Mental health, Science & research

Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

Have you aligned your chakras today?  Or perhaps you've wondered if the whole chakra craze is a bit over the top.  And maybe you can guess what my take on the matter is. Traditional concept of chakras The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later… Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

Science & research

Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

Crystals are pretty, there's no doubt about that.  But can they do anything for your health and wellbeing? The belief that precious stones have healing powers has been around for centuries.  In current practice, it's most often associated with the New Age movement.  It draws on the Chinese concept of life energy (qi) and the… Continue reading Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

Science & research, What is... psychology series

What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) incorporates a number of different alternative healing approaches, including neuro-linguistic programming, acupuncture meridians, and energy medicine.  It's not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as a… Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

woman having reiki administered
Science & research

Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?

A couple of people commented on a post I did on dopamine fasting and said they'd be curious to see my take on reiki.  Well, here it is. What is reiki? First, what exactly is reiki?  The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) says that reiki "is based on the idea that an unseen 'life force… Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?