Dr. Oz Calls Energy Therapy "The Most Important Alternative Medicine Treatment of All"

In the following YouTube clip from January 2010, Dr. Oz, a famous TV cardiovascular surgeon, calls energy therapy "the most important alternative medicine treatment of all!"  (Note: the video clip mentions reiki which is a popular form of energy therapy.)

Dr. Oz introduces the video segment by saying "if you've got a medical problem you can't solve, you may find the answer [in energy therapy]."

Reiki Master Pamela Miles then relieves an audience member of her headache in a few short minutes using reiki.

I wholeheartedly agree with these sentiments and the mounting scientific research (available here) agrees with Dr. Oz also.

Energy Therapy in Catholic Hospitals

In a May 2013 article in the online journal Voxxi entitled 'Reiki in hospitals: Is energy therapy effective in conventional facilities?' author Silvia Casabianca writes about how reiki, a popular form of energy therapy, is being used in Catholic hospitals despite an order from the Catholic Church warning Catholics not to practice reiki.

The author outlines the efficacy of reiki as follows:

"Reiki practitioners have been volunteering at Catholic hospitals for decades. It seems that after the Bishops’ warning, they just continued to alleviate terminally ill patients, chronic patients and pregnant women by calling Reiki something else.

"There are about 100 hospital Reiki programs in existence in the U.S. In fact, Reiki helps cut costs by reducing the need for analgesics and reducing the hospital stay.

"A study at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut showed that patients receiving Reiki slept better, had less pain and experienced less nausea.

"At Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center a Reiki practitioner assisted in 11 heart surgeries, including heart transplants. Even though the study was small and there was no formal control group, the patients who received Reiki didn’t report the typical post-op pain, leg weakness or depression.

"Reiki has also been proven to reduce stress and anxiety by inducing deep relaxation states."

The author then dives into the reasoning behind why the Catholic Church has banned the use of reiki:

"Why would the Catholic Church in the United States feel threatened by a healing modality that might lack enough scientific evidence but is at least obviously harmless?

"The Bishops said that “Since Reiki therapy is not compatible with either Christian teaching or scientific evidence, it would be inappropriate for Catholic institutions, such as Catholic health care facilities and retreat centers, or persons representing the Church, such as Catholic chaplains, to promote or to provide support for Reiki therapy.”

"Why would a healing tradition that “invites happiness” but has no doctrine or dogma have to be “compatible” with Christian teaching or scientific evidence?

“Because it is possible to be healed by divine power does not mean that we should not use natural means at our disposal,” the Bishops’ doctrine said. However, Reiki is promoted and recognized precisely as a natural means for healing.

"The problem might have originated among some Reiki practitioners who have identified the “universal energy” channeled by the Reiki practitioner with the divine healing Christians talk about.

"The Bishops said they could not accept the fact that this “healing power” could be at human disposal, even though Charismatic priests and nuns offer healing masses and Christians believe they can access divine healing by prayer."

This stance by the Catholic Church is interesting.  There is actually plenty of scientific evidence in support of energy therapy, contrary to popular belief.

And the notion that energy therapy is not compatible with Christian teaching seems almost absurd.  There are many stories of Jesus Christ healing others in a similar manner.

When I first started practicing energy therapy in my home town the first place I went was to my nearest church.  I asked the head priest if I could work with the other priests there (for free) and if I could work with clients in any unused space on the grounds.

I offered to work with anyone in need who could not afford my hourly fee for free and I also offered to give them a decent percentage of my fee for paying clients.  I gave the priest a document to read and asked him to mull my offer over.

When I met again with the priest to hear his answer he looked at me strangely and said to me "You're not going to have any luck doing that around here!"  And that was the end of that.

In the West there is a disconnect between popular belief and scientific fact.  There is also a disconnect between what our churches teach us and our daily lives.  Spiritual belief and practice are not intellectual pursuits.

Energy therapy spans the gap between body, mind, emotion, and spirit and is accessible to anyone, regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

The following post might be of interest to anyone reading this article:

Do you really think you can have a successful energy healing and qigong practice in such a small, Catholic, midwestern town?

The entire text of this article is available here.