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Energy Therapies

By Steven Novella, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine

Energy therapies focus on the energy fields thought to exist in and around the body (biofields). These therapies also encompass the use of external energy sources (electromagnetic fields) to influence health and healing. All energy therapies are based on a core belief in the existence of a universal life force or subtle energy that resides in and around the body (vitalism). No scientific evidence supports the existence of such a universal life force.

Energy therapies include the following:

Practitioners of energy therapies typically place their hands on or near the body and use their energy to affect the energy field of the person.