Energy Medicine for Pain Relief and HealingwithRick Leskowitz

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Eric “Rick” Leskowitz, MD served as a consultant psychiatrist for over 25 years with the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he also founded the Integrative Medicine Task Force. He holds an appointment as a research affiliate with the Osher Institute for Integrative Medicine research at Harvard Medical school. Rick has studied energy healing, meditation, and hypnosis for over 40 years, presenting workshops on the integration of subtle energy techniques and theories with the allopathic medical model. He has written over 50 articles being published in leading scientific journals. He is author of The Mystery of Life Energy: Biofield Healing, Phantom Limbs, Group Energetics, and Gaia Consciousness, The Joy of Sox: Weird Science and the Power of Intention: Sports, Spirituality and Science Come Together at the Old Ballgame, that is also a documentary film. He is editor of: Sports, Energy, and Consciousness: Awakening Human Potential through Sport, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Rehabilitation, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy: Gateway to Body, Mind, and Spirit. His website is

Rick explains how every healing tradition in the world includes some form of energy medicine, except Western medicine. Although, he is seeing evidence of this changing with a large grassroots effort and research. He describes the energy medicine methods that he has found to be most effective for alleviating pain, including treating phantom limb pain, where the biofield and sensations of the physical body part that has been removed, still seems present.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:17:25 Franz Mesmer and animal magnetism

00:23:11 Wilhelm Reich and orgone energy

00:25:35 Energy psychology

00:29:47 Reiki

00:33:49 Phantom limb pain

00:37:03 Kirlian photography

00:42:11 Pain serves many functions.

00:46:08 Affordability in health care system

00:51:05 Innate self-healing potential

00:58:32 Research

01:04:33 Conclusion

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(Recorded on May 2, 2024)

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Published on June 5, 2024


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