Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Vitalism of Naturopathy:

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Haehl, R. (MD ?) states:
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[in “Samuel Hahnemann: His Life and  Work” (1995)]
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“’Hahnemann claims that natural diseases are never caused by pernicious matter, but always a spirit-like, hostile agency’ [p.088…] Hahnemann […] his basic explanation […] was that only the life force, properly transformed pathogenically (productive of disease) by the homeopathic medicine, can effect the cure of a disease […] the life-power [p.181…] the effecting of a cure by means of all the life-force remaining in the patient is in complete contrast to the allopathic [!] procedure. The utmost care taken in the treatment of patient’s of the life-force, so indispensable for a cure, forms one of the most estimable qualities of homeopathy [p.196…quoting Hahnemann] ‘homeopathy knows that a cure can only take place by the reaction of vital force against the rightly chosen remedy’ [ etc. p.282…and Hahnemann again per] ‘the material organism without the vital force’ [etc….and] ‘the animation imported to it by the instinctively perceiving and regulating dynamis’ […] ‘the vital force is not conceivable without the organism’ [p.284…] the idea, ‘vital force,’ is used in his [Hahnemann’s] writings, above all in ‘Organon,’ in a double sense [p.285…quoting Hahnemann] Hahnemann retained up to his death the conception of ‘vital force’ with this twofold effect […its] ‘natural healing power’ […and as] the necessary essential for all attempts at medical therapy […] an unintelligent, unreasoned vital force [p.287…] Hahnemann’s theory and ideas about vital force and natural healing power […] ‘reduced to a morbid state by ills our life force cannot bet give expression to its discord by disturbing the healthy life course of the organism [p.289…] Hahnemann’s relationship to vital force and natural healing power […] the theory of a spiritual origin and motive to all organic behavior, theory of the life force and the natural healing power as a dynamic principle [p.290…quoting Hahnemann] ‘the life giving dynamis’ […] ‘the internal dynamis’ […] ‘how the vital force causes the organism to display morbid phenomena, that is, how it produces disease’ […] ‘spirit-like (conceptual) dynamic derangements of the life’ [etc. p.291…] the suffering of the morbidly affected life force, invisible to the interior […] from Hahnemann’s point of view, curing in the spirit of his therapeutic theory means acting on the body’s dynamic life force which is temporarily affected morbidly [p.293…] to understand Hahnemann’s fundamental views of pathology, it is important to proceed from his opinions concerning ‘life force,' ‘natural healing power,’ or ‘life principle’ […] Hahnemann adhered to the principle of similars and individuality […and] the disordered life-force [p.296…] illness what to him nothing material, but a dynamic discord of the life force [p.304…] every removal of blood seemed to him to be a sheer dissipation of the life force […] Hahnemann can never express strongly enough his indignation against the misuse of the life force as practiced by his opponents [p.305…] the whole theory of the dynamis in medicine and of the increase of strength by dilution [!!!]”;
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(ISBN 8170216923)
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Hahn, D. (), Lucas, E. (), Payne, W. () state:
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[in "Understanding Your Health Loose Leaf Edition" (2012)]
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"the core of naturopathic medicine is what Hippocrates called medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature [...] the body's own vital forces are sufficienct to fight of disease";
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(ISBN 0077434978)
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Hahnemann, S. (MD ?), O'Reilly, W.B. (PhD ?){ed.} state:
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[in “Organon of the Medical Art” (1996)]
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“[Editor's note:] the medical-art practitioner can never see the spiritual wesen, the life force, that creates the disease [p.063...the author:] the totality of the symptoms is the outwardly reflected image of the interior wesen of the disease, that is, of the suffering of the life force [p.064...the author:] the life force in health and disease. [Aphorism 09, the author:] In the health human state, the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens the material organisms as dynamis, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence. [Editor's note:] In health, the life force keeps all parts of the organism in harmony. [Aphorism 10, the author:] The material organism, thought of without life force, is capable of no sensibility, no activity, no self-preservation. It derives all sensibility and produces its life functions solely by means of the immaterial wesen (the life principle, the life force) that enlivens the material organism in health and disease. [Editor's note:] The material organism functions solely by means of the immaterial wesen, the life force [...] the organism without life force is dead [...] disease as a state of being in which the organism is dynamically altered by a morbidly mistuned life force [...] without life force, the material organism is dead [p.065...aphorism 11, the author:] when a person falls ill, it is initially only this spirit-like, autonomic life force (life principle), everywhere present in the organism, that is mistuned through the dynamic influence of a morbific agent inimical to life. Only the life principle, mistuned to such abnormality, can impart the organism the adverse sensations and induce in the organism the irregular functions that we call disease. The life principle is power-wesen invisible in itself, only discernible by its effects on the organism [...editor's note:] what is dynamic influence, dynamic power? [...] some secret invisible force [like gravity!...] the dynamic action of morbific influences on the healthy person, as well as the dynamic power of medicines on the life principle in order to make the person health again, are nothing other than contagion [...] as utterly non-material, as utterly non-mechanical, as the power of a bar magnet is when it forcibly attracts to itself a piece of iron or steel [!...] neither material nor mechanical [!p.066...aphorism 12, the author:] it is the disease-tuned life force alone that brings forth diseases [p.068...the author] the morbidly mistuned, spirit-like dynamis (life force) enlivening our body in the invisible interior [...editor's note beg. on p.068:] in order to cure, the physician does not need to know how the life force brings forth disease [...] the life force and the material organism form an indivisible whole [p.069...aphorism 16, the author:] our life force, as spirit-like dynamis cannot be seized and affected [...] other than in a spirit-like, dynamic way [...and] the only way the medical-art practitioner can remove such morbid mistunements (the diseases) from the dynamis is by the spirit-like (dynamic, virtual) tunement-altering energies of the serviceable medicines acting upon our spirit-like life force [...editor's note:] disease only occurs and can only be cured through dynamic impingement upon the life force [p.070 etc....] glossary [...] life energy: lebens-energie. See life force. Life force: lebenskraft {lebens, life + kraft, force power energy}. That force / power / energy which enlivens the material organism [and quotes aphorisms 9, 11, 15 ...] the life force is the human wesen [...] one of the two supersensible presences [...] the other being the human spirit [...] Hahnemann uses several terms in reference to the life force [...] dynamis [...] life energy [...] life force [...] life principle [...] nature [...] the life [...] the sustentive power of life [p.323...] the sustentive drive of life [...] nature-power [...] the energy activity of the organism [...] life principle: lebensprincip. See life force [p.324]”;
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(ISBN 1889613010)
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Haldeman, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Principles and Practice of Chiropractic" (2004)]
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“subluxations impeded the flow of vital life force (innate intelligence) through the body and thereby caused disease. Chiropractors correct these obstructions to life force [p.071…] in general, vitalism suggests that a ‘life force’ concept explains the existence of living organisms, while materialism implies that life can be explained in strict physical terms. In chiropractic, proponents of the vitalistic approach attribute the effects of manipulation to restoring the flow of life force (i.e., innate intelligence) [p.073…] universal life force is manifested by motion in matter; all matter has motion, therefore there is universal life force in all matter [p.083…] innate intelligence (or vis medicatrix naturae [the healing power of nature]) [p.085…] vitalism, by definition, is a metaphysical theory […e.g.] traditional chiropractic theory proposed the existence of a universal life force or principle governing all interactions of matter which was embodied in each living organism […per] the individual’s life force, termed innate intelligence, operated or flowed through the physical medium of the nervous system […and] interference with the flow of this life force would lead to disturbed bodily function and, ultimately, disease […per] interference with the flow of life force within the nerve [p.168…] objectives of the chiropractic adjustment […] Palmer’s original hypothesis that misplaced vertebrae or subluxation impacted the spinal nerve, thereby reducing the flow of the innate life force [p.750]”;
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(ISBN 0071375341)
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Hall, K. (? ?) states:
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[in “A Life in Balance...” (2006)]
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“I define self as the life force that is our soul, our passion, and our purpose. The self is your light and primal energy. The life force or self is identified by different names in various cultures: prana in Hindu, chi in Chinese, and ruah in Hebrew. Ancient cultures define self with images such as energy of life, vital force, air, breath, and spirit [p.086...] the breath is prana in Hindu, pneuma in Latin and Greek, and chi in Chinese. In many cultures you cannot separate the breath from the soul [p.103...] your chi, or vital energy [p.129...] what is energy? Energy is described in Western culture as vigor, life, spirit, passion, power and electromagnetism [!]. The Hindus call vital energy prana. The Hebrew name for 'vital energy' is ruah. The Chinese define energy as life force, or chi [...it is] physical, mental and spiritual energy in Hinduism. [...] the fundamental energy and the source of all knowledge [p.168...] prana, or vital energy [...] chi, in Eastern medicine, is the vital energy that flows through each organ and each system of the body. All of these organs and systems are connected by this vital energy [...] the chi, or energy, is found at a molecular level. Western medicine would call this vital energy 'electromagnetism' [!...] Chinese medicine works on the construct that when your body is sick, your chi, or energy, is out of balance and the flow of vital energy must be restored to a healthy flow [p.169...] prana, or vital energy [...] this vital force [p.179]”;
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(ISBN 0814473342)
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Haller, J.S. (PhD ?) states:
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[in "History Of American Homeopathy: The Academic Years, 1820-1935" (2005)]
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"[quoting Hahnemann] the pitiable and highly imperfect efforts of the vital force [etc. p.012...] disease, he argued, represented a derangement of the body's vital principle or force which itself was invisible [p.018...] diseases were 'dynamical derangements' of the organism's vital force [p.019...] like Georg Ernst Stahl before him, Hahnemann formed a spiritualistic conception of disease, regarding it as 'the outward expression of an interior derangement of the vital force' [p.030...] like Hahnemann, Hempel considered himself a vitalist, believing that the material substances composing the living organism followed the spiritually dynamic law of vital force. Disease, a 'dynamic derangement' of organic vitality [...that] every true drug contained a dynamic principle, force, or 'pharmacodynamic property' [p.085...Hahnemann's] spiritual essence, vital power, and dynamic forces [...] references to the soul, mind, or the spirit [p.179...] 'the vital force of the soul' [p.242]";
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(ISBN 0789026600)
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[in "Kindly Medicine: Physio-Medicalism in America, 1836-1911" (1997)]
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"physio-medicalism was based on principles founded in science, art, and reformation. The scientific principles [!] involved abandoning all mineral drugs, substituting botanical medicine, and denying all chemical or materialistic theories of life. In artistic theory, the physios emphasized the role of the physician in assisting the life power or vital principle in every patient by using only those measures that were in harmony with the inherent power of the body's vital force [p.xiv...] Hahnemann added to this concept the idea of prescribing minute amounts of medicine, thereby emphasizing its dynamic and spirit-like force rather than its toxic impact [...per] the vitalistic approach to medicine, believing that a spirit-like force was present in every organism [...] for Hahnemann and his brand of medical reformers, an understanding of the vital force was an essential step in the cure of disease since it guided the observant physician to select the proper medicinal agent [...] while the allopath admitted that vital force was sometimes the cause of disease, Hahnemann when further. [quoting Hahnemann] Only an 'abnormally modified vital force can excite morbid sensations in the organism, and determine the abnormal functional activity which we call disease' [p.009...Thompsonianism included] an assertion of the inherent power of the body's vital force [p.013...] the doctrines of vital force [p.042...] for vitalists, life represented a new and foreign principle imposed on the materials that constituted the body. In essence, a 'directing element' or 'force,' not under the control of the laws of either physics [p.089] or chemistry, was resident in living matter [...] life had a dynamic element, inaccessible to human understanding despite known laws that governed the organic and inorganic worlds [...] vitalism was a philosophical concept that interpreted causation as a force independent of natural science; a certain 'something' existed in living bodies that was not present in nonliving bodies. Opposed to vitalism in all its various forms was the concept of the body as a mechanism. For the nonvitalist, or materialist, the phenomenon known as life consisted of activities with properties that were subject to the same laws of physics and chemistry as the properties and actions of inorganic bodies [...] life could be understood in terms of the processes already revealed by the study of lifeless matter [...] the living organism was a machine whose activities were both directed and predictable [...] the theory of vitalism, as taught in physio-medical colleges, made little pretense in avoiding theological issues, much less metaphysical questions [...] the faculty of physio-medical colleges maintained an obvious and direct connection between the philosophy of vitalism and the practice of medicine [...] they accused regulars of having gravitated inexorably into materialism by denying the proposition of a supreme governing force in the body and arguing instead that life resulted from the simple molecular arrangement of matter. Melville C. Keith, one of the principal physio theorists in the nineteenth century, called the vital force the 'life power,' or the 'spirit of god' [...arguing against] Haeckel [...] Helmoltz [...] Darwin [...] if it were true that blood is life, then, argued Keith, life was the same 'force' as the 'spirit.' 'If this is true, that in this set of atoms dwell the life [p.090] force, then it will be true that in these atoms, we have the spirit which goes to god, when the body is dead. If this is true...then we have, in our blood, the spirit of god, who has given us this life -- this spirit -- or loaned us this life or this spirit' [...] the physios [...identified] themselves both as heirs to [...] Stahl's [...] principle of anima and as opponents of the physio-chemical theories of [...] Priestly [...and] Lovoisier [...] according to the advocates of reform medicine [...] Thompson [...per] Stahl [...revived] vitalistic theory and vital force as the law that governed and explained every physiological action witnessed in the living organism [...] the life force [...] the belief in a special and immaterial force that moved matter. The origin, nature, and destiny of man's inherent life force remained a mystery [...] the living organism was the 'legitimate realm or sphere of action of vitalism.' Vital force operating through bioplasm was the only phenomenon of life [...] the Indiana college held a steady course through its thirty-six year history, basing its educational system on a bedrock of vitalistic principles [p.091...] Byers [...] preferred that the principle of vital force be relegated to private belief rather than remain the official basis of physio-medicalism. 'Theories based upon metaphysical conceptions of vital force...are now rapidly fading before the brilliant light of modern science' [...] the theory should be regarded as 'nothing more than a clumsy and injudicious attempt to bolster up a false and tottering system of thought' [...] the efforts of Byers and Stafford to separate religion and science and to place the curriculum of the Indiana college on a more empirical basis [p.093...] over and over again, the physios postulated, retreated, and argued the nature of vital action, vital force, and vitalism [...] though it all, they attempted to demonstrate a seamless fabric of thought from the sect's earliest days [...] they retained the vitalistic beliefs of both Thomson and Curtis [p.094...] true medicines aided the restive and eliminative efforts of the vital force [p.095...] any agent used to restore the integrity of the body had first to come under the influence of the vital force for tissue restoration to take place [p.106...] rather than seek some form of antitoxin immunization, physios relied on capsicum and lobelia inflata to assist the vital force [p.107...] Thurston [...said the] 'best antiseptic is vital force' [p.108...] the doctrine of vitality on which physio-medicalism was founded [...] lengthy philosophical discourses on vitalism in the Physio-Medial Journal [p.123]";
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(ISBN 0873385772 9780873385770)
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(for a short books.google.com review, click here,
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Hamilton, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals" (1999)]
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"Hahnemann also used the term 'dynamization,' as the process releases the dynamis, or vital force—the dynamic power—of the medicine [p.018...] when the heart stops beating and the body becomes cold, the life force, or qi [...] this energizing quality, or life essence, they call qi [p.026...] qi, life force [p.027...] a fundamental weakness in the body (more accurately, a weakness of the vital force [p.031...] disorder of this vital force, or spiritual essence, thus constitutes disease [...] vital force, like qi [...] Hahnemann stated that 'in the state of health the spirit-like vital force animat(es) the material [etc. p.034...] like qi, we cannot directly experience the vital force [...] according the homeopathic theory, influenza may first impact your vital force [p.035...] once disorder affects the physical body, the vital force follows some patterns [etc....] the stronger the vital force (overall health [etc....with] the administration of aspirin to reduce fevers [...] we compel the vital force to retreat to a deeper level of illness (pathology [...] the body of an individual with a weak vital force (i.e. poor immune system) [etc. p.036...] once pathological changes becomes necessary, the vital force tries to localize the disease and restrict the illness to less vital organs [p.037...] when we see multifocal illness in animals [...] we know the vital force is weak [...] homeopaths believe disease to be not the result of an outside force like a flood so much as of the inner disorder or disruption of the vital force [p.039...] parent-to-offspring transmission may be genetic, or it may be on another level which homeopaths understand as transference of a weak vital force [p.040...] we hope to reinstate the vigor of the vital force so the immune system can [etc....] an animal with a poor vital force may be unable to [etc. p.041...] the vital force is now resisting disease and beginning the healing process. (Remember that symptoms are methods of healing [p.042...] the return of an old symptom is hailed as an excellent sign, it means the vital force [etc. p.050...] either the vital force will stop reacting [etc. p.054...] the vital force, in attempting to maintain health [etc. p.055...] or in an animal with a very weak vital force [etc. p057...] the overall strength (vital force) of the animal [etc. p.091...] match the strength of the vital force with the potency [...] strong symptoms generally indicate a strong vital force, was a weak vital force [etc. p.092...] life force, known as qi in traditional Chinese medicine [p.144...] from homeopathic theory, however, we understand that a virus has a life force which interacts with the life force of susceptible individuals [p.377...] vital force - Hahnemann coined this term to describe the life-giving essence in all life forms. The vital force is responsible for maintaining health and life. It is similar in some ways to qi [...] the vital force (and qi) exists separately from the material body -- it is more than just a chemical and physical process [p.463] ";
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(ISBN 155643295X)
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Handley, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "A Homeopathic Love Story: The Story of Samuel and Melanie Hahnemann" (1990)]
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"in Europe, the tradition of vitalism [...] there is more to life than the 'blood, bones and sinew ' of their physical existence. This mysterious extra has often been referred to as a vital force [...] in fourth-century Greece, this 'force' was equated with the healing power of nature. Later it was envisaged as a sort of breath, ether, or spirit which pervaded every living thing [...aka] prana and chi [...] an immaterial force animating and regulating life in both health and disease. In ages when the language used to describe the immaterial was coloured by religious thought, this force was regarded as a spiritual one; in less god-centered ages, such as today, this property is frequently described as an electrical energy discernible in the universe [p.086...] Paracelsus attacked the precepts of orthodox Galenism and returned to vitalism, arguing that the life force [...] to sustain the sick, Paracelsus maintained, it was essential to sustain this life force [...] the archaeus, or 'radiating essence' [...] Stahl [...] was the founder of animism, the theory which maintained that the source of all vital movement was the 'anima.' An archaeus distinct from the soul, the anima governed the function of the function of the whole organism and disappeared at death [...] the anima or archaeus [...Stahl] taught, for instance, that fever was caused by increased activity of the anima or archaeus and that it should therefore not be combatted but assisted [in my view, this is the source of naturopathy's 'first do no harm' to the VFS...] he believed that the anima was basically intelligent in attempting to maintain and restore health [p.087...] this vital principle was not god, but it was not matter either [p.088...] Hahnemann's changed attitude towards the vital force. If there was a spirit-like energetic force in man, there must be one also in medicinal substances, that is in plants and minerals. The universe was pervaded by the vital force [p.091...] vital force (dynamis) [p.252]";
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(ISBN 1556430493)
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Hankey, A. (PhD ?) states:
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[in “The Life Force”{Hpathy Ezine 12-2006}]
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“a new account of the life force using holistic physics [!…] ways compatible with Hahnemann's understanding of life force into a new theory of homeopathy. The new theory is based on rigorous physics[!], filling gaps in quantum field theory[!] and instability physics[!], and extending well known concepts in economical ways[!...] forms of medicine using a concept of the life force is widespread […] the life force is therefore a concept that should be considered in terms of modern science[!], despite failure of previous attempts that resulted in its rejection as a scientifically valid concept[!…] a useful theory agreeing in its broad outline with descriptions from naturopathic medicine […] the life force, or vis vitalis […] its consideration forms an integral component of all traditional systems of medicine, both in the east and the west. In the orient it is called 'qi' […] a theory of the life force which can be used in accounts of how homeopathic remedies restore health […] how homeopathic remedies both act as means to strengthen the life force, and as specific switches at a quantum level[!] to facilitate the return of the physiology to health from a specific state of pathology […] to learn how the life force functions in the physiology […] the principle, which governs naturopathic medicine is that if the life-force is strong, disease will not arise, while if the life-force is weak, a person will be susceptible to falling ill […] strengthening the life force in a sick person will help bring about cure, and may even restore a person in weak health to strong health […] the success achieved over the centuries by naturopathic medicine was based on this principle of strengthening the life force. The life force and regulation […] if the life force is considered to be concerned with organism regulation: a strong life-force means more effective regulation, while a weak life-force means lack of adaptive energy, increasing the possibility of a maladaptive response […] the starting point of our investigation of the life-force: a strong life force means more effective regulation, while a weak life-force will leave the organism susceptible to maladaptive responses, regulatory failure, and the onset of pathology. A model of the life force with precisely this property has been proposed as part of the elementary description of regulation and regulatory failure in chemical terms […] a key role in the new picture of the life force […] a very attractive means of modeling the life force or vis vitalis of the ancients […] at a critical point, the critical fluctuations will be strong – corresponding to a strong life force […] if we equate regulatory critical fluctuations with the life force: a strong life-force will enhance regulation and keep it functioning optimally […] a weak life force gives rise to the possibility of less effective, or poor regulation […] rest will naturally allow the life-force to become stronger again […] naturopathic medicine to try to allow the life force to regain its natural strength through natural processes […] the effect of adaptive pressure will be to weaken the life-force […] critical regulation of biological systems permits scientific modeling of many aspects of the life force and its dynamics, as they are known to occur from the millennia of experience of naturopathic medical practice […] in summary, critical instabilities, which must occur in biological regulatory systems, have fluctuations that can influence metastable states blocking regulation in ways parallel to properties of the life force in naturopathic medicine […] the resulting scientific model[!] of the life-force has many advantages over previous attempts to model it”;
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Hartie, N.L. (? ?) states:
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[in "Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home" (2007)]
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"the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms all originate from the same material and all contain life-force energy [p.002...] there should be nothing but air under your bed [...] the stuff under your bed emits its own energy [...] the benefits of vital life-force energy surrounding you [p;.067...] life-fore energy [...] in virtually all cultures throughout history, the awareness of life-force energy has been of paramount importance [...] the Chinese call this energy chi, the Japanese ki, the East Indians prana and some Native Americans, mana [p.074...] musical instruments [...] raise vital life-force energy [p.081...] energy, or chi [p.086...] essential oils [...are] derived from plants, they contain the life force energy of the plant itself [p.093...] the great spirit is within all plants, minerals and animals and the earth itself. It is the life-force energy or chi; it is the 'breath of the invisible' [p.134...] the spirit or life force [p.141...] 'the breath of the invisible' is the life-force energy [...] the great spirit [...] the source from which all things manifest [p.143...] the belief in chi [...] chi is the life-force energy or the breath of life - the invisible force that manifests life [...] the energy that is within the earth and in everything [...] chi connects all objects [...] chi is the god within all of us [p.151...] the importance of chi cannot be overstated [...] chi is life. When we die, our chi is released from our body. If you have every seen a dead human -- or even a dead animal -- you know the absence of life-force energy [...] once dead, the life form [is] devoid of chi [p.152...] chi, life-force energy [p.153...] living energy [...] next to humans, animals and plants have the strongest life-force energy [p.174...] dead plant debris [...] is void of any life-force energy [...] the crucial life-force energy [p.181...] evergreen trees [...] you open the door feeling relaxed and filled with positive, life-force energy [p.182...] emotions [...are] vital life-force energy [...] love is the most positive, vital life-force energy [p.192...] art or handcrafted goods [...] the piece will literally vibrate with your life-force energy [p.196...] the Japanese [...] believe that natural objects possess the necessary life-force energy to provide remedies [p.197...] houseplants [...] provide powerful life-force energy [p.201...] plants [...] will make your home resonate with life-force energy [p.205...] the life-force energy of plants [...] plants are powerful life-force energy. We absorb the life-force energy of the plants -- making them healthy for us [p.208...] silk flowers simply do not have vital life-force energy [...] framed flower bouquets [p.214...are] bodies of what once was a powerful life-force energy [p.215...] flowers [...will] gift you with their life-force energy [p.216]";
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(ISBN 0977963306)
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Hartmann, F. (? ?) states:
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[in “Occult Science In Medicine” (1893)]
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“a great deal has already been said in theosophical literature about the sevenfold constitution of man [...2] prana. Life or vital principle [p.014]”;
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(ISBN none, too old; Theosophical Publishing Society)
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Harrison, R. (? ?) states:
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[in “Healing Depression Naturally” (2004)]
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vibrational healing […] in this chapter we will discuss the vibrational healing concepts of the chakras, chi, prana and cellular memory, as well as the diagnostic technique of applied kinesiology [p.178…] the theory of chakras in America comes from the study of ayurveda […] the chakras do not exist physically. They are subtle ‘life fields’ […] there are many popular descriptions of the chakras in new age literature […] the chakras, or ‘energy wheels,’ serve as the connection between the life force in our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies (chi, prana) and the unnamable divine energy that fills the entire universe (tao in China, shabd or nam in India) [p.180…] applied kinesiology (AK) is an energetic-vibrational system of analyzing [etc….] it connects Western and Eastern approaches to diagnosis and healing by teaching that every organ has an energetic relationship with a specific muscle [p.181]”;
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(ISBN 0758205384)
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Hassell, R.G. (? ?), Otis, E. (? ?) state:
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[in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Karate" (2000)]
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"ki, life's vital force [p.iv...] ki, pronounced chi in Chinese, is a Japanese word that means 'vital force' [p.033...] ki [...] 'vital force' or 'mental energy' [p.300] ";
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(ISBN 0028638328)
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Hatano, G. (? ?), Inagaki, K. (? ?) state:
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[in “Young Children’s Thinking About The Biological World” (2002)]
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“vitalistic explanations were identified when the child’s justifications included words referring to ‘power,’ ‘energy,’ ‘vigor,’ and unspecified substances [p.098…for children] being able to explain biological phenomena in terms of such biological causal devices as vital power or life teleology is thus an important milestone in the development of naive biology [p.149…] progression from vitalistic to mechanical causality […] young children’s naive biology is vitalistic in nature; they tend to apply vitalistic causality to internal bodily phenomena. They consider that internal bodily phenomena are caused by activity of an internal organ having agency, and the organ’s activity often involves transmission of a ‘vital force.’ Since the vital force is an unspecified substance as illustrated in children’s words, ‘vital power,’ ‘source of energy,’ ‘something good for health,’ and so on, vitalistic causality presumes unspecified mechanisms. Vital power seems to be a global conceptual entity that serves as a causal device in children’s initial biology […but] as children learn more and more about biological phenomena [p.165…they] come to acquire knowledge that enables them to specify mechanism […] the global conceptual entity or vital power is specified into a set of particular mechanisms. With this learning of specific mechanisms, children come to recognize mechanical causality (presupposing a specific mechanism) to be more reliable than vitalistic causality, and this induces a shift to mechanical causality. To confirm this expectation, Inagaki and Hatano […] examined whether young children’s reliance on vitalistic causality would progress to the use of mechanical causality as they grow older […per] not only 6-year-olds but also 8-year-olds and college students […who were] asked to choose one from among three possible causal explanations for each of six bodily phenomena […per] intentional, vitalistic, mechanical causality […with] the 6-year-old children chose vitalistic explanations as most plausible […] 8-year-olds chose mechanical causal explanations most often [p.166…] the adults predominantly preferred mechanical explanations to explanations of the two other types […] this developmental change in preferred causality […and per Morris, Taplin, and Gelman] 5-year-old kindergarteners showed a clear preference for vitalistic explanations over mechanical ones, whereas college students and, to a lesser extent, 10-year-old children chose the mechanical explanation most often [p.167…] children (and lay adults) who have not learned much about scientific biology do not have a form of biology […] because vital power is unspecified substance, energy, or information, vitalistic causality seldom offer specific mechanisms that satisy that criterion [p.188…] on conceptual change in naïve biology […] we have proposed that young children’s initial form of biology is vitalistic, that is, that their biology indicates that the target bodily phenomenon is caused by the workings of a ‘vital force,’ which is nonobvious and can be conceptualized as unspecified substance, energy, or information […] vitalistic biology is partially displaced, if not completely superseded, by ‘mechanistic’ biology as children learn more and more about physiological mechanisms [p.191…] naive biology is closely related to various aspects of medicine […] we should regard children who are taken ill as capable of understanding their illness and necessary treatments [p.194]”;
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(ISBN 1841690414)
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Heath, H. (? ?), Perry, A.G. (? ?), Potter, P.A. (? ?) state:
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[in “Potter and Perry's Foundations in Nursing Theory and Practice” (1995)]
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"beliefs that may be particularly offensive to some people might be the life force to others and how this influences health. Nurses should never assume that patients/clients will automatically welcome complementary practices. It is vital to ensure fully informed consent [p.676]";
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(ISBN 072342005X)
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Health, P. (MD ?, PsyD ?) states:
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[in “The PK Zone...” (2003)]
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“China still maintains a tradition of healing of healing that was developed as early as 500 B.C.. It uses breath and movement exercises to focus thought and control the body's life force. The belief in a life force is a widespread concept, which goes by the name of qi or chi in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India [p.079]”;
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(ISBN 059527658X)
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Heinberg, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Cloning the Buddha..." (2004)]
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"entelechy can easily be compared -- if not equated -- with the idea of spirit-force, some version of which is to be found in many cultures (Polynesian mana; Chinese chi; Japanese ki; Indic prana; to name a few) [p.058...]";
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(ISBN 8170211026)
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Heller, G.L. (? ?) {ed.} et al. state:
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[in "Complimentary and Alternative Medicine: Structures and Safeguards" (2006)]
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"Hahnemann explained why the treatment of 'like by like' appeared to work by resorting to the idea of the healing power of nature or, as he called it, 'the vital force' [p.105...] potentisation or dynamisation [...] Hahnemann argued that to stimulate the non-material vital force of the body, remedies have to be prepared in a way that releases their own healing energy [p.106]";
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(ISBN 0415351634)
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Hiestand, D. (? ?), Hiestand, S. (? ?) state:
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[in “Electrical Nutrition” (2001)]
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“all of these therapies I was studying were utilizing life-force energy in one form or another in its various frequencies [p.xviii…] chapter 1. Electrical nutrition and vibrational medicine. Our life-force energy is a subtle form of electromagnetic energy. It is the animating current of life without which we could not exist. This energy is not a recent discovery. Though the centuries, it has been called different names by many people. Christ called it ‘light.’ The Russians in their psychic research have called it bioplasmic energy […] Reich referred to it as orgone energy. East Indian yogis call it prana. The Chinese call it chi. Ancient alchemists spoke of ‘vital fluid’ […] Bruner […] named it ‘biocosmic energy.’ Hippocrates called it ‘nature’s life-force’ […] I call it vibrational energy, or our electrical life force [p.001…] this life-force energy flows through the body as if it were following an invisible wiring system, charging all cells in its path. This electrical system is referred to as meridians as it pulses through the body, and the aura, an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds the body […] vibrational medicine does not focus on the symptoms but rather focuses directly on the energy/electrical system to restore and reconstruct the correct electrical flows […that if] weakened or partially blocked […causes] illness, physical manifestation, pain and emotional problems […] vibrational medicine, also called energy medicine […serves the purpose of] reestablish[ing] the proper flow and alignment of the life force throughout the body [..] everything is energy, and all energy has the ability to communicate [p.002…] we all seek good health – the fullest expression of the life force that is available to us [p.004…] the restriction of life force to our cells impacts our electrical circuitry with the effect of reducing the flow of energy throughout the body and thus promotes disease [p.013…] in this chapter, first we look at the evolution [!] of different food sources and the available life force relative to their rotting ability. Then we will address the electrical process of digestion and how the food transfers its energy to us [p.014…] everything consists of atoms, which are vibrating frequencies of energy […] perhaps it is possible to look at the life force of everything on earth in terms of its frequency [p.015…] from an electrical nutrition standpoint, the quicker the food rots, the more evolved it is, the higher the vibration rate it contains, the greater the life force it has available to us [p.016…] the life force from the food […] energy transfer. The frequency of the original food carried within the energy field of the molecule has now been discharged into the cell. It interacts with our subtle unseen energy, reconfigures, and becomes our life force [p.021…] the food molecule (energy impulse) transforms the life force of a human being [p.022…] I recall a good friend telling me that she would not have a vegetarian lover because they do not have enough ‘chi’ (life-force energy) [p.033…] the less life force (aliveness) there is, the more slowly things decay (closer to the rock frequency). The more life force (aliveness) there is, the more quickly they decay (farther away from the rock frequency) [p.034…] remember the life-force availability inherent in the rock-to-rot theory [!] discussed previously [p.038…] the human body extracts its life force, its vitality, only from its nutritional intake [p.041…] animal protein has the highest vibratory rate and contains the greatest amount of life forcelife force that becomes us when eaten [p.042…] nature spent billions of years designing [!] grain so that it gives its life force to nurture new life [etc. p.062…] in terms of life-force energy, a hard drug user is very easy to distinguish [etc. p.074…] imagine your life force as a small, smoldering campfire [etc. p.135…] raw food is more easily fermented and gives greater life force [p.143]”;
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(ISBN 1583331069)
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Hitchcock, J.E. (? ?), Schubert, P.E. (? ?), Thomas, S.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Community Health Nursing" (2002)]
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"Hinduism [p.182...] health practices in the Hindu culture are based on an understanding of prana, the life force energy of the human being [p.183...] Indian spiritual concept of the human body as a complex of energy centers and channels [chakras and nadis] that distribute vital energy called prana [p.283...] some equivalent terms for the energy field [...by] energetic name [...then] cultural source [...] ankh: ancient Egypt [...] arunquiltha: aborigine (Australia) [...] bioenergy: U.S. / England [...] gana: South America [...] ki: Japan [...] life force: general usage [...] orenda: Iroquois [...] pneuma: ancient Greece [...] prana: India [...] qi(chi): China [...] sila: Inuit [...] subtle energy: U.S. / England [...] tane: Hawaii [...] ton: Dakota [...] wakan: Lakota [p.284...] glossary [...] chi (qi, ki): a form of vital energy sometimes described as life force, that is believed to control the functioning of the human body [...] chi is believed to flow along through the body along invisible channels [p.GL-2]";
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(ISBN 0766834972)
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Hobhouse, R.W. (? ?) states:
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[in “Life of Christian S. Hahnemann” (2002)]
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“at one period he used the term 'life force' only for the vital power by which the organism is maintained in health. Later he applied it also to the active life-principle asserting the patient's right to health in acute illnesses, whilst in chronic [p.119] disease he saw all to clearly that the same vital powers of the patient have become more or less acquiescent [...] this lover of humanity heard through the very symptoms of his patients the hidden life force, with its instinct for bodily vigor and beauty [p.120]”;
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(ISBN 8170216850)
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Hobson, J.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and the Nonsense of Dreams" (2001)]
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"vitalism, the notion of a life force unexplicable [sp.?, 'inexplicable?] through analytic science [p.025]";
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(ISBN 0465017029)
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Hoffman, N.A. (? ?), Ritter, L.A. (? ?) state:
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[in "Multicultural Health" (2010)]
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"the vitalistic system [...is] ideology [...a] belief system [...] the belief that disease is a result of an imbalance of vital energies, which distinguish living and nonliving matter [...aka] prana [...or] qi [...aka] humours [p.044...] in China this vital force is known as chi or qi; in India it is called prana [p.045...] qi [...] is the vital life force that animates all things [p.086...] vitalistic: the theory or doctrine that life cannot be explained entirely as a physical and chemical phenomenon and that life is partially self-determining through one's energy or soul [p.379]";
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(ISBN 076375742X)
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Holden, L. (? ?) states:
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[in "7 Minutes of Magic: The Ultimate Energy Workout" (2007)]
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"the East reminds us to focus on enhancing our life force energy [p.022...] energy is that elusive quality we are all seeking. It is the vital force that makes life exciting, creative, and joyful. Call it qi (Chinese), prana (Indian), rauch (Hebrew), spirit, youthfulness, or vibrant health, energy is what we crave [p.031...] it is the force that allows the planets, stars, and galaxies to work in perfect harmony. Mountains arising, forest growing, rivers flowing, and all life proliferating are expressions of this life force [p.032...] qi [...] is your life force or inner vitality [p.068]";
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(ISBN 1583332766)
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Holland, A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Voices of Qi: An Introductory Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine" (2000)]
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"vital energy – the universal force of qi [p.002…] qi – the Chinese term for vital energy; in TCM it is the life force which is fundamental to the creation and functioning of all aspects of life; it travels through the body in the meridians [p.090]";
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(ISBN 1556433263)
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Holloway, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine" (2001)]
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"prana life energy or life force […] vibrational medicine – energetic therapies which balance, heal and accelerate consciousness by resonating and attracting high-energy frequency [p.204]";
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(ISBN 1577330781)
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Holt, R.J. (? ?), Stanaszek, M.J. (? ?), Stanaszek, W.F. (? ?) state:
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[in "Understanding Medical Terms" (1998)]
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"Chinese medicine […] the balance of yin and yang is manifest in the flow of an energy called chi (life force) [p.297…] yoga […] breathing is central, as it is the vehicle for the prana or vital life force to enter the body [p.299]";
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(ISBN 1566765951)
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Honeycutt, A. (MA ?), Milliken, M.E. (EdD ?) state:
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[in "Understanding Human Behavior" (2011; 8th ed.)]
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"the basic belief of naturopathy is that the body has 'vital force', the power to heal itself.  The naturopathic physician searches for causes of a client's health problem and develops a plan for stimulating the body's own vital force [...] the vital force can be weakened by unhealthful diet [etc....] when the vital force has been weakened, the individual is susceptible to infectious agents and allergens [...] the focus is on strengthening the vital force [p.409]";
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(ISBN 1435486609 9781435486607)
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[in "Understanding Human Behavior"(2004; 7th ed.)]
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"the basic belief of naturopathy is that the body has 'vital force,' the power to heal itself. The naturopathic physician searches for causes of her client's health problem and develops a plan for stimulating the body's own vital force [...] the vital force can be weakened by unhealthful diet [etc....] when the vital force has been weakened, the individual is susceptible to infectious agents and allergens [p.520...] the focus is on strengthening the vital force [p.521]";
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(ISBN 1401825710)
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(for an amazon.com short review of this, click here,
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Hooper, J. (? ?) states:
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[in "Of Moths and Men [...]" (2002)]
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"teleology: the study of final causes; the quality of being directed toward a definite end or having a definite purpose. Vitalism: the claim that organisms are driven by nonmaterial life forces [p.359]";
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(ISBN 0393051218)
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Hou, J.P. (PhD ?), Jin, Y. (MD ?) state:
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[in “The Healing Power of Chinese Herbs and Medicinal Plants” (2005)]
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“the early Chinese philosophers [...] rather than focus on the material aspects of the body [...] they concentrated on the vital energy that creates and animates the physical body. This dynamic vital force is qi [...] qi is the true driving force that makes all physiological activities possible [p.020...] qi has been variously translated as 'bioenergy,' 'vital energy,' 'life energy,' and so on [...] qi is similar to the 'orgone energy' described by Wilhelm Reich or 'prana' in the Hindu philosophical tradition. Qi is the source of movement [...] it generates heat and protects the body from getting sick [...] the vital energy, qi [...] it is not presently included as part of acceptable or recognized science [...] it refers to the substances (vital energy) that comprise the human body and maintain necessary elements; it is the physiological function of the viscera and bowels of the body [...] the vital energy, qi, central to the whole balance of bioenergy [p.021]”;
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(ISBN 0789022028)
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Huebscher, R. (? ?), Shuler, P.A. (? ?) state:
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[in “Natural, Alternative, and Complementary Health Care Practices” (2004)]
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prana (the life force) [p.038...] qi is the body's vital energy [p.721...] naturopathic medicine is based on vitalism [p.758]”;
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(ISBN 0323016766)
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Ikenze, I. (MD ?) states:
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[in "Menopause and Homeopathy: A Guide for Women in Midlife" (1998)]
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"all disease, whether physical or emotional, evident or nonevident, is real and is due to an imbalance in the flow of vital force [p.004] homeopathic medicines are energy medicines [...] everything in the universe that perceive or identify as matter has an intrinsic vibration or energy radiation [...] through the motion of dilution and succussion, the dynamic energy intrinsic to that substance is released into the solution [...] the more dilution and succussion steps the substance undergoes, the more intensely the vibration energy is released [p.005...the] homeopathic remedy, an energy medicine [p.006...] homeopathic medicines are energy medicines [p.008...] the vital force [...the] alternating flow of energy [that] is the glue that holds all the layers [...] of your body [...] together [...] the vital force is dependent for its activity on the innate intelligence of your spirit, which itself is dependent on the creative power that permeates the cosmos [...] the vital force determines the activity of very cell in your body down to the most minute detail of your metabolism [p.030...quoting Hahnemann] 'the spirit-like vital force animating the material human organism' [...] all disease, no matter where or how it manifests, can be traced ultimately to abnormalities in the flow of the vital force [p.031...] karma, is carried by the vital force [p.033]";
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(ISBN 1556432917)
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Jacka, J. (? ?) states:
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[in “Healing Yourself Naturally” (1999)]
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“naturopaths have always recognized the existence of the life-force in the physical body […] a life-force in all living matter […per] naturopathic philosophy [p.012…] vital force or energy […] prana in the Hindu system, chi in medical philosophy from China, and bioplasm in Russian literature [p.013]”;
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(ISBN 0895949547)
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[in “Synthesis in Healing: Subtle Energies and Natural Therapies for Optimal Health” (2003)]
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“the concept of vitalism that has featured so strongly in naturopathic medicine for 200 years [p.032]”;
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(ISBN 1571742980)
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Jacobs, U. (? ?) states:
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[in “Hidden Laws [...]” (2006)]
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cosmic energy flows through all of us, and all living things in the universe [...] made up of pure intelligence [...] it provides life force to everything on earth [...] the source energy that enables such healing practices as reiki and pranic healing [...] in China it is called chi and in India, prana [...] it is vibrating energy [...] termed the law of vibration and the law of one [p.061]”;
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(ISBN 1412082145)
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Jahnke, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi" (2002)]
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"essential life force -- qi (China) and prana (India) [p.xi...] qi is life force, energy, and consciousness [p.008...] health, healing, power, sex, wealth, opportunity, pleasure, and inner peace all require once thing: essential life force [p.012...] this life force infuses everything living and infuses the natural influences that create and sustain life, such as water, air, and sun [p.014]";
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(ISBN 0809295288)
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Jameson, T.J. (DC ?) states:
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[in “Repetitive Stress Injuries” (1998)]
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“acupuncture normalizes the electrical energy [!] of the body. The ancient theory says that life-force energy called qi [...] flows through pathways that connect all the tissues and organs [...] disease results when the flow of energy is disrupted or disturbed [p.153...homeopathic] remedies [p.177] are said to increase the vital force of the patient [p.178...] the body's vital force can be boosted by the use of homeopathic remedies [p.179...] homeopathy [...] can be quite effective in providing relief from the injury as well as increasing your body's vital force [p.180...] the green energy is bringing with it nutrients and your vital life force to instill healing in the tissues [p.192]”;
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(ISBN 9780879838027)
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Janis, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Spirituality for Dummies" (2000)]
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"the spiritual life force [p.011...] spirit, spiritual, and spirituality [...] other words have been available in cultures and traditions throughout the world and the ages to refer to aspects of what is now called spirituality and spiritual energy [...including] holy ghost, chi, tao, sefirah, prana, ki [...] holy spirit [p.012...] subtle energies [...] prana, the vital life force [...] prana - this vital force that gives life to your body [...] prana [...] this life force [p.114]";
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(ISBN 0764552988)
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Jardine, J.D. (? ?) states:
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[in “Alternative Therapies” (2000)]
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“I willingly and lovingly embrace the life-force, god-force within [p.062…] iridology is the study of the retina and its reflection of potential pending or existing diseases within the body. The reason for its effectiveness is based on traditional Chinese medicine […] it is a fact that the entire body’s energy (qi or chi) ends at the eye and depicts all energy flow blockages starting at the lung and ending at the liver [p.225]”;
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(ISBN 8170218551)
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Johnsen, L. (MA{Eastern Studies} GTU) states:
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[for a bio., click here, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Johnsen]
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[in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism" (2001, 1st ed.)]
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"aspects of the Hindu tradition such as yoga, vedanta, ayurveda and vedic astrology [...] Hindu terms such as guru, mantra, shakti, prana, kundalini, chakra [p.xvi...] prana means life energy, vital force, chi [...] homeopathy [...] uses very minute amounts of medicine to help balance the subtle energies underlying the physical body [p.102...] the prana maya kosha is made up of life energy [...] the prana maya kosha or life force [...] the prana maya kosha is made up of life energy [...per] the subtle energy medieval physicians in Europe used to call the vital force [...] in China it's called chi [p.103...] prana is life energy or breath [p.152...] the prana or life energy [p.164...] prana, life energy [p.169...] prana, or life energy [p.170...] prana, or vital energy [p.308...] prana - the breath or life energy, vital force, or chi [p.375...] chi (life energy or vital force) [p.397]";
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(ISBN 0028642279)[2nd ed. is ISBN 1592579051, 2009]
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[in "A Thousand Suns: Designing Your Future with Vedic Astrology" (2004)]
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"prana, the life force or breath [p.025...] pay attention to the energy surging through your body [...] the force orchestrating this movement is your prana, your vital force [p.246]";
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(ISBN 0936663359)
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[in "Meditation Is Boring: Putting Life in Your Spiritual Practice" (2000)]
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"glossary [...] prana: the vital force, life energy [p.122]";
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(ISBN 0893891797)
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[in "The Living Goddess: Reclaiming the Tradition of the Mother of the Universe" (1999)]
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"this organizing field cannot be perceived by the eyes [...] ancient Indian scientists[!] called this life energy prana, ancient Chinese scientists[!] called it chi, ancient Egyptian scientists[!] called it ka, and medieval European scientists[!] called it the vital force [p.009]";
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(ISBN 0936663286)
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Johnston, L. (PhD{biology} NU)
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[in "Alternative Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury: Beyond the Banks of the Mainstream" (2006)]
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"acupuncture's life-force qi energy [p.009...] meridians, serve as pathways for life-force energy called qi [p.015...] an intangible life-force qi energy [p.017...] according to traditional Chinese medicine, a life-force energy called qi permeates all living things [...and] when qi is consistently diminished, out of balance, or polluted, sickness ensues [p.025...] a life-force energy called qi [p.044...] from an ayurvedic perspective [...] vata is the pranic life-force energy [...] pitta energy governs metabolism [...] kapha energy governs the body's structure and provides strength, vigor and stability [.p033...] homeopathy attempts to enhances the body's natural defenses and vital force [...] a highly individualized, big-picture, mind-body-spirit perspective [p.053...] chiropractic's core philosophy differs from conventional medicine [...] chiropractic grew out of a holistic vitalism philosophy, which says that the body has an innate life force (e.g.., like qi or prana in Eastern healing traditions) that flows down from the brain with the nervous system [etc. p.090...] the life-force energy [...] the energy referred to as prana in India and Tibet, mana by the Polynesians, yesad by the Jewish Kabalistic tradition, qi in oriental medicine, or the Christian holy spirit [p.148]";
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(ISBN 1932603506)
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Johnson, M.A. (MD ?), Johnston, C.B. (MD ?), Landefeld, C.S. (MD ?), Lyons, W.L. (MD ?), Palmer, R.M. (MD ?) state:
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[in "Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment" (2004)]
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"homeopathy is an alternative medical system based on the vitalistic theory [hypothesis!] that illness results from imbalances in the patient's vital force. The goal of homeopathy is to use medications to restore the balance [p.480]";
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(ISBN 0071399240)
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Johnston, R.D. (? ?) {ed.} states:
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[in “The Politics of Healing: Histories of Alternative Medicine in Twentieth-Century North America” (2003)]
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“[per Davidovitch] 'Hahnemann's psora and vital force' [p.010...] Hahnemann on the issue of vital force [p.015...per Kirschmann] according to homeopathy's founder [...] Hahnemann [...] disease resulted from a disturbed 'spirit-like' vital forcean immaterial being animating the material organism [...] due to the minuteness of the homeopathic drug, the artificial disease would soon be extinguished by the vital force [p.028]”;
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(ISBN 9780415933391)
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Jollyman, N. (? ?) states:
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[in “Good Health - Naturally - Without Drugs: How to Take Responsibility for Your Own Health” (1994)]
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“natural medicine […] basic principles […] there is a vital force in the body which is always trying to achieve ‘homeostasis’ – a normal condition of good health […] the whole aim of all natural medicine is the help this vital force so that the body will heal itself […] homeopathy stimulates this vital force, without which there can be no life. Acupuncture controls the flow of vital force round the body […] Kirlian photography […] the electromagnetic field round a body […] at death the body’s vital force, as represented by [t]his magnetic electromagnetic field, disappears, and the vital force is withdrawn [p.013…] when the vital force is low, disease will attack [p.014…] are based on natural laws, recognizing that all living things are animated by a vital force [p.117]”;
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(ISBN 8170213045)
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Jonas, W.B. (? ?), Lewith, G. (? ?), Walach, H. (? ?) {ed.s} state:
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[in “Clinical Research in Complementary Therapies: Principles, Problems and Solutions”(2001)]
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“naturopathic conceptions […such as] the ‘constitution’ […and] the ‘biological terrain’ […] or the ‘vital force’ (the motive plan or spirit animating mind and body expressed as physiological and psychological functionality and adaptability) [p.351]”;
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(ISBN 0443063672)
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Kacera, W. (? ?) states:
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[in "Ayurvedic Tongue Diagnosis" (2007)]
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"vital essence or oja [...] known as the vital force in the naturopathic system of medicine [p.215]";
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(ISBN 0940985772)
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Kaptchuk, T.J. (OMD ?) states:
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[in "The Web That Has No Weaver" (2000); a book required when I was at UBCNM]
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"as Western concepts[misconceptions] of physics have caused some to think of qi as energy, nineteenth-century Western concepts of vitalism caused qi to be identified, especially in medicine, as some form of vital force that distinguishes living things [...] qi has been as much an attribute of a rock or river as of a person or animal. To call qi energy or life force is probably as erroneous as it is to call it matter [Kaptchuk is differentiating between 'scientific energy,' and the spirits of 'animism-vitalism,' and 'animatism-pantheism' -- not ACTUAL ENERGY in any scientific sense, actually idealistic, a priori, imagined etc. p.070]";
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(ISBN 0809228408)
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Kayne, S.B. (? ?) states:
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[in "Complementary Therapies For Pharmacists" (2002)]
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"the vital force [p.083...] homeopaths consider disease to be an expression of the vital force [...] all individuals are quite different in their expression of the vital force [...] Hahnemann introduced the word 'dynamis' to describe the vital force [...] vitalists believe that the body is [...] controlled by a vital force [...] the vital force [...is] responsible for the orderly and harmonious running of the body [...] it is believed that the vital force operates on three different vibrational levels [...] homeopaths [...] restore the vital force to its normal levels [...p.084] anthroposophy [...] Steiner designed the curriculum of his schools around his spiritual ideas [...including ] a life force that maintains the physical body functions [...p.127] reiki [...] rei means 'universal' or 'spiritual' and ki is 'life force energy' [p.383]";
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(ISBN 0853694303)
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Keegan, L. (? ?) states:
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[in "Healing With Complementary and Alternative Therapies" (2001)]
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"chakras are psychic centers or trigger points of awareness and prana (life force) [p.204...] energy therapies work with the flow of the body's life force, which is known by several names: chi in China, ki in Japan, prana in India, aura in the West, and the biofield or bioenergetic field [...] vital energy or life force that vivifies the human body [...] most advocates of energy work believe this life force is a vital essence found in all matter, animate and inanimate. By manipulating and regulating this life energy, a healer can gently improve a patient's health [p.247...] the prana, or bioenergetic field of the body [p.256...] to many, treating the immune system is synonymous with strengthening what some [!] have traditionally called the 'vital force' [p.425...] acupuncture: fine needles are inserted at specific point to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of chi, or vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance [...] animism: belief that a spirit or force resided in every animate and inanimate object, every dream and idea, giving individuality to each. The related Polynesian concept of mana holds that spirit in all things [etc. p.489...] prana: the yogic concept of cosmic or life energy, similar to the Chinese idea of chi [...] the vital link between the spiritual self and the material self [p.498...] chi, or vital energy [...] teleology: the philosophical belief that natural processes are not determined by mechanism but rather by their utility in an overall natural design [p.500]";
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(ISBN 076681890X)
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Kellert, S.R. (? ?) states:
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[in “Kinship to Mastery: Biophilia in Human Evolution and Development” (2003)]
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“the perception of a unifying life force is indeed a cornerstone of the religious perspective”;
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(ISBN 1559633735)
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Kelley, C.R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Life Force... the Creative Process in Man And in Nature" (2004)]
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“the life force antedates biological life, which developed fro it [p.xi…] over the years I have adopted the idea that the life force is what is called ‘god’ [p.xii…] the cosmic medium, the life force, the substratum of existence from which all things, ourselves included, arise and each return […] the cosmic force – call it life force or radix [p.002…] life force. An early elaboration of the life force concept, with roots extending 2000 years before Christ, occurred in India with the vedic and Hindu idea of prana. The prana is defined as the principle or the breath of life […] the old Chinese concept of life force is called the chi or ki [p.004…] vitalism is a 19th and early 20th century school of philosophy incorporating an intangible vital force as a central element [...] Bergson called the life force the elan vital [...] Driesch named it the entelechy [...] mechanistic western physical science in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries […called it] ether [...] spiritually oriented human beings […call it] god [...] Freud […called it] libido [...] MacDougall […called it] hormic energy [...] Littlefield […called it] vital magnetism [...] White […called it] cosmo-electric energy [...] Reich chose for the life force the name orgone energy [p.004...] von Reichenbach […] discovered and wrote of the odyl, or odic force, another life force concept' [p.005…per] coining yet another term for the life force. I chose the term radix because it means ‘root, or primary cause’ […it’s] what I believe the life force to be – the creative force in nature […] Reich had originally employed the term bioelectricity for the life force […] just as the mechanist tries to fit the life force into the physicist’s domain, so the mystic interprets the life force as something supernatural […] one may ask: ‘if the radix process is the creative process in nature, isn’t it just another name for god? Indeed [p.007…] I understand the ‘life force’ to be the cosmic force that is creating and evolving with the universe […] Reich’s orgone and my radix […] the life force is cosmic and primordial, the original and primary force in nature [p.030…] the life force, the radix [p.068…] landmarks in the evolution of the life force concept […] pre-Reichian period […] qi or chi or ki […] early oriental fold medicine expressed a grasp of the nature of the life force […] the natural force of life, or chi or ki [p.285…] animal magnetism […] Mesmer’s life force concept […with Mesmer] the prophet of the life force in the west […] odic force […per] von Reichenbach […his] life force [concept…make him] the second and equally important prophet [p.286];
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(ISBN 1412023386)
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Kelner, M. (? ?), Wellman, B. (? ?) state:
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[in "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: A Primer" (2000)]
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"the concept of CAM [...] the life force is very commonly seen as a crucial element of the healing process [p.005...] vitalism. The human body is animated and sustained by a special type of force, energy, or essence [...] the presence and proper activity of the vital force in the body are essential to life and health. Disruption, obstruction, or depletion of the vital force leads to illness; restoration of its proper embodiment, freedom, and function promotes healing [...] the body is an inherently self-regulating system; its vital energy both enables self-regulation and endows the body/mind/spirit with the capacity to heal [...] much of CAM therapeutics is directed at supporting or promoting the function of the vital energy (vs. suppressing a symptom or eradicating a pathogen) so as to enable the body to heal itself [p.051...] many CAM therapies hold as a central tenet the belief in a universal life force or healing energy [p.104]";
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(ISBN 9058230988)
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Kemper, K.J. (MD ?, MPH ?) states:
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[in "The Holistic Pediatrician (Second Edition) : A Pediatrician's Comprehensive Guide to Safe and Effective Therapies for the 25 Most Common Ailments of Infants, Children, and Adolescents" (2nd ed., 2002)]
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"bioenergetic therapies [...] based on the principle of an invisible, vital energy or spirit that animates, flows through, and surrounds the body [...with] the aim of these techniques [...including] acupuncture, therapeutic touch, reiki, healing touch, qi gong, prayer and ritual, homeopathy [...] to restore a harmonious balance of energy which in turn, improves the functioning of molecules, cells, tissues and organs [...] acupuncture [...] based on the theory that illness is created by an imbalance in the body's flow of energy, called qi or chi [...with] yin and yang [...the] negative and positive aspects of qi [p.012...] prayer. Intercessory prayer asks the unseen power (god, spirit, great absolute) [...] universal energy or spirit [...] to heal the patient [...] homeopathy [p.014...] is based on two principles [...] like cures like [...and] the bioenergetic or spiritual aspects of homeopathic remedies [p.015...] ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of medicine from India [...] the theory behind ayurvedic medicine is similar to traditional Chinese medicine: balancing the flow of the body's life force or life energy -- prana, as it is known in the ayurvedic tradition [p.017]";
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(ISBN 0060084278)
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Kent, J.T. (MD ?) states:
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[for the Swedenborgian connection between Kent {AANP curriculum requirement}, see books.google.com search, for "viceregent of the soul," here]
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[in "Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy" (1979); a required text in my homeopathy courses, quoting from another required text]
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"'the doctrine of the vital force' [p.016...] the vital force or viceregent of the soul [Swedenborg...] which is immaterial [...] soul stuff or limbus or simple substance [p.041...] one who is sick in his vital force needs a physician [p.047...quoting Hahnemann's Organon, aphorism 9] 'in the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force, the dynamis, that animates the material body, rules with unbounded sway' [etc. p.067...] what is the vital force? What is its character, quality or esse? Is it true that man only has this vital force? [p.068...] this vital force, which is a simple substance, is again dominated by another simple substance still higher, which is the soul [p.072...] when the vital force from any cause withdraws from the body, we see that the forces that are in the body being turned loose are destructive [...] in its absence there is death and destruction [p.073...] an energy, a force, or dynamis [p.074...quoting Hahnemann's aphorism 10] 'the material organism, without the vital force, is capable of no sensation, no function, no self-preservation [...without] the immaterial being (the vital force) which animates the material organism in health and in disease' [...and 11] 'when a person falls ill, it is only this spiritual, self-acting (automatic) vital force' [etc. p.077...the] 'animating vital force' [p.085...] vital force or interior of man [p.086...] healthy vital force [etc. p.087...and per Hahnemann's aphorism 16] 'our vital force, as a spirit-like dynamis [...the] spirit-like (dynamic, virtual) [...] the spirit-like vital force' [etc. p.089...and Hahnemann's aphorism 20] 'this spirit-like power' [p.100]";
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(ISBN 0913028614)
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[in “The Art and Science of Homeopathic Medicine 1900" (2003)]
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"Lecture IX – disorder first in vital force [p.013…] modern physiology has no vital doctrine[is not vitalistic! this is 1900!!!] in its teaching […] the doctrine of the vital force is not admitted by the teachers of physiology […but] the homeopath sees that the true physiology[as opposed to scientific physiology, this is metaphysiology!] is not yet taught, for without vital force, without simple substance [etc. p.019…] the vital force or vice-regent of the soul [p.041…] one who is sick in his vital force needs a physician [p.047…quoting Hahnemann’s aphorism 9] ‘in the health condition of man, the spiritual vital force, the dynamis’[etc….] this immaterial vital principle [p.067…] in the body a life force keeps every other force in order [p.072…quoting Hahnemann’s aphorism 10] ‘the material organism, without the vital force, is capable of no sensation, no function, no self-preservation; it[the organism] derives all sensation and performs all the functions of life solely by means of the immaterial being (the vital force)’ […and quoting Hahnemann’s aphorism 11] ‘when a person falls ill it is only this spiritual, self-acting (automatic) vital force […] that is primarily deranged’ [p.077…quoting Hahnemann’s aphorism 16] ‘our vital force, as a spirit-like dynamis’ [p.089]";
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(ISBN 0486424189)
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Kesten, D. (? ?), Ornish, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Healing Secrets of Food: A Practical Guide for Nourishing Body, Mind, and Soul" (2001)]
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"during our discussion about Hinduism and food, Dr. Chopra commented: ‘prana is the vital life force of the universe…and goes into you, into me, with food’ [p.117…] of prana, chi, and dharma […] Hindus use the Sanskrit word prana to describe consciousness and the invisible life force; in Chinese, chi is the word that reflects the divine energy of life in all things […] chi […] it is the same mysterious life energy and force that allows us to create union with the divine each time we eat. In its conception of chi, Taoism [etc….] prana, chi, or dharma [p.124…] chi, prana, dharma, the divine or absolute, the mystery of life [p.125…] chi, prana, and dharma [p.128…] ‘energy (prana)’ [p.175]";
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(ISBN 1577311884)
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Khalsa, D.S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Meditation As Medicine: Activate the Power of Your Natural Healing Force" (2002)]
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"a healing force that no illness can withstand. This healing force cannot be explained in dross physical terms -- [p.019] to have any true or workable knowledge of this healing force, we must go beyond the physical, into the ethereal [...] the realm of the spirit [...] the chakras are our ethereal centers of consciousness and communication [...] all eight chakras, or energy centers, are sacred and vital [p.020...] prana, the universal life force [...] prana is the principal element, the vital force that distinguishes living entities from inanimate objects [...] 'a manifestation of the universal power, infinite and omnipresent' [...] prana is the mystical force that is found in all physical entities, but which is nonphysical [p.055...] wherever there is life in the universe, there is prana, and without prana the universe would be dead, lifeless matter. From a Western philosophical perspective, prana might be conceived of as the idea or spirit underlying matter [...] the ancients believed man's cognitive ability endowed him with the power to receive, transfer, and transmit prana [...like] Christian Science [...] as prana enters the body, it awakens human healing energy, or kundalini energy [...] prana is in the air, but it is not the air [p.056...] in Sanskrit, the word prana means not only 'universal life force,' but also 'breath.' The Greek word for breath, pneuma, also means 'soul' and 'spirit' [...] the Japanese word for universal energy (or prana), ki, also means 'air' [p.059...] breath retention [...] to master this is to master the inflow and outflow of the life force [p.066...] the natural flow of the breath as life force [p.074...] life energy, or prana [p.144...] aura is derived from the Greek word for air [...per] direct contact with the air-like ether, or ethereal energy, that permeates the universe. In the ancient Indian culture, the aura was thought to be directly connected to prana, and in the ancient Chinese culture, it was thought to be directly connected to chi [p.264]";
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(ISBN 0743400658)
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[in “Food As Medicine: How To Use Diet, Vitamins, Juices, and Herbs For a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life” (2003)]
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“if you give yourself a break from assimilating food, the vital force within you becomes activated. When this energy is not exhausted by the task of digesting processed alarm foods, it is ready to heal [p.073…] a vegetarian diet requires less energy than a standard diet to digest, supplies more nutrients, and supports your vital life force [p.129]”;
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(ISBN 0743442261)
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Kilner, J. (? ?), Stewart, G.P. (? ?) state:
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[in "Basic Questions on Alternative Medicine: What is Good and What is Not?" (1998)]
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"Hahnemann's explanation of a homeopathic effect was that the shaking involved in dilution releases 'the spiritual vital force' of the healing substance [...] more shaking releases more energy and gives stronger effects [...] vitalism and life-energy ideas [p.055]";
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(ISBN 0825430712)
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Kircher, B. (? ?), Lammers, L. (? ?) state:
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[in “The Energy Odyssey: New Directions in Energy Psychology” (2002)]
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“meridian-based therapies are built on a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine. In TCM, the vital role of qi […] is understood. Simply put, health is synonymous with vibrant balanced and flowing qi. Illness occurs when qi is depleted, stagnant or perturbed. Thus, all illness can be linked to disturbed qi. Qi, then, can be thought of as a life force or spirit that is the essence of all things. Practitioners of Chinese medicine use methods to cultivate and strengthen qi [p.072…] the Greek had the word […] physis […] Egyptians called it ka, the Hawaiians huna, the medieval healer Paracelsus and at last, in our culture, the French philosopher Henri Bergson called it élan vital [p.079…] qi, often called the life force […] breath facilitates the flow of qi [p.172]”;
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(ISBN 3831120943)
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Kirschmann, A. T. (? ?) states:
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[in "A Vital Force: Women in American Homeopathy" (2003)]
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“for Hahnemann, disease consisted of the totality of symptoms, changes in the health of the body and mind ‘observed by the physician’ and ‘felt by the patient.’ It resulted from a disturbed ‘spirit-likevital forcean immaterial ‘being’ animating the material organism, manifesting disease in sensations and functions or ‘morbid symptoms.’ At times, Hahnemann referred to the vital force as a physiological principle; at other times, a spiritual energy [p.011…] the second major component of Hahnemann’s system was the use of infinitesimal doses of drugs. Because Hahnemann viewed the essential cause of disease as invisible rather than material – caused by disorder or imbalance in the body’s vital force – it was not the material, medicinal properties of drugs that restored health, but their spirit-like essence [p.012…] New England transcendentalists were among homeopathy’s earliest advocates. Inspired by German romanticism, believing certain truths were not susceptible to proof but transcended the limits of reason, transcendentalists valued sense perception or intuitive reason along with ‘pure’ reason in the formation of judgments. Many were attracted to Hahnemann’s metaphysical view of disease causality, his emphasis on the connection of mind and body in healing, and his insistence that only the spirit-like activity of medical substances (rather than the material drug) would influence a disordered spirit – the root cause of all disease [p.031…] although Swedenborgianism had many variations, its relationship to homeopathy rested on the similarities in Emmanuel Swedenborg’s and Samuel Hahnemann’s teaching that disease was essentially a ‘dynamic alteration of the spirit' […e.g.] Swedenborg’s concept of the deity was that of a spiritual essence flowing through all things. One had only to eliminate the barriers between the physical and spiritual planes, allowing the energy and guiding wisdom from the higher [spiritual realm] to penetrate the lower, material realm. Swedenborg’s writings gave homeopathic practitioners a metaphysical rationale for infinitesimal dynamized doses of medicines. Both Swedenborg and Hahnemann postulated physical and metaphysical laws of understanding one’s relationship to a ‘higher sphere’ [p.032…] while Hahnemann described the vital forces as an ‘automatic,’ nonmaterial ‘dynamis’ that animates the material body, ‘spirit-like’ in its essence, Kent’s interpretation was more explicitly religious in orientation […] Kent’s vital force was the ‘vice-regent of the soul,’ its ‘energy’ proceeding from a supreme god, connecting the material and spiritual worlds [p.125…] Hahnemann’s ‘natural laws’ offered absolutes, an external framework of ‘certainties’ guiding physicians in curing the sick. At the same time, the metaphysical principle of a vital force gave spiritual meaning to sickness and health [p.129…] in the 6th ed. of the Organon, Hahnemann replaced the term ‘vital force’ with ‘vital principle,’ and referred to ‘force’ as ‘energy’ [p.204] ”;
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(ISBN 0813533201)
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Kohatsu, W. (MD ?) states:
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[in the "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Secrets: Questions and Answers About Integrating CAM Therapies into Clinical Practice" (2002)]
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"naturopathy is based on the belief in the ability of the body to heal itself - vis medicatrix naturae (the healing force of nature, also called the vital force) [...they] respect and enhance the healing power of nature [p.003...] humans are inherently creative in their life force [...] the life force [p.031...in] spiritual and religious beliefs [...some] recognize their spirituality as a personal relationship to their life force [p.047...in] ayurveda [...] a 'wellness' evaluation [...includes assessing] the life force (prana) [p.063...in TCM] qi [...is] the vital energy that moves through and sustains all life. Normal flow of qi in the body creates and maintains health, whereas blockages of qi lead to disease [...there's] wei-qi [...and] gu-qi [p.067...] acupuncture points are mostly located along pathways of concentrated bioelectrical energy called qi. These pathways are called meridians or channels [...] qi is the energetic substance in all things. Although invisible [...] there are many kinds of qi [...e.g.] yuan qi [...aka] energy [...] the goal is to move qi [p.074...] vitalism [...] postulates that the body has inherent capacities to heal itself (which Palmer termed the body's innate intelligence) [p.108...] energy medicine [...aka] energy healing [...involves] an energetic connection [...energy, aka] in China, it is called chi or qi; in Japan, ki; in India and Tibet, prana; in the Jewish kabalistic tradition, yesod; and in Sufi tradition, baraka [...] in the West, the body's innate energy flow also has special names [...] life energy (pneuma) [...] waken [...] orenda [...] megbe [...] holy spirit [...] 'vital' energy [...] vis medicatrix naturae, or the healing power of nature [...] 'a healing energy' [...] beliefs [p.154...] reiki [...involves] channeling universal life-force energy [...] homeopathy [...] activates the body's vital force to stimulate healing [p.155...] chi (life force) [p.217]";
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(ISBN 1560534400)
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Kondrot, E.C. (MD ?) states:
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[in “Microcurrent Stimulation: Miracle Eye Cure?” (2001)]
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“’we know that acupuncture points are on meridians that conduct the life force’ [p.143…] how do remedies work? Homeopathic remedies work to stimulate your own vital force to heal your illness [p.173…] chelation therapy: remove toxic metals and improve blood flow. Chelation therapy, like microcurrent stimulation and homeopathy requires your own natural vital force in order to work well [p.179]”;
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(ISBN 1556434014)
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Krucoff, M.W. (? ?), Vogel, H.K. (? ?) state:
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[in "Integrative Cardiology" (2007)]
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"since ancient times [...] most cultures and societies and many religious disciplines have considered that an aura, a life force, a radiant energy field can, and does, emanate from and surround, all living things [...] described as a vital energy (Hindu 'prana,' Chinese 'qi,' 'chi,' and Japanese 'ki') or 'the source of life' associated with the soul, spirit, and mind. This life force [...] involves metaphysical, philosophical, and spiritual concepts [...] life force energy [p.089...] 'qi' is life force energy [p.095...] ki is 'life force energy' [p.096...] the dynamic energy system, the life force [p.100...] TCM is based on the fundamental concept that an animating life-force or energy [...] this life-force is called prana. In Japan it is called ki. In China, it is called chi or qi [p.232...] 'qi,' meaning vital energy or life force [p.234...] life force or prana [p.257]";
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(ISBN 0071443371)
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Kumar, H.P. (? ?) states:
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[in “A Patient’s Guide to Homoeopathy” (2004)]
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“Hahnemann attributed the normal functioning of a human body to the existence of a ‘vital force’ and believed that diseases were caused whenever the flow of this vital force got disturbed […] within a short time after taking the remedy, the vital force enables the body to overcome these symptoms [p.006…the] concept of vital force […] Hahnemann called such intelligence […the] normal function […] possible because of some basic intelligence that governs the working of the human body in good health […the] ‘vital force’ or ‘vital energy.’ He also observed that in the healthy condition of man the vital force animates the material body and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable and harmonious condition […] without the vital force the material organism is not capable of any sensation or any function or self preservation […] the vital force is the force which performs and controls the operations of physical man and his organs. This life force makes it possible for the physical man to exist. It is the dynamism that animates and controls the body […] the vital force can repair and adapt the body without limit […] disease […] a symptoms is the outward sign of the inner disease of the vital force […] it is necessary to understand that vital force is attacked first which leads to the disturbance of sensations and functions […] when the vital force is disturbed there is disharmony which produces the symptoms that prevent the body from functioning normally […] unless something is done to help the vital force resume its free flow, normality cannot return [p.010…] if the process is not suppressed, and the vital force is strong enough to complete the process of elimination, then a greater degree of health will follow […] Hahnemann viewed illness as a dynamic disturbance of the vital force […] when a remedy, whose picture matches the totality of symptoms, is administered then the vital force is stimulated and returns to harmony [p.011]”;
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(ISBN 8180561038)
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[in "Self Treatment of Common Diseases - Homeopathic and Biochemic" (2004)]
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“Hahnemann attributed the normal functioning of a human body to the existence of a 'vital force' and believed that diseases were caused whenever the flow of this vital force got disturbed [...] once an identified drug, or 'remedy,' was given, it helped to strengthen the flow of the body's 'vital force' [...] within a short time after taking the remedy, the vital force enables the body to overcome these symptoms [p.006...] concept of vital force [...] normal function was possible because of some basic intelligence that governs the working of the human body in good health. Hahnemann called such intelligence as 'vital force' or 'vital energy.' He also observed that in the health condition of man, the vital force animates the material body and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable and harmonious condition [...] without the vital force the material organism is not capable of any sensation or any function or self preservation. The vital force is the force which performs and controls the operations of the physical man and his organs. This life force makes is possible for physical man to exist. It is the dynamism that animates and controls the body and retains all the parts of the organism in a harmonious relationship. It builds the tissues and governs wastes and repairs, every tissue and cell, every organ functions in perfect harmony so long as this force is operating undisturbed. This vital force [...] the vital force can repair and adapt the body without limit. When the vital force is disturbed, there is disharmony which produces the symptoms that prevent the body from functioning normally [...] vital force is attacked first which leads to the disturbance of sensations and functions [...] a symptom is the outward sign of the inner disease of the vital force [p.010]”;
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(ISBN 8180561038)
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Kumar, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Kundalini for Beginners: The Shortest Path to Self-Realization" (2000)]
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"low-voltage prana (quantum cosmic energy) [...] high-voltage prana of kundalini [p.005] prana, the subtle life energy [p.123...] prana, the unit of cosmic energy at that level, is responsible for life and healing [...] the quantum fibre prana pervading the whole universe is a vital force or energy transcending time and space, and responsible for life and health. The Hindu word prana is has been known by different names in different faiths: qi p.242] in China; ki in Japan, telesma [...] astral light [...] mana in Polynesia [...] Fludd called it spiritus, Hippocrates called it vis medicatrix naturae [...] Mesmer called it pneuma [...] Reichenbach called prana by the name od [...] Reich of Austria called it orgone the latest term coined for prana is 'bio-energy' [...] it permeates all the universe [...] a body filled with prana is strong and resistant to disease and illness, and is likely to live a long life [p.243...] prana: quantum cosmic energy [p.296]";
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(ISBN 1567184359)
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Kutty, K. (? ?), Ruiswyk, J.V. (? ?), Schapira, R.M. (? ?) state:
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[in "Kochar's Concise Textbook of Medicine" (4th ed., 2002)]
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"guide to alternative medicine and complementary therapies [...] acupuncture, ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, native American healing, naturopathic medicine [...] complementary medicine consists of an unregulated assortment of techniques, philosophies, and cultures of healing, but there are some basic underlying themes. First, these therapies are vitalistic. Practitioners believe that the body, mind, and emotions are maintained by an underlying vital or life force. In traditional Chinese medicine it is called 'chi'; in chiropractic it is referred [p.028] to as 'innate intelligence'; in ayurveda it is called 'prana' [...] wellness is a state in which the energy of life flourishes; disease is a condition in which vitality is blocked [p.029]";
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(ISBN 0781729424)
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[defunct](for an amazon.com short review of this, click here,
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Kynes, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Gemstone Feng Shui" (2002)]
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"gemstone energy helps us find that balancing primal light that kept early people in touch with the natural rhythms of life-force energy [p.015…] chi – the life-force that flows through all things [p.215]";
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(ISBN 0738702196)
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Lad, U. (? ?), Lad, V. (? ?) states:
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[in "Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing" (2nd ed., 1997]
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"air is active, mobile, dry and the vital life-force, or prana, essential for all living creatures [p.015...] glossary [...] prana: the life force, the vital energy that activates body and mind. Equivalent to the Chinese chi [p.241] ";
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(ISBN 1883725054)
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Lade, A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Energetic Healing: Embracing the Life Force" (1999)]
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"a life force or energy at the heart of the inner terrain [...aka] lung (Tibetans), ka (Egyptians), prana (Hindu), baraka (Sufis), mingo (Africans), mana (Polynesians), qi (Chinese), ki (Japanese), pneuma (classical Greek), lil (Mayans and so on) [...] a sacred force [...] a subtle energy called qi [p.012...] the subtle prana (equivalent to the Chinese concept of qi) [...] the 'forward-moving air' (prana) [p.130...] the life force (pneuma) [p.176...] the subtle life force or prana sheath [p.233...] within human beings, this force is called prana [p.234...] according to ayurveda's tri-dosha theory, the five elements manifest within the body as three quintessential substances: essence, prana, and a subtle life. Prana is the life force [...] prana and essence are largely equivalent to the Chinese concepts of qi and essence [p.237...] nadi. (Sanskrit). The subtle channels through which prana moves, similar to the idea of the meridians [...which are] the subtle channels through which qi or energy flows. The practice of acupuncture and acupressure are based on the meridian concept [p.243...] prana. (Sanskrit) [...] the 'breath of life.' The human life force or energy. Virtually identical to the Chinese concept of qi [...which means] 'energy or breath' [...] the inherent life force or energy that animates the body [p.244]";
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(ISBN 0914955462)
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Lake, J.H. (MD ?), Spiegel, D. (MD ?) state:
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[in "Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care" (2006)]
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"history of philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine [...] qi is the animating force [p.170...the] principles of homeopathy [...include] vital force [...like] ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, classical homeopathy posits a life energy that animates all organisms [...] known as prana or qi in other systems, this animating energy is called the vital force in homeopathy [...quoting Hahnemann] 'the spirit-like life force (autocracy) [...] dynamis' [...] symptoms may show up in the mental, emotional, or physical area as the vital force struggles to correct the disharmony [...] Hahnemann felt that 'mistunements' of this vital force underlie all physical, mental, and emotional symptoms that patients experience and that only applications of medicines that correctly act on the vital force can restore health [p.198...] not only do people embody a vital force [etc....] applying the correct agent can strengthen a patient's vital force [p.199...Hahnemann] proposed that the energy of the diluted medicine might be more subtle and affect the patient's vital force more efficiently and gently [p.200...] holding these laws in mind enables physicians to see the vital force [etc. p.204]";
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(ISBN 1585622028)
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Lambert, M. (? ?) states:
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[in “Natural Highs For Body & Soul: 70 Instant Energizers to Banish Everyday Energy Lows” (2005)]
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energy – Western and Eastern style [...] the Eastern view of energy [...] looking at the health of the mind, body and spirit of an individual [...] energy is a 'life force' in the body, which flows through invisible energy channels [...] the belief that if the energy flow is good, the body will stay healthy [p.006...] energy is a 'life force' in the body, which flows through invisible energy channels. If energy flow is good, the body will stay healthy [p.007...] chakras (spiritual energy centers) [...] in Japanese medicine the energy flow is called ki, and it works with the same meridians as in the Chinese system [...] chi (qi) or in Japanese ki [...] energy, Eastern-style [...] chi, prana, or ki. In traditional Chinese medicine the body's energy or life force is known as chi (qi). It is an invisible form of energy, similar to electromagnetic energy [!], that flows through a set of meridians or channels affecting the health of every cell in the body. In Indian ayurvedic medicine the body's energy force is known as prana [p.011...] the etheric level helps to transfer prana from the universe to our physical body [p.015...] reiki. This Japanese hands-on healing therapy means 'universal life force energy' [p.017...] according to yoga teachings all bodily functions are controlled by an energy called prana [...] that flows through channels called nadis [p.050...] for thousands of years crystals have been used for healing and protection [...] by setting a mental intent you can send healing energy (directed from the universal life force) into a crystal so that it emits the electromagnetic vibrations needed to restore the healthy functioning of a chakra or body part [p.083...] in feng shui, the art of furniture placement and energy flow, chi (energy) moves in spirals around a room [p.094]”;
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(ISBN 0600610896)
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Larimore, W. (M.D. ?), O'Mathuna, D. (? ?), states:
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[in "Alternative Medicine" (2001)]
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"[according to Ullman] homeopaths conceptualize a 'life force' or 'vital force' [...] this bioenergetic force is similar to what the Chinese call 'chi,' the Japanese call 'ki,' yogis call 'prana,' Russian scientists call 'bioplasm' and Star Wars characters call 'the force' [...] this bioenergetic process [...] the resonance of the microdose [...which affects] the person's life force [p.076...] the common view is that herbs are believed to balance or strengthen a person's life force or life energy [...per] a person's vital force [p.220...] the more traditional explanation of homeopathic effectiveness is based on life energy theories and vitalism. Hahnemann used the term 'vital energy' for the same life energy that is called chi in traditional Chinese medicine and prana in ayurvedic medicine [...] Hahnemann explained this energy's role [...per] 'spirit-like vital force (dynamis) animating the material human organism' [...] the body's life energy [...] the body's vital energy [...] Hahnemann believed this shaking released more energy and gives stronger effects [...] Dana Ullman, president of the Foundation of Homeopathic Education and Research, [states] this energy is similar to prana (see ayurveda) [...] life energy beliefs [...] life energy concepts [p.223...] ki, meaning vital force [...] ki is the Japanese term for prana, or chi, the universal life energy [p.266...] vitalism. See life energy [p.index]";
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(ISBN 0310235847)
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Larson, B.J. (? ?) states:
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[in "Alternative Medicine or Integrative Medicine?" ()]
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“naturopathic medicine […] natural system for curing disease is based on a return to nature in regulating the diet, breathing, exercising, bathing and the employment of various forces to eliminate the poisonous products in the system, and so raise the vitality of the patient to a proper standard of health […] Chinese medicine might recommend a series of acupuncture treatments to stimulate and harmonize the flow of chi, or life force energy, throughout the body. They perceive illness as a systemic problem in the flow of energy through the body […] ayurveda […] the vital energy is called prana […] homeopathy […] believe that people have a vital force that is being influenced. Goal is to challenge the vital force […] chiropractic medicine […] by manipulating the spine and other joints through which the nervous system passes, chiropractors see themselves as removing barriers or obstacles to the full expression of the life force”;
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Larson, C.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Alternative Medicine" (2007)]
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"the six basic principles of naturopathy, according to the NCCAM (2004) include 'the healing power of nature' [...] if we look at the six principles of naturopathy in more depth [...] the healing power of nature. The concept of the 'healing power of nature' refers to connecting with nature, or the life force [...] the 'healing power of nature' involves a connection with this life force [p.005...] traditional Chinese medicine [...] involves a focus of life energy, or 'chi,' with illness being a type of blockage of that life energy [...] the theory behind Chinese medicine is that life energy flows along meridians in the body, and forms of intervention, such as [...] acupuncture, herbal remedies, and exercise, such as tai chi and qi gong [...] are avenues to dislodge the blockage and allow life energy to flow once again [...with] the yin and the yang [...being] two vital forces [p.030...] vital life energy (qi) [p.176]";
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(ISBN 0313337187)
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LaValle, J.B. (? ?), Spreen, A.N. (? ?), Zand, J. (? ?) states:
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[in "Smart Medicine Healthier Living: A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments" (1999)]
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“homeopathy today […] homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s vital force […] the ‘vital force’ described by Hahnemann […] the essential life force [p.031…] the correct constitutional remedy can help strengthen and stimulate the vital life force [p.033…] in Chinese philosophy, the energy that pulses through all things, animate and inanimate, in called chi […] Chinese medicine works directly with the natural, vital energy – or chi [p.041...] the Chinese believe that astragalus raises chi, or energy [p.277]”;
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(ISBN 0895298678)
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Le, K. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Simple Path to Health: A Guide to Oriental Nutrition and Well-Being" (1996)]
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"the vital force - qi [...] qi is the vital force which gives life to all animate bodies [...] qi is a mystery, it is formless, invisible, and difficult to measure and prove [...] the different types of qi, and all efforts are focused on how to develop this vital force [p.115...] qi, the vital force of life, is the vital force which sustains the body [p.123...] qi, our vital force [p.230]";
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(ISBN 0915801620)
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Lee, E. (? ?) states:
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[in "In Your Own Time: Guide for Patients and Their Careers Facing Terminal Illness at Home" (2002)]
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"natural energy or vitality [...] has many different names [...] per homeopathy it is called the vital force, in yoga it is prana, in shiatsu it is ki and in acupuncture it is chi (p.016)";
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(ISBN 0198509758)
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Leddy, S. (? ?) states:
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[in "Integrative Health Promotion: Conceptual Bases for Nursing Practice" (2003; 2006 2nd ed.)]
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"according to Kaptchuk (2001), energy is known by different names in different health belief systems: homeopathy connects with the 'spiritual vital force,' chiropractic calls it 'innate' or 'universal intelligence,' psychic healing manipulates 'auric,' 'psi,' or psionic powers, acupuncture utilizes 'qi,' ayurveda is in touch with 'prana,' naturopaths invoke the 'vis medicatrix naturae' [p.007{p.090 in 2nd. ed.}...] prana, or life force [p.016...] biological energy [...] this life energy has been called by many names including chi (qi) in China, prana in India, doshas in the Vedic tradition, and spirit in the Native American and voodoo cultures [p.033...] values of traditional healing systems [...] self-healing [...] restoration of vital force [p.038...] homeopathic medicine [...] considers illness to be primarily a disturbance of the vital force [p.044...] prana in Sanskrit means universal energy [...] prana (life energy) [p.369...] reiki [...] the universal (rei) life force energy (ki) [p.433]";
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(ISBN 1556425872; 0763738409 2nd ed.)
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Lemone, P. (? ?), Lillis, C. (? ?), Taylor, C. (? ?) state:
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[in "Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing Care" (2004)]
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"naturopaths believe in the 'vitalist doctrine,' which maintains 'the organisms vitality and susceptibility are just as important as, or more important than, the causes of disease' [p.694...] energy healing approaches […] all organisms are dependent on a subtle vital force that creates order in the system […] this vital force has been known to healing systems and people in various cultures for centuries and has been called a variety of names throughout history, such as vital life force (general usage), pneuma (ancient Greece), qi or chi (China and Japan), and pran[a] (India) […] this subtle energy […reflects] the spiritual nature of people […] the life force feeds and nourishes the organism and is carried via two energetic structures that interact with each other: chakras and the etheric body […with chakras] concentrated areas of energy […and] there etheric body [is the] (aura) […] energy therapies used for healing are based on the belief that they can affect this primary life force and thus contribute to physiologic healing [p.697]";
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(ISBN 0781744806)
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Leonardi, L. (? ?) states:
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[in “Pre-Surgical Care” (2006)]
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“homeopathic medicine works on what we call the 'vibrational' level. It works on the vital force in the body [...] the Chinese have known it as 'chi.' In India [...per] ayurveda [...] it is knows as 'prana.' To the Native Americans, it was revered as the 'great spirit.' Today, most people simply call it the 'life force' within the body [p.076]”;
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(ISBN 1420856863)
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Lessin, J.K. (? ?) states:
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[in “Polyamory Many Loves[...]” (2006)]
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“the force that shapes our reality is called chi by the Chinese, ki by the Japanese, prana in India and Tibet, astral light by ancient magicians, mana by Hawaiian kahunas, baraka by Sufis, yesod by Jewish cabalists, orenda by the Iroquois Indians, mgebe by the Ituri pygmies and holy spirit by Christians. Wilhelm Reich identified this energy as orgone energy. Inventor Marcel Vogel discovered this energy and he called it the information band [...] this energy is recognized by mediums and in paranormal abilities as bioplasma. This is the energy accessed by prayer [...] this tangible, spiritual energy [p.009]”;
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(ISBN 1425939783)
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Levett, C. (? ?) states:
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[in "Reclaim Your Life - Your Guide to Aid Healing of Endometriosis" (2008)]
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"reiki is really two Japanese words - rei and ki [...] ki means vital or life force. This 'life force' energy has many other names within different cultures throughout the world e.g. 'chi' in Chinese, 'prana' in Sanscrit, and 'bioplasmic energy' by Russian scientists. All living things on earth have a 'vital force', an unseen energy [...] we all have this vital energy [p.127...] part of the theory of homeopathy, the body is said to be integrated by a 'vital force', which maintains it in a state of homeostasis. If this force is put under strain, illness can result [p.136...] naturopathy. Also known as 'natural medicine' [...] modern naturopaths [...] maintain that many factors such as unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, exercise, or fresh air, any emotional or physical stress, pollution, in the environment, even negative attitudes, allow wast products and toxins to build up in the body and upset self-regulation. This in turn can overload the immune system and weaken the vital force, the body's innate ability to maintain good health [p.141]";
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(ISBN 095567851X)
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(for a short amazon.com review of this, click here,
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Levitt, B.B. (? ?) states:
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[in "Electromagnetic Fields [...]" (1995)]
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"most primitive cultures believed that a special energy animated [p.094] all living things -- humans, animals, and plants -- which in term possessed and embodied this primal force [...] shamans, priests, yi qi gong masters [...are] thought to be able to channel this life force for the benefit of others [...] some of this vitalism is now being restored [...supposedly] we are scientifically relearning that the ancients understood on an intuitive level [...per] electromagnetic and magnetic forces [...supposedly] as central to the human anatomy as they are to the cosmos around us [p.095...] Thales [...] thought all living things were animated by a similar vital spirit [...] Hippocrates [...] life was a vital spirit that acted through the four humors [...like] yin and yang [...and] ayurvedic medicine [p.097...] animal magnetism [...] this magnetic force [...like] Paracelsus [...] yi chi gong [...] therapeutic touch, polarity, or reiki [p.102...] Hahnemann thought these infinitesimal amounts of substances reacted on an energetic level with the body's vital spirit [p.103...] Galvani [...] the body's vital spirit [...] an animal magnetism of sorts [p.104]";
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(ISBN 0156281007)
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Lewith, G.T. (MA ?) states:
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[in “the Conceptual Basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine” as excerpted from “Acupuncture – Its Place in Western Medical Science” (1998)]
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vital energy (qi) […] the force behind the biological functions occurring in any living tissue is qi. Qi represents the vital energy of the body […] the substantive or material form of qi is oxygen (clean qi) or food, the non-substantive form of qi is the real but evasive concept of 'vital force'. The idea of a 'vital force' is common to many early, medical systems, but it has been highly developed within the concept of traditional Chinese medicine. If a substance has no qi then it is dead […] qi of the body is the total vital force of a human being. Qi is disseminated through out the body by the channels […] qi is a very wide concept, difficult to understand in detail, but it is an essential part of the traditional Chinese picture of the body”;
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(ISBN 1854250914)
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Lindquist, R. (? ?), Snyder, M. (? ?) state:
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[in “Complementary / Alternative Therapies in Nursing” (2006)]
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“most cultures have a world to describe energy. Qi [...] is a basic element of traditional Chinese medicine. The Japanese word is ki, whereas in India energy is prana, and in ancient Egypt was called ankh. The Dakota Indians' word for energy is ton and the Lakota Indians call it waken [p.189...] the western version of energy is similar to 'qi' in traditional Chinese medicine and 'prana' in ayurveda [p.192...] this concept of energy systems as part of the human interactive environment and healing has been part of many cultures for centuries. Ancient East Indian traditions speak of a universal energy (prana) that flows and activates the life force (kundalini) [...] in China, Japan, and Thailand, the basic life energy is called chi, qi, or ki. The Egyptians called it ankh and the Polynesians refer to it as mana [...] the belief is that an imbalance in this energy force can result in illness [p.206...] prana, the vital life force energy identified in Indian philosophy and healing systems, is posited to be the energy that surrounds and pervades every living system [p.226...] ki refers to the life force energy that flows through all living things, known in certain other parts of the world as ch'i, prana, or mana [...] reiki is taken to mean spiritually guided life force energy or universal life force energy [p.244]”;
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(ISBN 0826114474)
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Loo, M. (MD UC) states:
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[for a bio., click here, http://www.healthychild.com/may-loo-md/]
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[in "Integrative Medicine for Children" (2008)]
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"energy.  This vital energy or life force is known under different names in different cultures, such as qi in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ki in the Japanese kampo system, doshas in Ayurvedic medicine, and elsewhere as prana, etheric energy, fohat, orgone, odic force, mana, and homeopathic resonance [...] the vital energy [...] qi [...] vital life force [p.048...] the therapeutic order, as developed by Jared Zeff, ND, is a basic approach used by naturopathic physicians to guide their treatment process using some of the principles of naturopathic medicine [...including #3] harmonize life forces [p.067...] TCM acupuncture [...] the fundamental notion is the flow of qi, a vital energy or vital force [...] it circulates unidirectionally in all channels called meridians and is also part of blood and moves within blood vessels.  It permeates organs and tissues, is behind all physiological processes [...] qi is the universal energy [p.074]";
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(ISBN 1437710514 9781437710519)
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Lorenzo-Fuentes, J. (? ?) states:
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[in "Meditation"(2003)]
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"thanks to breathing, the vital force [p.018] enters the body […] according to yoga, the air holds to fluids: one, which we call oxygen, and the other which yogis call prana, which is precisely the vital force, without which health would be impossible. Prana […] contains in turn two fluids: one male or solar called pingala, which the Chinese call yang, and another fluid that is female or lunar known as ida, which in China is [yin p.019…] the vital force that Hindus call prana and Tibetans lung [p.074…] the power to heal. Hindus call it prana. Some people have called it the vital fluid. Others have named it the essential force, the creative force, vital magnetism while others have called it god’s energy. These various names, any one of which you may accept, refer to the same thing: a unifying energy exists in the universe that promotes life and which, when it becomes individualized, enters the human body and at the same time wraps it and protects it [p.100]";
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(ISBN 0738702560)
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Lowen, A. (? ?), Lowen, L. (? ?), Skalecki, W. (? ?) state:

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[in “The Way To Vibrant Health: A Manual Of Bioenergetic Exercises” (2003)]

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“the Greeks used the same word, pneuma, for breath and spirit. In the teachings of yoga the vital force that animates all life is called prana [p.030]”;
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(ISBN 0974373710)
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Lubeck, W. (? ?), Petter, F.A. (? ?), Rand, W.L. (? ?) state:
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[in "The Spirit of Reiki" (2001)]
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"we all share the experience of a life force that permeates everything - reiki [p.009...] among other things, people in Japan understand ki to be the following: spirit, soul [etc. p.045...] von Reichenbach [...per] various forms of life energy, which he called 'od' [...] the symbol for vital force [...per] written in the period of the Quarreling Kingdom (475-221 B.C.) [...] 'what is spiritual, what is part of the heavens' [etc. p.046...] in the Japanese language, 'ki' is considered the general term for all of the life energies [p.052...] discovered by Wilhelm Reich [...] orgon is one expression of the life energy, but it is not a general term for the various types of subtle vital forces like chi or ki or prana [p.053...] reiki is a special healing energy that is much more than simple ki. Reiki is ki guided by the higher power, also known as god, the supreme being, the universe, the universal mind, all that is, jehovah, krishna, buddha, the great spirit etc. [p.068...] the chakras are like subtle energy transformers. They take the ki or life force [etc. p.083...] the term 'spiritual' is derived from the Latin spiritus -- spirit. So it means 'related to the soul or the divine.' 'Esoteric' is also a word borrowed from Latin. It means 'related to what is concealed' [p.112...] all esoteric disciplines know that we 'inhale' energy as ki, chi, prana or whatever you may call it through our lungs and through the skin, our largest organ [...] two or three fingers below your navel. It is where your life force dwells [p.159]";
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(ISBN 0914955675)
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Maas, P. (DO ?, MD ?), Mitchell, D. (? ?) state:
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[in "The ‘Natural Health’ Guide to Headache Relief" (1997)]
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"bioenergy therapies. ‘Every living cell in an organized body is endowed with an instinct of self-preservation[what about leukocytes? and apoptosis?] which is sustained by an inherent force named the vital force of life,’ is how Henry Lindlahr, author of Philosophy of Natural Therapeutics, explained bioenergy [p.006…the] many disciplines that encompass natural medicine work […most often] to regain and maintain that vital force, the qi, the bioenergy, the flow of energy. It has many names but only one purpose [p.007…] breathing therapy […] in India, the energy of life is called prana [p.088…] acupuncture and other bioenergy therapies. Some people call it the ‘life force’; others refer to it as ‘vitality.’ In ayurveda, it is prana; in yogic, kundalini; in Japanese, ki; in Taoist, chi […] all of these terms can be used interchangeably to refer to bioenergy. Bioenergy is an invisible vital force that flows through all human beings [p.131...] polarity therapy. The head has a positive charge, the the feet a negative charge, and the life force constantly flows through these two points along five specific pathways [...] Dr. Stone described five energy centers in the body that he said must be in balance in order for the life force to flow unhindered [...] like other energy therapies, polarity therapy works by moving bioenergy through areas where it is blocked [p.140...] homeopathy is often classified as 'bioenergy medicine,' or simply 'energy medicine' because similar to acupuncture and therapeutic touch, it effects the life force directly [p.209...homeopathic remedies] strengthen your bioenergy force [p.214]";
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(ISBN 0671518992)
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Mabe, D. (? ?), Reisser, P.C. (? ?), Velarde, R. (? ?) state:
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[in "Examining Alternative Medicine: An Inside Look at the Benefits and Risks" (2001)]
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"historians have given the name vitalism to the notion that an invisible, nonmaterial 'life force' or 'life energy' flows through all things, or at least all living things [...it is] unmeasurable and undetectable by (by scientific methodology) [!...and] functions in a realm beyond the laws of chemistry and physics, and yet is claimed to be the basis of all existence [p.080...aka] subtle energy [...] orgone energy [...] vital energy [...] innate intelligence [...] animal magnetism [...] mana [...] prana [...] chi (qi, ki) [p.081]";
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(ISBN 0830822755)
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Mabey, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "New Age Herbalist" (2004)]
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“astragalus […] according to the Chinese, it strengthens the digestion and the body’s vital energy (called qi in Chinese medicine) [p.077…] to herbalists of all traditions, however, the concept of the innate wisdom of the body, mind and spirit is paramount. Natural healing is founded on the basic principle that the human organism possesses the inherent ability to protect, regulate, adjust, and heal itself. This innate wisdom is often termed vital force (vis medicatrix naturae) […] during a herbal consultation the herbalist seeks to identify in which respect the vital force has been breached or [p.192] undermined […] the herbalist interprets the symptoms as a manifestation of the efforts of the vital force to return the body to health and so seeks to aid rather than suppress these attempts by the vital force [p.193…] hawthorn exemplifies the herbal principle that plants aid the vital force of the body [p.207]”;
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(ISBN 1856751945)
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MacFarlane, M. (? ?) states:
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[in "Heal Your Aura..." (2000)]
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"the inner energy known as qi is, in fact, bioelectricity [p.022...] many cultures have described the energy fields of the human body [...] an elemental 'life force' [...] vis medicatrix naturae, the Chinese call it chi or qi, the yogis of India named it prana. The Japanese speak of ki, the Hawaiians of mana, and the Tibetans of tumo [p.031...] chi or qi [...] astral light, chi, prana, karnaeem, and illiaster [p.051...] the first, or root chakra [...] the one that connects you to the earth and is the manifestation of your unique life force [p.077...] qi [...] vital breath, life force, or energy [...] 'bioenergy' or electromagnetic energy [p.110]";
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(ISBN 0806521325)
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Mackenzie, K. (? ?), Pitman, V. (? ?) state:
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[in "Reflexology: A Practical Approach" (2002)]
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"the flow of vital force and the relationship of body, mind, and spirit [p.004...] fundamentals of holistic medicine. The vital force. Holistic medicine is first and foremost vitalistic. There is a life principle -- a force or energy -- within each of us that initiates and sustains our life, our existence [...] holistic medicine recognizes this force and seeks to work with it [...per] mind, body, emotions and spirit [...] it is called chi in China, prana in India, while our Greek tradition sometimes called it pneuma, air, sometimes simply phusis, nature [...] the ancient motto was vis medicatrix naturae -- only nature heals. In English it is called the 'vital force' [...] chi is said to manifest as the twin energies of yin and yang. In Greek medicine the vital force moves the basic humours of bile and phlegm. In Indian ayurvedic medicine prana manifests as three bodily humours: vata, pitta, kapha [...VFS] cannot be measured or quantified [...per] a subtle level [...] sometimes called our astral body or aura [...that] permeates the whole of creation with life-giving energy [...] present within every living cell and makes life possible [...] the nature of the vital force is to flow in a free and balanced way [p.006...] our innate energy, our vital force [...] the body has its wisdom: the self-healing energy. The vital force is intelligent [...] the body's vital energy [p.007...] holistic medicine seeks to listen to the body's signals and work with its vital, innate healing force in regaining balance [...] holistically, any disease, at its fundamental level, is perceived to result from a disharmony in the flow of the vital force [p.008...] get in touch with your own vital force through breath awareness [...] breath is the vehicle for the vital force [p.009...] healing crisis [...] means the body's healing, vital force is positive and strong enough to mount a successful healing process [p.016...] the innate healing energy of the vital force [p.025] ayurveda [...conceptualizes] the vital force as prana [p.026...] energies in the therapeutic relationship [...] the energy of the healing power of the vital force itself [p.028...] the client and her own vital force [p.030...] the healing energy of the vital force [...] the energy of the vital force [p.034...] the vital life force [p.043...] holistic feet - body correspondences. Vital energy as reflected in the feet [...] the vital force manifested in the differing qualities of energy in the body [...per] earth water, fire, air, and etheric energy [p.071...] preservation of individual life force [...] reflexology recognizes that when the vital force is strong the body can usually overcome disease organisms. The strength and integrity of the immune system is a reflection of the vital force [p.130...] the respiratory system receives the nourishing vital force as air [p.134...] the healing energy of nature, the vital force [p.185...] vital force -- the power that creates and sustains the universe and every thing and every creature in it. The energy that gives and maintains life [p.267]";
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(ISBN 0748765778)
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Mamtani, R. (? ?), Micozzi, M.S. (? ?), Weintraub, M.I. (? ?) {ed.s} state:
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[in "Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Pain Management" (2008)]
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"holistic medicine [...] bridges the long-standing gap between religion and science [...] what these and other spiritually based therapies have in common is an insistence that human beings are animated by a special type of vital energy [...] in China, the energy is called qi; in India, yogis call it prana; in Hebrew mysticism, it is called ruach; but in western medicine there is no word or concept for this vital energy [...] this subtle life energy [...] orgone [...] elan vital [...] animal magnetism [p.165...quoting Kaptchuk] 'the fundamental premises (of alternative medicine) are an advocacy of nature, vitalism, science, and spirituality' [p.287...per Whitmont & Mamtani] homeopathy [...] is based on principles outlined by [...] Hahnemann [...] the body has a unifying energy, or 'vital force'. This vital energy when disordered causes illness and when harmonized [...] heals the total person [p.337...] according to homeopathic principles, all diseases arise as secondary phenomena following a disruption or imbalance of the vital force. The vital force [...] a nonphysical, energetic, and spiritually coherent force that underlies all living biological function. The state of the vital force governs health [...] pathological changes seen in many diseases are believed to be secondary events that take place only after the vital force is disturbed. Hahnemann believed that the vital force acts as a governor, or central directing agency in the balance between health and illness. This system of energy [p.346...] the vital force is not physical, and it can never be directly observed through physical means [...] once the symptoms of the vital force are translated into the langauge of the body, the homeopath can address the fundamental disturbance of the vital force [...] the dynamics of the body's vital force [...] can be described with the words vis medicatrix naturae [p.347...] the nonmaterial vital force [...] the medicines act energetically to assist the vital force of the organism in the process of self-healing [p.348...] symptoms are the closest possible description of the disturbance of the vital force [...] homeopathic theory suggests that the vital force is akin to a vibration within the body [...] all of the symptoms of illness result from a single disturbance of the vital force [p.350...] the disturbance of the vital force, which caused the illness [p.351]";
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(ISBN 0826128742)
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Marcinko, D.E. (? ?) states:
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[in "Dictionary of Health Insurance & Managed Care" (2006)]

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"aura: alleged envelope of invisible vital energy [p.031...] life energy: see vital force [p.169...] qi: broadly defined, the alleged vital force that underlies functioning of body, mind and spirit [...] qi (vital energy) [p.241...] vital force: (i.e., bioenergy, cosmic energy, cosmic energy force, cosmic force, cosmic life energy, cosmic life force, elan vital, energy of being, force of life, force vitale, inner vital energy, internal energy, life energy, life force, life force energy, life power, life source energy, nerve energy, nerve force, personal energy, spirit, subtle energy, universal energy, universal life energy, universal life energy power, universal life force, universal life force energy, universal life principle, vital cosmic force, vital element, vital energy, vital energy force, vitality, vital life force, vital life force energy, vitalistic principle, vitality energy, vital life spirit, vital magnetism, vital principle, vital spirit): alleged nonmaterial force that sustains life, whose aspects include the following: animal magnetism (mesmerism), archetypal energy (dream work), astral light (theosophy), aura (energy field work, Kirlian diagnosis), bioelectrical energy (magical aromatherapy), biological energy (neural therapy), biomagnetic energy (physio-spiritual etheric body healing), biomagnetism (de la Warr system), bioplasmic energy (bioplasmic healing), body energy (magno-therapy, zero balancing), chi (Chinese medicine), core energy (inner self-healing process), divine energy (7 keys meditation program), [p.294] divine-healing energy (emotional energetic healing), divine power (religious healing), dynamism (homeopathy), earth energy (iron shirt chi kung), eeck (eckankar), energy body (core energetics, pranic healing), essence (Diamond approach), etheric body (curative eurthythmy), etheronic force (Edgar Cayce tradition), god force (rainbow diet), healing dolphin energy (lifeline), healing light energy (chi nei tsang), innate healing energy (homeovitics), innate intelligence (chiropractic), jariki (zazen), ki (shiatsu), kundalini (kundalini yoga), libidinal energy (Jungian psychology), life-fields, L-fields (radionics), liquid light of sex, living energy (living energy training), magical energies (magical diet), magnetic energy (magnet therapy), manna (kahuna healing), mariel (mariel), moon energy (Celtic magic), orgone (Reichian therapy), pneuma (bioenergetics), prana (ayurveda), psychic energy (psychic healing), reiki (reiki), ruach [or] ruah (Judaism), seichim (seichim), seiki (seiki-jutsu), sexual energy (gnosis, tantra), shakti (spiritual midwifery), shin-ki (shinkiko), shintsu-riki (kobayashi technique), soul (Christianity), tai do (the way), tachyon energy (electromagnetic healing), transformation energy (cellular theta breath), universal creative healing energy (planetary herbology), [p.295] universal fifth dimensional energy (alchemia), vis medicatrix naturae (naturopathy) [p.296]";
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(ISBN 0826149944)
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Marcus, A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Foundations for Integrative Musculoskeletal Medicine : An East-West Approach" (2005)]
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"naturopathic thought, modern 'bioenergetic philosophy,' and the philosophical position of 'vitalism' all share the ida[sp. idea] of 'vital force' or energy [p.424]";
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(ISBN 1556435401)
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Marohn, S. (? ?) states:
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[in “The Natural Medicine Guide to Depression” (2003)]
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“from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, as one example, depression is caused by a disturbance in the individual’s vital force, or qi [p.033…] healing from a cellular to a spiritual level: biological medicine […] ‘depression is primarily a liver problem’ […] by this he means that the liver is deficient in life force, or vital energy [p.058…] in the anthroposophical view, a deficiency in the liver reflects a deep lack of what Rudolf Steiner called ‘etheric force.’ These are the life forces responsible for building, rebuilding, upbuilding – the vital force that enables the body to build cells, to repair, to replicate […] the life force that impels the building is the etheric force, or ‘etheric body,’ as it is also termed. ‘Depression is very common today because life forces are systematically destroyed’ [p.063…] ‘lack of life energy. And that lack of life energy is apparent in the liver.’ It is interesting that the lack of life force is apparent when you look at the blood of depressed person in darkfield microscopy […] you’re your liver weakened by a depletion of your life force, or by toxic overload which in turn depleted your liver and your life force? [p.064…] the lack of life force is apparent when you look at the blood of a depressed person in darkfield microscopy [p.065…] ‘the spirit informs the soul, the soul informs the vitality (the life forces), and the life forces inform the physical body […] I think we are fundamentally spiritual beings’ [p.073…] TCM is a form of energy, or vibrational medicine, in that it is based on the flow of vital energy (qi […] another term for energy medicine is ‘molecular medicine’ […] energy travels through the body along the meridians [p.081…] the two essential qualities of qi: yin and yang [p.082…] energy medicine II: homeopathy […] in addition to acupuncture, another form of energy medicine is particularly effective in the treatment of depression: homeopathy […] the medicine’s help restore the individual’s energy (or vital force) Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D. […] is an internationally known naturopathic and homeopathic physician [p.094…] we are energetic organisms, or energy-modulated organisms, explains Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman, and that energy is our vital force. ‘The vital force of each person’ [etc. p.095…] ‘it’s important to realize that the vital force or the energetic equilibrium of that individual is the bottom line,’ says Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman […] hormonal or neurotransmitter problems, are directly causes by an underlying vital force imbalance […] there is a cyclical relationship; lack of nurturing in childhood and challenging life events, for example, disturb the vital force, which in turn sets one up for depression, which in turn further weakens the vital force [p.096…] the body has its own wisdom, and symptoms are the ways in which a particular person adapts to the imbalance in her vital force [p.098…] this is similar to Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman’s explanation in the previous chapter of an imbalance in the vital force throwing off the biochemistry of the [p.105] body. Just as addressing only the biochemistry will not cure depression because it does not deal with the problem of the energy imbalance, the flower essence model holds that a biochemical approach will not cure depression because it does not deal with the crisis of the soul [p.106…] a flower essence contains the life force of the flower [p.107]”;
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(ISBN 1571742921)
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[in “The Natural Medicine Guide to Autism” (2002)]
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“how NAET works. Dr. Devi based NAET on the medical model of acupuncture in which disease is diagnosed and treated as an energy imbalance in one or more of the body’s meridians, or energy pathways. These meridians – there are 12 major ones – carry the body’s vital energy or qi (chi) […] acupuncturists rebalance a meridian’s energy by treating acupoints […] according to Dr. Devi […] allergies are ‘energy incompatibilities’ that create energy blockages in the body. That is, the body’s energy field regards the energy field of a substance – eaten, inhaled, or otherwise contacted – as incompatible with its own, and its presence disturbs the flow of energy along the body’s meridians [p.099…] a ‘potentized’ remedy, one that contains the energy imprint of th plant rather than its biochemical components […thus] homeopathy falls into the category of energy medicine; it works on an energetic level to effect change in all aspects of a person[p.138]”;
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(ISBN 1571742883)
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[in “Natural Medicine Guide to Anxiety” (2003)]
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“if you regard energy from the perspective of homeopathy, which is an energy-based medicine, illness is regarded as a disturbance in the individual’s vital force. Homeopathic remedies [p.043] restore the vital force to its natural equilibrium [p.044…] TCM is a form of energy, or vibrational, medicine, in that it is based on the flow of vital energy (qi […] in the body along energy channels known as meridians. Another term for energy medicine is ‘molecular medicine’[…] the two essential qualities of qi: yin and yang [p.073…] energy medicine […] homeopathy […] the medicines help restore the individual’s energy (or vital force, or qi) [p.088…] we are energetic organisms, or energy-modulated organisms, explains Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman, and that energy is our vital force or qi, as it is known in traditional Chinese medicine. ‘The vital force of each person has a certain susceptibility’ […] in homeopathic terms, susceptibility relates to the state of a person’s vital force. ‘It’s important to realize that the vital force or the energetic equilibrium of that individual is the bottom line,’ says Dr. Reichenberg-Ullman [ND p.089]”;
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(ISBN 157174293X)
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[in “The Natural Medicine Guide to Bipolar Disorder“ (2003)]
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“whatever the language you choose to employ to describe the phenomenon, a disturbance in an individual’s energy field can contribute to mood disorders […] if you regard energy from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (which includes acupuncture), you analyze disturbance in the individual’s vital force, or qi, as a manifested by disturbed energy flow along the meridians, or energy channels, throughout the body […] if you consider energy from a shamanic or psychic viewpoint, you might explore the presence of a foreign energy in an individual’s energy field […] homeopathy is also an energy-based medicine […per] restoring a person’s energy to its natural equilibrium [051…quoting Weeks] ’the spirit informs the soul, the soul informs the vitality, the life force, and the life forces inform the physical body […] we’re fundamentally spiritual beings’ [p.095…] rebalancing the vital force: homeopathy. Like acupuncture, homeopathy is an energy medicine […] the medicines help to improve the individual’s energy (or vital force, or qi) [p.154]”;
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(ISBN 1571742913)
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McCabe, V. (? ?) states:
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[in "Practical Homeopathy: A Comprehensive Guide to Homeopathic Remedies and Their Acute Uses" (2000)]
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"Hahnemann is telling us right up front that we must work by [p.017] the natural method, by increasing the vital force or life energy [p.018...per Hahnemann] 'the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens the material organism as dynamis [...] this spirit-like, autonomic life force (life principle) [...] the disease-tuned life force alone that brings forth diseases' [...] the vital force bonds the soul to the body [...] disease itself is a sign that the patient's vital force [etc. p.026...] our vital force, along with our physical body [p.044]";
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(ISBN 0312206690)
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[in "Household Homeopathy: A Safe and Effective Approach to Wellness for the Whole Family" (2004)]
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"homeopathic medicine can therefore be seen as a means by which the energy, or vital force, of another substance is utilized to balance the patient's own blocked or unbalanced life force [p.021...] the homeopath [...] must be able to determine the strength of the patient's vital force, and the degree to which the vitality has been impaired by the force of the disease [...] the homeopath judges the case by the patient's vital force, and how this life energy is [etc. p.022...] the force of the pulse, which is an indicator of the patient's vital force [p.046...] chi, which in homeopathy is called 'vital force' [p.049...] allopathic medicines work by suppressing symptoms of illness [...and] can weaken our immune system and our very life force [p.067...] note the patient's age. This can be another clue to the patient's vital force [p.075...] symptoms are signs that the patient's vital force is still operating [p.085...] we should tamper as little as possible with a patient's vital force (or, if you prefer, immune system) [p.108]";
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(ISBN 1591200709)
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[in “The Healing Enigma: Demystifying Homeopathy” (2007)]
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“diseases [...] are manifestations of the particular person's life force [...] those patients whose life forces have become totally depleted [etc. p.016...] the homeopathy [...] sees symptoms as a fundamental sign of life [...] that the life force [etc. p.018...] sometimes [...] the life force is too weak [p.031...] Hahnemann called this inborn grace 'vital force.' Other forms of alternative medicine call it 'chi' or 'life force.' The Greeks called it 'dynamis' [p.041...] the life force is not sufficient [...] the life force is snuffed and the life ends [p.042...] life energy or vital force [...] the vital force that was originally present in the source material [...] this vital force is never toxic [p.065...] the vital force that was innate within that substance remains [...] we are borrowing the vital force contained within that medicine [...] we share the common bond of vital force [...] this common life spark, this vital force [...] the vital force [etc....] in taking a homeopathic remedy you are borrowing the vital force of another living thing [...] the vital force of the remedy [p.066...] an energy that speaks to our own vital force [...] if the vital force of the remedy speaks to our own [...] their own vital force [...] our own vital force, our own life energy [...] the vital force within each of us [p.067...] illness at its core is a disruption not of meat or chemicals, but of the spirit – the vital force that animates each of us [p.105...] the patient's vital force [...] the individual with strong vital force [...] his weakened vital force [...] the vital force and the immune system [...] the dynamic level of the vital force [p.108...quoting Hahnemann] the automatic life energy (called the life force, life principle, or 'vital force' [p.111...] in the use of homeopathic remedies, a remedy is found [...] that has a life force that is in similarity to that of the patient [p.161]”;
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(ISBN 1591200717)
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McCartney, F. (? ?) states:
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[in “Body of Health...” (2005)]
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“caring for your energy anatomy is as vital to your health and well-being as caring for my physical anatomy [...] chapters 8 and 9 introduce my methodology for using life-force energy and earth energy as your personal healing energies. Life-force energy is your personal signature energy [...and] the earth emits a natural electromagnetic energy, which as a healing effect on our bodies. The blend of this energies supplies you with vital force [...] chakra balance is a major key to good health [p.008...] our spiritual intelligence seeks a constant state of well-being, a wholeness of life. When you experience a loss of connection from the vital force of life, you are not grounded in your spiritual intelligence [p.043...] life-force and earth energy [...] this combination is an inner pharmacopeia of natural medicine [...] creating a profound healing effect on your body, mind and spirit [p.105...] Chinese and ayurvedic medicine recognize subtle energy meridian networks in the human anatomy that integrate the physical body with the spiritual body [...] life force-energy is your natural inner medicine of healing [p.106...] life-force energy cross-references. Many traditions and philosophies have concepts comparable to that of the life force: Chinese, chi; Hindu, prana; Sufi, baraka; Algonquin Indians, manitu; African Masai, ngai; Paracelsus, archaeus or liquor vitae; Aristotle, formative cause; Hippocrates, vis medicatrix naturae [p.109] Goethe, gestaltung; J.B. Rhine, psi faculty; Eeman, x-force; Bergson, elan vital; Theosophists, biomagnetism; vitalists, life force; medieval alchemy, vital fluid or divine water; Von Helmont, magnale magnum; Fludd, spiritus; Galvani, life force; Mesmer, animal magnetism; Brunler, dielectric radiation or bio-cosmic energy; Reichenbach, odic force; Jung, synchronicity; Maslow, synergy; Reich, orgone [p.110...] if all your cells are healthy – filled to capacity with life force – you cannot be sick [p.111...] I theorize that your life-force energy is the light of your spirit and the inner medicine of health and well-being. Through the practice of life-force meditation heliotherapy [...] healing occurs [p.112...] your light and vibration are your life-force energy, and this energy holds the key to health and illness [p.113...] our spiritual skin. The human aura is created by the action of life-force energy within the body as it resonates through the chakras [...] this life force radiates from the body, forming a cocoon of energy – the aura [...] a metaphor for spirituality [...] the Greek word aura means 'breath' or 'air' [...] life-force energy [...for] early Hebrews, rauch; Hindus, paramanu; Cabalists, yesod; Hermetics, telesma; Gnostics, solar orb; Kabbalah mystics, nefish; Hawaiian kahunas, mana [...] Plato, nuos; Erastistratus, pneuma; Paracelsus, munia; Blavatsky, astral light; Blondlot, n-rays; radiesthists, etheric force [p.180...] a highly health aura nourishes us with a constant circulation of life force [...] when your aura is filled with life force, others will show respect for your boundaries [p.191]”;
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(ISBN 1577314883)
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McCord, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "Living Well at One Hundred" (2009)]
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"acupuncture arose out of the Chinese belief in qi, a vital life force that is necessary to maintain balance.  If your qi is blocked long certain pathways (or meridians), acupuncture [...] can unblock the meridians [p.071]";
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(ISBN 1449020305)
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McDougall, W.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "Let the Sea Make a Noise...: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur" (2004)]
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"glossary [...] mana: divine spirit in pagan Hawaii [p.775]";
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(ISBN 0060578203)
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McIntyre, A. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Complete Floral Healer" (2002)]
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“the idea that nature was alive, animated by the same spirit or vital force […] was in fact the standard accepted view until the scientific revolution in the 17th century. Subsequently, people began to regard nature as completely inanimate and unconscious, made solely of matter in motion [! p.020…] Thomson, like ancient as well as modern herbalists, recognized the presence of the vital force, the energy which flows throughout nature and animates all in existence. The same wisdom described as the spirit in plants by the ancient [p.034] Greeks and American cultures, the qi of China’s medicine and philosophy, and prana of ayurveda, is our innate healing energy [p.035…] the Chinese, like the Indians, regard the human body and all its functions as the microcosm of the macrocosm. All forms of life are seen to be animated by the same life force called qi [p.037…] flower remedies are highly dilute from a physical or chemical perspective, effective not because of their chemical constituents but for the life force derived from the flower contained within the water-based fluid [p.044…] that same vital force of subtle energy that was recognized as the spirit of the flower by the ancient Greeks, as qi by the Chinese, prana by the Indians [p.045]”;
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(ISBN 0806986891)
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[in "Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Use Familiar Herbs--Such as Sage, Garlic, and Aloe--To Treat More Than 100 Common Health Problems" (2003)]
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"to help the healing work of the vital force [p.002…] herbal therapy addresses the fundamental concepts of health. Central to herbal philosophy is a recognition of the existence of the vital force – that energy that flows throughout nature and gives life […] this innate wisdom, which permeates our every dimension, is the energy of the vital force – named in other cultures as prana and qi (or chi). Disturbance of inner balance causes symptoms to emerge, representing the efforts of the vital force to re-establish harmony […] to suppress symptoms without due consideration of their significance is [p.008…] to go against the vital force. The art of the herbalist is to recognize the efforts of this healing energy […] our harmonious relationship with the plant world, enlivened with the plant world, enlivened by the same life force, is illustrated by the ability of herbs to provide us with the perfect medicines for so many of our ills [p.009…] we all possess an inherent ability to restore balance, to repair and heal ourselves when we are ill, thanks to the energy of the vital force, and all symptoms of ‘disease’ are a manifestation of this [p.011…] foods are medicines, preventative and therapeutic, and their energy and vitality can profoundly affect the balance of our energies and our life force [p.026…] in health children have far greater vital energy than most adults [p.084]";
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(ISBN 0743254112)
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McKanna, G. (? ?) states:
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[in “Soul Power: Science, Spirituality, and the Search for the Soul” (2003)]
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“people and societies from prehistoric times onwards have expressed surprisingly similar concepts about the soul. For thousands of years Chinese peoples have referred to the soul as a ‘vital breath’ called ‘chi’ or ‘qi’ that is believed to be an energy coursing through our bodies and the universe. The Japanese call it ‘ki.’ In ancient Greece, there was a similar tradition of ‘live breath’ known as ‘pneuma.’ In ancient Rome, the Latin word ‘spiritus’ also meant breath of life and provides the basis for the English word spirit and spirituality. Tibetans refer to spirit as a subtle energy called ‘lung.’ In India’s Sanskrit, there is an energetic breath called prana, while Muslims call this life force barraka. Lakota Sioux Indians in North America call it neyatoneyah, while the busmen[sp., bushmen] of the Kalahari desert in Africa refer to it as num, which means boiling energy. All these references suggest the soul and spirituality is something akin to an energetic breath, breath of energy, or some form of energy [p.004]”;
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(ISBN 0595284183)
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McWhinney, I.R. (MD ) states:
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[in "A Textbook of Family Medicine" (2nd ed., 1997)]
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"naturopathy focuses on the healing power of the body, the ancient medical principle of vis medicatrix naturae [...] the patient's own powers of healing";
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(ISBN 019511518X 9780195115185)
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Michaels, F. (? ?) states:
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[in "Illustrated Dictionary of Environmental Studies" (2007)]
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"the belief that life originates in a vital principle that is distinct from chemical and physical processes and that is not susceptible to examination by analytical techniques [p.188]";
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(ISBN 8189093320)
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Mickaharic, D. (? ?) states:
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[in “Magical Techniques” (2002)]
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“magic with orgone accumulators. Orgone pads or accumulator pads […] Reich […] who separated from Freud over his interest in the occult, supposedly revealed the secret of the healing pad, which he called an orgone accumulator. His orgone pad was made up of alternate layers of cotton and iron, (or steel) wool. This pad is used to concentrate the energy of the universal life force, which Reich supposed that he had discovered, and named orgone energy […] the non-physical energy of the universal life force […] the vital energy he called orgone energy [p.094…] the energy of the universal life force, which permeates the physical universe […] these pads may be used to energize both people and materials; just as any other source of the energy of the universal life force might be used [p.097]”;
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(ISBN 140106602X)
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Micozzi, M.S. (MD UPSM, PhD UPSM) states:
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[for a bio., click here, http://www.skinmedjournal.com/micozzi.html]
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[in "Fundamentals of Complementary And Integrative Medicine" (2005, 3rd. ed.; editor)]
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[in "Chapter 5 - Vitalism"]
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"[per Kaptchuk, T.J.] chapter 5 - vitalism [...] the idea of vital energy [...] practitioners of most alternative healing believe that one source of their intervention is a type of 'vital energy' used by their system [...] unseen powers are said to permeate the universe and have a profound effect on humans that is undetectable by scientific instruments [...aka] subtle health-promoting influences [...aka] universal beneficent healing influences [...aka] an endless influx of forces that can help to 'put things right.' Health is harmony in the cosmic energy; illness is cured by reordering the cosmic forces [...] a faucet that pours out healing juice. [E.g.] homeopathy connects with the 'spiritual vital force' [...] chiropractic calls it 'innate' or 'universal intelligence' [...] psychic healing manipulates 'arauric,' 'psi,' or psionic powers [...] believers in new thought are restored by correct 'mind' [...] acupuncture uses 'qi' [...] ayurvedic medicine and yoga teachers are in touch with 'prana' [...] naturopaths invoke the 'vis medicatrix naturae' [p.053...aka] the vital principle [...] vitalism [...] arose in the West as a response to the mechanistic thesis and atomistic physicochemical reductionism of the scientific revolution [...per] the proposition that more is needed to explain life than just physical or mechanical laws [per, essentially, life as expressedly more than just the physical / mechanical...the pre-scientific] Aristotelian [approach...posited matter as possessing] inherent tendencies, intentionality, and teleological properties [...per] latent tendencies that unfolded [...] there was no such thing as totally inert matter changing because of external forces [...teleological per] the future exerted a compulsion on the present [...and also speaks of] medieval biology [...and] soul [...and] pneuma [...and] Stahl [...per] Stahlian animism was undoubtedly influenced by the earlier 'archeus' of Paracelsus [...] and van Helmont [...and] de Sauvages [...] introduced the anima into the teaching of Montpellier [...] he preferred to using the word 'soul' for this animating life force [...and] Barthez [...rebranded the concept as] principe vitale, or vital principle [p.054...] mesmeric vital energy [...] a vital force [...] 'animal magnetism,' a subtle fluid that pervades the universe and is analogous to gravitation [...wherein] harmony with the cosmic fluid is health. All diseases was caused by an unequal distribution or blockage of this fluid [...] an influx of subtle fluids from the celestial bodies is the substantive basis of all life and health [...] the distinctive mesmeric view that life's agency and healing potential can be found in a vital energy or presence distinct from ordinary mechanical forces [...] the inspiration for many unconventional therapies [p.055...aka] psychic force [...] paranormal energetics [...] auric or astral force [...] subtle energy [p.056...] odic force [p.057...per chiropractic founder Palmer] 'vital force' [...] 'intelligent force' [...] 'innate, usually known as spirit' [...] innate intelligence [...] vital energy [...] homeopathy [...] the mainstream [!] vitalist hypothesis [p.058...per] the spiritual, self-acting (autocratic) vital force [...] the spiritual essence of the bodily response to disease [...] vital energy [...] it is virtually impossible to distinguish homeopathy's vital force from other conceptions rooted in mesmerism [...] vis matecatrix naturae [sp.?...per] the natural force [...] eventually was indistinguishable from the whole concept of vital energy [p.059...] the Chinese notion of qi [...] more akin to pneuma than any other Western idea [...] the qi of acupuncture or the prana of India [...] qi as 'vital energy' [p.060]";
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(ISBN 1416025839)
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[in "Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Cancer Care and Prevention" (2006)]
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"naturopathy [...] naturopathic medicine [...is] vitalistic [p.281...] naturopathy [...] the context of naturopathic medicine is its vitalistic core [...] vitalism has emerged in today's terms in the body / mind / spirit connection [p.295...] botanical medicines are used for both vitalistic [etc....] acupuncture is an ancient Chinese system of medicine involving the stimulation of certain specific points on the body to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi) [p.298...] Hahnemann considered all disease, with the exception of that resulting from external forces such as trauma, to arise from disturbances of the vital force [p.370...] the tumor burden is too great for the vital force [etc. p.380...] to counteract the presumed deleterious effects of the treatment on the vital force [etc. p.382...in] homeopathy [...] when the vital force is strong and the immune system fully functional, the phenomic manifestation of the cancer genotype may be averted [p.383]";
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(ISBN 0826103057)
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Miller, R.A. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Omega Principle"]
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“we are now on the verge of discovering a 'new force' in nature. This 'new force' is generally unrecognized by conventional science [...] a strange luminous energy run like a silver thread through ancient occult and spiritual traditions. It has become called many names: animal magnetism, orgone, mana, prana, life force and the like (see appendix for complete list) [...per] culture [then] omega force equivalent: Sufis, baraka; ancient yogis, prana; Polynesian/huna, mana (life energy); Hippocrates, vis medicatrix naturae (healing force of nature); Paracelsus, mumia; van Helmont, magnale magnum; Galen Kepler, facltuas[sp. facultas] formatrix; Mesmer, animal magnetism; Reichenbach, odic (odyllic) force (universal energy); Luigi Galvani, life force; Charles Littlefield, vital magnetism; Wilhelm Reich, orgone; J.B. Rhine et al., psi faculty; Soviet science, bioplasmic energy; Peruvians, huaca; Iroquois Indians, orenda (spirit force); Sioux Indians, wakonda wakan; Eskimos, sila; Hindus, akasa; Robert Fludd, spiritus; Bullwer-Lytton, vril [...] this new force or 'energy' in reference to our present technology and sociology [...from] ancient and spiritual traditions [...per] the Greeks thought that metaphysics was easier than physics, and tended to deduce scientific principles from a priori conception of the nature of things. Metaphysics was the discipline which studied principles of knowledge or of being in terms of intuitive, self-evident concepts, concepts of direct 'everyday' experience and analogies. Thus, physical theory to the Greeks was intelligible only in the context of a prior specific metaphysical theory. It was not until the 16th and 17th centuries, after the great struggle of falling bodies, that these doctrines were abandoned in favor of the experimental sciences [...though] today we define 'energy' in modern textbooks as the 'ability to do work.' When a force acts against resistance to produce motion in a body, the force is said to do the work. Work is measured by the product of the force acting and the distance moved against the resistance. To complete this mess [!], a definition for force is needed. Force is usually now defined as 'that which changes the state of rest or motion in matter, measured by the rate of change of momentum. In more general and simplified terms, 'energy' is the ability to do 'something' or overcome some 'resistance.' Today's classical sciences has four generally recognized forms of energy. There are electromagnetic (EM), nuclear binding (short distances), neutron decay or weak energy (the force which holds the neutron together), and gravity [...] Mesmer [...] the fluid, which supposedly permeated all space, was said to sympathetically link all beings, inanimate objects and the stars [...] Mesmer termed this new force 'animal magnetism' [...] a notion very similar to that of mana held by the Malanesians[sp. Melanesians...] a Polynesian concept of spiritual power, mana is considered invisible, imponderable and yet powerful [...] it was viewed as a type of aura pervading all objects, living or not-living [...] Reich [...] mana and animism. He discovered what he termed the primal biological energy of the body. He termed this new energy orgone [...] phenomena which are 'completely at variance with the theory of electromagnetic energies' [...] orgone biophysics [...] orgone was a new force [...] a mass-free 'primal orgone energy ocean' [...] akin to both the mana notion and to Mesmer's animal magnetism [...] Reich's concept of life energy [...] von Reichenbach [...] made voluminous research into the problem of the vital force or odic force, the energy which gave life. Vital force, mana and orgone were apparently the same energy, some fluid which pervaded space and was somehow transmitted from on object or person to another [...] the infusion meant healing and normal health. His experiments were performed on 'sensitives' or those who exhibited exaggerated nervous sensitivities and were prone to nervous diseases [...] Buchanan [...] an energy which was continually radiated from the human body. His view was that this 'nervous matter' was the fountain of conscious life [...] a nervous energy [...] a mana-like force called 'chi' or universal energy [...] acupuncture has been left for so long to languish in the realms of the occult [...] a basic energy which permeates the entire universe [...] vital force or life energy, which is a manifestation of this energy [...] psionic devices [...] a pendulum [...] the pendulum swung around in a slow, tight orbit he pronounced 'low in vitality' and prone to disease. Where the oscillations were fast and described a large circumference, it was an indication of a healthy organ and freely flowing in vital force [...] my 'aura' of[sp. or] force field of my body [...] their force field [...] all of the lay healers and faith healers mention thus far have several important things in common [...] a universal source of power as the repository from which they draw their power or energy [...] the energy is somehow transmitted from them to another via movements with the body [...] the Greek healer Hippocrates [...] this inherent healing power is known as the vis medicatrix naturae. What we have here is a first statement of this new form of energy [...] this new force apparently does not use the language of the material sense but rather, relates to metaphysical concepts used before the emergence of the scientific method [...] a fundamental tenet of true medicine regards all disease as resulting from detanglements[sp.?] of this vital energy [...] to rebalance the energy system of the patient [...] the omega principle [...] this 'new force' in nature[...] the omega principle then is that there exists a life energy which manifest itself as a pattern [...] this 'new force' then is the energy which patterns randomness”;
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Milliken, M.E. (? ?) states:
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[in "Understanding Human Behavior [...]" (7th ed., 2004)]
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"the basic belief of naturopathy is that the body has 'vital force,' the power to heal itself. The naturopathic physician searches for causes of her client's health problem and develops a plan for stimulating the body's own vital force [...] the vital force can be weakened by unhealthful diet [etc....] when the vital force has been weakened [etc. p.520...] the focus is on strengthening the vital force [p.521]";
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Milne, H. (? ?) states:
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[in “The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral Work: Anatomy, Technique, Transcendence, Volume 2” (1998)]
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prana – the life force which is enhanced through appropriate use of breath -- is the most powerful component of our spiritual equipment [p.037…] human non-neurological energy, present throughout the body and also flowing along the energy channels known in acupuncture as meridians and vessels. Synonymous with the Anglo-Saxon ‘life force,’ the Hindu prana, and the Japanese ki [p.263…] energy: human energy is called chi in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India [… ] this energy is the spirit. Chi is transferable to another person through intention and through physical contact [p.264]”;
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Milton, J.P. (? ?) states:
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[in "Sky Above, Earth Below: Spiritual Practice in Nature" (2006)]
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"during this phase you will focus on releasing tensions. You will discover how nature's fresh qi replaces the blocked life force [...] trust the healing power of nature [p.047]";
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(ISBN 1591810280)
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Mindell, A. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Quantum Mind and Healing: How to Listen and Respond to Your Body's Symptoms" (2004)]
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"shamanistic ideas -- spirit in symptoms, 'subtle energy' concepts such as 'vital flow,' 'chi,' 'prana,' 'life force' [p.023...] entelechy - ideas of a guiding force [...] this idea of a mystical force [...] an elusive, immeasurable factor in matter that is supposed to have created life and which moves along with material bodies informing them about their path [...] in both living and so-called inanimate matter [...] science has largely discredited older notions of life as a guiding vitalistic force [!...] Liebniz [...] called the ultimate reality of material things 'monads' or 'entelechies' -- that is, informing spirits [...wherein] all objects possess inner, self-determining life forces [...for Driesch] entelechy [is] a live-giving force [...] entelechy was a kind of soul that was responsible for the development of all living things [p.070...] chi body energy [p.078...] pneuma, sometimes translated as 'spirit' or 'life' [...] the vital substance [p.248...] in Indian philosophy prana refers to the body's energies [...which is] a central concept in early Hindu philosophy [...] prana was the principle of vitality that survived a person's 'last breath' for eternity or until a future life [p.272...] entelechy [...] a sort of informing spirit [p.273...] in living things, this essence appears as a 'soul' or 'vital function,' called first entelechy of the living organism [p.274]";
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(ISBN 1571743952)
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Minkoff, E.C. (PhD{biology} Harvard) states:
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[in "Barron's E-Z 101 Study Keys: Biology" (1991)]
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"vitalism: view that living systems must include 'something else' such as a 'vital force' [p.002...] vitalist: one who views life as more than just a physical-chemical process [p.150]";
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Mitchell, D. (? ?) states:
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[in "The Complete Guide to Healing Arthritis" (2011)]
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"in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), arthritis is associated with a disruption in the flow of the life force, of qi (chi) [...] this energy";
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(ISBN 0312534167, 9780312534165)
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Moran, E. (? ?), Yu, J. (? ?) state:
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[in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the I Ching"(2001)]
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"the ancient Chinese concept of qi, the underlying and unifying, nourishing and vital, physical and metaphysical life force at the center of all things [p.iv...] the term qi, the vital force [p.042...] the esoteric concepts of qi and yin and yang [...] qi is the 'stuff' of the universe, the vital force at the heart and development of all things [p.217...] qi around the world [...] the Indians call a vital force 'prana' [...] 'ankh' to the Egyptians; 'ruah' to the Hebrews; 'tane' to the Hawaiians; and the 'arunquiltha' to the Australian aborigine [...] of the Western world [...vital force per] Pythagoras [...] 'pneuma' [...] Newton [...] an electrical vital force [...] Galvani [...] a bioelectric vital force, called 'animal electricity' [...] Driesch [...] 'entelechy' [...] Burr [...and] Northrup [...] the electrodynamic theory of life [p.223...per] 'L-fields' [p.224...] qi, life's vital force [p.231...] qi - the underlying and unifying, nourishing and vital, physical and metaphysical life force at the center of all things [p.298]";
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Morgen, R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Understanding Chi"]
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"everything that we do, see, feel, experience and think of is energy […] this energy is known by many names in various cultures. Commonly referred to as chi, qi, ki and prana, it's also known as the ‘breath of god’ and ‘the holy spirit.’ For simplicity's sake I'm going to use the Wade-Giles translation of the Chinese word ‘chi.’ Chi is simply a form of bio-electrical energy. Bio-electrical energy can be easily measured in the body by using an electrocardiogram […] it can also be measured using an electroencephalogram, which measures the electrical energy in the brain […] ‘energy follows thought’”;
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Morrell, P. (? ?) states:
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[in “Hahnemann and Homoeopathy” (2003)]
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“[quoting Hahnemann’s aphorism 11] ‘this spiritual, self acting (automatic) vital force’ […and aphorism 12] ‘the morbidly affected vital force alone that produces disease’ […and aphorism 15] (and cure must remove) ‘all such morbid derangements (diseases)…by the spirit-like (dynamic, virtual) alternative powers of the serviceable medicine acting upon our spirit-[p. preface iii] like vital force […and aphorism 16] ‘it is only by the dynamic action on the vital force that remedies are able to re-establish and do actually re-establish health and vital harmony’ [p. preface iv…] the material form of the outer world […] this fundamental division in medicine […per] ‘the transition from a theoretical[hypothetical], systematic medicine to an empirically based ‘scientific’ pathological anatomy…occurred largely between 1794 and 1830’ […] the other track of medicine that comes down from Paracelsus […] to Stahl […] and Hahnemann […] betrays a more vitalist impulse, skeptical of the concrete reality the disease […] or that its causes must inevitably be material in nature […per the] vitalism of the body, and always seeking by all means to strengthen its innate healing power or vital force [p.051…] a view of disease as a ‘dynamic derangement of the life force’ […] which Hahnemann, and most homoeopaths since, would heartily endorse [p.052…] Hahnemann […ascribed] the toxic and aggravatory effect to the primary action of the drug and the therapeutic response being due to the secondary action of the drug combined with the response of the body’s vital force [p.055…] the deeper-acting psoric remedies help the vital force [etc. p.134…] the LM’s he used […] maintained continuous stimulation of the vital healing force [p.146… Hahnemann admits] ‘vitalism was finally banished in the 1800s’ [p.176…] ‘the flow of this vital fluid, vital energy in the channels of the spirit […] what Mesmer called magnetism, is the same of your vital force and the qi energy of the Confucian scholars’ [p.177…] ‘’I retain your vis medicatrix naturae as the vital force or elan vital’ [p.181…quoting Coulter] ‘in the Organon […Hahnemann]stated that trituration and succussion released the ‘spirit-like power’ of the medicine […] medicines act through their spiritual (geistlich) or dynamic impact upon the organism’ [p.276…] woven into homoeopathy several concepts closer to Romanticism. These include infinitesimal doses, a form of vitalism (healing power of nature) and the idea of medical similars [p.287…] van Helmont correctly interpreted Paracelsus that contagion occurred by a ‘spiritual gas’ […] that invades the archeus and so creates sickness. Contagion had always been viewed as a spiritual process and never physical. These ideas also resurfaced with homoeopaths like Kent, who denounced ‘the bacteria doctrine,’ and ‘the molecular theory,’ in favor of a position of unbridled vitalism […] those full-blooded vitalists like Paracelsus […] van Helmont […] Stahl […] like homoeopaths like Kent […] they rejected the outer physical aspects of disease […] believing the organism to possess an inner ‘spiritual body’ or ‘vital force’ […] ‘van Helmont’s archeus, Stahl’s animal soul’ […] in the Organon, when wring about the vital force, Hahnemann even ‘uses phrases that might have been Stahl’s own’ […quoting Kent] ‘we do not take disease [p.304] through our bodies but through the vital force’ [p.305…] Stahl, ‘the founder of vitalism’ […] and van Helmont […] van Helmont’s ‘archeus’ and Stahl’s ‘anima’ […] their views on such central matters as the life force and miasms come so astonishingly close to those of Hahnemann that it is quite simply impossible for such a well-read and articulate physician like Hahnemann to claim any ignorance of their names or their medical views […] are virtually identical to Hahnemann’s life-force and perform the same function within the conceptual fabric of these three medical systems [p.310…] as systems of ideas on the nature and causes of disease, of how the organism is thought to function, on the life-force, the most likely remedies and the modes of selection and preparation, this it becomes apparent that the parallels between them are so numerous and striking to ever be regarded as coincidental [p.316…] homoeopathy, like all other vitalist systems, respects obvious physiological holism and vitalism of the body and always seeks to strengthen its innate healing power or vital force […] Hahnemann typically gives […as] causes of disease […] ‘defects of the life force’ [p.317…] mental illness […] to homoeopathy it is only an illness of a deeply deranged vital force […] Hahnemann is clear that the ultimate source of all symptoms is derangements in the ‘life force.’ A view incidentally he shared with Paracelsus, Stahl, and van Helmont [p.389] ”;
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[in “The Principles of Homeopathy”]
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“[quoting Hahnemann] the vital force is a 'spiritual principle…that rules with unbounded sway' (Organon, Aph 9) [...] one later reason for single drug use was also his theory about the vital force. The homeopathic remedy doesn't act directly but by intermediary action and reaction of vital force of the patient. As diseases are viewed as 'dynamic derangements,' so a single drug at once is to restore in a unique and coherent way the action and direction of the vital force [...] the change in the aspect of vital force—the image of the sickness—demands a change of remedy [...] the secondary effects usually mirror the primary and are often curative responses initiated by the vital force [...] they are the expression of the individual vital force reactions [...] disease is not a mere mix of symptoms, but a coherent reaction of the vital force as a consequence of its inner perturbation, of its 'functional turbulence' that we call sickness [...] the tiny doses of homeopathy can also be said to reveal a link to the more metaphysical ideas like vital force and miasms because they all partake of a subtle and non-molecular dynamic [...] the dose reduction is a problem of attunement between the subtlety of the target (vital force) and the subtlety of the means [the potentised drug]. Both vital force and potentised remedies are dynamic 'spirit-like' entities and to use the second to correct the ailments of the first might be said to proceed as a natural consequence of his spiritualistic view [...] as Hahnemann discovered, and later homeopaths confirmed, the true cure of a skin disease, like any other, lies within, by correcting the deranged vital force, and cannot be cured with material doses of any drug. A view of disease as a 'dynamic derangement of the life force' [...] 'curative medicine reinforces the life force' [...] vital force. The vital force in homeopathy plays the same role as the vis medicatrix naturae {the innate self-healing powers} of ancient medicine or archeus, or animus of Stahl or archeus of Paracelsus and van Helmont [...] this 'life-force dominated all corporeal processes…{and was} a health-defending property' [...] often termed the innate self-healing powers or 'natural healing powers of the body' [...] Hahnemann starts, 'with the conception of life as a real or substantial entitative power or principle...the dynamis and the life force. This is Hahnemann's greatest discovery, and the absolute bedrock of his system' [...] the organism not a static but a truly dynamic structure permeated by, ruled over and coordinated by the nurturing and sustentative vital power: 'the organism is indeed the material instrument of life, but it is not conceivable without the animation imparted to it by the instinctively perceiving and regulating vital force.' {Organon, Aph. 15} Hahnemann believed in the innate 'self-healing energy in the patient' [...] what he called the 'self-regulating vital force, the vis medicatrix naturae' [...] he believed in the vital force and built homeopathy very much around that concept [...] 'Hahnemann’s theory and ideas about vital force and natural healing power…place him close to others, e.g. the striking agreement of his views with Sydenham about natural healing power, with the basic ideas of Stahl’s animism, and with the thought processes of Bordeu and Barthez in their vitalism' [...] the vital force is a 'spiritual principle…that rules with unbounded sway' {Organon, Aph 9} or what might also be called 'a spiritual medicinal power' [...] Kent says that 'there is no cell or tissue so small that it does not keep its soul and life force in it' {Kent, 670} [...] 'the vital force dominates, rules and coordinates the human body' {Kent, 677}.Also, that the vital force 'is again dominated by still another higher substance which is the soul' {Kent, 677}. In his conception of the organism, 'the vital force holds all in harmony, keeps everything in order when in health' {Kent, 677}. In this view, 'that which we call disease is but a change in the vital force expressed by the totality of the symptoms' {Kent, 661} [...] 'man cannot be cured or be made sick except by some substance as ethereal in quality as the vital force' {Kent, 644}. Kent wisely called the vital force the 'vice-regent of the soul' {Kent, 660} [...] because of its immaterial nature, the vital force bonds with various other key concepts in homeopathy, such as the small doses and the miasms [...] entelechy. The vital force [...] the vital force, the innate vital powers, the vital dynamism that controls the organism [...] the sickness itself is conceived as under the control of the vital force [...] the holistic powers of the vital force itself, which pervades the entire organism [...] symptoms are seen 'as beneficial—being the signs of the struggle of the vital force against disease' {Coulter, II, 487}[...] 'symptoms...{as} the expression of the vital force untuned' [...] disease as a 'dynamic derangement of the life force' [...] the 'self-healing vital force' [...] 'the overall archeus or vital force and the archeus of each organ could be healed by a corresponding archeus of a medicinally prepared plant or mineral' [...] the remedy stimulates the vital force to cure the disease and the remedy merely stimulates the vital force [...] the vital force can be seen to be a very cohesive and unifying principle that permeates the whole of homeopathy [...] when viewed more metaphysically the miasms are defects carried in the vital force that cause sickness by deviations from its perfect and harmonious control [...] 'internalized relics' or stains of big diseases that are left in the vital force and which steal its natural self-healing power [...] the miasm theory can be seen as the logical extension of the vital force concept, and as bringing the vital force to its ultimate point”;
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[in "British Homeopathy During Two Centuries"]
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“the vital force. [Quoting Hahnemann] 'In the state of health the spirit-like vital force (dynamis) animating the material human organism reigns in supreme sovereignty. It maintains the sensations and activities of all the parts of the living organism in a harmony that obliges wonderment [...] without the vital force the material organism is unable to feel, or act, or maintain itself [...] without the vital force the body dies and then, delivered exclusively to the forces of the outer material world, it decomposes, reverting to its chemical constituents' (Hahnemann, Organon, 1810, v.9-10) [...] the vital force is the concept Hahnemann uses to describe the natural healing power of the organism. He also sees it as the invisible cause of health and the harmonious functioning of the diverse parts of the body. He likens it to the soul or spirit. It is identical to the vis medicatrix naturae (healing power of nature) of the European herbalists and early Greeks. Vithoulkas [...] refers to the vital force as the ‘defense mechanism.’ Parallel concepts seem to be found in all times and cultures from China (chi), India (prana) [...] it is similarly claimed that acupuncture needles directly stimulate the flow of the vital force through the meridians of the subtle body [...] a universally held concept of biological energy [...] Hahnemann makes special use of the term, as he conceived it to be that 'entity' which the potentised remedy acts upon or stimulates [...] he came to the conclusion that disease ‘miasms' suppress and impede the power of the vital force, whereas potentised remedies stimulate and enhance its activity. Such remedies ‘clear' the miasms and allow the vital force to regain complete control over the organism. [Quoting himself, 1984, p.099] 'The vital force is the innate intelligence of the organism that is constantly striving to maintain an internal homeostasis in the face of continuous environmental change.' 'The aim of our system of medicine is to nurture and strengthen this vital force and to remove all agents that impede its action within the organism' [...quoting Ledermann, 1968, p.154] ‘the vital force [...] lies outside the realm of exact science [...] the homeopath [...] stresses the vital force as the source of all life, ill-health and as the target for his treatment' [...] the vital force has become as important and central concept in homeopathic philosophy, as the law of similars and the law of minimum dose [...] to many homeopaths the concept of the vital force has become virtually synonymous with spirit and mind. [Quoting Close, 1924, p.026] ‘mind is a substance [!], since it acts to think or produce thoughts and things. Mind, therefore, has intelligence [!...] life and mind are one and identical [!...] mind is the primary cause of motion. Life is energy, and all energy is living energy' [...and p.027] 'Hahnemann [...] to him, spirit and matter, force and motion, mind and body, health and disease, in all their mutations and modifications, co-exist as facts of observation [...] he was not a materialist who denied [...] the existence of spiritual substances or agents, and maintained that spiritual or mental phenomena are the result of some peculiar organization of matter' [...and p.088] 'homeopathic medical science [!] views the facts [...] from a vitalistic [...] standpoint [...] which regards all things and forces, including life and mind, as substantial entities, having a real, objective existence'”;
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Murphy, C. (? ?) {editor} states:
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[in "Practical Home-Care Remedies: A Natural Approach" (2000)]
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"homeopathy also assumes the existence of a vital (or life) force which, when stimulated by the proper substance, gives the body the possibility of healing itself [p.009]";
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(ISBN 1930051093)
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Muskin, P.R. (? ?) states:
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[in "Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Psychiatry" (2000)]
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"the concept of vital energy is found in homeopathy (spiritual vital force), chiropractic (innate energy), psychic healing (auric, psionic), acupuncture (qi), ayurvedic medicine (prana), or naturopathy (vis medicatrix naturae) [p.xxi]";
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