Chiu-Nan Lai, Ph.D.
Chinese, Indian, and many traditional medicines can be called energy medicine. Modern Western medicine belongs more to mechanical medicine. There are many differences in thinking between these two approaches. How they can complement each other is a complex issue. Specifically, in today’s technologically advanced environment, emergency rescue procedures that are applied to many life-threatening conditions need to coordinate the many medical systems. The weak or infirmed, elderly or young are especially susceptible to sudden adverse reactions arising from radiation exposure. How to use energy medicine in such emergency situations is therefore very important.
The hospital is a place where emergency procedures are administered. At the diagnosis stage, hospitals rely on various apparatus to draw blood, to examine urine, to perform X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound procedures, and to take tissue samples. Emergency rescue procedures include the use of blood transfusion, intravenous feeding, diuretics, surgical operations, antibiotics, and chemotherapy. It is particularly important for patients undergoing these procedures to have their energy levels nourished and uplifted to counter the harm caused by these procedures. The hands, feet and seven chakras are important energy entry points. Key energy points to work on during emergencies include the point at the center of the palms, and the Yongquan acupressure point (located just above the center of the foot). The latter is especially important in nourishing the energy (qi) of the kidney, and in stabilizing the heartbeat. The acupressure points located at the palm center and Yongquan should be massaged with your palms in a clockwise direction (for those living in the Northern hemisphere) or anticlockwise direction (for those living in the Southern hemisphere). For those who are familiar with the use of the energy pendulum, press one hand on the center of your foot or palm, while allowing the energy pendulum held in the other hand to freely rotate. If the chain rotates in an anticlockwise direction, it means that negative energy is being discharged from the body. If it rotates in a clockwise direction, it means that energy is being replenished. Let the chain rotate until it stops by itself; when the pendulum stops moving, it suggests that the person no longer needs to discharge or replenish energy. People who are particularly weak may need ten or more minutes to complete the process.
Regulating the energy at the center of the palm or foot can help stabilize an irregular heartbeat or breathing. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the kidney relates to the water element, while the heart relates to the fire element. Thus, the kidney and heart have mutually balancing functions. When the kidney is weak, the heartbeat will also be abnormal. Therefore, when the energy point at Yongquan acupressure point (related to the kidney) is nourished, it will indirectly help the heart function. The palm center is more directly related to the heart. Depending on one’s needs, the energy at the center of the palm and foot should be recharged several times a day, particularly when one’s health is under threat. Massaging the energy fields can also serve to nourish one’s energy. The person doing the massage should stand by the patient’s side and hold his/her palm (left or right) one to two feet above the patient’s body. Massage by rotating the palm in a clockwise direction (for those living in the Northern hemisphere), increasing the number of rotations especially at the locations of the seven charkas. Perform this massage for the entire body’s energy field, starting from the location of the head and then to the feet.
If the patient has significant negative energy levels (e.g., from exposure to X-rays and chemical pollutants), use an anticlockwise direction (for those living in the Northern hemisphere) to cleanse his/her energy field. Discharge the negative energy into salt or salt water. Then massage in a clockwise direction to recharge the energy field.
If the stomach/spleen is not working well, channel energy to the navel area. Place the middle finger of the left hand gently on the indentation of the collar bone, and the right palm on the region around the navel. After five minutes, gently massage the navel area using half-circular movements. Repeat for seven days. To improve a patient’s spleen function, stand on the left side of the patient, and use the right hand to press on the patient’s right armpit, with the left hand on the patient’s navel. Do this for five minutes and repeat this for seven days. After the first day, the patient may excrete dark feces that have a sour smell.
Under normal circumstances, energy between the seven chakras will flow without restrictions. However, after an injury or lying down for too long, energy flow between some chakras become restricted, thereby impairing some bodily functions. Under these circumstances, assistance from others will be beneficial. If you are performing the massage, stand at the side of the patient’s bed, with one hand above the crown of the patient’s head, and the other hand on the root chakra (located at the base of the spine). Both hands are about 2 feet above the patient’s body. Stand quietly for about five minutes. At this time, the center of the palm may feel hot or tingling, or it may vibrate. Sequentially vary the position of the hands to each of the chakra locations so that the energy at all the chakras can flow freely.
For example, if the left hand is above the patient’s crown, the right hand can then shift to the position above the Dantian acupressure point (about two inches below navel), then the navel, heart, throat, and forehead. The left hand can shift to the positions above the forehead, throat, heart, navel, and the Dantian acupressure point. Spend three to five minutes at each location. Once this is done, move to the other side of the bed. Now, the right hand is above the patient’s crown, and the left hand above the root charka. The patient should do this once daily, or more frequently as needed.
Hanna Koreger suggests a method to discharge the X-ray radiation exposed during hospital stays. Use brown paper bag that contains some salt to sweep every part of the body. Replace the salt a few times in instances with greater X-ray exposure. Besides using sweeping movements up and down the body to clear the energy, it is also necessary to sweep in anticlockwise direction to discharge the radiation. Do this to energy fields close to the body, and those that are far away, even stand on a chair when performing this procedure because one’s energy field can extend up to the ceiling level.
Carefully select one’s diet and eat organic food uncontaminated by chemicals. People who are ill or old sometimes have dietary needs that are like infants – they need light and mild food. In addition, cold food should be avoided, and it should be heated above the person’s body’s temperature. It may be necessary to grind the food for those with weak teeth or physique and who cannot chew their food. The staple food can comprise grains that are grounded to powder after they have been toasted using slow fire. Add water or soup broth to dissolve the grain powder. The powder can be mixed with three times boiling water for those who prefer it a little drier, and with four to five times boiling water for those who prefer more soupy. Place this drink into a flask with a wide mouth and drink it after 10 minutes. Below are some recipes for consideration:
Add equal amounts of barley, oat and buckwheat, toast till cooked, and then grind to powder form. At the point of consumption, you can add some miso, organic oil (e.g., sesame oil, olive oil), yeast powder, or pumpkin powder. Barley gets to the kidney and is more appropriate if it is made a little salty. Rice products that can be used include unpolished brown rice (long or short grain), unpolished glutinous rice, millet, and barley. Add small amounts of qian-shi (Chinese medicine), wild yam and lotus seed. Using a low fire, fry till cooked, then grind to powder form and make a drink from it. As before, rice drinks can be salty or sweet. To obtain a sweet taste, add red dates or honey dates. Besides rice, consider adding lightly steamed vegetables or roots. Depending on one’s physique, it is possible to use warm water to prepare fruit juice, vegetable juice, or high-energy vegetable soup. You can first soak walnuts in water, and then grind it to make walnut milk. Food rich in polysaccharides can nourish the body. Currently, the market sells products containing polysaccharides produced from traditional food such as shitake mushrooms, rice, aloe vera, white fungus, red dates, schisandra and lycium, etc.
Patients who have been taking antibiotics can either orally take probiotics (friendly bacteria) or apply some probiotics liquid on their bodies. Those who have extremely weak physique can take a nutritional bath for seven days, or apply either human milk, goat milk, or cow milk on their bodies on a daily basis for seven days.
A nutritional bath is prepared in the following way: take a glass of cow milk, an egg (unfertilized with no antibiotics or hormones), along with freshly squeezed juice of one lemon, and pour the mixture into a bathtub of water. Dissolve the mixture in the water by moving your hand (immersed in water) in the shape of number 8. Soak your body in water for about 15 minutes (extremely weak people should start with about 5 minutes). After the bath, dry oneself, put on clothes, then cover oneself with a blanket, and rest in bed for 30 minutes. Do so for seven days, preferably at the same time each day.
If the patient is in the hospital and on intravenous solution, it is best to raise the energy level of the intravenous solution using the following ways: touch the drip container with energizer or water crystal energizer. One can also visualize golden, white, green, or blue light to “energize” the fluids within the bag; or charge it with prayers that are consistent with one’s religion (e.g., Buddhists can recite the great compassion mantra of Avalokisteshvara, the Six Syllable mantra, or the mantra of Medicine Buddha).
The patient’s caregiver who radiates optimism, peace and warmth can have a significant positive effect on the patient’s recovery. Use comforting and encouraging words to remind the patient to continue his/her daily spiritualpractice. Recognize that life is impermanent, and everyone can go anytime. How to maintain a positive and peaceful mind is very important.
The above are some suggestions on how to take care of a sick person.
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