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RESEARCH & ARTICLES

Energy Medicine: The Future of HealthCare Is Here Now

By Dr. George Dellas (Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopath, certified FlameTree healer & instructor)

As Featured in the Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists Volume 10, Issue 1, Autumn 2012

The purpose of this article is to obtain an understanding and overview of energy medicine therapies and to identify any literature support for a new energy medicine healing system learnt by the author in December 2009 called FlameTree: the personal development & healing system. In doing so, the author discovers that the field of energy medicine is considered to be the “future of medicine”, despite few randomized control trials being published for energy medicine therapies. Based on the striking clinical and emerging scientific findings, along with the extensive amount of anecdotal evidence available however makes energy medicine healings a phenomenon that cannot be ignored by the scientific community. The interest in energy medicine does not stop with the anecdotal evidence. There are research papers published into establishing clinical trial protocols for energy based medicine therapies, the development of a psychometrically sound healing impact questionnaire for these therapies and detailed explanations of the possible mechanisms for energy medicine through various theoretical models including the six pillars of energy medicine. In gathering this information, the author ascertains that although FlameTree was first taught in the public domain early 2009, the current literature offers support to its application as an energy medicine system. Based on this support and coupled with the case notes from certified FlameTree healers documenting changes for their clients, the author proposes that the future of healthcare is here now. Keeping in line with evidence-based medicine, what is required now are the randomized clinical trials to test this proposition

Introduction

“Energy Medicine is the future of medicine” Dr Norman Shealy, the founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association, had been quoted as saying based on the striking clinical and emerging scientific findings. This is a bold statement to make considering that energy medicine is considered to be a “microdot” in the health field, representing only a small fraction of 1% of the $2.2 trillion dollar healthcare industry in the USA alone. Microdot or not, due to the extensive amount of anecdotal evidence available on energy medicine, this is a phenomenon that cannot be ignored.[1]

However, ‘rejecting’ single case outcomes based on anecdotal evidence alone appears appropriate as this does not replace or constitute the scientific randomized controlled trails demanded by evidence based medicine. That is, looking at the single accounts of energy medicine in isolation is considered to be unreliable, however when taken together, the whole body of evidence indicates that there is a phenomenon in energy medicine that is worth investigating further.[2]

This situation draws a parallel to a recommendation paper for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in family practice facilitated by gastroenterologists at an IBS Consensus Conference where it was evident that evidence based medicine was lacking due to the absence of randomized controlled clinical drug trials. However, it was highlighted that there is also insufficient evidence to recommend a total ban on drug use, with a number of popular medical treatments being suggested for clinical application.[3],[4]

Drawing from the same logic as the IBS Consensus Conference, there is also insufficient evidence to recommend a total ban on the application of energy medicine practices. This logic is also supported by Braun and Cohen (2010) in highlighting that “it is also important to recognize that a lack of evidence for a particular effect does NOT mean that there is evidence for a lack of effect. Put another way, no evidence is not the same as negative evidence”.[5]

The lack of evidence based medicine in the field of energy medicine however has not deterred the general public in seeking out energy medicine therapies. Two national telephone surveys conducted in 1990 and 1997 highlighted the rapid growth of energy healing and this was reported over a decade ago, despite the absence of evidence based randomized clinical trials being reported.6

In an attempt to raise the credibility of energy medicine therapies, a research team outlined the application of the principles of randomized clinical trials to trials in energy healings. Their goal was to relate essential study design criteria that will confer internal and model validity on the conduct of such trials thereby increasing the likelihood to conform to western medicine evidence based clinical practice.[6]

In 2009 a research team from the University of Southampton School of Medicine, Aldermoor Health Centre, Southampton, UK, also recognized that energy healings, i.e. ‘spiritual healings’, are a neglected area of medical research. It stands to reason that in order to conduct further research into the effects of ‘healings’, a valid and reliable outcome measure is required that captures the experience of individuals receiving healing. A psychometrically sound healing impact questionnaire was therefore created by this team that is acceptable to healers and researchers for use in future evaluations of energy healings. The resulting questionnaire is called the Harry Edwards Healing Impact Questionnaire (HEHIQ).[7]

What Then Constitutes Energy Medicine Practices & Healings?

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has classified energy medicine therapies into two basic categories: the veritable or bio-electromagnetic-based therapies, and putative energy field (also called “biofields”) therapies.[8]

Diagnostic evaluations such as electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG), whilst easily accepted in today’s medicine as conventional, are basically energy medicine as they measure the electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) of the heart and brain.8,10 They are categorized as the veritable energies because they employ mechanical vibrations and forces, that is, sound, light, and magnetism, all with measurable wavelengths and frequencies.8

The putative energy therapies recognize the body’s vibrational energetic dimensions as the vital moving force; the source of health and well-being. Sensitive physical and biologic detection technologies, such as the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), are beginning to reliably measure this putative field, demonstrating the very properties that ancient civilization used and that perceptive individuals identified. For example, Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this animating energetic consciousness ‘Qi’ (or “Chi”), in Ayurvedic Medicine it is referred to as ‘Prana,’ the Japanese describe it as ‘Ki’, and early last century Europeans named it the ‘Vital Force’.8

A research team lead by Professor Irene Cosic from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, further adds support to the measurability of putative energy therapies. The results from their acupuncture meridians and EEG activity studies confirm that the human body absorbs, detects and responds to environmental electromagnetic fields and artificially extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields. Their research into acupuncture meridians suggests that there is a possibility for a new diagnostic approach. Furthermore, acupuncture meridians have been identified to act as filters, allowing only certain frequencies to pass through and attenuate all other frequencies. These findings suggest that there is a close correlation with that of Nature’s own resonate frequencies and therefore this correlation “may indicate a relationship between one’s existence and functioning as an integral part of nature and the Universe. It could also explain the sensitivity of our bodies and mind to changes in the environment and even the universe, which has been used by our ancestors throughout time as a form of spiritual guidance and a form of healing”.[9]

Energy therapies categorized as the putative energy fields includes a wide variety of modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy and aromatherapy, in addition to the use of magnets, sound, and herbs. Other techniques include touch, non-touch and non-local/distance methods such as Reiki, Zero Balancing, Craniosacral therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch and Spiritual Healing. Furthermore, there are some interventions that use time-honored postures and movements, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong, to bring about balance and harmony to the energy fields. All of these practices effectively guide life’s energetic patterns by directing the putative energy of the body to influence health.1,6,7,8,[10]

This categorization of energy medicine therapies however reinforces the ongoing divergence between conventional western evidence-based medicine and the complementary/alternative medicine and healing based therapies. That is, veritable energy therapies (conventional medicine accepted) versus putative energy therapies (contemporary science/medicine considers nonexistent).1,8

It is suggested that a possible barrier to conventional medicine taking putative energy therapies seriously, particularly when it comes to distant healings, may be in the conventional medicine belief that it is fundamentally incompatible with the scientific world view. This world view has refused reference to spiritual beings and forces and has rendered mind itself an epiphenomenon, a “spook” that mysteriously haunts the physical brain. This, however, does need not be the case.1,10, [11]

Consciousness research has, over decades, accumulated evidence of the real and measureable existence of “spooky actions at a distance” such as modes of telepathy, telekinesis, clairvoyance, and the like. More recently scientists have begun rigorous study of the effects of distant healing intention and prayer vis-a-vis nonhuman living systems and clients in clinical trials.11

It is suggested that a body of sound research has now been accumulated which for many supports the reality of healing beyond reasonable doubt and provides evidence that healing can occur when psychological factors, which may manifest as the placebo response, have been eliminated or allowed for in the analysis. When combined with the mass of anecdotal evidence already described, it may be concluded that the reality of healing has been demonstrated. However, because many scientists and doctors still regard this reality as unproven, there is a need for further and ongoing detailed research to place ‘healings’ on a more substantial footing in the mainstream of science and medicine.2

Explaining Energy Medicine

Although conventional medicine considers the putative energy therapies nonexistent, contemporary physics has generated a series of paradigms that can be used to make sense of, interpret, and explore energy and distant healings. Four such models; two drawn from relativity theory and two from quantum mechanics have been suggested.11

As an overview of these models, the first discusses the energetic transmission model, presuming the effects of conscious intention to be mediated by an as-yet unknown energy signal. The second is the model of path facilitation. As gravity, according to general relativity, “warps” space–time, easing certain pathways of movement, so may acts of consciousness have warping and facilitating effects on the fabric of the surrounding world. Third is the model of nonlocal entanglement which is drawn from quantum mechanics. It is suggested that perhaps people, like particles, can become entangled so they behave as one system with instantaneous and unmediated correlations across a distance. The final one discussed is a model involving actualization of potentials. The act of measurement in quantum mechanics collapses a probabilistic wave function into a single outcome. It is suggested that perhaps conscious healing intention can act similarly, helping to actualize one of a series of possibilities; for example, recovery from a potentially lethal tumor. It is proposed that these physics-based mathematical models as suggestive and are not presented as explanatory to putative energy medicine therapies.11

In addition to these four models, six properties of energy medicine have also been identified and reviewed which is believed to give energy medicine therapies strengths that could augment conventional health care models.1 These properties were termed as the ‘six pillars of energy medicine’ and are listed below. They include the ways energy medicine:

  1. Can address biological processes at their energetic foundations (Reach);
  2. Regulate biological processes with precision, speed, and flexibility (Efficiency);
  3. Fosters healing and prevents illness with interventions that can be readily, economically, and non-invasively applied (Practicality);
  4. Includes methods that can be utilized on an at-home, self-help basis, fostering a stronger client and practitioner partnership in the healing process (Client Empowerment);
  5. Adopts non-linear concepts consistent with distant healing, the healing impact of prayer, and the role of intention in healing (Quantum Compatibility);
  6. Strengthens the integration of body, mind, and spirit, leading not only to a focus on healing, but to achieving greater well-being, peace, and passion for life (Holistic Orientation).1

Bridging The Divide – FlameTree: the personal development & healing system

Although within energy medicine a divide exists between the conventional western medicine accepted energy medicine therapies (the veritable) and the not accepted ones (the putative), efforts have been made within the literature to heal this divide.1,6,7,11 These authors attempt to offer explanations, research models and validated data collection tools so that a possibility exists that all energy medicine therapies may be accepted by and incorporated into the conventional western medicine system.

However, unbeknown to these authors, their contributions to the field of energy medicine also provide the support and an understanding for interpreting the intention behind a new and emerging energy medicine based personal development and healing system called FlameTree: the personal development & healing system.

Founded by an Australian, Rhett Ogston (Degrees in Science, Human Biology, Chinese Medicine), FlameTree unites not only the ‘veritable’ and ‘putative’ energy medicine therapies, but all other therapies, systems and techniques not regarded as such, as they all can be accessed from within the basic FlameTree protocol. This energy medicine based system is modeled on the unified field theory, where everything is unified and represented. Nothing is excluded from FlameTree; everything is inclusive.[12]

What is FlameTree: the personal development & healing system?

It is described by the founder as a revolutionary state-of-the-art energy medicine healing and personal development system. FlameTree demonstrates the six properties of energy medicine, that is the six pillars of energy medicine; Reach, Efficiency, Practicality, Client Empowerment, Quantum Compatibility and Holistic Orientation1.

In demonstrating ‘Reach’, as electrical signals govern every physiological process1 and FlameTree influence electrical signals12, it can therefore addresses biological processes at their energetic foundations thereby being able to impact the full spectrum of physical conditions.

It is also suggested that the influence of energy fields on gene expression13 may prove to be at the core of energy medicine’s substantial ‘Reach’ in healing and disease prevention.1 FlameTree also includes this concept that gene expression can be influenced by energy fields and is illustrated within the FlameTree basic protocol.

In demonstrating ‘Efficiency’, FlameTree regulates biological processes with precision, speed and flexibility as it influences energy signaling. Energy signals are suggested to be 100 times more efficient and infinitely faster than physical chemical signaling.[13]

In demonstrating ‘Practicality’, a principle feature of FlameTree is fostering healing and prevention of illness with interventions that can be readily, economically and noninvasively applied. FlameTree identifies from the client’s own innate what is priority in order to facilitate the client’s own healing abilities through the use of specific hands-on approaches, postures, and specific movements that do not require high-tech equipment. If, however, high-tech equipment is needed, this would be identified by the client’s innate as a priority.

In demonstrating ‘Client Empowerment’ the FlameTree’s client priority approach coupled with various techniques that clients can do at home establishes a stronger client-practitioner partnership in the healing process.

In demonstrating ‘Quantum Compatibility’, one of the foundations of FlameTree is modeled on the concepts of quantum physics, with non-linear concepts being adopted which are consistent with the role of intention in healing and distant healing.12 The four models previously described, that is, energetic transmission, path facilitation, nonlocal entanglement and actualization of potentials10 are also suggestive to FlameTree, albeit they are not an explanation of how FlameTree works.

In demonstrating ‘Holistic Orientation’, FlameTree integrates not only the frequencies of the body, mind, and spirit but another five frequencies. In addition to this, the FlameTree protocol is inclusive of all other therapies, techniques and practices and thereby offers the FlameTree healer the potential to integrate everything. Everything is considered valid and undifferentiated; nothing is excluded from the FlameTree basic protocol.12It can therefore be argued that FlameTree takes the concept of ‘Holistic Orientation’ to a new level of consciousness.

FlameTree: the personal development & healing system is therefore not another energy medicine therapy or technique (putative or veritable) that one would add to their ‘tool box’ of therapies. Instead, the FlameTree’s founder describes it as being ‘the toolbox’. For example, if a client seeks assistance from a massage therapist, what will they usually receive? Based on the skill set of the therapist, a massage would be offered.

Similarly, if a client seeks assistance from a naturopath, they will usually receive a naturopathic treatment based on the biases of the naturopath, i.e. they could have an emphasis on western herbs or homoeopathy or clinical nutrition or liver detoxification or a combination of these. In contrast, a certified FlameTree healer will guide the client to what is priority for the client which arises from the FlameTree basic protocol based on the client’s innate direction.

Making The Client Priority

How does FlameTree achieve this? Certified FlameTree healers use a myocyte tendon reflex response to access from the client’s innate what is their priority. The myocyte tendon reflex generates a tension and relaxation response which is interpreted as ‘No’ and ‘Yes’. The ‘No’ or ‘Yes’ response is not a negative – positive interpretation, instead it serves to navigate the FlameTree healer through the systemized FlameTree basic protocol. This therefore creates the possibility to locate what and where the client’s energy blocks or charged events are within their body-mind complex.14

Once identified, these charged events (e.g. emotions, memories, thoughts, past life situations, and so on) can be released or neutralized through the indicated techniques, where the emphasis is placed on intention by the FlameTree healer to release these energetic blocks from within the client’s Body Mind Complex. This correlates with the 5th pillar of energy medicine, that is, Quantum Compatibility.1 Releasing these blocks, therefore, reinstates the natural healing energetic communications that had been adversely impacted by them.[14]

FlameTree operates on all frequencies of the body (i.e. biophysical, electromagnetic, spiritual, emotional, and so on) and uses information obtained directly from the client’s own innate being drawn from the FlameTree basic protocol through the use of the myocyte tendon reflex response in order to reestablish homeostasis of all frequencies. The ability to work at all frequencies and therefore influence all other frequencies of the body could be explained through the observations made of the acupuncture meridian system being thought of as acting as a filter, allowing only certain frequencies to pass through which then has the capacity to attenuate all other frequencies within the body9.

From the author’s experience of practicing FlameTree since December 2009, the role of the FlameTree healer is to act as a facilitator without an agenda. It is akin to being like a ‘blank canvas’, so that the client’s innate can bring to their own conscious mind what their priority ‘energetic blocks’ are at that present moment. Each ‘energetic block’ identified will then be released by using the indicated technique, thereby allowing the client the opportunity to heal themselves.

Once communication within the client’s Body Mind Complex is reinstated, healing occurs effortlessly, in the same way as your body stops a cut from bleeding. That is, you may initially consciously assess your cut and then apply pressure to your wound however your healing does not stop there. Your innate does the rest, effortlessly, without you having to consciously focus on your platelets coagulating, white blood cells guarding for invading pathogens and for your tissues to repair. It all happens as it was meant to happen, and this is what occurs with FlameTree: the personal development & healing system.

A Case Study Using FlameTree: the personal development & healing system

The author provides a case study from their own clinic notes to illustrate the clinical application of FlameTree: the personal development & healing system and how changes that occur with the client’s perceptions / beliefs influences their response to their environment which then influences their wellbeing. This outcome demonstrates the 6th pillar of energy medicine, Holistic Orientation.1

Date: 04/05/2010 Client Gender: Female Client Age: 34 years old
Occupation: Accounts Manager

Presenting Chief Complaint:

Client presents with neck pain and lower back issues, that have occurred for the last 1½ years. Client reports the subjective feeling of her “body falling apart”.

Client reports that the neck pain has been consistent (“always in pain”) for the last 4 months, however the neck pain has been an intermittent issue for the past 12 to 18 months. No specific trauma to neck is reported. The client also reports no referral pain. Neck pain is reported to be aggravated by work stress and prolonged sitting at her work desk. Past treatments include massage and physiotherapy. Both therapies provide 24 hour relief from the pain, however after 24 hours the pain returns with the same intensity. Lower back stiffness has been present since the client lifted a microwave 8 years ago. The client reports that she is normally able to manage the stiffness with exercise, however, her lower back aches if she “overdoes it at the gym” or she stands for prolonged periods in flat shoes.

Range Of Motion (ROM) Assessment:

Refer to Table 1 below

Recommendation to Client:
As this client had previously tried massage and physiotherapy to reduce her neck pain without any long term satisfactory gains, the author suggested a new approach for her complaint, that is, if she was open to trying a new system of healing. The author explained FlameTree: the personal development & healing system to her, highlighting that he had only recently been incorporating this healing system into his treatment approach since January 2010. The client agreed and consented to trying FlameTree.

The FlameTree: the personal development & healing system Assessment:
The author firstly ‘calibrates’ the client’s myocyte tendon reflex response. This step is essential prior to starting the FlameTree session. The calibration is performed to demonstrate to the client that this reflex exists and that they can clearly feel the difference between the tension–relaxation responses initiated.

Once the client is satisfied that they can feel the difference between tension/relaxation, the author is able to proceed. If the client is not satisfied that they can clearly feel this response then the session cannot proceed as the myocyte tendon reflex response is essential for interpreting the no (tension) – yes (relaxation) response in order to navigate the FlameTree basic protocol.

What was identified (the energetic blocks or cysts) from the client’s first FlameTree session using the myocyte tendon reflex response to navigate the basic FlameTree protocol:

Other systems –> DNH Technique –> Lower back [performed by author]
Basic elements –> Routing
–> ODAT
Mental –> Consciousness –> General Consciousness –> Separation [Individuate to the heart]

Techniques Used

1. DNH Technique:
This is a technique the author had learnt independent of FlameTree from a Brisbane osteopath who called his seminar on lower back and pelvic torsion complaints ~ Do-No-Harm Seminars, hence the acronym the author uses ‘DNH Technique’. It focuses on muscle testing and the reactivation of muscles that are felt to be weak on resistance testing. As the client’s innate identified this technique for the lower back, the author confined his assessment to the lower back, as taught by the osteopath.
This involved assessing muscle activation for the following muscles: psoas, quadriceps, gluteus medius and TFL.

2. Routing:
This is a FlameTree technique which refers to an inbuilt mechanism that is designed to protect the body from overtaxing itself physically, mentally or emotionally, a condition that athletes often refer to as “hitting the wall”. Some positive changes expected from using routing include dealing with stress better, by resetting the stress threshold levels, and feeling more “in flow” and connected.

3. ODAT (Osmosis, Diffusion, Active Transport):
This is a FlameTree hydration technique used to improve the client’s utilization of water throughout their body. Some positive changes expected from using ODAT include decreases in generalized
pain, headaches, improved energy and metabolism and better regulation of the thirst response and desire for water.

4. General Consciousness:
In FlameTree, general consciousness refers to specific concepts that create duality or splits the mind. Each duality creates opposing poles that must be held in opposition to each other, such as good or bad, with one pole being quantified as being right and the opposing pole as being wrong. Regardless of the topic, tension between the two poles creates ‘dis-ease’ in the Body-Mind Complex. General consciousness addresses the common factors that split the mind, such as separation, as indicated by the client’s innate in this case.

FlameTree Healing Session Interpretation

1. DNH Technique:
On assessment, the right psoas; left/right quadriceps and left TFL were weak on resistance testing. The relevant activation points for each of these muscles, as taught by the Brisbane osteopath, were stimulated by gentle circular rubbing to the indicated areas, so that on reassessment, these muscles were activating and the client felt a return of muscle strength on resistance testing.

2. Routing:
On explaining to the client the meaning of routing, she immediately remarked that she is stressed all the time both at work and within her personal relationship.

3. ODAT:
On explaining to the client the meaning of ODAT, she remarked that she has been “drinking water like a camel but felt like her body was not utilizing the water she drank”.

4. General Consciousness (Separation):
On explaining to the client the meaning of separation in relation to general consciousness, she remarked that this is how she had been feeling over the last 18 months as her body has been “falling apart” in relation to work and relationship stressors.

Interpretation of the client’s story:

The overall interpretation of the four energetic blocks identified by the client’s innate was to firstly reactivate the weakened muscles around her lower back / pelvis area as identified through the DNH Technique as the first priority.

The second priority was to then reset her stress threshold levels and allow the client’s body mind complex to ‘reset’ with the newly reactivated muscles in her lower back/pelvic area. The author highlights here that DNH technique was the priority and not a FlameTree technique, however the FlameTree system allowed for the other modality to be included and also assisted in updating the changes. The author proposes that without the FlameTree process, the DNH technique would not have held if it were not directed by the client’s innate, meaning that the client would have needed to return for more DNH technique.

The third priority was to hydrate her body through the appropriate utilization of water, which she had stated was a problem when her innate identified ODAT as a technique.

The final priority was healing the ‘split mind’ on the feeling of separation, which she had remarked was how she had been feeling after her innate identified to her consciousness that this was an energetic block that required releasing.

Treatment Outcomes:

Immediately after the FlameTree healing session, the client reported feeling lighter in her whole body and relaxed. There was a sense of calm that she did not have prior to commencing the session, which she reported not having experienced for over 18 months. Her neck and shoulders felt much looser and this was supported with reassessing trunk and neck ROM, with noticeable improvements in all ROMs (refer to Table 1).

Range Of Motion (ROM)

BEFORE

AFTER

Cervical ROM: Before FlameTree: After FlameTree:
Flexion Stiffness & pain was reported at end range No stiffness or pain reported at end range
Extension Able to look directly at ceiling above her with mild stiffness reported Able to look directly at ceiling above her with no stiffness reported
Rotation TO LEFTRotation TO RIGHT Restricted to 200 with painPain/Stiffness to end range reported Improved to 400 without pain, but some stiffness reportedNo pain, but slight stiffness reported at end range
Lateral Bending TO LEFTLateral Bending TO RIGHT Stiffness at end rangeStiffness at end range No stiffness reportedNo stiffness reported
Trunk ROM Before FlameTree After FlameTree
Rotation to Left and Right Full range; however feels stiffness in lower back on both movements through the ROM Full range, no stiffness reported through the ROM
Flexion Full range touches toes Full range touches toes
Extension Full range but feels discomfort in lumbar/sacral area Full range, however reported minimal discomfort
Lateral bending Full range with minor stiffness reported towards end range on both sides Full range with no stiffness reported at end range

Table 1: ROM Pre and Post FlameTree

Follow-up Treatments:

Date: 15/05/2010.
The improvements achieved from her first session lasted for approximately 4 days before the stiffness/pain in the neck returned. The client associates the return of her neck issue to a change in her work environment; that is, as described by the client ‘a very bad week’ with increased work demands. However, unlike on past occasions where work demands would have overwhelmed her, she reported that she felt ‘a difference’ in the way she was coping with the work stressors. Although her work environment changed with these increased demands, her neck/shoulder pain did not regress to the same intensity levels prior to commencing FlameTree and her lower back continued to remain pain free.

Another FlameTree healing session was performed; however, different energetic blocks were identified and released. As FlameTree results are cumulative, the author was not surprised with the client’s feedback after her sixth FlameTree session, (13/09/2010); that is, the client reported feeling “much calmer in herself and she was not reacting to work stressors like before, so much so that her boss was getting worried that she may not have been prepared for a major meeting because she was so casual about it unlike her past behavioral responses to major client meetings!”

This observation reinforces how the change in a person’s perceptions can impact on their response to their immediate environment and therefore demonstrates Holistic Orientation. That is, by releasing the energetic blocks which improves communication of their Body-Mind complex therefore allows for the integration of body, mind, and spirit, leading not only to a focus on healing, but to achieving greater well-being, peace, and passion for life. In this case, the perceived work stressors were not being perceived as “very bad” and therefore she was reacting in a much calmer manner to her work environment and consequently her neck/shoulder pain were not an issue, with other people within her work and home environment observing her changes!

This client, to date has had 13 FlameTree healing sessions with her last session being recorded on the 18/07/2011. Since her third FlameTree session (10/06/2010), she has not reported any significant neck or lower back pain. Furthermore, as FlameTree among other things purports to release energetic blocks that interfere with body-mind communication, it is not surprising that the client had reported being able to feel calmer and live more in the moment despite work and relationship stressors. The change in her perceptions to these environmental stressors was a pleasant side effect that she did not expect from her FlameTree healing sessions. This became the reason why she continued on with further FlameTree healing sessions, albeit her chief complaint had been resolved.

Conclusion: The Future Of Energy Medicine Is Here Now

In relation to the author’s proposition that “the future of healthcare is here now in the form of the energy medicine system called FlameTree: the personal development and healing system” the literature search and case study outcomes has led the author to conclude that this proposition is supported. A major criticism of this conclusion would be that no randomized clinical trials have been undertaken for this newly developed system and therefore further scientific investigation is warranted.

There are, however, various explanations within the current literature into the possible mechanisms of energy medicine that provide suggestions for the application and outcomes achieved with FlameTree. The ongoing accumulation of case notes from certified FlameTree healers documenting changes for their clients demonstrate improvement in client health, however, case notes are not replacements for randomized control trials, yet, the absence of clinical trials does not imply a lack of effect.

The key differences between FlameTree and other energy medicine therapies is that FlameTree is inclusive of all other therapies and is exclusive of none. FlameTree offers the practitioner the possibility to identify which therapy/technique will be appropriate for the client based on what energetic blocks are identified by the client’s innate through the basic FlameTree protocol using the myocyte tendon reflex.

FlameTree is in its infancy and further clinical studies are required. In supporting this process, the author has been given permission by Dr Bishop from the University Of Southampton School Of Medicine, to use their psychometrically sound healing impact questionnaire (HEHIQ) to assist with the gathering of evidence to support FlameTree outcomes. Furthermore, FlameTree has also been accredited by AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapies) for CPE’s (continuing practitioner education). FlameTree is also recognized by AON insurance to cover certified FlameTree healers in clinical practice thereby meeting the clinical practice requirements as demanded by healthcare practitioner associations.

All this creates a foundation from which FlameTree has the potential to grow and develop, with the anticipation for clinical trials to be undertaken in the future to add the necessary scientific evidence to support its application. Until then, word of mouth referrals from clients receiving FlameTree will continually judge whether or not this new personal development and healing system will be accepted or not within the public domain. From the author’s anecdotal experiences of implementing FlameTree into his clinical practice, the public response to date continues to support his proposition that the future of healthcare is here now.

 


About the author

Dr George Dellas (Chinese Medicine), naturopath, certified FlameTree healer and instructor) is both an experienced clinician having been practicing from his
St. Kilda Clinic, In Focus – Healing and Wellness Clinic since 1986 and as an educator, having been recognized by RMIT University for his Excellent Good Teaching Scale Score in 2010; being invited to lecture to his peers by AAMT (Australian Association of Massage Therapies) and is a highly respected trainer for MIMT (Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy) lecturing there for the past ten years.

George is a person with a wealth of experience, which grew from an innate desire to find something that was safe, efficient, effective and easy to apply in clinical practice to assist people to heal themselves. During his search, he completed studies in over 10 different specialties including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, abdominal acupuncture, naturopathy, western herbal medicine, health promotion, Biomesotherapy, Reiki, various massage therapies, homoeopathy, FFT (Functional Fascial Taping), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), bioenergetic imprinting, kinesiology and others.

Although his collection of qualifications grew, he was no closer to satisfying this innate feeling that motivated him do all this study in the first place. Instead, it created a problem that began to manifest; having gained so many skills which of these areas would he start with for his clients? All are valid therapies within their own right, yet not all were appropriate for his clients. This created a new challenge for him, that is, until he discovered FlameTree: the personal development & healing system.

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