What exactly is frequency, vibrational, or energy medicine? Look beneath the surface of the world and you will discover a universe of subtle energies. While we don’t exactly know what these energies are doing and how they are doing it, we know they are there and that they make up the entire physical world, including you – your body, your thoughts, and your emotions.

How does a health care professional help a patient to heal? How can a patient become fully informed and therefore receive and integrate the best treatment? The answer doesn’t lie entirely in our established medical system, which includes allopathic and holistic treatments. We know that since cancer, obesity, heart disease, mental illness, and stress-related chronic disease rates are rising, the boundaries of healing have to stretch farther.

What we aim to do in Functional Medicine is address the root – the gut, the cell, the basic formation of dis-ease no matter where it originates – and align with the natural healing abilities of the energy in our diet and lifestyle in order to heal: consuming the life-force energy in organic produce, responsibly-raised animal foods, and purified water; getting adequate amounts of sunshine and movement; utilizing the breath and positive mindset to reduce stress and inflammation, etc. All of that is energy medicine, but we can take it a step further.

To achieve optimum health, we must also consider and work with what is not apparent – with what cannot be seen. We must journey into the complex world of subtle energy. For a healthcare provider to go from good to great, we must leap into this vast and awe-inspiring field. But in order for a patient to benefit from this field, we must all (doctor and patient) understand how subtle energy healing works and how it can improve every area of our lives.

The goal of this work, no matter the modality, is to enable energetic shifts in the physical, emotional, and etheric bodies. The cause of dis-ease, in essence, is a backup of energy that has created a blockage and therefore needs to be released. By manipulating the energy field around and inside us, we can remove the blockage to allow for optimum flow so that toxins can be released, along with toxic thoughts, memories, worry, regret, etc.

Everything in the universe is energy

Nothing is really solid. Objects are made up of microscopic particles vibrating at such a fast rate that they appear solid. Our limited sense of sight doesn’t let us see the movement, or vibration, of these particles. All objects, including human organs, have a natural vibratory rate referred to as “resonance”. If a part of the body begins to vibrate out of resonance or harmony, it creates dis-ease. If parts of the body become imbalanced, they may be healed through projecting healing frequencies back into the body.

Vibrational or energy medicine looks at the energies within and around the physical body. Imbalances and disharmonies are treated using frequencies from therapeutic grade essential oils, sound, homeopathics, acupuncture, color, hands-on healing, and crystals. Each sound, color, crystal, or flower has a specific quality that is beneficial for a particular human organ, system, or emotion.

Energy medicine is nothing new

Working with the energy field has been successfully practiced in numerous forms all over the world for thousands of years. Only recently has it come onto the radar in western society. Scientists have finally developed instruments that are sophisticated enough to measure how and why this mode of healing works. Considered “quackery” in the past, many of these “alternative techniques” are now being used along with mainstream and holistic medical treatment.

Here are just a few examples of energy medicine modalities

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are high frequency. The higher the frequency, the more life force an object can hold. More life force means better health. Life force is also known as “chi” or “prana”. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat physical and emotional ailments. Essential oils serve the same function in the plant as blood does in the human body. Their complex chemical makeup can cleanse, protect, oxygenate, nourish, and offer many therapeutic benefits. Many essential oils have anti-parasitic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or tapping, can help you heal the past permanently and keep your vibration high instead of being stuck in fear, anger, resentment, and the other lower frequency emotions. Another technique for reducing stress and improving positive emotions is meditation and creative visualization.

Sound Healing can be accomplished in many ways using instruments, voice, or CDs. The various frequencies from sound can affect the areas of our energy system that our out of harmony. Ancient texts accurately described the human energy system. Their diagrams not only detail where the main energy centers are located, but also what part of the endocrine system each energy center works with and how imbalances in the energy center affect the physical, mental, and emotional state of the person.

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