Energy Healing for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

In the December 2008 edition of the journal Clinical Rheumatology in an article entitled 'Effects of External Qigong Therapy on Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Controlled Trial', researchers from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School found that energy healing ('external qi' healing in qigong terms) significantly reduced pain and knee function in a study of 112 adult patients.

An interesting facet of this research is that two energy healing practitioners participated in the study and one of them was found to be much more effective than the other.

There are many different energy healing modalities. But, as this study proves, there are greater differences among energy healing practitioners than there are among the different modalities.

As with any health care practitioner, choose your energy healing practitioner wisely.

The following describes the specific energy healing intervention used in the study and provides some background for each of the two practitioners. Practitioner 2 was found to be much more effective than practitioner 1.

"Two qigong therapists (both trained in China but from different traditions) were invited to perform EQT [external qi therapy] in this study, based on their reputation and on selection criteria used in the field. Although both healers started qigong training as teenagers, their career paths to EQT master were different. Healer 1 was 55 years old, started martial-art training at the age of 13, and started full-time qigong teaching and healing at age 40. As the lineage holder of a Taoist tradition, Healer 1 was well known for his anti-cancer training and achievement in China. Healer 2 was born into a TCM family and was the fifth generation of a qigong family healing tradition. He started treating patients at the age of 13, but did not go to medical school. He was 49 at the time he participated in this study, after 12 years of full-time qigong healing in the U.S.

There is no standard procedure of EQT in the field. The specific healing movement or length of each treatment varies by patient and session, depending upon the healer's perception of the patient's qi status. Although the two healers used different techniques, the basic procedures of EQT for arthritis are similar -- to emit qi energy to the painful area to break the blockage and let qi and blood flow smoothly in the joint area. "

The following quote describes how energy healing might be beneficial to those suffering from arthritis:

"Some studies in China reported diminution of severe arthritis symptoms after qigong therapy. Qigong practice and EQT may diminish symptoms of arthritis by relaxing diseased tissues and enhancing blood flow to the area. Increased blood flow leads to more efficient delivery of oxygen, nutrients and pain-killing substances as well as drugs and more efficient removal of mediators of pain and metabolic waste products that contribute to pain."

The full text of the article is available here.