by George Smith
1994

During the past twenty years or so there has been a remarkable interest and growth in many alternative medical therapies or so called 'holistic' medicine. Holistic means taking into consideration the total 'make-up' of a person including their body, mind, emotions and spirit. The popularity of various therapies has resulted from many factors. These include a degree of disillusionment with orthodox medicine and an awareness of possible side-effects of drug therapies.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2004

Reiki is an increasingly popular ‘therapy’ recommended for a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Developed in the late 19th century, it is characterised by the laying on of hands, and based on an ancient Buddhist healing technique. Like other alternative therapies with New Age associations, it involves belief in an invisible life force that generates self-healing. Reiki has no credible scientific basis and there is no evidence for its efficacy in controlled trials.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2004

Herbal medicines contain substances of plant origin and in general are available as over-the-counter products, not subject to close regulation. Whilst many valuable drugs have been identified, purified, evaluated for risk/benefit and eventually synthesised from plants, the effectiveness of most herbal medicines is still unproven and concerns about toxicity and drug interactions are real. In addition the history of the origins and present practices of the many varieties of herbal medicine indicate that they are rooted in and still associated with non-Christian belief systems.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2005

Chiropractic is an alternative system of healthcare and healing based on manipulation of the spine. Its founder, Canadian grocer DD Palmer, believed that maladjusted or displaced vertebra pressed on nerves, interfering with the flow of ‘Innate Intelligence’ and resulting in defective function and poor health which could be alleviated by chiropractic adjustment.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2005

Osteopathy is a popular and ‘respectable’ alternative therapy originally developed by Still and based on the idea that physical manipulation directed at ‘osteopathic lesions’ in the spine initiates holistic self-healing processes. Treatment by contemporary osteopaths includes orthodox advice regarding posture and exercise but concentrates on manipulative techniques for musculoskeletal problems.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2003

The rise of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been fuelled by disillusionment with orthodox medicine and the attractiveness of New Age spirituality. CAM is frequently rooted in Eastern religion and mysticism and the underlying aim of treatment is often to achieve a balance in the flow of 'vital energy', by various means. Whilst some alternative therapies might justifiably become part of conventional medicine in the future, each individual modality needs to be evaluated both medically and biblically.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2003

Reflexology is a 'touch therapy' with ancient origins based on the idea that pressure and massage applied to the foot can prevent and treat organic disease. Although relatively safe, it has no rational or scientific basis and randomised controlled trials show no evidence of its efficacy. Whilst a soothing foot massage may play a part in relieving stress, the basic philosophy behind reflexology has roots in the Taoist Chinese view of the life force ch'i and the concept of chakras in the Hindu practice of yoga.

by George Smith - Christian Medical Fellowship
2002

Amongst the alternative therapies available today, homeopathy is one of the most controversial. It has sometimes been described as 'the therapy that can't work but does work'. Investigation, however, suggests that it is far easier to appreciate the first part of this statement than to substantiate the second.

by Christian Medical Fellowship

Modern aromatherapy arose in the early 20th century and is an increasingly popular alternative therapy involving the application of aromatic oils, usually to the skin. The use of aromatic oils in relaxing massage is quite legitimate, but this use needs to be distinguished from their employment by New Age practitioners who attribute their 'healing' properties to 'balancing energy flows'.

by gotquestions

Practicing reflexology can be seen as giving approval to the all-encompassing energy teachings of such religions as New Age and Hinduism, which are diametrically opposed to biblical Christianity.

by jesus-is-saviour

Most holistic healers believe that illness is a spiritual condition, and they use methods based in occultism and Eastern religious views. Acupuncture originates in the belief that the yin-yang forces flow along invisible pathways in the body called meridians.

by Johan Malan

Medicine and the way people treat disease and illness are changing. Alternative medicine is gaining in popularity while, in some cases, science and mystical spirituality are joining hands to form a new frontier for the advancement of healthcare.

by Lighthouse Trails Research

A mystical pragmatism is growing particularly fast through various New Age healing techniques. One such procedure is called Reiki (pronounced ray-key), a Japanese word that translates to Universal Life Energy or God energy. It has also been referred to as the radiance technique. Reiki is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist healing system, rediscovered by a Japanese man in the 1800s, that only recently has come to the West.

by Marcia Montenegro

A brochure advertising Reiki, an energy healing technique, translates the word "Reiki" as "guided Universal Life Force Energy,"(1) Jones further asserts that "Reiki Masters are spreading Reiki throughout the world...bringing Reiki into private practice, centers, hospices, clinics, and even some hospitals."

by Ray Yungen

Energy healing techniques such as Reiki are growing quickly in popularity, even in Christian circles. When you've got someone as popular as Dr. OZ telling millions to practice Reiki you realize this is no small thing.