Unraveling Bioenergy Therapy: A Scientific Approach to Energy Healing

Bioenergy therapy, based on bioelectricity, offers a science-supported healing approach. Understanding its principles can reveal health and well-being advantages.
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Introduction

Bioenergy therapy, known as “energy healing,” has long been a subject of curiosity and misunderstanding. With scientific advancements in our understanding of bioelectricity in the human body, it is essential to debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding this therapeutic approach. This article explores the history of misconceptions about bioenergy therapy, its foundation in physics and biology, and the impact of external energy on the human body. Our goal is to provide an informative and engaging read that encourages you to learn more about the science of bioenergy therapy.

Misconceptions and Their Origins

Throughout history, ancient cultures worldwide believed in an omnipresent life force that created and connected all living and nonliving things. This invisible force, Qi, Prana, Spirit, Elan Vitae, or Pneuma, was considered unique or supernatural. This perspective led to a disconnect between ancient notions of energy and modern physics, giving rise to misconceptions about bioenergy therapy.

Many people today continue to associate bioenergy therapy with supernatural or spiritual beliefs, which hinders their understanding and acceptance of this therapeutic approach. However, contrary to these misconceptions, bioenergy is a natural phenomenon explainable through scientific principles. The foundation of modern bioenergy therapy lies in physics and biology, emphasizing bioelectricity rather than ancient energy beliefs.

The Scientific Approach to Bioenergy Therapy

Bioelectricity refers to the electrical signals living organisms generate during various physiological processes. In the human body, bioelectricity is crucial for maintaining homeostasis, supporting physiological functions, and regulating the biological function of cells and organs. These functions include immune system response, cellular energetics, and metabolism.

This scientific approach to bioenergy therapy differs from the misconceptions of supernatural or spiritual healing methods. Contemporary researchers investigate the effects of low-powered electromagnetic fields and other energy sources on the human body. They explore how external energy can stimulate tissues and promote healing responses.

Impact of External Energy on the Human Body

The energy used in bioenergy therapy is not related to emotional states or supernatural phenomena; instead, it relies on scientifically proven physics principles and the body’s natural response to external stimuli. Our bodies consist of intricate energy systems with interrelated layers of functionality. When external energy, such as electromagnetic fields, interacts with our bodies, it can produce various physiological and biochemical effects. These effects may lead to cellular function, tissue repair, and immune response changes.

Bioelectricity’s Role in Cognition and Consciousness

Bioelectricity also plays a critical part in cognition and consciousness. In the brain, bioelectric signals transmit information between neurons, enabling us to process sensory input, generate thoughts, and make decisions. The complex patterns of bioelectric activity in the brain give rise to our conscious experiences, forming the basis of our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions.

Bioelectricity in Immune System Response and Homeostatic Maintenance

Bioelectricity is crucial in maintaining homeostasis and supporting various physiological functions, including the immune system response. When encountering foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses, the body sends bioelectric signals to immune cells like macrophages, neutrophils, and lymphocytes. These signals prompt immune cells to migrate to the infection site, where they collaborate to neutralize the threat. Additionally, bioelectricity actively regulates inflammation, an essential aspect of the immune response, by controlling the production of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory molecules.

In addition to immune response, bioelectricity is essential for upholding homeostasis in the body. Homeostasis refers to the stable internal environment required for optimal cellular function. Bioelectric signals regulate various homeostatic processes, such as nutrient transport, waste removal, and pH balance, ensuring the body’s internal environment remains stable despite external changes.

Regulating the Biological Function of Cells and Organs

Bioelectricity is responsible for regulating the biological function of cells and organs. For example, it plays a crucial role in nerve impulse transmission, allowing the nervous system to communicate with other body parts. In the heart, bioelectric signals coordinate cardiac muscle cells’ rhythmic contraction and relaxation, ensuring efficient blood circulation.

Furthermore, bioelectricity is involved in cellular energetics and metabolism, as it governs the flow of ions across cell membranes. By regulating ion channels and pumps, bioelectric signals control the transport of essential nutrients, waste products, and signaling molecules, affecting cellular function and communication.

Exploring Bioelectricity’s Involvement in Higher Cognitive Functions

Recent research suggests that bioelectricity may be involved in higher cognitive functions like learning and memory. Studies have shown that changes in bioelectric activity can alter synaptic plasticity, which is the ability of neural connections to strengthen or weaken over time. This process is essential for the formation and consolidation of new memories, as well as the adaptation of cognitive processes in response to new experiences.

Conclusion

Bioenergy therapy focuses on understanding the natural world and the complex interactions between energy and the human body rather than mysticism or spirituality. It is crucial to dispel misconceptions surrounding bioenergy therapy and concentrate on the scientific understanding of this therapeutic approach. Doing so can help us appreciate its potential benefits and encourage further research.

As our knowledge of bioelectricity and bioenergy therapy continues to expand, it is essential to keep an open mind and remain receptive to the scientific evidence that supports this fascinating field. Challenging misconceptions and embracing the science behind bioenergy therapy can unlock its potential to improve the health and well-being of countless individuals.

The next time you encounter bioenergy therapy or so-called “energy healing,” remember that it is rooted in scientific principles, specifically bioelectricity, and not supernatural beliefs. Embrace the opportunity to learn more about the science behind this fascinating therapeutic approach. You may discover how bioenergy therapy can positively impact your health and wellness journey.

 

References:

Here is a selection of scientific research papers and articles related to the etymology, biophysics, and modern medical applications of bioelectricity, with a focus on Qi (Chi):
1. Rubik, B. (2002). The biofield hypothesis: its biophysical basis and role in medicine. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 8(6), 703-717.
2. Becker, R. O., & Selden, G. (1985). The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life. William Morrow and Company.
3. Oschman, J. L. (2000). Energy medicine: the scientific basis. Churchill Livingstone.
4. Muehsam, D., & Ventura, C. (2014). Life rhythm as a symphony of oscillatory patterns: electromagnetic energy and sound vibration modulates gene expression for biological signaling and healing. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2(2), 40-55.
5. Jahnke, R., Larkey, L., Rogers, C., Etnier, J., & Lin, F. (2010). A comprehensive review of health benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. American journal of health promotion, 24(6), e1-e25.
6. Chen, K. W., Perlman, A., Liao, J. G., Lam, A., Staller, J., & Sigal, L. H. (2008). Effects of external qigong therapy on osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical rheumatology, 30(12), 1625-1634.
7. Lee, M. S., Jeong, S. Y., Lee, Y. H., Jeong, D. M., Eo, Y. G., & Ko, S. B. (2005). Differences in electrical conduction properties between meridians and non-meridians. The American journal of Chinese medicine, 37(5), 849-858.
8. Levin, M. (2014). Molecular bioelectricity: how endogenous voltage potentials control cell behavior and instruct pattern regulation in vivo. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 25(24), 3835-3850.

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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.