of a nurse’s training, recognizing that the touch between a nurse and patient are an effective communication tool. A professional nurse’s touch has been identified as caring, protective or task oriented. This is more so with holistic nursing practices.
The use of touch by those of involved in holistic nursing practices has documented that such practices have reduced anxiety, stress and depression while improving one’s overall wellbeing including one’s sleep habit.
Touch healing, or working with a patient’s biofield, is a safe and non-invasive way to assist with pain management for those who suffer from chronic pain. It is also an excellent approach for those who need palliative care or end-of-life-comfort. This is true for the elderly as well as those who are in hospice care for diseases such as cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
By incorporating such ancient systems as Qigong, translated as “life energy” (and also a form of using one’s biofield) you improve your body posture, breathing, movement and assist with your meditative practices. This form of self-healing is a part of alternative medical practices and can be used for exercise, relaxation, and peace of mind.
Whether you choose to use a self-healing approach or employ a professional in biofield therapy, you will benefit from this use of the healing energy that is available through the human touch.
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