The Dangers of Eastern Alternative Medicine (II)

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In part one, the occult principles underlying alternative medicine were highlighted. Now let’s delve into some examples of these techniques and their potential dangers.

1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves stimulating specific points of the body (acupoints) using thin sterile needles. It has been alleged to cure headache, neck pain, stroke, post operative pain and even hypertension.

Various scientific studies however declare that there are little evidence of acupuncture’s effectiveness or long term benefit. Other studies indicate that acupuncture works mainly due to the placebo effect.

Scientists have been unable to cure people by merely engaging in unspecific needle stimulation, thus, what makes acupuncture effective is not physical.

Acupuncture originated in China circa 100 B.C. from the traditional Chinese text, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. It spread to Japan and Korea in the 6th century AD and was adopted by Europe in 17th century. In the 20th century, it spread to Western countries.

Acupuncture is based on the occult principles of Taoism. In this system, chi/qi, yang and yin, zang fu, meridians and acupuncture points play vital roles in sustaining the human body. In this occult philosophy, when the body’s organs are deficient in a proper supply of cosmic universal energy (chi), it creates an imbalance or disharmony which results in diseases or pain.

The chi is said to flow from the body’s primary organs (zang-fu organs) to the “superficial” body tissues of the skin, muscles, tendons, bones and joints, passing through invisible channels called meridians.

Acupuncture needles are often inserted into locations along these meridians (acupoints) to stimulate the flow of the blocked chi in restoring bodily health. This is not science and it can’t be explained scientifically; it’s psychic healing.

As TCM spread to the West, other theories underpinning acupuncture emerged, resulting in conflicting theories and claims such that:

TCM practitioners disagree among themselves about how to diagnose patients and which treatments should go with which diagnoses. Even if they could agree, the TCM theories are so nebulous that no amount of scientific study will enable TCM to offer rational care.” [1]

This therapy is at best, a dice game. There’s also the potential danger of misdiagnosing serious illnesses. Given that acupuncture is based on an occult model of the human body, there may be possibility of opening up a patient’s spiritual portals. A person can get cured of nausea and pick up arthritis.

In the occult human anatomy, there are acupoints that control sex and blood circulation. This meridian point, if activated by psychic means, can awaken a person’s sexual energies. There’s another point (called “Point of the Nail” grip in Mormonism) which can cause symptoms like convulsion, rage and even insanity if psychically stimulated! [2]

Some documented side effects of acupuncture include infections, nerve damage, punctured lung and convulsion.

Several Chinese scholars in a review of the Chinese language literature found numerous acupuncture-related adverse effects including pneumothorax, fainting, cardiovascular injuries, traumatic cataract, recurrent cerebral haemorrhage, thoracic and lumbar spine injuries. [3]

Conclusively, acupuncture involves an ancient pagan therapy inexorably tied to Taoism. It can open a Christian up to spiritual defilement.

2. Reiki

This is an ancient Japanese technique which stresses psychic healing through the manipulation of mystical life energies. From the meaning of its name “spirit vital energy” it involves tapping into a supernatural power or force and causing this power to produce healing.

Reiki is said to reduce stress, boost the body’s immunity, increase the body’s supply of “life energy” and make people feel calm. It is said to impact not just the body, but also the mind, emotion and spirit. Hence, it’s said to be used for personal transformation.

Reiki was “rediscovered” by Dr. Mikao Usui (1865-1926) in Japan. Apparently, after many years of studying ancient Indian writings, he invented a formula for activating and directing mystical life energy. He was said to have taught Reiki to more than 2,000 people during his lifetime.

The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has attempted to validate Reiki as a healing therapy, but when scientists examined these works, they not only found problems with their methodologies, but also their results, which appeared to lack validity or reliability.

They found that there was no consistency in the application of Reiki; the same practitioner could produce different outcomes in different studies. Thus, it’s pseudoscience. Some scholars noted that:

Reiki postulates the existence of a universal energy unknown to science and thus far undetectable surrounding the human body, which practitioners can learn to manipulate using their hands.” [4]

When some of these Reiki practitioners pass their hands over a subject’s body they claim to look for “repelling energies,” “magnetizing energy” or “vibrations” that indicate where the balancing of chi is needed, but these ‘scientific’ terms are misleading. There’s no scientific evidence for chi or life force energy; they are spiritual forces.

Reiki instructors are often recruited by Reiki Masters. The master injects his psychic energy into the students, allegedly opening his psychic centers (chakras) and activating his ‘life-force.’

This is no different from how occult power is transmitted from a Hindu guru/sadhu to his disciples (shaktipat diksha). [5]

Reiki instructors are often initiated in a secret ceremony and when they reach the second degree, they are given the occult abilities to heal from a distance. These are purely demonic interactions, only that the demons have been given fancy names like “life energy,” “forces” or “vibrations.”

Some specialists combine Reiki with elemental spirits. They can for instance, invoke a fire deity (“angel Michael”) using red candles with certain herbs and incense to effect cures. These techniques of course, do work, but they are demonic and no Christian should try them out.

3. Homeopathy

This is a system of diagnosis based on the principle that the same substance causing symptoms in a healthy person will cure those symptoms in a sick person.

Homeopathy was developed by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). He was a physician who while translating a book which described the effects of quinine or Peruvian bark on Malaria, decided to take the drug himself. He was struck with the idea that there’s a possibility that a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person can possibly cure those symptoms in a sick person.

From there, he began testing this drug on himself and others and believed his results confirmed his theory: like cures like. Later, Hahnemann and his followers began administering minerals, herbs, and other substances to healthy persons, including themselves and recorded their observations.

Today it’s alleged that homeopathy cures typhoid, dysentery and malaria.

The first problem with his theory – which forms the basis of homeopathy – is that Hahnemann confused the symptoms he felt after taking quinine as malaria symptoms.

Hahnemann had taken quinine earlier in his life, and it is quite probable that his experiment had caused an allergic reaction which can typically occur with the symptoms Hahnemann described. However, he interpreted them as malaria symptoms.” [6]

Second, his methodology eliminated controls by assuming that the particular substances he introduced into himself and others actually had the effects he observed. He took it for granted that people can experience physical sensations after taking certain substances because of prior suggestions that the substance will produce those symptoms.

Third, he made experiences the determinants of truth. Both the practitioner and the subject assume that relying on one’s own experiences is all the proof one needs that homeopathic medicine cures. They never ask why or seek to investigate if other factors led to the cure instead of the homeopathic medicine. Again, we are confronted with the placebo effect.

Homeopathic medicines, following Hahnemann’s model, are susceptible to magical thinking. He discovered that certain substances produced some unusual reactions in some patients. He therefore sought to reduce the dosage given.

In an attempt to find the smallest effective dose of the substance, he diluted it. He thought he found a curious phenomenon: the more diluted the substance, the more powerful it becomes.

Thus, homeopathic medicines are successively diluted until not even a single molecule of the original substance remained – supposedly making it more effective. [7] This is not science, because it’s not dealing with a physical substance treating a physical ailment, but relying on psychic power to produce a cure.

Hahnemann even admits that:

The diseases of man are not caused by any [material] substance,… but they are solely spirit-like (dynamic) derangements of spirit-like power (the vital principle) that animates the human body. Homeopathy knows that a cure can only take place by the reaction of the vital force against the rightly chosen remedy that has been ingested. Thus, true healing art is…to effect an alteration in…energetic automatic vital force…” [8]

Homeopathy is based on metaphysical or psychic power. It invariably replaces conventional therapy especially in life threatening cases such as meningitis, asthma etc. which call for immediate treatment. A survey revealed that most homeopaths have a general negative attitude to immunization. It is a potentially dangerous therapy.

4. Therapeutic Touch

This is a healing therapy said to reduce pain and anxiety by placing the hands near the patients. Though it is said to cure people of stress, heal wounds and boost immunity, there is no justifiable scientific evidence of its efficacy.

Its practitioners state that by placing their hands on, or near a patient, they are able to detect and manipulate the patient’s energy field to produce healing. Like other examples of New Age medicine, it works based on occult principles.

Therapeutic Touch (TT) was developed in the 1970s by Dora Kunz, a Theosophist, and Dolores Krieger. While the practice is rooted in ancient mysticism, it has now been adopted as a course in several colleges and universities in various countries and adopted as a medical therapy in some hospitals in North America.

The works used to substantiate TT, like Science of Unitary Human Beings by Martha E. Rogers are metaphysical works that only seem “scientific” at the surface level.

In a certain case involving Emily Rosa, a 9 year old girl who tested the validity of TT, its efficacy was debunked as 21 practitioners were unable to detect her “aura” or energy field as she was demarcated from them by a cardboard screen. The slightest possibility of them locating even her hands were due to chance [9].

The whole concept of tapping into and manipulating energies is witchcraft. The “energies” being utilized in TT are not physical but spiritual powers inherent in spiritual beings. Therefore, for a person to utilize them, he must first be inhabited by demonic entities, and the patient can also become open to them.

A Wiccan Pagan Spiritualist who narrated her story on Obsession: Dark Desires, said:

“Bill [her husband] had a major stroke at the age of 40 … when I spoke with the doctors, I asked and I said “Is there not any hope?” and they told me, ‘No hope.’ I began to do healing touch which is where you actually give people energy, healing from the herbs (?), which comes up through your body and through your hands. With the grace of god, I was given him back, and three weeks, he was home.” [10]

Without much ado, it’s safe to conclude that a Christian seeking alternative healing therapy is playing the equivalent of a Russian roulette. It may offer some temporary relief, but at a huge spiritual price. In all, it’s important that we keep our physical bodies – God’s temple – free from such defilement (1 Corinthians 3:17).

Notes

[1] Barrett Stephen, M.D., Be Wary of Acupuncture, Qigong and “Chinese Medicine”, December 2007.

[2] Bill Schnoebelen and James Spencer, Mormonism’s Temple of Doom, 1987, 31-32.

[3] Zhang et al., Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2010, 88(1): 915-921.

[4] Lilienfeld et al., Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology, Guilford Press, 2014, 202.

[5] Holistic Health Practices/ Part 35 by Dr. John Weldon, 2009.

[6] Samuel Pfeifer, M.D., Healing at Any Price? Milton Keynes: England, 1988, 65.

[7] Samuel Hahnemann, The Chronic Diseases, Jain Pub., India, 1976, 19.

[8] Organon of Medicine, 6th edition, New Delhi: India, 1978, 173.

[9] Rosa et al. Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998, 279 (13):1005-10

[10] Aired on Investigation Discovery July 5, 2017.

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