Energy medicine, energy therapy or energy healing is based on the belief that a healer is able to channel healing energy into the person seeking help by different methods: hands-on,hands-off,and distant (or absent) where the patient and healer are in different locations. There are various schools of energy healing. It is known as biofield energy healing,spiritual healing, contact healing, distant healing, therapeutic touch, reiki or qigong.
Energy medicine is one of five domains of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) identified by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) in the United States. NCCAM divides the overall approach to the practice of “energy medicine” into two general categories:
- Veritable – Therapies which rely on known forms of energy (that is, forms of energy such as electromagnetism)
- Putative – Therapies predicated on theorized forms of “energy” (that is, forms of energy the existence of which scientific investigation has not confirmed)