Biofield Science and Healing
What is Biofield Science?
Allopathy, the dominant form of Western medicine views the human
body mainly as a machine with interacting fixable parts called organs
and chemical pathways, which can be modified by surgery and drugs
to restore and maintain healthy function. Biofield Science explores
the view that molecules, cells and organs of living systems
communicate via fields of energy and information that serve as
additional means of self-regulation to maintain health. The biofield
hypothesis suggests that biofield activity is a normal ongoing health
promoting function of the body, and that intentional alteration of the
biofield can regulate health processes via pathways that mediate
aspects of our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Some
biofields, such as in the form of EEG and ECG patterns, are readily
measurable and are in common use as diagnostic indicators. Other
aspects of ‘biofields’ appear more difficult to measure, but could be
modulated by biofield therapists (such as Reiki and Healing Touch
practitioners) to affect health.
Despite these barriers, biofield scientists across the globe continue to conduct high-quality small-scale studies that show strong promise for impacting health and healing. In order for this area to move forward and achieve maximal impact, a clear collaborative strategy for rigorous science is needed. The scientists conducting the work are geographically distributed, and have few opportunities at existing meetings to convene and formulate a collaborative strategic plan for research.
Biofield Science and Healing Meeting September 2014
This meeting, held at the Pacific Pearl Center in La Jolla, California in September 2014, brought together scientists from the domains of physics, biophysics, medicine, clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, sociology, biochemistry, and engineering, as well as biofield healing practitioners and key stakeholders in the area of biofield science. The meeting was highly successful in terms of mapping the current state of the science and considering next steps to fulfill the common mission of building a transdisciplinary approach to research in biofield science.