Integrating Natural Healing with Conventional Medicine

Explore natural healing methods' potential benefits and risks and the importance of integrating them with conventional medicine for optimal patient outcomes.
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Introduction

The debate between proponents of natural or alternative healing methods and those who advocate for conventional medicine has been ongoing for decades. While some patients and healthcare professionals are staunch supporters of one approach over the other, many believe the ideal solution lies in integrating both methods to create a truly patient-centered approach to healthcare. This article will explore the implications of patients choosing natural or alternative healing, the role of bioenergy therapists and Bioqr™ Therapy, and how to improve relations between therapists, patients, and medical doctors for optimal patient outcomes.

The Case for Natural and Alternative Healing

Advocates of natural or alternative healing argue that these methods can offer a more holistic and personalized approach to healthcare, addressing the physical symptoms of a disease and the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a person’s well-being. For example, traditional Chinese medicine, encompassing practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, has been used for thousands of years to treat various conditions and promote overall health and wellness.

Some studies have shown that specific alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, can effectively manage pain and other symptoms of chronic conditions, contributing to improved quality of life for patients (Vickers et al., 2018). Additionally, many patients find comfort and empowerment in taking an active role in their healthcare and making treatment decisions.

Some people prefer natural or alternative healing methods because they perceive these approaches to have fewer side effects than conventional medicines. Only specific natural or alternative treatments may be suitable or effective for particular patients. Specific alternative therapies might indeed be gentler and less invasive; however, it is crucial to consider the risks and benefits associated with each treatment.

Potential Risks and Consequences

On the other hand, concerns exist that patients relying solely on natural or alternative healing methods may put themselves at risk by preceding evidence-based, conventional medical treatments. Delaying or avoiding modern medicine can sometimes worsen a patient’s condition and cause death (Johnson et al., 2018). Moreover, rigorous scientific evidence does not support all alternative therapies; some may even cause harm or negatively interact with conventional medications.

For example, research has shown that cancer patients who opted for alternative therapies without incorporating conventional medicine had a significantly higher risk of death than those who followed standard treatment guidelines (Johnson et al., 2018). This highlights the importance of carefully considering alternative therapies’ potential risks and benefits and ensuring patients receive appropriate guidance and support from their healthcare team.

Role of Bioenergy Therapists and Bioqr™ Therapy

Bioqr™ Therapy is a non-invasive energy healing technique designed to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Bioqr™ is bioenergy-assisted immune treatment. A therapist uses his own bio-electromagnetic field to stimulate the patient’s immune system in a nonspecific and specific way. The stimulated immune system responds and “heals” the patient.

As practicing Bioqr™ Therapy, we recognize the potential benefits of alternative healing methods but also emphasize the importance of integrating them with conventional medicine. More information about Bioqr™ Therapy is on our website.

We only support patients pursuing alternative treatments with proper assessment and follow-ups from their primary healthcare providers. Our goal is to provide complementary care that works with conventional therapies, ensuring the patient’s safety and well-being are always the top priority.

To effectively integrate Bioqr™ Therapy with conventional medicine, Bioqr™ Therapists must maintain open communication lines with patients’ medical doctors and other healthcare professionals. This collaboration can help patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatments for their needs and preferences.

Improving Therapist-Patient-Medical Doctor Relations

Establishing a mutually respectful and collaborative environment is essential for improving relations between therapists, patients, and medical doctors. This goal can be achieved by fostering open communication, sharing information about the patient’s condition and treatment options, and developing a personalized care plan that considers the patient’s needs, preferences, and values.

To enhance communication and collaboration, therapists and medical doctors should actively participate in interdisciplinary meetings or conferences, learning about the latest research and best practices in conventional and alternative medicine. Furthermore, healthcare professionals must pursue continuing education opportunities to broaden their knowledge and understanding of various treatment modalities, ensuring effective integration into patient care.

Patients also play a crucial role in facilitating communication and collaboration between their healthcare providers. Patients need to be proactive in discussing their treatment preferences, concerns, and goals with their medical doctors and therapists, as well as asking questions and seeking clarification when needed. By actively participating in their healthcare decision-making, patients can help ensure they receive the best care tailored to their unique needs and preferences.

Influential Researchers and Integrative Approaches

One influential researcher in this field is Dr. Wayne Jonas, a family physician and former director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine. Dr. Jonas advocates for an integrative approach to healthcare, emphasizing the importance of combining evidence-based conventional medicine with complementary therapies to optimize patient outcomes. In a recent interview, Dr. Jonas said, “We need to focus on healing the person, not just treating the disease. Integrative health uses the best conventional medicine and alternative therapies to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being” (Jonas, 2019).

Another prominent figure in integrative medicine is Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained physician and founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Weil has authored numerous books and articles promoting the benefits of an integrative approach to healthcare and has helped train thousands of healthcare professionals in incorporating alternative therapies into their practice.

These influential researchers and practitioners are examples of the growing movement towards a more integrative and patient-centered approach to healthcare, combining the best conventional and alternative medicine to provide optimal patient care.

The Role of Research in Advancing Integrative Medicine

As the interest in integrative medicine continues to grow, the demand for rigorous scientific research to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of alternative therapies and their optimal integration with conventional medicine also increases. This research empowers healthcare professionals with the evidence required to make informed decisions about the most suitable treatments for their patients. Furthermore, it helps identify gaps in knowledge and areas needing further research.

Several organizations and institutions actively advance research in integrative medicine, including the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the Society for Integrative Oncology, and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. These organizations support and promote research on alternative therapies and integrate them with conventional medicine, actively contributing to building a robust evidence base for integrative medicine.

Conclusion: Striving for Patient-Centered Care

In conclusion, pursuing natural or alternative healing methods can significantly affect a patient’s treatment outcome. While these therapies may offer potential benefits, patients, healthcare providers, and therapists must work together to ensure the patient’s safety and well-being are always the top priority. By fostering open communication and collaboration, we can help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare and support them on their journey toward optimal health and well-being.

Integrative medicine represents a promising and rapidly evolving approach to healthcare, which seeks to combine the best of conventional medicine with complementary therapies to optimize patient outcomes. By embracing this patient-centered approach, healthcare professionals can help patients navigate the complexities of their healthcare journey and ultimately achieve optimal health and well-being.

References:

Vickers, A. J., Vertosick, E. A., Lewith, G., Macpherson, H., Foster, N. E., Sherman, K. J., … & Linde, K. (2018). Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, 31(5), 583-592.
Johnson, S. B., Park, H. S., Gross, C. P., & Yu, J. B. (2018). Use of alternative medicine for cancer and its impact on survival. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 110(1), 121-124.
Jonas, W. (2019). Dr. Wayne Jonas
Bioqr™ Therapy. Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved from https://www.biotherapy.asia/bioqr-faq/

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

by ivan roca

GENERAL

Bioqr™ is bioenergy-assisted immune treatment. A therapist uses his own bio-electromagnetic field to stimulate the patient’s immune system in a nonspecific and specific way. The stimulated immune system responds and “heals” the patient.

Bioqr™ therapy is a bioenergy treatment first developed in Eastern-Europe in the late 1960s as a modern, secular approach to traditional hands-on healing methods with biological and physical reasoning. Later, the method crossed Eastern-Europe to ex-Yugoslavia in the late 1970s’ where it has merged with similar methodologies and has been researched and applied as a complementary medical intervention. The founder of Biotherapy Asia, Ivan Roca, adapted these methodologies and cleared it from the folklore and unnecessary procedures, techniques, and philosophies. Bioqr™ method is a purely medical, highly structured bioenergy system that can be easily applied in a clinical or non-formal environment. The name of the method is Bioqr™ – Human Bioenergy Therapy.

Bioenergy is the energy dynamic observed within living organisms. Also, it is a scientific name that tries to encompass a very broad interdisciplinary area of research into the energy of a living organism. “Bios” is an Ancient Greek word meaning life, and energy is another Ancient Greek word, meaning activity, but here it signifies potential and possibility. Bioenergy has nothing to do with concepts like bioplasma, Chi, Qi, Ki, Prana, Universal energy, Life energy or Orgon.

Yes, with an electromyography device (EMG).

EMG is an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. EMG is performed using an instrument called an electromyograph to produce a record called an electromyogram. An electromyograph detects the electric potential generated by muscle cells when these cells are electrically or neurologically activated.

No. The therapy is successful even if a person does not believe in the biological effect of the immune system stimulation with the human bioenergy field, which is a result of ignorance and a lack of information.

The body response does not depend on our beliefs. It is an automatic and autonomic biological process.

A Bioqr™ therapist uses different hand positions and movements in combination with muscular tension and/or relaxation to stimulate the recipient’s immune system for his/her specific medical condition. Human endogenous bio-electromagnetic radiation interferes with the bioenergy processes of a diseased person to alter the metabolism and cause a body shock response that triggers the immune system activation in a specific and non-specific way.
Every movement has a different energetic signature so that the biotherapist can trigger an immune response in different tissues for different purposes. Immune response due to a “shock” to maintain homeostasis (check danger model of the immune system from Dr. Polly Matzinger), stimulates natural defenses.

A therapist uses muscular tension and relaxation to consciously send bioelectrical signaling (active potentials) of a higher or lower electromagnetic radiation intensity into the area of the hands. Propagation of the action potentials in the nerves and muscles produces a bio-electromagnetic field that radiates outside of the human body.

All the ‘manipulation’ processes occur automatically which is a completely natural process that is constantly taking place, but most of the time we are not aware of it. Bioenergy therapy is the application of natural energy processes and laws for awakening your own immune defenses, which due to a disharmonious way of life or due to some other factors (genetics, environment, etc.) become weakened or stop functioning entirely.

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Bioenergetics is the part of biochemistry concerned with the energy involved in making and breaking of chemical bonds in the molecules found in biological organisms. It can also be defined as the study of energy relationships and energy transformations and transductions in living organisms. The ability to harness energy from a variety of metabolic pathways is a property of all living organisms. Growth, development, anabolism, and catabolism are some of the central processes in the study of biological organisms because the role of energy is fundamental to such biological processes. Life is dependent on energy transformations; living organisms survive because of the exchange of energy between living tissues/ cells and the outside environment.

The essence of the biofield perspective is that a variety of endogenously generated electromagnetic and other fields act within and between multiple levels of biology, from molecular and cellular, through tissues and whole organisms to affect our personal and perhaps even our interpersonal functioning. The human body is a biofield.

Biofield science is an emerging field of study that aims to provide a scientific foundation for understanding the complex homeodynamic regulation of living systems. By furthering our scientific knowledge of the biofield, we arrive at a better understanding of the foundations of biology as well as the phenomena that have been described as “energy medicine.”
Biotherapy is biofield therapy.

Yes, bioenergy/energy therapy is nowadays practiced throughout the world and is called biofield therapy. New approaches in scientific research are slowly revealing the possible mechanism of bioenergy therapy. Many hospitals and medical centers are slowly starting to integrate bioenergy therapy to complement and support conventional medicine.

THERAPY

No, Bioqr™ therapy is complementary and supplementary to all other medical and ‘alternative’ therapies, even though, in many cases, it is much more successful and efficient. After therapy, you should not discontinue the medication or other treatments or medical procedures prescribed by your doctor. Only a biomedical check-up can confirm improvement and make further decisions in conjunction with the patient about continuing or discontinuing conventional medical treatment.

With groups of people, energy potentials multiply and “share” automatically. When in a group, it is easier to observe improvement during the therapy itself. It is also easier to exchange experiences. Group dynamics are an essential part of the subconscious work.

No! A natural energy process cannot be harmful in itself. Biotherapy is a noninvasive treatment without side-effects.

Yes, a diagnosis is necessary from a doctor. We do not diagnose.

No special preparation is needed. It is advisable to come at least 15 minutes before the beginning of therapy. It is desirable to free yourself from as many commitments as possible during the therapy days. Strong reactions during therapy are possible which can interfere with our everyday activities. It can be detrimental to the therapy if we are forced to rush off somewhere, or if we are not totally committed to the therapeutic process. Therapy cannot be beneficial if we are feeling pressured.

Depending on the individual, what is felt ranges from very powerful sensations to no sensation at all. Some people feel a tingling, burning or prickling sensation, coldness, draft, pressure, momentary relief, fatigue or drowsiness, uncontrollable laughter or crying, a floating sensation in the extremities, body movement, dizziness or vertigo. Whether or not a patient feels something during therapy, is not an indication of the success of the therapy, because everybody is unique and therefore they react in unique ways.

No, only a medical specialist can decide about discontinuing the medication. 

After 15 to 30 days, depending on the condition treated, one can expect results that can be objectively measured by means of clinical medicine. Sometimes in the first 15 days after therapy symptoms increase, or a sudden deterioration occurs, which is a crisis that signifies a strong bodily reaction to the intensified activities of a regenerated immune system.

Therapy can be repeated in consultation with a therapist and in accordance with other therapeutic forms that are applied.

Yes, but it is important for the patient to personally commit to the decision to stop drug or alcohol misuse.

All diseases can be treated successfully. With some diseases, the objective success will be complete recovery, while with others, symptoms of the disease will be alleviated, or the result will be greater independence for the patient or arrest the development of the disease, depending on a number of factors that are not directly related to Bioqr™ therapy. We don’t treat medical conditions with psychosis or contagious diseases.

Yes, except schizophrenia and other mental diseases with psychosis. Patients with mental diseases must be accompanied.

With genetic diseases, we can only maintain symptoms with treatments on a monthly or a bi-monthly basis.

Yes, children of any age can be treated.

Yes. If the patient is vulnerable or being cared for by somebody else, then they will need to be accompanied.

Yes, it is possible for educational or research purposes and if you accompany someone else for some objective medical reason.

There is no price enforced for the therapy. At the end of the therapy session, an anonymous donation is made to the therapist.

MISCONCEPTIONS

Bioqr™ therapy is not based around the traditional concepts of the Life Force or Life energy like Qi or Prana. These concepts belong to Vitalism which was dropped in biology almost 100 years ago. Traditional concepts of the Life Force don’t have any scientific evidence to support its existence. Also, modern biophysics, biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and genetics operate in a realm of the modern understanding of the world which is evidence-based knowledge. Qi, Prana, Pneuma and Life Force are spiritual concepts that are not biological or physical. The etymology of the words Qi, Prana, and Spirit is the same, the breath. 

No, we are based on a very modern approach to bioenergy therapy. Chakras and Auras don’t exist in a biological realm. They are only interesting mental concepts developed as a part of the New Age movement. To put it in a simple way, there is no Chakra and Aura as physical entities. They are just concepts.

Nothing in the classical sense where the healer is considered to be more spiritual than others. Medicine is a science of the mind, body and social well-being. Spirituality is a concept of the world that has many different faces and understandings. Medicine and spirituality are two completely different subjects. In some special cases, spiritual thinking can be beneficial for the patients, for example in hospice, pain management, palliative care, psychological work, etc.

No, this is a misconception that has roots in spiritism and animism. Energy is not bad or good. Energy is benevolent. Sometimes people use the word “energy” to express emotional states which are purely subjective and have nothing to do with term energy in modern physics.

Nothing, it is another misconception where a few psychological phenomena were thought to be the sixth sense. Unfortunately, humans don’t have magneto-receptors and electro-receptors beyond 5 senses which are developed due to our evolutionary needs to protect and survive.

No, anyone can do energy therapy. Healing is not a supernatural ‘special power’ that somebody possesses, but an application of knowledge and skills.