Don’t P(r)anic!

For reasons I shall rather not mention, the name of Grand Master Choa Kok Sui and the concept of Pranic Healing caught my attention. With my mindset that tends to belong to the Michael Shermer/Richard Dawkins school of thought, I know that the probability of me taking this seriously is next to nil. However, I decided to try to give it as objective a mindset as possible. Don’t ask me why; there’s a reason, I’m just NOT going to mention it.

Alright, here goes:

According to www.pranichealing.com,

  • PRANIC HEALING is a highly developed and tested system of energy based healing techniques that utilizes “prana” (Sanskrit for “life” and not “life-force” as mentioned) to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes.”  Not a good start. Abstract, illogical and unscientific concept being backed up by incorrect facts. It’s also mentioned that Prana is the same as the Chinese “Chi” and hebrew “Ruah”. I’m not expert, but to the best of my knowledge, prana means “life” as prani means “living being”. It’s a scientific word. “Chi” is an inner energy thing. Not quite the same. No clue what “Ruah” is. Clarence High taught me all I know about Christianity and never heard of any “Ruah” in the Old Testament. This is me, however. NOT an expert.
  • Pranic Healing is a simple yet powerful and effective no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principle that the body is a “self-repairing” living entity that possesses the innate ability to heal itself.” There is a simple, easy way to distinguish genuine science/art/something that WORKS from lies. Lies misrepresent the truth. The human body’s “self-repairing”-ness is also known as the Immune system. That is biology, a correct science. Self-repairing, innate abilities are merely the sensation of a disease passing. The body is not repairing itself in a manner similar to the fact that when you’re cleaning your house you are not repairing it. Or maybe if it does do some “repair” (hair growth, skin etc.) This occurs due to processes that we learnt in high school. Even though I HATE biology, I’ll always admit that it’s a precise subject and I trust that it’s the truth.
  •  “PRANIC HEALING works on the principle that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life force or vital energy on the affected part of the physical body.” Contradiction. wasn’t the life-force supposed to be innate? Odd. Now we see the fact that this life-force is produced within the body. If that’s the case, kindly show me the organ responsible for producing it.
  • PRANIC HEALING influences this natural life force to bring about a healthier physical body. PRANIC HEALING is applied on the bio-electromagnetic field known as the aura, which contains the mold and blueprint of the physical body. This bioplasmic body absorbs life energy and distributes it to the organs and glands. Diseases first appear as energetic disruptions in the energy field before manifesting as ailments in the physical body. You can learn to do this for yourself and your loved ones in these powerful result-oriented workshops.” Bio-electromagnetic field? What the f…ishy-ness? This is physics. This is MY turf. I’ll deal with it later. Now to the disease thing. Diseases first appear as disruptions in the energy field… what about cysts? Do they disrupt the field before they attack or when they enter the body? And viruses and bacteria? How can something so minutely small disrupt OUR large energy fields? If they can, the distribution is disproportionate. 2nd law of thermodynamics and not to mention Conservation of energy principle kick in. Can i add that since this is energy, it ought to follow Relativity too. And if you’re going to go small-scale, the Standard Model. And yes, the sales pitch kicks in here.
  • Right. Now regarding the “aura”. They go on to misinterpret science by stating that: “Scientific evidence provides tangible proof of the existence of the energy body and its relation to the health and well-being of the physical body. This has been termed as the “bioplasmic body” from the word “bio” meaning life, and “plasma”, the forth state of matter after solids, liquids and gases.” Right, buddy. Just because you found out that there’s a fourth state of matter, you go crazy and try to claim it. But lets define something here: There are 5 states of matter. Plasma is merely ionized gas. To be precise, ionized high-energy gas where the molecules/atoms are so close to each other that they can influence one another through electromagnetic forces. If you *ahem, scientific evidence believes that our bodies emit plasma… then here’s something for you to chew on:
  1. Most Plasma have temperatures that range between a hundred to a hundred million degrees. The ones that are room temperature are electromagnetically neutral and crystalline (meaning hard and solid).
  2. In order to be plasma, you require a minimum magnetic field of .0001 Tesla. Seems small is it? Remember something we studied in class 11… all our teachers used to pronounce it wrong… NCERT gave a note regarding Rio Bazaar…  Yup. According to the Biot-Savart law, if our bodies possess magnetic fields of .0001 Tesla, then we are perpetually on the move (as one of the variables as you invariably remember is velocity…) AND assuming that we are perpetually on the move at a speed of say, 1 nanometer per second (that’s .000000001 meters per second), we still have electric fields of (this is why I love debunking nonsense using science) 9 x 10^23. Let me write it to make it clear… 900000000000000000000000 Newtons per Coulomb! That’s enough force to probably create an electromagnetic black hole! So there goes your aura theory.

I was objective (alright, vindictive in the end. But it’s physics!) And yup, Pranic Healing is as much a load of bullshit as everything else out there. Sorry to disappoint you’ll, but you better put your faith in something that’s real, believable and that’s worked throughout the existence of this universe with unerring accuracy. (I’m talking about Science)

can’t take chances, can you?

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8 responses to “Don’t P(r)anic!

  1. You have just made me a very happy person. I recently wrote a similar blog about a steaming heap of shit called ‘Reverse Therapy’. I have M.E. and take great offense to brainless money-grabbing twats who decide they can ‘cure’ a physical condition by feeding vulnerable people full of crap about body-minds and head-minds for a not-so-small fee. Fair enough, my blog wasn’t quite as scientific as yours but I do get a perverse kick out of seeing intelligent educated people debunking myths and bullshit.

  2. No fair!

    You went for the easy target.

    There’s Bio-Feedback though.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofeedback

    That might end up as peer reviewed.

    It’s a proven cure for… umm… well you read it. I got to know of it from a graphic novel by Warren Ellis.

    It has a LOT of the new-world avant-garde stuff. Le Parkour to Bio-Feedback.

  3. There’s a Python skit in that “science”, I tell you.

    And apart from potentially curing hypochondriacs and acting as machines to predict potential heart-attacks, i can’t see any Alternative medicine in bio-feedback.

    Bio-feedback may also refer to negative responses to a particular entertainment item by the mailing of biological components to the required authorities.

  4. Very good article, and funny too. This might actually influence me to write something about pseudoscience again on my blog…

    I don’t understand how people can fall for these things… I personally cringe whenever I see the word “energy” used in this regard. I don’t know what they make of energy! But using physics for energy they define in human terms (“I don’t have the energy to do this”) is ridiculous. And the use of quantum physics, electromagnetism… sigh!

  5. pranic healing is very effective dude…

  6. Sree

    Hey
    Greetings to all.
    I have a question to people who wrote above… did anybody try it??
    I will write away buy it.
    without trying if I say anything about an item..its just like I see an advertisement and comment on it
    well… hope somebody above will take pain to try it and give us solid feed back. (well… if it is not very costly)

  7. Sree

    Forgot to add
    In sanskrit The term ‘Prana’ means ‘Life force’ but not ‘life’.

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