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Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare

Unnaturalistic Methods: E

© 1997 Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.

Eagle Medicine: Mode of Cherokee healing. Eagle Medicine includes the vision quest -- a spiritual search.
ear reflexology: Form of reflexology that involves rubbing "reflex points" on the ear, holding part of the ear between the index finger and thumb, and/or pressing a "reflex point" with a fingernail.
Eastern medicine: Apparently, a group of methods that encompasses Chinese medicine, shiatsu, and relaxation techniques.
Eastern psychology: Group of "psychological therapies" of Eastern origin, notably those psychological methods that are parts of Ayurveda, TCM, or Tibetan medicine. According to Tibetan medicine's theory, for example, karma strongly influences 101 disorders caused by afflictive emotions (e.g., desire or hatred), and another 101 disorders caused by such emotions involve spirits (harmful "unseen forces"). One of the "primary tools" of Eastern psychology is meditation.
Ecstasy Breathing®: Method created by Valnn Dayne. It involves music and Breath Regenesis. Its alleged purpose is "reconnection" with a "Power of Life" that is greater than oneself.
Edgar Cayce Whole Health Weight-Loss Plan: Program that borrows from the "readings" of Edgar Cayce (see "The Cayce Approach to Health and Healing") and allegedly can reshape one's body, mind, and spirit. It encompasses Weight No More.
Ehretism: System of "healing" originated by Prof. Arnold Ehret, who died in 1922. His books and booklets include The Definite Cure of Chronic Constipation, Mucusless Diet Healing System: A Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health (1970), Rational Fasting: A Scientific Method of Fasting Your Way to Health (1971; published in German in 1914), and The Story of My Life. The centerpiece of Ehretism is the mucusless diet.
18 Lohan Tiger/Dragon Qigong: Group of Chinese "healing" exercises purportedly designed to develop "`hidden' internal powers." It supposedly pacifies the soul.
electroacupuncture (electric acupuncture, electric acupuncture therapy, electrical acupuncture): Application of electricity to acupoints, with or without needles.
Electroacupuncture According to Voll (EAV): Method named after Reinhold Voll, M.D., of Germany. In the 1970s, Voll invented the Dermatron, a gal vanometric device. EAV is a purported means of diagnosis and treatment whose postulate is that a deviation of electrical resistance at any of over two thousand acupoints indicates a problem in the organ that "corresponds" to the acupoint. Practitioners treat "imbalances" by applying electricity to acupoints and/or with homeopathic "remedies."
electroacupuncture biofeedback: Pseudodiagnostic method developed by Reinhold Voll, M.D., of Germany, in the 1940s. Its theory posits the meridian sys tem of acupuncture. In "biological dentistry," electroacupuncture biofeedback involves application of an electrical current to a tooth. Al legedly, abnormal readings indicate an infection or "disturbance" near the tooth and, possibly, in the organ that supposedly shares a meridian with the tooth.
electrocrystal therapy: Form of crystal healing developed by British "researcher" Harry Oldfield in the 1970s. Its theory posits chakras and "meridians." Oldfield also developed polycontrast interface photography (PIP), a "diagnostic aid" that is a video variation of Kirlian photography.
electrodiagnosis (bioelectric testing, electrodermal screening, electrodermal testing): Localizing of "imbalances" along acupuncture meridians with galvanometric devices.
electro-homeopathy: Use of electrical devices in conjunction with homeopathy.
electromagnetic healing: Form of "acupuncture without needles" involving the use of products that allegedly focus "tachyon energy" ("life energy"). In physics, the tachyon is a hypothetical superluminal particle. Evidence thereof is absent.
electromedicine: Form of energy medicine (vibrational medicine) that employs electromagnetic fields. Its postulate is that "electrodynamic fields" control all living organisms.
EmBodyment: Form of aura balancing and chakra healing that combines inner child work, sacred touch (a variation of CranioSacral Therapy), Toning, and other methods.
Emotional Clearing: Purported clearing of "negative imprints" with such methods as "Etheric plane communication," inner child work, and "Inner Family work."
Emotional Energetic Healing (E.E.H., E.E.H. Healing methodology): "Holistic healing" method founded by Mari Angelique Raphael. It includes "hands-on energy work" and "spiritual counseling." Supposedly, E.E.H. utilizes the "divine healing energy" of the "Angelic Realm," activates the client's "Lightbody," and "clears" past, present, and future "lifetimes."
Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP): Mode of body-centered psychotherapy among whose three foci is psychospiritual development.
Emotional Release: Purported means of releasing "blocked energy" from the body.
emotivational therapy: One of the main techniques of Imagineering. Emotivational therapy includes tracing and a self-applied variation of Therapeutic Touch.
Empyrean® Rebirthing: Variation of rebirthing. Its postulate is that the breath has an "innate healing potential." The method allegedly activates "regenerative powers" in the mind and body and thus renews the spirit.
endo-nasal therapy: Form or variation of acupuncture that supposedly involves the stimulation of acupoints inside the nose.
energetic bodywork: Approach to bodywork that purportedly involves assessment and treatment of the human "energy field" and spirit.
Energis: "A profoundly intuitive yet practical `hands-on' subtle energy process that gently and naturally stimulates the electrical systems and magnetic fields of the body," according to the Health Optimizing Institute, in Del Mar, California. The method became passé circa 1993.
energy balancing: Purported means of facilitating the flow of bodily "vital forces," rejuvenating the nervous system, and promoting "internal relaxation." Its postulate is that deep relaxation provides an "opening" for "healing energy," and that permeation with "healing energy" results in the dissolution of "layers of tension" and the opportunity for self-acceptance.
energy channeling: Form of channeling that, allegedly, involves the channeling of "energy" and can open a path to a "spirit network."
energy field work: Any method or combination of methods that involves aura analysis and aura balancing (with or without touch). It is a form of channeling.
Energy Integration: Group of "techniques" whose theory posits a "human energy field," "meridians," and a system of chakras. One of its premises is that one's body is the icon of one's character.
EnLighten Habit Modification Systems (EnLighten Habit Modification System): Component of the EnLighten Systems of stress management.
EnLighten System for Children with Learning Difficulties: Component of the EnLighten Systems of stress management.
EnLighten System for Teenagers: Component of the EnLighten Systems of stress management that purportedly is help for overcoming turmoil and peer pressure.
EnLighten Systems of stress management (EnLighten Systems, EnLighten): Variation of Bach flower therapy. Purportedly, EnLighten is a "natural" homeopathic system of liquid Traditional Flower Remedies® that bypasses physical causes and targets emotions affected by "stressful situations." It includes: (a) the EnLighten Habit Modification System; (b) the EnLighten System for Animals (also called the "EnLighten for Animals healing system" and the "EnLighten for Animals system"), which supposedly improves the disposition of pets; (c) the EnLighten System for Children with Learning Difficulties; (d) the EnLighten System for Teenagers; and (e) the EnLighten Weight Management System.
EnLighten Weight Management System: Component of the EnLighten Systems of stress management that allegedly moderates emotions that lead to overeating.
Enneagram system (Enneagram, Enneatype system): System of "spiritual psychology" based on an ancient Sufi typology of nine ("ennea" in Greek) personality types or primary roles: (1) the achiever (reformer) -- orderly, rational, and self-righteous; (2) the helper -- generous, manipulative, and possessive; (3) the "succeeder" (motivator, status-seeker) -- ambitious, hostile, and pragmatic; (4) the individualist (artist) -- intuitive, self-absorbed, and sensitive; (5) the observer (thinker) -- analytic, original, and provocative; (6) the guardian (loyalist) -- defensive, engaging, and responsible; (7) the dreamer (generalist) -- accomplished and manic; (8) the confronter (leader) -- combative, dominating, and self-confident; and (9) the preservationist (peacemaker) -- easygoing and receptive. Each type has a "prime psychological addiction" ("fixation" or "blind spot"), respectively: anger, pride, deceit, envy, greed, fear, gluttony, lust for life and power, and laziness. These "addictions" include Christianity's "seven deadly sins." Recognition of one's type supposedly is tantamount to "spiritual awakening." Purportedly, in the process of neutralizing the "prime addiction": achievers become pathfinders, helpers become partners, succeeders become motivators, individualists become builders, observers become explorers, guardians become "stabilizers," dreamers become "illuminators," confronters become philanthropists, and preservationists become universalists.
equestrian transformational expression: Method promoted by Dr. Salomon, who purportedly shares a soul with Ziaela, a "multidimensional entity." It supposedly involves riding a horse "telepathically." Its theory posits chakras.
Ericksonian Hypnosis (Ericksonian Hypnotherapy): "Non-directive" form of hypnotism originated by Milton H. Erickson, M.D. It is a purported access to the "unlimited resources" of the unconscious.
Er Mei Qi Gong (Er Mei, Er Mei Chi Gong Therapy, Er Mei Qi Gong Therapy, Er Mei Qi Gong Therapy External Energy Diagnosis and Treatment system, Er Mei system): Form of Qigong therapy founded in 1227 by a Buddhist who had been a Taoist priest. Er Mei theory posits "spiritual channels," a "third eye," and Qi (chi, ki, "qi energy," "vital energy"). The Er Mei Sudden Enlightenment School has described Qi as an amazing, unique "form of matter" that is audible, palpable, visible, tastable, and usable for miraculous healing. The purported focus of Er Mei is development of the (supposed) ability to transmit Qi to others with the intention of furthering their healing and/or "spiritual empowerment." In practitioners, it supposedly develops clairvoyance and precognitive and telepathic abilities. It includes acu-meridian energy transmission bodywork. ("Er Mei" is also the name of a mountain visited by the system's founder.)
Esalen massage: Form of bodywork that borrows from craniosacral balancing (see "CranioSacral Therapy"), Rolfing, Swedish massage, Trager, and other methods.
Esogetics: System developed and named by German naturopath Peter Mandel and practiced at the Mandel Institute, in Bruchsal, Germany. It reportedly boils down to the "science of bio-energy," whose "levels" range from the material to the esoteric. One of the premises of esogetics is that colored light transmitted by acupuncture meridians tends to heal specific forms of disease and dysfunction. The name "Esogetics" derives from the words "esoteric" and "energetics."
esoteric healing (Seven Ray techniques): "Exact science" expounded in Esoteric Healing (1953) by English-born Theosophist Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949), author of The Reappearance of the Christ. The purported basis of esoteric healing is knowledge of "man" as a spiritual being.
E.S.S.E.N.C.E. (ESSENCE Guided Imagery Process): Form of guided imagery developed by Dr. Mitch Gaynor, author of Healing Essence: A Cancer Doctor's Practical Program of Hope and Recovery. Apparently, its postulate is that the removal of psychological and emotional barriers to healing leads to a "life-affirming" process of healing.
THE ESSENCE CONNEXION: Alleged opportunity to "reconnect" with one's "Essence," one's "basic, real and unaffected Self." The method purportedly allows one to experience oneness with the universe.
Essence Repatterning: Purported approach to creating "new pathways" for documentable changes in health, emotions, finances, relationships, and "spiritual growth."
Essene way of self-healing: Purported means of tapping alleged psychic and healing powers of the universe. It reportedly encompasses affirmations, visualizations, "color therapies," and communion with the angels of the "Earthly Mother" and "Heavenly Spirit." (The Essenes, also called "Physicians," were a Jewish sect that preceded Christianity. Their specialty was faith healing.)
est (Erhard Seminars Training, est system): Mystical "human potential" system founded in 1971 by Scientologist Werner Erhard (born John Paul Rosenberg in 1935). Est included "consciousness projection" and, in 1985, became The Forum. The Latin word "est" means "it is." Est theory held that ev eryone is perfect deep down and, in a godlike fashion, creates his or her own reality.
etheric release: Form of energy work (see "vibrational medicine") whose postulate is that restricting emotional expression can cause malfunctions in one's "physical body."
etheric touch: Purported manual means of directing human and spiritual "energies" to initiate and boost self-healing. It is a form of chakra healing and channeling whose postulate is that, through the hands, one can: (a) sense "imbalances" in the "subtle energy fields" of an individual; and (b) project "healing vibrations" ("universal energy"), which are augmentable with "divine force." It does not require touch.
Eutony (eutonic therapy, Eutony therapy, Eutony training, Eutony treatment, Gerda Alexander method): "Holistic" form of body-centered psychotherapy created by Gerda Alexander. The prefix eu means good; tony means muscle tone. Eutony somewhat resembles the Alexander Technique. Eutony theory posits "blocked energy" and a collective unconscious. Eutonists categorize patients (called "pupils") as hypertonic, normotonic, and hypotonic.
exorcism: Any method whose purported design is to expel from an individual or place: (a) Satan, (b) some other demon, (c) multiple evil spirits, or (d) an offensive ghost (discarnate human). Exorcism may include commanding the alleged offender, attempts at persuasion, rituals, special prayers, spells, or symbolism.
Expanded Co-centering: Form of Co-centering.
Expansion: Purportedly user-friendly form of energy work (see "vibrational medicine") allegedly designed (a) to effect a connection between one and one's "spiritual `source,'" and (b) to align one with "the energetic levels beyond." It apparently encompasses channeling and psychic healing.


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