Energy medicine (EM) is medicine based on physics instead of biochemistry. Energy medi‐ cine works with subtle forms of energy known as chi or prana that exist in and around the human body. EM treats with the understanding that all illness results from disturbances in this energy known as the human biofield. Physics does not override biochemistry, it drives it. Biology and chemistry behave according to the laws of physics. Physics is the study of energy. The human body is made of energy. It has structure (bones), plumbing (digestive tract), and electricity (nervous systems), all infused with energy. Energy is a property of all matter, therefore cells, molecules, and atoms are all made of energy. Science has begun to measure the subtle but important energy field around the human body and research is showing that when the natural flow of energy is obstructed, disordered, and depleted, the body becomes diseased . Pharmaceuticals affect chemical signals in the body but EM af‐ fects electromagnetic signals in the body. EM heals using an integrated system that super‐ vises the interaction of all the body’s systems and is not only faster, but more efficient. A continuous, uninterrupted flow of energy through the biofield plays the main role in health and healing.
In 1989 the term energy medicine was coined by the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine which studies the science of medical and therapeutic applications of subtle energies. Energy medicine came under government guidelines in 1992 when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the National Center for Comple‐ mentary and Alternative Medicine . According to the NIH, energy medicine is defined as a form of complementary and alternative medicine which has two distinct categories: