HARMONYUM IN CLINICAL SETTINGS
RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL NEUTRALITY
Harmonyum is a safe and appropriate therapeutic modality for hospitals and medical offices serving patients and clients of all philosophical and spiritual backgrounds. It integrates easily with health plans that include psychology, psychiatry, internal medicine, acupuncture, chiropractics and physical therapy as an allied healing modality.
Empowering the Self Healing Mechanism and not Diagnosing
The primary goal of a Harmonyum Healing Treatment is to empower the self healing mechanism inside each person. The philosophy behind the Harmonyum experience is that it is a time when the practitioner and client release the connection to the health disturbance and focus on complete balance. For this reason, during certification programs, practitioners are guided to maintain spiritual neutrality toward all clients. Additionally, they are instructed not to discuss emotional, spiritual or psychological issues and not to diagnose their clients. While the Harmonyum treatment was developed through a certain spiritual tradition, its mechanism for effectiveness requires no need of belonging or participating in those spiritual activities.
While research on the effectiveness and mechanisms for the effects of Harmonyum are currently under way, the following three areas show the most promise: Acupuncture Meridians, Spinothalamic Tract of the Nervous System and Meditation.
One of the cornerstones of academic integrity is the adherence to attributing credit to the source of information. In medical science this is especially important as the collective knowledge base is built upon the shoulders of previous researchers and thinkers. Documenting the lineage of current wisdom provides the ability to more deeply understand and more thoroughly critique that which is being posited. We urge that this same academic rigor must be applied to the indigenous and spiritual thinkers who have made significant contribution to modern medical practices and discoveries. The first academics were often spiritual thinkers. In many communities, the spiritual leader was also the medical care provider and theorist. The great discoveries that allowed humanity to survive were made within a spiritual paradigm of thought. Many vital techniques that are integral to modern medicine were developed and discovered in direct association with their spiritual belief system. For example, herbal medicine, is the basis of modern pharmacology. In 2003, it was reported that approximately 80% of all antimicrobial, cardiovascular, immunosuppressive, and anticancer drugs are of plant origin (Pan, 2013). In her article documenting the statistical success rate of pharmaceutical development, Si-Yuan Pan states the following, “Given that the development of synthetic chemicals for therapeutic use is, by and large, a random process that might result in serendipitous discovery, many pharmaceutical companies are now focused on the development of plant-derived drugs (2013).” Other modern branches of medicine owe tribute to early, spiritually based systems. For example the bone setters of China (Zhigang, 1996), Native American healers, the Curanderas of Mexico and South America and the tuina therapists of China contributed to the field of orthopedics, chiropractics and physical therapy. The field of neuroscience has developed much interest in the role the mind plays in health. There has been a surge in research on benefits of meditation in recent years. In 2013, a successful result was achieved in research on breast cancer survivors and meditation’s effect on sleep and fatigue (Lev-ari, 2013). Another positive result was obtained on anxiety and systolic blood pressure in nursing students (Chen, Y, 2013). Meditation is the direct descendent of the spiritual systems throughout the world. To benefit from the discoveries brought forth from the developers of meditation and not give credit to the spiritual systems that developed them over the years would be a direct violation of the scientific standard of attribution. Physicians such as Dr. Lawrence Bohun (1610-11) and Dr. John Tennent (1736) were just a few documented physicians who observed the Native American herbalists (Vogel, 1970).
It is the opinion of our organization, based upon legal president, that during the course of a Harmonyum session, it is not an obligation of the practitioner to discuss the origin of the therapy. However, if a direct inquiry is made, it is the obligation of the practitioner to provide this information.
The Relationship between Medicine and Spirituality
While our organization promotes the right of every patient or client to receive medical care free from religious pressure or promotion, it is also recognized that very little that happens in medicine that was developed independent of spirituality. The difference between performing a spiritual ritual and utilizing a healing system that was derived from spiritual sources is defined in the following way by our organization. A spiritual ritual is an action taken on the part of one or more individuals to delve into a particular form of spirituality for primarily worship and devotional purposes. The act of utilizing a healing system that is derived from a spiritual source implies that the recipient and practitioner are engaged in the prescribed steps that produce a particular physical response intended for physical healing. For example, during an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner may think in a Taoist paradigm for the purposes of diagnosing and deciding upon a needling strategy. This does not mean that the recipient, in any way, becomes Taoist or is prompted to explore Taoism. In a Harmonyum treatment, no spiritual advice is provided, no promotion of engagement in a religious activity or affiliation is involved. The treatment session is said to be spiritually neutral. This makes Harmonyum an appropriate healing modality regardless of the spiritual, philosophical or religious affiliation of the recipient. Energy Medicine Energy medicine has received recent interest as is evidenced by the increase in research dedicated to the topic. It has been conducted for the purposes of understanding its existence, mechanism, determine its effectiveness. Harmonyum falls into the category of energy and touch medicine. There are parts that require soft and superficial touch along the spine and other parts that involve projecting an electromagnetic force from the hands. This skill is little understood and the idea that it is even possible is controversial for scientists and the general public. This capacity is often tied to the existence of energy meridians that are capable of absorbing and emitting electromagnetic fields. Joines, Bawmen and Kruth investigated the existence of electromagnetic emission from humans during focused intent. They found that certain individuals, who called themselves healers or meditators, were able to control the emission of measureable and significant levels of electromagnetism (2012). In 2013, Baldwin, Fullmer and Schwartz conducted research comparing physical therapy with energy healing for improving range of motion in subjects with restricted shoulder mobility. Other researchers such as Juliano in 2011, Moga and Bengston in 2010, Yin Lo in 2012, Baldwin in 2013 and numerous others have conducted research on energy healing and over time it has become increasingly accepted in the medical fields.
Acupuncture is a form of energy medicine that works on the energy meridians. It is now considered an essential health benefit in most states of the union and the Affordable Care Act now dictates that all health insurance packages cover acupuncture. According to the American Hospital Association, 15% of American hospitals (more than 800 facilities) offered Reiki as a hospital service in 2007. A joint publication by the American Holistic Nurses Association and American Nurses Association lists Reiki as an accepted form of treatment (Baldwin, 2013).
Scope of Practice
The Harmonyum practitioner certification course provides guidelines for remaining within their scope of practice. It is made clear that practitioners who hold other licenses must determine with their governing agency, whether Harmonyum is appropriate for that license.
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