From Publishers Weekly A form of touch-based 'energy medicine,' pranic healing is based on the belief that stimulating the 'universal life force' helps bodies heal themselves. Practitioners use a series of hand 'sweeps' and finger gestures that manipulate the body?s own energy source, or prana, in order to accelerate its natural healing abilities for a number of persistent health problems, including PMS, insomnia and hypertension. Co-written by Co, a Master Pranic Healer, and Robins, a surgeon and pranic healing instructor, the book is grounded by Robin?s scientific background and Co?s initial skepticism. Based on two practices that the authors claim are largely unique to their method?employing colored pranas (to heal menstrual cramps, 'project light whitish-green and light whitish-orange prana into the sex chakra') and focusing on 'energetic hygiene'?the text offers a six-step program for achieving self-healing. Pranic breathing, meditation and exercises to increase energy are three such steps, and the authors explain all in efficient and surprisingly matter-of-fact chapters that resemble a textbook?s: there are practice exercises that close each chapter, detailed line drawings that illustrate what pranic breathing 'looks like' and the hand and finger positioning for basic sweeping techniques, technique and methodology checklists and tables, and numerous medical narratives that make for good study breaks. While the scientific credibility of this non-touch healing technique will continue to be debated, Co and Robin appear to have just the right touch for crafting a no-assembly-required, ready to use guide, to be used, they note, as a complement to more traditional medicine. B&w illustrations.Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more From Library Journal Pranic Healing, a system developed by a Chinese-Filipino spiritual teacher and energy master, teaches people to harness their own healing energy so that they can manipulate their prana, or vital force. Based on some of the same tenets as acupuncture and chi kung, pranic healing also shares similarities with Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, but with the added use of colored pranas and the practice of energetic hygiene. Intended for lay readers, this accessible how-to manual by Co, a Master Pranic Healer, and Robins, a board-certified surgeon and a certified Pranic Healing instructor, provides basic information on chakras (points along the body that are considered energy centers), energetic anatomy, and the role of emotions in illness. Techniques are clearly outlined and supplemented with helpful illustrations, and energetic protocols are given for 24 common health problems, such as backache, migraine, and insomnia. Chapter 14 briefly outlines a routine of daily practices on three levels-basic, moderate, and full-to keep the practitioner in optimum health. Individual testimonials, along with anecdotes about Robins's use of the practice with his patients, are interspersed with the various exercises. The text is rounded out with product information, a brief bibliography, and contact information for the Pranic Healing Center in Chino, CA. Recommended for alternative health collections, especially where there is heavy interest in healing touch or energy-medicine systems. (Index not seen.)-Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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