Biofields

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As we will always tell you, seek professional advice before partaking in any Alternative Medicine that is listed on this site.

Biofield therapies are intended to influence energy fields that, it is purported, surround and penetrate the body.

Writers, for example the noted astrophysicist and advocate of skeptical thinking (Scientific skepticism) Carl Sagan (1934-1996) have described the lack of empirical evidence to support the existence of the putative energy fields on which these therapies are predicated.

Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, believes that a supernatural energy called Qi flows through the universe as well as through the body, and helps with the movement of blood, it is also believed that it can remove the blockages which lead to disease. It is believed that insertion of needles at various parts of the body determined by astrological calculations can restore balance to the blocked flows, and thereby cure disease.

Chiropractic was also developed with the belief that the manipulation of the spine will have a positive affect on the flow of a supernatural vital energies and thereby affect health and disease.

In the western version of Japanese Reiki, the palms are placed on the patient near Chakras, believed to be centers of supernatural energies, in a belief that the supernatural energies can be transferred from the palms of the practitioner, to heal the patient.