The world's oldest form of healing is our natural instinct to simply lay our hands on our own body or another's to relieve pain or discomfort. From a mother touching her child, to grasping that aching lower back, the power of human touch to soothe, heal and transform is second nature to us. Like so many natural abilities that we share, this can be raised to an art and science, and has been used in this way, East and West, since time immemorial. Every civilization, from the most basic to the most sophisticated, developed an energy healing approach along with the use of herbs, minerals, primitive surgery, and all forms of psychological and spiritual healing methods. Yet all ancient and modern ways of energy healing or therapeutic touch work with the same human energy fields. Wether it is called pneuma, prana, chi, life force, vital energy, vis medicatrix naturae, human bioenergy, or a hundred other names, it is not a solid block of energy. It is actually composed of five primal patterns, the five fundamental forces that generate our world—the 5 Elements.
By itself, 5 Element Energy Healing forms a comprehensive system of healing both self and others. Today however, we have access to a remarkable range of traditional and recent energy healing methods: Reiki, pranic healing, therapeutic touch, Qi Gong healing, Quantum Touch, and so on. But understanding how to work with the subtle 5 elements gives us a far more accurate energetic diagnosis and the ability to heal with much greater precision and power.