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believe that I owe an explanation.
thought about giving periodic seminars on the medicine that I practice, with the
idea of illustrating the talk until I was able to get photographic film to make
slides. Also, I wrote more than one
rough draft that I began with as much enthusiasm as this one.
first project was only dropped because my first doctor's office did not allow
room for more people than those with appointments, and, the second;
the pages, I noticed that a book had written itself. The result of my good intentions herein mentioned is, until
now, doubtful: I now have the doctor's office that I wanted, but, I did not give
any lectures, and the book keeps struggling to be finished.
decided to write this, somewhat between a letter and a brochure, but with
purpose of a Navigator's log. Before
continuing, I want to clarify that this idea is not a solitary one: many
patients throughout the years have requested me to do it, since this
diagnosis-therapeutic system is the result of combining different medical
schools with my own research.
moreover, it is almost impossible to explain it in such a specific and limited
scope as the doctor-patient relationship. It
is true that there is no time during a consultation, but, this is not an excuse,
since there are two powerful reasons to do it: firstly, you have a right to be
well-informed about the treatment you chose and the second is that this
information impacts positively on the therapy outcome.
should we call this medicine, that
includes among its best-known sources many from acupuncture, internal medicine
realistic name is that of Energy Medicine. But, don’t think that this is an
ambiguous confused term or that the
laws of the market dictate it. Energy
is not simply a "good idea" that allows one to explain why one becomes
ill of certain things and not of others, " invoked" with a lost, ignorant glance to
the horizon. There exist various
energies, but, vital energy or bio-energy, as it is preferably called,
we refer to herein.
time and space, the Chinese scientists’ pursuit was not a lonesome act. Other traditions also postulated the existence of vital energy that the
Chinese called qi, the Hindus, prana, and the Greeks
pneuma. Perhaps, our heroes of yellow complexion and slanted eyes made the most
of the research because they were true naturalists, and, therefore, observed
reality with astonished discoverers’ eyes. They did not have to deal with
theological sicknesses on their backs, they did not follow a line of
investigation to justify the existence of any God nor to demonstrate the
infallibility of the emperor, so, they could go as far as talent got them.
And, they arrived so far that one could say that, without intending to,
they have even designed the medicine of the future.
Also, they have found an "unusual partner" in the West, which rose from another history and in an absolutely different context, but whose investigations and findings match remarkably well those by these anonymous and brilliant pioneers.
Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) discovered the same energy that he called orgonic,
though he used other methods that managed to objectivize it and make it capable
of being experimented and tested upon.
of his findings have been integrated to this system in a very practical way
(this practicality is essential in medicine) as happens with the energy
accumulators whose use I allude to in Acupuncture points.
is the scientific world unaware of Reich’s works or does it try to lessen his
importance accusing him of madness, the greatest type of political diagnosis?
Well, you probably know that through history there have been many “crazy
people” who have been right, and that such comfortable labels have been
overused in order to avoid research work that could corroborate many of the
assertions by the best samples that this species has produced.
Energy means power in action.
biological energy is the "power
in action" able to produce physiological emotions like wrath or sadness and
events like muscular movement or glandular secretion. The reality of a live being comes to being altogether (integrated) and it
is not its fault that official science disintegrates it or studies it in
innumerable disciplines: Biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, etc.
do these facts have to do with explaining the foundation of this medicine and
its vision of these vital phenomena?
the first place, live bodies are solidly integrated: there isn’t one kingdom
of biological phenomena and another one of psychic phenomena, there isn’t a
“mental attic” or a "digestive sewer". Whatever happens with emotions will also occur in the intestine, the
bronchi or muscles, and vice versa.
is, also, a biological function. On
the other hand, a body where its different organs organize assemblies to come to
an agreement is inconceivable: one assumes that there exists a lubricated
understanding between the joints and the brain, the
endocrine glands and
muscles, between the heart and the kidneys, etc. And, yet, a widespread
superstition exists that the body is a sophisticated kind of mechanism whose
parts coexist almost by chance, under one whole skin, the unquestionable border.
driving ideas of this concept (birth):
The energy status of a living
system such as a human’s is
based on its internal harmony and its
correlation with the sea of energy/matter in which it finds itself: the other
human beings (society), the other living beings (animals and plants), as well
as, matter and the physical-chemical events that give place to this experiment
called life (nature).
The whole Cosmos is a sea of energy and matter dances to its rhythm. For that reason, the Chinese gave the highest importance to climatic change as the external cause of "sickness" and to emotional changes as the main internal factor. We will see that psychosomatic medicine and ecology could easily appear in the index of Chinese traditional medicine, a science that already has taken close to three millennia to develop.
foundation of this system can be found in Chinese traditional medicine and in
Reich’s proposals, as well as, in western science, which contributed with the
knowledge of the structure and functioning of organs, and of the events that
happen when they turn sick: Western internal medicine has also been a shining
contribution to human knowledge. And,
One cannot overlook basic biological research, especially when its objective is
knowledge and not gain, nor the theoretical and practical contributions supplied
by homeopathy and the naturalist schools, quite in agreement with those of
who’s right in this mare magnum of schools and thought? And, what’s more
important, where does one who needs this medicine stand in this issue?
sense (whatever that is) dictates that there must be "some truth"
each one of these positions. And,
that if different practices have proven efficient in different moments or under
various circumstances, it’s possible that they all share in some of the
success and failure.
other hand, it cannot be denied that medicine as science is traversing an
important crisis in its already old existence (and it is as old as man!). Unlike other disciplines,
contemporary medicine has not been updated
based on modern physics, the science that for 500 years has been governing
scientific development in the West: from Copernicus and
Galileo, physics has
been the outpost of knowledge and has managed to rally behind it the rest of the
disciplines, aided by its fruitful romance with mathematics.
the end of the century, the notion of reality that can be inferred from physics
has experienced important changes, especially, since the theory of
and quantum physics.
Biology and medicine have not acknowledged this impact. Modern medicine continues to correspond with so-called classical or
Newton physics and with Cartesian thought that is so akin to it. And, that is the reason why it still considers the human being a
escindida in body and soul, and, the body a mechanism whose organs are
mysteriously assembled, but, loosely articulated, and much less, “animated”
by the basic energy of life.
be said that current medicine uses modern technology to explore the body’s
interior, like ultrasound or magnetic resonance (practical applications of
quantum physics’ progress), but, not even these positive incorporations have
managed to modify official medicine’s rigid theoretical-practical armor.
Neither has The General Theory of Systems been viewed with approval, in
spite of it being included in a great variety of sciences and human activities.
modern medicine is stuck both in a great theoretical crisis, due to its stubborn
mechanization and its increasing dependency on corporations that make
medications and equipment, as well as, in a practical one.
proof of this is that you are reading this and looking for an
"alternative". But, be
aware that you yourself are that alternative and not medicine. In other words, you look for some things here, and, for others,
elsewhere. And, that’s the way it
should be, because it will be one or several generations of alternative hunters
that will call for the foundation of a more humane and efficient medicine.
fitting to make an effort to summarize and articulate the different
complementary approaches. Clearly,
it’s not a matter of summing up all the schools
and then dividing them up
again to obtain "a true average", and, neither is it a case of
standing in front of the problem with the typical dogmatism of an orthodox
militant for whom phenomena can only be interpreted by the ideology that they
to value the best of each school doesn’t invalidate the need to have a solid
basic theory that can operate as a buttress to construct a new medicine. And, here, it is necessary to take a gamble in earnest: the ground rock
should be based on an interpretation of how energy works in live beings. This gigantic task is in its beginnings, in spite of the groundwork made
by the tradition that precedes it.
to chapter 2: The strange relationship between health and sickness