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Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis [Paperback]

James L. Oschman , Candace Pert
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May 29, 2000 0443062617 978-0443062612 1st
This book, written by a well-known scientist with a background in biophysics and biology brings together evidence from a range of disciplines to provide an acceptable explanation for the energetic exchanges that take place in all therapies. It addresses a growing interest in the field of mind-body medicine and the role of natural "energy forces" within the body in maintaining normal health and wellbeing. This in turn has lead to interest in how these energies or forces may be channelled to assist in healing and the restoration of normal health.

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Energy Medicine provides an exciting and challenging read for anyone who may be interested in or curious about the therapeutic aspects of energy. It provides a stimulus to discussion among both the sceptics and those who are already convinced of the healing potential of body energy.

About the Author

James L Oschman, PhD, Previously Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology Lab, VA Hospital, Pittsburgh; Visiting Scientist, Dept of Zoology, Cambridge University, UK; Postdoctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Postdoctoral Fellow Inst of Biological Chemistry, University of Copenhagen; Asst Prof of Biological Sciences and Director of Electron Microscope Lab, Northwestern University, Illinois; faculty member and lecturer in anatomy and physiology at Rolf Institute, Boulder, Colorado; served as Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Acting President and member of Faculty at New England School of Acupuncture.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 1st edition (May 29, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443062617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443062612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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281 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expansive, objective, thorough March 24, 2003
By J. Hill
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The problem with many books on all types of energy healing are the moments when well-meaning but hopelessly uninformed authors try to explain the "why" of their practice. Why does energy healing work? What is the physiological mechanism for this phenomenon? While authors whose practice is informed by their psychic knowledge (Barbara Brennan, Rosalyn Bruyere, etc.) are certainly valuable, James Oschman is successful in this book because he is first and only a scientist. He has no agenda to defend the validity of energy healing at all costs. In fact, you get the sense that he would be just as happy DISproving the phenomenon. And his objectivity in showing that in fact there IS a scientific basis for the practice is what makes this book absolutely priceless.
The topics covered are surprisingly far-ranging. I was even skeptical of some of the chapter headings, but the author is so reasonable, and his claims so well-documented that even the most open-minded might find themselves taking a new look at topics they never considered. The chapters on crystal healing and the emotional impact of posture, respectively, were for me particularly fascinating. Some of the most fascinating scientific reading I've done in years.
His description of the physical body as a liquid crystalline system, the mechanics of how movement strengthens this system, and how the physical liquid crystal interacts with and is the basis for the energetic system is remarkably beautiful. There are many moments where the scientific meets the spiritual in this book and it's so beautiful.
What this book is not: This book is not an instruction manual. I noticed at least one other review seemed to say it was an instruction manual.
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134 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Scientific Text November 6, 2000
This book is a solid cornerstone of the bridge linking rigorous scientific theory and intuitive, energy healing techniques. I disagree with Paul Budnik's review stating that the Placebo Effect is not addressed in the book. True, it is only mentioned explicitly on page 17 (in as far as I've read so far...) but great lengths are taken to explain how a person's thought processes, including their beliefs about themselves, have a very real physical manifestation in the form of electrical pulses which generate magnetic fields which are detected by and affect the entire body.
Energy therapy such as polarity, Reiki, and acupuncture have been shown to work at the same frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum as pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. PEMF has been used by Western medicine for some time to aid in the healing of bone which is not healing on its own. (See Bassett C A L 1995 Bioelectromagnetics in the service of medicine. In: Blank M (ed) Electromagnetic fields: biological interactions and mechanisms. Advances in Chemistry Series 250. American Chemical Society, Washington DC, pp 261-275)
All in all, a fascinating and thorough exploration of an important, emerging field. A must for anyone involved in or curious about bodywork, energy work, or any form of medicine.
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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional compilation of research December 26, 2003
I received this book from Amazon a few days ago and am halfway through it. I'm so impressed by Oschman's compilation of research - it's provided me with countless answers I've been seeking all my life. I am a degreed mechanical engineer, and am currently getting an advanced degree in Oriental Medicine. I've also been practicing Reiki and other energy healing modalities for several years, having been drawn into these alternative healing fields because of my natural ability for sensing subtle energies ever since I was little. Until I started reading Oschman's book I never had a scientific explanation for this energy or why it was so helpful in healing others. I've always known that these energies are real but I definitely appreciate a scientific explanation for any type of energy phenomenon - it makes it much easier to explain to others who haven't had similar experiences why and how they happen. I meet a lot of people who are interested in energy healing and some who are quite skeptical of its validity. Thanks to this book, I now have a clear way of explaining what I and countless others have known all along - that energy medicine really does work. If you're simply curious about why energy medicine works, or you're a practitioner yourself and have wanted a scientific way of explaining its validity to your friends and clients, you'll definitely appreciate this book (even with the $40 price tag). Keep in mind, however, that this book will not teach you how to practice any of these energy medicine techniques - it will simply give you a very clear and easy way to explain why they work.
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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading in energy medicine February 23, 2003
While most people have had a cardiogram, few know that Einthoven won a Nobel prize in 1924 for discovering how to record the electromagnetic field of the heart. Even fewer know that this field is now detectable from 15 feet away from your body and that every cell has an electromagnetic field that can alter its behavior when manipulated. Thus the basic work has already been done to chart the direction for building a StarTrek Tricorder which can detect a diseased energy pattern and manipulate it towards health. Somes devices are already on the market that, while primitive compared to a Tricorder, do the job remarkably well.
A previous reviewer mentioned the placebo effect. Most scientists don't know that every patient in Stanford Medical Center when I was there studying biostatistics was in a clinical trial in order to take advantage of the placebo effect on all patients, not just the ones getting a new treatment. The National Institute of Medicine, notes in a recent publication, that the brain changes induced by opiates are the same as that induced by a placebo effect. It is far safer and often more affective to induce a placebo effect, than give a drug with negative side effects, particularly when the response is the same or better.
Enough said. These comments suggest that ignorance of the scientific literature in this field is widespread, even among leading scientists, and the first prescription for the brain disfunction resulting from this lack of knowledge is Oschman's book. I recommend it to all my colleagues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!
For those interested in all kinds of energy that composes our bodies. And how they relate with each other.
Plenty of scientific information, but not boring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cristiane Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Thorough and Informative
I had a hard time putting this book down. I was absolutely fascinated by the things that research has revealed about energy work and medicine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bethany D
1.0 out of 5 stars A lot of education gone to waste
Shame on Oschman for spreading nonsense. With all his education he should know better. I can't sum up the case against this unscientific survey any better than Harriet Hall's 2005... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kent Spottswood
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, very helpful
I think this book will be enormously helpful to me in better understanding the energy work I do. Also in explaining to clients why Healing Touch works.
Published 11 months ago by charming charm65
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This author objectively shares the research on energy medicine of a variety of types. It opened my mind to seeing the human body and the way it functions in a new and broader way. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sara Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Door opener
Lent this book to a physician, whose entire extended family eventually purchased. . . easily accessible concepts and the research about the human energy field explored.
Published 14 months ago by Peggy A Errede
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Ground-Breaking Work
While not a "summer at the beach" read, this is still a must-read for all serious practitioners of energy medicine. Dr. Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. J. Wetzel
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read yet
Purchased it for a private practice I will be starting at the end of next year. Put it on my to do list to read.
Published 18 months ago by Florine Gundy
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference
Energy Medicine is an excellent reference and easily understood interface between hard science and metaphysics. I often recommend it to my students.
Cat Wheeler, Reiki Master
Published 21 months ago by Ibu Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Very academic
This book is a scientific review of studies and work by many scientists to show that energy medicine is not foo-foo but real. It convinced me. Read more
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