Energy medicine, or bioenergetic medicine, refers to therapies that use an energy field—electrical, magnetic, sonic, acoustic, microwave, or infrared—to screen for or treat health conditions through the detection and correction of imbalances in the body’s energy fields. Most energy medicine devices are based on the acupuncture meridian system, where life energy, or chi, flows through the body along energy channels called meridians.
While electro-acupuncture biofeedback devices are widely used in Europe and Japan, such devices have only been approved on an experimental basis for screening patients in the United States. The electro-acupuncture biofeedback devices, while being potential tools for assessing health conditions, are complemented by energy medicine treatment devices, which allow practitioners another therapy to combat disease and illness by rebalancing the body’s energy flow. Most forms of energy medicine have not been scientifically evaluated.