Multicenter study of Psychosomatic Energetics.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Homeopathy (Health aspects)
Psychophysiologic disorders (Diagnosis)
Psychophysiologic disorders (Care and treatment)
Psychophysiologic disorders (Research)
Medical tests (Usage)
Homeopathy (Materia medica and therapeutics)
Author: Banis, Reimar
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Issue: 334
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Germany Geographic Code: 4EUGE Germany
Accession Number: 255389357
Full Text: Introduction

Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE) is a complementary-medicine method, developed by the author in the 1990s and since then used successfully in many general-medicine practices by specialists, psychotherapists, and naturopathic practitioners. Not infrequently, PSE is regarded to be a key element in these practices. Experienced therapists who have learned and mastered a broad spectrum of therapeutic procedures often report that they use PSE all the time, saying that they more quickly "get to the point" with it, thereby making other procedures unnecessary. As well, some therapists use PSE in conjunction with psychotherapy, classical homeopathy, darkfield microscopy or Bach flower therapy, likewise reporting very good results.

At this time, the method is most widely used in German-speaking countries as well as in North America. The method is taught on a continuing-education basis in multiday courses and workshops. The entire therapeutic concept is subject to a quality assurance system and is standardized, thuds insuring comparability among therapists. PSE is not ideologically rigid, and specifically recognizes the important role of orthodox medicine. The standard PSE testing procedure can be learned In a weekend seminar, requiring only good energetic testing ability (which experience has shown that most therapists do indeed have). Technically and medicinally, PSE is a very manageable and cost-efficient method which can be performed in about 10-15 minutes (with the pre-and post-test discussions taking up most of the time).

As with all new therapeutic methods, the question arises as to how successful it is in daily practice. When a clinical study is done, what therapists want out of it is to get an idea of what the results will be in their own practice; they also want more detailed information about diseases and diagnostic groups; that is, in which cases it makes the most sense to use the method. In the initial phases of a method, clinical studies serve to gain a preliminary overview of these issues, before undertaking expensive randomized studies later on. To date, two clinical studies have been performed on Psychosomatic Energetics (see Bibliography).

In order to select as broad an initial base as possible, a large multicentric clinical study was begun in mid-2006 and concluded in mid-2010. In contrast to the earlier studies, a multicentric approach was chosen in order to be able to make general statements about PSE. The participants were all professionals who, as "certified energy therapists," had received training in the method and concluded their training successfully. The data were entered online in a predetermined format. The first pass yielded a count of 1504 patients from 14 practices, of which--due to missing classification data, insufficient duration of therapy, and other data-input errors--a total of 1002 patients from 11 practices were available to be evaluated. In what follows, I will report on the statistical evaluation and the conclusions drawn therefrom. First, however, I'd like to briefly describe the method.

Brief Synopsis of Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE)

The PSA testing sequence is precisely determined, so that test results from different testers can be compared. Using this method, the subtle energy field (the "aural charge") is quantitatively tested. In this process, one determines the percent charge of the vital, emotional, mental, and causal energy fields. Sick people, and people who do not feel well, usually have too little energy. In most cases, the energy reading matches the subjective feeling--and also often the clinical finding. Thus, depressives typically have very low emotional readings, and psychotics strikingly low mental readings. When the energy situation is improved by PSE therapy, it often triggers physical and mental self-healing processes. A key component of the method is testing for emotional conflicts using specific homeostatic compound remedies (40 Emvita "emotional remedies"). Conflicts are considered to be energy thieves as well as subconscious behavior manipulators.

The therapist's examination usually uncovers an active conflict that the patient, as a rule, agrees is on the mark. For instance, in a burnout patient with an eating disorder, one will find a conflict with the theme of "wanting to have more, frustration." This kind of conflict is considered to be the cause of both the exhaustion and the eating disorder. The tested homeopathic compound remedy is prescribed for a period of months, during which it should permanently dissolve the conflict energetically. After the conflict has been eliminated, most patients report having more energy. This energy increase can be quantitatively verified using the REBA test device. Moreover, the method has a psychotherapeutic healing effect, thanks to which a patient with an eating disorder can often muster more self-discipline. At the same time, a brief discussion of the conflict theme serves as a "mini-psychotherapy" which enhances the effectiveness of the prescribed homeopathic compound remedies.

In our experience, more than one conflict needs to be eliminated in over 95% of patients. Since a single conflict dissolution takes 3 to 4 months, a complete PSE course of treatment generally spans a period of 8 to 15 months. As a rule, positive results can already be observed after one or two conflicts have been eliminated. Other therapies can be performed in parallel, such as orthodox medical treatment, psychotherapy, or some other naturopathic therapy. Often, however, PSE is applied all by itself. Treatment is considered to be finished when no new conflict turns up in testing and the patient's overall condition has improved accordingly. The patient takes the tested-out compound remedy for the entire duration of therapy in order to dissolve a particular conflict.

Study Design and Implementation

Each of the participating therapists received a code name, so that they could input their data anonymously on the project webpage of the website www.rubimed.com. Only the project head was then allowed access to all the data for evaluation purposes. Patient data input was also encoded (first and last name initials plus birthdate). Besides duration of therapy, the number of consultations was noted until therapy was concluded. A primary diagnosis was requested; that is, that for which the patient came in for treatment. These diagnoses were also entered in encoded form, in addition, the diagnoses were later placed in broad diagnostic groups. The therapeutic results were "graded" by the therapists on a scale of 1 (excellent) to 6 (insufficient). Incompletely filled out or non-completed therapies were excluded from the study; unfortunately, this applied to about a third of the data sets, and might indicate hectic practice environments, the anonymity inherent in the large number of participants, and the volunteer nature of the study (no remuneration).

Evaluation

Most of the data came from established general practitioners (81.5%). The average age of the patients was 41.3 years. About two thirds of the patients were female. On average, 4.4 consultations were needed to complete the therapy. Average therapy duration was 15.0 months. In 21.7% of cases the therapeutic result was excellent, in 51% good, and in 13.9% satisfactory. Taken together, that yields an overall excellent/good/satisfactory rate of 86.6% of cases. 7.6% of the cases were rated as adequate, 5.8% as deficient, and 0.1% as insufficient. Breakdown by gender shows that these percentages did not differ by all that much; males had more excellent therapeutic outcomes (5.6% more than females), whereas females were somewhat more frequently (7.5% more than men) rated as having good therapeutic outcomes (see Table 1).

After the overall results, there were two questions of interest:

1. What therapeutic results were attained in each diagnostic group?

2 Was there any observable age dependence in the results? As in the earlier general-medicine clinical studies by Drs. Banis and Holschuh-Lorang, diagnostic groups were created to check whether there were any differences between them, and to see which clinical pictures seemed to respond particularly well to treatment. Concerning the selection of diagnostic groups, I'd like to emphasize that they don't have to do with run-of-the-mill general-medicine ailments, but rather above-average difficult and largely therapy-resistant cases. For example, a PSE practice will have a higher than average proportion of patients with chronic pain conditions. In all, seven diagnostic groups were created, corresponding to the frequency of diagnoses and diagnostic groups that one would tend to encounter in a general practice specializing in PSE treatment (see Table 2).

Table 2: Diagnostic groups

I Neurological/psychiatric (depression, anxiety disease, behavioral disorders incl. AD/HD, pain, headaches)

II Vegetative (burnout, sleep disorders, autonomic dysfunctions such as hyperhidrosis)

III Internal-medicine (bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, gastroenterological syndromes).

IV Dermatological (chronic eczema, neurodermitis, psoriasis)

V Oncological (alternative-medicine adjuvant therapy)

VI Immunological (allergy, susceptibility to infection)

VII ENT/gyn./urol./orthop. (chronic sinusitis, menstrual cramps, spinal-column syndrome)

Table 3 (p. 80) summarizes the therapeutic outcomes of all seven diagnostic groups as a bar chart. The differently shaded segments of each bar represent the percentage of patients in a result group for the respective diagnostic group. The result was "graded" using the German school grading system, ranging from 1 (excellent) to 6 (insufficient), which expresses numerically how successful the therapy was thought to be by therapist and patient at the end of therapy. In general, the therapeutic outcomes are relatively uniform in all diagnostic groups. If one defines the categories excellent/good/satisfactory as constituting therapeutic success, then the highest success rates were achieved in group II (vegetative), group III (internal medicine), and group V (oncological). The last-named diagnostic group involves subjective improvement and psychological stabilization; many cancer patients have a geographic stress problem which, when cleaned up, often feels very pleasant and beneficial to most patients. Cancer patients also have higher than average emotional stress, which can also be reduced by PSE. For internal-medicine cases, as well as autonomous vegetative regulatory disorders, emotional problems are known to play a major role, which explains the above-average positive therapeutic outcomes.

Age Dependency

PSE therapy exhibits a clear age dependency (see Table 4). In the group comprising children and teenagers the rate of excellent therapeutic outcomes is higher than average (see Table 3), amounting to 35.9% for children and 42.9% for teenagers, and dropping to 20% in patients above age 50. This is in line with general clinical experience: young people respond more strongly to subtle-energy therapy than do adults.

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Comparison with Other Studies

To date, three clinical studies with a total of 1562 patients have been carried out on PSE. Since two of the studies have the same methodological approach and were performed similarly, and moreover shared a therapy duration of 15 months, it clearly makes sense to compare them. Critics are fond of insinuating that alternative-medicine procedures such as PSE only achieve random results. If this were true, one would expect the data to vary widely. Relatively uniform results, on the other hand, substantiate the efficacy of homeopathic and psychosomatic/subtle-energy therapeutic approaches. Table 5 displays the results of both clinical studies with respect to the numeric grades assigned at the end of therapy. Both studies achieved nearly the same excellent and good therapeutic outcomes (72.7% versus 70.5%). If one compares the excellent/good/satisfactory results, they are likewise very similar (86.5% versus 84.8%). In my opinion, this positive comparison validates the idea that PSE is based on principles that, although they can be observed and evaluated empirically in clinical practice, unfortunately cannot yet be understood or explained scientifically.

Summary

The therapeutic success of Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE) was evaluated in a multicentric clinical study spanning four years. Specially trained therapists from 11 clinical practices took part, most of them established general practitioners. In all, the data from 1002 patients after 15 months of therapy was evaluated. Every fifth patient had an excellent therapeutic outcome. Over half of the patients reported good results. Combining the excellent, good, and satisfactory therapeutic outcomes yields a positive outcome in 86.5% of cases; that is, the great majority of all patients thought that PSE had been beneficial. When you consider that PSE practices treat predominantly problem patients, the achieved therapeutic outcomes are even more impressive. PSE therapy has shown itself to be a reliable and effective alternative-medicine healing method that can be successfully applied in all current general-medicine clinical pictures. One sees particularly good therapeutic outcomes in children and teenagers, as well as in patients whose clinical picture has a psychosomatic component.

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Statistical Evaluation

Statistician Dr. rer. medic. Silke Lange, Otto-Hue-Str. 19, D-58456 Witten GERMANY

Participating clinics (alphabetically, with patient count in parentheses; for addresses, see therapist directory at www.rubimed.com)

Dr. Reimar Banis and Dr. Ulrike Banis (570), Naturopath Carola Deiss (2), Naturopath Rudiger Diel (1), Naturopath Ralf Fauser (149), Naturopath Doris Golz (9), Dentist Dr. Norbert Guggenbichler (4), Dr. Birgitt Holschuh-Lorang (241), Dr. Gabor Littasy (3), Naturopath Sabine Nimphy (10), Dr. Cirsten-Cathrin Thomsen (6).

Bibliography

Banis R. New Life Through Energy Healing. Gateway Books and Tapes; 2009.

Banis R. Psychosomatic Energetics Reader. BOD; 2008.

Further information:

www.terra-medica.com

Author's address:

Dr. med. Reimar Banis

Facharzt fur Allgemeinmedizin

Zum Scheidberg 9

D 66798 Wallerfangen

GERMANY

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Reimar Banis, MD, ND, has been a naturopath since 1975 and an MD since 1985 (US MD certification through ECFMG, 1984). He conducted research with such experts as Prof. H. Heim in electroacupucture and Dr. Schimmel, developer of the Vega Test, and codeveloped "segmentelectrography" and "thermoregulation." This knowledge combined with extensive research on energy medicine and energy psychology led him to create Psychosomatic Energetics (PSE). Dr. Banis has practiced as a general practitioner since 1985.
Table 1: Frequency of Therapeutic Results, by Gender

                              Male      Female

Variable            Value   N    % *   N    % *

                      1    126  19.7   75  25.3

                      2    344  53.8  137  46.3

                      3     89  13.9   43  14.5

Therapeutic result    4     41   6.4   27   9.1

                      5     39   6.1   14   4.7

                      6      1   0.2    0     0

* The percentages refer to the portion of the answer category for each
gender (column total per gender = 100 %).


Table 5: Comparing Therapeutic Results of Two Clinical Studies

                 Online study   Dr. Holschuh-Lorang

Result          N = 1002    %      N = 224   %

1 Excellent       217     21.7       73     32.6

2 Good            511     51.0       85     37.9

3 Rather good     139     13.9       32     14.2

4 Satisfying       76      7.6       13      5.8

5 Unsatisfying     58      5.8       21      9.3

6 Insufficient      1      0.1        0       0
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