Methods of validating research in complementary therapies

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In this view, the essence of life is seen as a metaphysical, irreducible life force that cannot be measured.Indigenous systems of healing such as Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine and modern modalities such as chiropractic rest on concepts of a vital force or subtle life energy that is central to healing.One possible influence of biofield phenomena is that they may act directly on molecular structures, changing the conformation of molecules in functionally significant ways.Another influence is that they may transfer bioinformation carried by very small energy signals interacting directly with the energy fields of life, which is more recently known as the (Rubik et al, 1994).Called by many names, including in Chinese medicine, these indigenous terms go back thousands of years.

The human body emits low-level light, heat, and acoustical energy; has electrical and magnetic properties; and may also transduce energy that cannot be easily defined by physics and chemistry.The electrical and magnetic fields of the human body are complex and dynamic and are associated with dynamical processes such as heart and brain function, blood and lymph flow, ion transport across cell membranes, and many other biologic processes on many different scales.These phenomena all contribute various field components to the biofield.Energy medicine is one of the major categories of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).These therapies typically involve low-level energy field interactions.

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