Biofield Science and Healing: History, Terminology, and Concepts

Author: Beverly Rubik, PhD; David Muehsam, PhD; Richard Hammerschlag, PhD; Shamini Jain, PhD
Beverly Rubik, PhD
Conference/Journal: Global Adv Health Med.
Date published: 2015
Other: Volume ID: 4 , Issue ID: suppl , Pages: 8-14 , Special Notes: DOI: 10.7453/ gahmj.2015.038.suppl , Word Count: 183

Biofield science is an emerging field of study that aims to provide a scientific foundation for understand- ing the complex homeodynamic regulation of living systems. By furthering our scientific knowledge of the biofield, we arrive at a better understanding of the foun- dations of biology as well as the phenomena that have been described as “energy medicine.” Energy medicine, the application of extremely low-level signals to the body, including energy healer interventions and bio- electromagnetic device-based therapies, is incompre- hensible from the dominant biomedical paradigm of “life as chemistry.” The biofield or biological field, a complex organizing energy field engaged in the genera- tion, maintenance, and regulation of biological homeo- dynamics, is a useful concept that provides the rudi- ments of a scientific foundation for energy medicine and thereby advances the research and practice of it. An overview on the biofield is presented in this paper, with a focus on the history of the concept, related terminol- ogy, key scientific concepts, and the value of the biofield perspective for informing future research.

Key Words
Biofield, bioelectromagnetics, biological field, electromagnetic fields, energy medicine, healing