Biotherapy promotes good energy flow, provides temporary relief
Rufus Duffin and Elena Yamaeva are at a loss. Their son, Logan, suffers from a rare genetic disease that is slowly eating away at his cells and causing irreversible nerve damage to his tiny body. There is no cure, no known medical treatment, and the life expectancy for children with this disease — Type 1 GM1 gangliosidosis — is around three years. Logan is about six months shy of his second birthday.
“He progressed normally from birth, maybe a little slower neurologically,” Duffin recalls. But then, “at eight, 10 months, he started to decline: didn’t grow, lost the skills he had gained, couldn’t keep food down, wasn’t sleeping and was having seizures.”
Faced with their son’s rapidly weakening health and no possible assistance from medical professionals, the couple decided to look for alternative sources of relief for Logan, which is when they came across biotherapy.
This unusual — and controversial — alternative treatment is basically a healing technique based on Chinese medicine that aims to “re-balance” the body’s energy sources without prescription drugs or long hospital stays. The treatment is not something many medical professional advocate. However, proponents claim biotherapy can ease a patient’s pain and discomfort.
Duffin and his wife found Charlotte Jakobsen, a biotherapist based in Denmark, on the Internet. Jakobsen has been working with the couple’s young son since October, and Duffin says he immediately noticed improvements.
“The jumps in [Logan’s] progress have been big. … He went from waking up 15 times in the night to waking up once,” Duffin says. “I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to help him when there is no possible medical support.”
Jakobsen has been practicing biotherapy for eight years and admits the treatment may, at first, sound a little strange.
“It’s very basic,” Jakobsen notes, during a recent visit to Prague. “We work with the aura and the energy field. We feel blockages. It’s a Chinese way of looking at health and how everything must flow.”
What it basically amounts to is Jakobsen waving her hands around a patient’s body, looking for areas that either have too much or not enough energy. If there’s an area with too much, she “removes” it; if an area needs more she “puts” it back. The whole 30-minute treatment is performed without any physical contact between the patient and therapist. In fact, Jakobsen doesn’t even need to be in the same country to treat a patient.
“I just imagine doing the treatment on [them],” she says. “It sounds weird, I know, but it doesn’t matter where [the patients] are; I can do it.”
Jakobsen says she feels tingling in her fingers or the area is heavy if there’s too much energy in a spot of a person’s body, while if there’s not enough it feels cold or like a dead area.
“In order to start the healing process, we need to increase the energy,” she says. “Starting the energy process gives the body the opportunity to heal itself.”
Biotherapy doesn’t have everyone convinced of its benefits, though. Dr. Jiří Heřt is a retired general practitioner and former anatomy professor at the Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň, west Bohemia. He spent 20 years analyzing alternative medicine and doesn’t believe these types of techniques help.
“All of these [alternative treatments] are really vague. It is about a psychological effect on the patients, but there is no energy flowing into the patient,” he says. “It’s like when a child is sick and their mother pats them. It’s a placebo effect.”
Dr. Heřt adds that psychological therapy can help a patient to heal, but licensed medical doctors are a person’s safest avenue.
Still, when there are no medical options available, biotherapy, some argue, can act as a last refuge for the terminally ill. Jakobsen doesn’t claim this is a cure, but, for example, she has treated people who have leukemia and says the sessions eased their pain and helped them sleep.
“It sounds like such a little thing to us, but to them it is huge,” she says.
Duffin and Yamaeva were so excited about the progress they saw in Logan, they arranged for Jakobsen to come to Prague to teach them the treatment. Now, they treat their son twice a day. They are pleased with his continuing progress. In addition to sleeping through the night, Logan has also gained weight. His hair has started to grow again. His vision has improved, and he has stopped having seizures, his parents report.
The procedure was created by Zdenko Domančič. His clinic in Slovenia, the Domančič Biotherapy Clinic, is the largest bioenergy clinic in the world. Jakobsen has studied with Domančič but says she first heard about the therapy on a television program featuring two practitioners from Ireland.
“It’s very easy to learn. We train the sensitivity in your fingertips, and everyone feels energy within 15 minutes of practice,” she says. “What I like about biotherapy is everyone can learn it to a certain degree and use it to help their friends and family.”
Jakobsen says the procedure is not only a viable option for the seriously ill, but also for those suffering from a migraine or depression.
Jakobsen held her first workshop here in January, and came back in February to hold an advanced workshop for those first students, as well as a special one for medical professionals. She says she will come back to Prague if enough people show an interest in learning about biotherapy.
Much of Chinese medicine is based on a person’s “chakras,” or the body’s seven focal energy points, and “meridians,” the channels that circulate the energy through your body. If one part of your body is blocked with too much energy, Jakobsen explains, that means energy won’t get to other parts of the body, which can lead to pain and illness.
“Biotherapy is about a feeling,” she says. “You don’t need to know a lot, just work within the natural flow of energy.”