In 2000 The House of Lords Select Committee Report classified complementary therapies into groups 1,2,3a & 3b, according to their evidence base and the level of professional organisation in relation to regulation at that time.
Crystal and Healing International (CHI), is a lead and voluntary self regulating body for the group 3b therapy; Crystal Healing and the group 2 therapies; Energy Healing, Bach Flower Remedies and Stress Therapy.
CHI has currently reviewed the standards with regards to Stress Therapy, Subtle Energy Medicine, Crystal & Energy Healing and Bach Flower Remedies. This has been done to safeguard the public and to provide clear knowledge that can be understood.
The following information is meant to be an aid to conventional/clinical healthcare professionals who may be considering using any of these therapies as a complementary adjunct to conventional approaches to healthcare.
Training, Experience and Insurance
There are many courses available today in a number of subtle energy based therapies. It is important when referring to a practitioner of such a therapy, that you check they have completed the necessary training, hold appropriate indemnity insurance and adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics. The practitioner must also show that they have the sensitivity and professionalism to work in a clinical setting, as is the case with any conventional healthcare professional. In our view, questioning a practitioner about these details and being provided with evidence should not be a problem.
CHI therapies, training programmes, length of training and standards of practice are all featured on the CHI STANDARDS page.
Conduct and Representation
A Subtle Energy Medicine Practitioner™, Subtle Energy Medicine Specialist™ or Stress Therapist, must be accepting of the conventional approach to healthcare, offering a complementary service and not an alternative. The practitioner must also abide to a strict code of conduct that promotes professional boundaries and respects the patient.
There can be no claims to diagnose, treat or cure physical or specific medical conditions e.g. cancer or respiratory diseases, with the use of any of the subtle energy medicine modalities including Stress Therapy. Additionally, advising patients to contravene conventional medical advice or treatment is forbidden. This includes giving counselling or religious advice/direction.
Working in Clinical Healthcare Settings
When working in hospitals, general medical practice and hospices it is important to ensure that Subtle Energy Medicine Practitioner™ and Stress Therapists work with the sensitivity required, and acknowledge and respect their potential impact on the working group, patients and the organisation’s reputation.
Many practitioners are multi-disciplined, however, they are still required to be clear about which particular therapy they are providing to the patient. In addition, they should not wear clothing that could cause them to be mistaken for medical staff. All details of patient sessions must be clearly and accurately recorded and stored safely.
The roots of Subtle Energy Medicine do not lie in treating physical diseases or symptoms. It is based on addressing energetic patterns within the human subtle energy field that have a direct effect on how we feel, think and behave. Because of this, it can be a useful support in times of illness as well as in times of relative health.
There are some instances where greater care and experience is needed when using Crystal Healing and Bach Flower Remedies. These are as listed below:
For Crystal Healing
- Those on heavy medication, particularly for mental health issues
- Cases of addiction, as well as other forms of self harm and abuse
- Vulnerable adults and young children (ages 0-12)
- Chronic states of health e.g. chronic heart disease, as well as those in intensive care units in hospitals
- Patients with fitted pacemakers
For Bach Flower Remedies
Because they contain a certain amount of alcohol as a preservative, it is advised to avoid the use of any Bach Flower Remedies with those in recovery from alcoholism as well as those with allergies to alcohol. Alcohol content may also need to be considered when giving the Bach Flower Remedies to young children and infants.
In our view, where the above applies, it may be more appropriate to use Energy Healing or the services of a Subtle Energy Medicine Specialist™, who has more extensive experience in these areas.
If you are unsure about any of these points, CHI has an advisory helpline run by Dr Gareth Thomas who is CHI’s Clinical Medicine Coordinator. He is a Subtle Energy Medicine Specialist™, Stress Therapist and Tutor as well as practicing dentist.
He can be contacted on 07876 423 876 or via Energy Medicine International
Clinical Healthcare and our Code of Conduct
Throughout the last decade we have constantly been made aware of inappropriate behaviour and lack of professionalism within the ‘healing’ movement. In response to this we continuously review our code of conduct for our practitioners as well as for the related community as a whole. Of particular interest to clinical healthcare professionals are the items relating to stringent boundaries between complementary disciplines and conventional healthcare, thereby increasing public safety.
Addendum to Code of Conduct
1.40 Should a client come for a specific therapy, only that therapy can be given. (as not to give clients Reiki when they come for Crystal Healing or using crystals when clients come for Spiritual/Energy Healing).
1.41 Practitioners should not use dramatic or frightening language to clients (such as talk about entities or other ‘psychic speak’) of a negative nature.
1.42 Practitioners must not state to their clients that they offer treatments or techniques for specific physical conditions and diseases.
1.43 Practitioners must not state to their clients that they offer treatments or techniques relating to specific physical organs or other parts of the gross anatomy of the physical body.
1.44 Crystal therapists/healers must not state to their clients that specific crystals are effective for the treatment of specific physical conditions and diseases.
1.45 Crystal therapists/healers must not state to their clients that specific crystals treat specific physical organs or other parts of the gross anatomy of the physical body.
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