ASIAN BIO-ENERGETICS THERAPY (ABET)
Cory Croymans-Plaghki (Ms),
Healing Arts Center,
Brief Introduction : This scientific
treatment is a combination of several oriental holistic
healing techniques which are all non-invasive and require no
machines for diagnosis and no drugs nor herbs for treatment.
We use the TCM diagnostics, the meridian and
moxibustion therapies of acupuncture (without needles) and combine
this with the BIDOR Test, with the Magnet and Piezo therapy
and with the Healing Breathing from Tibet.
ABET works from the most subtle level
of our existence, where imbalance begins. As we regain balance,
called homeostasis in medicine, superficial symptoms often disappear,
and the body's innate healing potential is enhanced.
Specific results are never promised
and vary widely from person to person but ABET can be a valuable
addition to any treatment plan or well-being program.
Because ABET is extremely gentle, it is appropriate
in any situation. It will not interfere with any medical interventions
being used, and will provide comfort and relief from their side
Those who seek ABET during chronic or serious
illness should have at least 4 treatments before evaluating
its benefits appropriately because the effects are cumulative.
Although treatment is generally relaxing, there
are often distinct differences in the experience of different
treatments and an overall deepening of the experience over repeated
An ABET treatment
is pleasant, relaxing, and centering. It can also be gently
energizing. ABET is always balancing, and follows the need of
the receiver, not the intention of the practitioner. Besides
immediate stress-reduction and symptomatic relief, there are
other subtle and profound effects that unfold over time and
which accumulate with continued treatment.
: ABET is a therapy that can be used alone or in conjunction
with conventional western medicine or other complementary and
alternative techniques because it will not alter the action
of other interventions.
As a matter of fact, we can use ABET to support
a patient during necessary but invasive conventional western
medical procedures or therapies, because ABET may help maximize
results while minimizing side-effects by enabling the individual
to return to balance between conventional western treatment
sessions. (Heart attack case)
are no known medical contraindications to ABET treatment. The
recipient draws the healing vibration according to his/her need,
so there is no danger of over-dosing. My only concern about
the safety of ABET is really a concern that people be sensible
after a treatment. Someone who has suffered poor health
for a long time may feel so refreshed by ABET treatment that
they over-extend themselves. I have never seen real harm come
from this, but it is simply wiser to conserve well-being than
to exhaust it.
What does a session look like? Our treatments
are offered through light touch to a clothed recipient
who is either sitting or lying down comfortably.
During every treatment session, we diagnose your body's
weaknesses with the Bi-Digital
O-Ring Test. We will then assess
this result to understand what your main problem is and on which
organ meridians we should work to help you find your balance. While doing the Tibetan Breathing technique,
we then take away negative energy or energy blockages and replace
it with positive energy to help the patient balance his body. We finish each session
with a full and deeply relaxing REIKI treatment.
Techniques being combined in ABET
1- BIDOR Test is a muscle test which
has been developed by Dr Manaka of Kyoto
It allows the practitioner to get a very accurate feedback about
the condition of any specific organ. This test can also be used
to check food (very useful in case of food allergies),
as well as many other things.
2- TCM : we use the diagnostic points
of acupuncture and the
Yin-Yang and 5 Elements to analyse the patients'condition..
We treat the patient thru the Meridian
energy pathways which provide a direct link to the weakened
organs. We use the moxibustion heat treatment when necessary
3- Piezo : to unblock serious obstructions,
we use a crystal powered accu magnetic device which does not
pierce the skin but will enable the practitioner to clear obstructions
that are causing pain. We use this piezo with acupuncture points
and can thereby provide quick relief. Sometimes this may be
the only treatment that is necessary. It is especially beneficial
in case of musculo-skeletal pains of the joints and spine, of
the hips and the upper and lower extremities.
4- Magnets :
we use ferrite and 24 Kt gold plated magnets from Japan.
They emit a constant and concentrated magnetic flux of 800 Gauss
from a single point and give a concentrated stimulation to a
single acupuncture point. We apply this magnet with a hypo-allergenic
5- The Tibetan Breathing technique is
a very powerful energiser which we teach to every patient to
help them to center their body and mind and to become more open
to receive the healing energies.
What does it do? It establishes a balance between
positive and negative currents. It calms the nervous, system,
it regulates and slows heart activity. It reduces or stabilises
blood pressure. It stimulates digestion and lastly, it helps
to clean your body's toxins.
After I finish this talk, I will be happy to
teach all of you how to do this Tibetan Breathing.
6- Last but certainly not least, we finish
the treatment with a Reiki session. Reiki is a wonderful
hands-on healing technique which provides a deep relaxation
thereby restoring the patient's own healing powers.
Timing of treatments
Generally it is advisable to have treatments closer
together at the beginning. Whether this is daily or weekly
should be discussed by the practitioner and patient and decided
after the first treatment.
Patient's participation and responsibility
believe that each person must take responsibility for his/her
medical care. So we give each patient some homework in the
form of Tibetan Breathing to keep their energies well balanced.
having ABET treatments, anyone dependent on medication, such
as diabetics, should have their medications monitored more
frequently by their doctor, in case the need for medication
decreases. I have seen the need for insulin reduced
even in people who had been treated for diabetes over many
years. Other patients have been able to reduce their psychiatric
and pain medications under the close supervision of their
own doctor. This is a decision made between patient and physician
and does not involve the ABET practitioner at all.
INTEGRATIVE HEALTHCARE : Self Care, Prevention,
Stress, CAM, Medical Intuition
Self Care : Professional health care rests
on the foundation of our own self care.
with chronic disease understand the importance of self-care.
Diabetics must monitor blood levels, self-administer medications,
and watch their legs and feet for ulcers and other signs of
decreased circulation. People with less threatening conditions
need to take their medications reliably to avoid medical complications.
Others use diet and exercise to prevent disease and enhance
health. This is the extent
of self care for many in our modern culture.
view well-being very differently. We see the maintenance
of well-being as our highest priority; disease management
comes second. Maintenance of well-being is interwoven through
all facets of life; physical, mental emotional, and spiritual...
Just think about this.
often say that 80 percent of the conditions their patients
bring to them would resolve on their own if the patient simply
allowed the body to heal and used preventive medicine strategies.
Considered from this perspective, many of us must admit that
we do not really support our health and often enough, we are
our own worst enemy.
scientific documentation that stress undermines health and well-being
is very strong. Relaxation and stress reduction strategies
are really not a luxury; they are medical necessities.
Relaxation changes our biochemistry in a positive direction,
reversing the degenerative internal environment created by prolonged
stress. Yet many people place control of their health solely
in the hands of their physicians. In our view, an approach to
health care without the active participation of patients is
similar to pouring water into a leaking bucket. How long can
who support their professional health care with stress reduction
get the most from their health care money as well as achieving
better medical outcomes. Stress reduction is very accessible.
Techniques such as ABET, REIKI, meditation, self-hypnosis, yoga,
and visualization are easily learned even by those who think
they cannot learn them.
Such techniques are further supported by simple
disciplines such as taking time to eat slowly,
having your drinks without ice (!),taking a short walk after
dinner, staying in touch with friends and not watching the news
such commonsense measures, there are many low-risk interventions
that people can use to bring their bodies back to balance in
the face of the unavoidable stress of life. We all have different
levels of sensitivities to different stressors. Knowing ourselves
is the first step in strengthening our well-being. Although
there is no conventional western medical explanation for how
becoming cold may make you sick, for many people, getting chilled
precipitates an unbalanced state that leaves them more vulnerable
to pathogens. If you have noticed that you are one of these
people, simple measures such as preparing yourself for a cold
weather outing by covering the neck and head, and warming yourself
with hot ginger tea when you have gotten a chill may help preserve
care is always advisable, but it becomes even more important
in times of increased stress.
Early detection and treatment are valuable but they
do not replace prevention.
Maintaining a balanced state of well-being
through prevention is always preferable, and much easier, than
trying to regain lost balance.
Whereas conventional western medicine focuses
on disease management, we seek first to strengthen and
maintain existing well-being.
Like most traditional medical approaches such
as Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda, we also
view the person as an ecological whole, as a part of our total
environment, just like a garden. Adept gardeners know that if
a plant isn't thriving, one cannot simply add fertilizer. If
in fact fertilizer is what's needed, it's necessary to add the
right kind of fertilizer in the right amount. Before making
any intervention, the gardener carefully considers the entire
situation-light, temperature, moisture, pH of the soil, appropriateness
of the plant to the existing conditions, etc. If something is
attacking the plant, the gardener knows the situation must be
managed skillfully so as not to create more problems.
ecology is a scientific discipline, its principles have not
yet been used in modern health care unlike in TCM where it plays
a vital part in the patient's treatment. The refinements of
prevention and maintaining balance are complex and subtle.
The high technology favored by conventional western medicine
for early detection may not be useful in prevention.
ABET as in Traditional medical systems, we address not
only the physical body, but also the subtle vibrational field
that surrounds and interpenetrates it. With the help of the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test,
we can easily identify imbalance at subtle levels, beyond the
reach of technology, where it is easiest to recover.
Conventional western medicine can detect
pathology mainly at the final, grossest level. This is like
the tip of the iceberg, supported by many layers of "invisible"
imbalances. Help is still possible at this final stage, and
the progress of disease may be slowed, but complete reversal
is difficult to accomplish.
is unavoidable. ABET treatments rebalance the subtle vibrational
body, creating profound relaxation and reducing the degenerative
effects of chronic stress.
ABET acts as a bio-energetic modulator, returning
the various systems of the body to harmonious, efficient functioning.
To us it seems crystal clear that a patient
is best served by a comprehensive health care program which
integrates conventional western and traditional approaches to
health and healing.
World Health Organization recognizes that
health is more than the absence of disease. Health is
a dynamic and resilient state of well-being. A healthy person
has the capacity to weather reasonable stress and return to
western medicine focuses on the detection and treatment of
disease and has no explicit model for health other than
the absence of disease. Complementary and alternative medical
therapies usually approach the patient from a holistic, whole-person,
perspective that extends beyond patho-physiology. Such therapies
follow the advice of the Greek philosopher Hippocrates who said
that it is more important to know the person having the disease
than to know the disease the person has, and these approaches
typically seek to engage the person in self-care as a vital
contribution to well-being.
person-centered perspective has been largely set aside by conventional
western medicine's increased dependence on technology.
Patients and professionals recognise that conventional western
medicine alone will not return patients to well-being. Therefore,
they turn increasingly to an integrative approach to healthcare.
Integrative healthcare involves an open-minded, clear-headed
combination of therapies and lifestyle changes that suit the
individual's needs on every level, physically, emotionally,
socially, financially, and in terms of values and beliefs. But
it is not simply an integration of techniques that characterizes
an integrative approach to healthcare; it is also the integration
of the person into the health care team. At its most comprehensive
level of functioning, integrative health care rests on the foundation
of the patient's engagement in healing and self-care.
health care underscores the need to integrate disease management,
curative treatment, and healing.
conventional western medicine retains its primary focus on treatment
of disease, there is an increasing awareness of the wider needs
of patients. Overview courses in Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (CAM) are currently taught
in most American medical schools. Furthermore, a variety of
clinical settings from academic clinics to hospitals to private
practices have begun incorporating CAM
techniques and referring to CAM professionals.
Reiki for instance, has been used successfully in American
hospitals as deep relaxation treatment for the past 9 years.
It is even reimbursed by their Social Security system.
Medical professionals are increasingly comfortable
with low-risk CAM practices used by their
ABET is a safe and effective tool for reducing
stress. Patients can safely combine ABET with any other conventional
western or CAM technique. Additionally,
it can be used by healthy people to support continued well-being.
People with serious medical conditions often feel
simultaneously grateful for state of the art conventional western
medical care but they also feel
disempowered by the process. The seemingly exclusive
focus on the wizardry of high technology in conventional western
care supports the reductionist view of the human body as
Patients can become overwhelmed and passive
as they feel themselves shifting from being a person to being
a collection of parts. Passivity on the part of the patient
makes it easy for hopelessness and depression to take hold.
And that does not bode well for medical outcomes.
Patients need to support their healing between
medical visits, and physicians need to acknowledge the value
of engaging the patient in the processes of both curing disease
and regaining health and well-being.
We involve the patients in the treatments
from the very first moment by teaching them the Tibetan Breathing
which will help them to build up their power, to relax their
body and mind and to eliminate their body's toxins. I have seen
a Parkinson's patient regain full control of all his body functions
within 3 months without taking any medication whatsoever. As
a matter of fact, this particular 73 year old Thai patient was
so poor, that he had no money for any medication. He lived another
3 years with dignity before passing away peacefully at his home.
and medical applications
ABET treatment has no medical contra-indications.
It does not involve the use of any drug or
substance and the touch is non-manipulative.
When necessary, as in the case of burns or
sensitive IV sites, ABET can be offered just off the body.
There is no time when ABET is dangerous. However,
all treatments should be used with common sense. Patients
who are dependent on pharmaceuticals or procedures require closer
medical monitoring, because the need for these interventions
may actually lessen. Patients receiving ABET often require less
pain medication, which is an advantage at any time, but especially
for those who want to maintain their mental clarity through
the dying process.
treatment is given to support the person experiencing
the disease and not to attack disease. ABET will not interfere
with medical treatments, but will encourage the rebalancing
of the patient's entire system. This may lighten side effects
and increase tolerance to invasive procedures.
treats the patient, not the condition nor the illness.
It offers rapid stress reduction and
a sense of profound well-being, and can potentially benefit
anyone who is suffering. ABET treatment has been used in some
medical settings in Thailand, including surgery, psychiatric
units, rehabilitation facilities and hospices. Our next project
will be to give free treatments at palliative care centers for
patients recovering from chemo-therapy..
ABET combines safely with any medical intervention. It can be used to soothe dental and surgical
anxiety and improve recovery; reduce side effects of pharmaceuticals,
radiation and chemotherapy; improve sleep; strengthen sobriety;
relieve anxiety; lessen pain; and support recovery from trauma.
The benefits of ABET treatment can be quite dramatic when used
on patients awaiting emergency medical treatment.
patients have been able to reduce their dependence on pharmaceutical
treatment for depression, anxiety, pain, sleep and diabetes
- this must always be done with the physician's explicit agreement
and careful oversight.
can be combined with other complementary or alternative therapies
such as acupuncture, chiropractice, or homeopathy. Because ABET
is drawn by the recipient, it will enhance their effectiveness
without creating interference.
related approaches to healing such as ABET, Reiki, Therapeutic
Touch, Qi Gong, and various schools of meditation all have distinguishing
characteristics, they may also have important commonalities.
Identifying the overlap among these interventions may facilitate
documenting their benefits to patients.
think however, that it may be foolish to make patients who are
suffering now, wait for rigorous research of low risk, low
cost interventions that are supported by significant traditional
and contemporary anecdotal evidence and that are easily available
As Reiki's Grandmaster Hawayo Takata used to say:
Remove the cause and you will remove the effect" . and that
is what we do in ABET.
I will show you how to do the Tibetan Breathing.
Close your eyes
Keep your left hand palm upwards, all fingers stretched
out except your thumb and index which are held together.
Breathe in thru the nose, very slowly up the head, down
the back until you reach your tailbone.
Then contract your buttock muscles and bring the air to the
front of your body.
Slowly push the air up the front of your body with your belly
muscles and then out of your mouth while pursing your lips
(= like whistling). This will expand your lungs and give
more oxygen to your blood and all body organs thereby making
them work better.
Put your right hand as follows:
-for the first 2 breathings just below your
-for the second 2 breathings on your chest (heart
area) or wherever you have pain.
you will do a total of 4 Tibetan breathings for every session.
doing this twice a day: the best is in the early morning
before you leave your bed and at night before you go to sleep.
You can do it while sitting, lying down or even when you are
walking (while keeping your hands in your pockets) if you feel
you need more energy.
you feel tired before lunch, you can do this Tibetan Breathing
This Tibetan Breathing technique is
a very powerful energiser which should not be "overdone". If
you feel that you are getting a dry throat, reduce the breathing
to twice or once a day.
establishes an equilibrium between positive and negative currents.
It calms the nervous
system, regulates and slows heart activity, reduces blood pressure,
stimulates digestion and
helps to clean your body's toxins.
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specific or structured research has been made about Asian
Bio-Energetics Therapy even though Dr Than Van Le with whom
I studied in Bangkok, has been practising this wonderful treatment
system for over 20 years with great success.
Medicine as well as its well proven Acupuncture diagnostics
and meridian treatments are an important part of the integral
of the Asian Bio-Energetics Therapy.
At this time, a lot
of research has gone into proving the wide and successful applications
of the Bi-Digital O-Ring Test which is an important part of
the Asian Bio-Energetics Therapy.
therapy is now widely accepted as a stress reliever for in-home
As far as Reiki is concerned, no strong randomized
controlled trials (RCTs) have focused on the clinical effects
of Reiki treatment have been published. Studies looking at various
biological markers have yielded preliminary evidence that Reiki
moves the body in the direction of relaxation and enhanced
immune response (Wetzel1989; Wardell and Engebretson 2001)
and speeds healing (Wirth 1996). Two studies have shown that
Reiki can be blinded, which opens the door for more rigorous
investigations. One feasibility study demonstrated the possibility
of single blinding (Mansour 1999). For the NIH-funded study
of Reiki and stroke, the Reiki treatments were double
blinded (Shiflett 2002).
A program evaluation of a hospital-based HIV
First degree Reiki classes showed significant reduction in
anxiety and pain after 20 minutes of Reiki treatment. Self-treatment
was as effective as treatment received from another student
Other studies support the usefulness of Reiki
in reducing pain (Wirth 1993; Olson and Hanson 1997).
Clearly more research is needed.
and patients who have seen Reiki successfully used to support
conventional western medical treatment are encouraged to write
case reports. Well documented accounts are instructive to those
who want to include Reiki treatment in a comprehensive health
care regime aimed at either maintaining well-being or managing
disease. The article "The Bridge to Conventional western
Medicine: A Call for Reiki Case Reports," originally published
in Reiki Magazine International and available on this site under
References and Resources/Articles, offers suggestions for writing
a medically credible case report.
TB technical explanation : remember that we have
many cells in our body, some of which are positive, some are
negative. Our left hand
is negative, the right hand positive and the air around us is
positive as well.
Remember also that the positive will be attracted
to the negative and replace the negative cells with positive
Breathe in deeply and very slowly, feel the
air go thru every cell of your body, s l o w l y;
to keep the power or to restore it.
I usually tell bedridden patients to keep
their left hand opened upwards and right hand on their stomach
or on painful spots ALL THE TIME.
When the body has received enough power, the fingers
will a u t o m a t i c a l l y
close over the hand again.
The more you do it, the more power you get because
your receptive channels will become larger. Just try it.
Even if at first it appears that you feel nothing, do
it, again and again... every time you need it.
This TB should not be overdone though. We recommend
it early morning before getting up and late at night before
going to sleep. If you feel that you are getting a dry throat,
you should reduce the breathing.