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12 Articles in Volume 13, Issue #1
A Modest Proposal (Thanks to Jonathan Swift—1667-1745)
Chronic Pain: Study of Complementary and Alternative Treatments
Decompression Surgery to Reduce Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy—Application for Trigger Points
Improving a Practice Model for Prescribing Opioids
Interpretations and Actions Following Cytochrome P450 Testing
Is It Safe to Restart an NSAID Following an Endoscopically Confirmed NSAID-Induced GI Bleed?
January/February 2013 Pain Research Updates
Massage Therapy in an Ambulatory Pain Clinic
Practical Tips in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Quantum Theory Underpins Electromagnetic Therapies for Pain Management
When a Pain Patient Insists on Alternative Treatments Alone

Quantum Theory Underpins Electromagnetic Therapies for Pain Management

Exploring the use of quantum-based energy medicine modalities for the treatment of pain in clinical practice.
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Editor's Note: One of the most important subjects in complementary and alternative pain medicine is the administration of electrical currents and electromagnetic energy fields—including the use of laser, light, and radio waves. In this article, two researchers who have dedicated themselves to understanding why these measures help manage pain, explain the basics of physics known as “quantum theory” and explore its uses in pain medicine. We encourage Drs. Milne and Sorgnard—and others—to pursue this avenue of research.

What Is Quantum Biology?

In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel Laureate and founder of quantum theory, proposed that living matter at the cellular level can be thought of in terms of quantum mechanics—pure physics and chemistry.1 Since then, biologists have struggled to understand and embrace the infinite possibilities of quantum biology.2-10 Medical understanding of quantum mechanisms of action and/or specific quantum treatments have lagged, however, because the role of quantum physics in biology is neither well understood nor taught in medical schools.11 In fact, it wasn’t until the 1990s that researchers began to explore biology via the quantum theory.

It is easy to understand, therefore, why most physicians, with minimal exposure to the vocabulary of quantum biology, look skeptically at the vast therapeutic potential of “energy medicine” to provide real patient-centered results. At the present moment, the clinical application of innovative cellular signaling energy and combined quantum modalities provide an important contribution to the mitigation of pain.

Understanding the Terminology

We assume that life is a molecular process. Molecular processes operate according to the quantum theory; therefore, life is a quantum process. With more than 50 trillion quantum living cells, humans interact with all the other quantum fields in their environment. The word “quantum” comes from the Latin word “quantus,” which means “how much.” “Quanta” is plural for quantum. Quantum is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. Behind this, one finds the fundamental notion that a physical property may be “quantified,” and as such has certain discrete values. This is referred to as the “hypothesis of quantization.” The magnitude of these values also has certain discrete values. For example, an entity, such as human nerve cells, has quantified energy transfer of a certain number of subatomic elementary particles of matter called fermions or photons.

We can also consider that a prerequisite for life is the ability to provide a steady-state condition via a flow of bioelectrical energy and chemicals. This steady-state condition maintains electrochemical imbalance across biomembranes; transduces and amplifies minute signals into definite actions; summons energy at will; and engages an extremely rapid and efficient energy transformation.10 From the work of Pischinger12 and recently, Pienta and Coffey,13 we know that energy transformation is effected through a coherent cellular matrix.

“Cells and intracellular elements are capable of vibrating in a dynamic manner with complex harmonics, the frequency of which can now be measured and analyzed in a quantitative manner by Fourier analysis [and other methods],” wrote Pienta and Coffey.13 The authors also noted that growth factors or the process of carcinogenesis can alter these vibrations. “It is important to understand the mechanism by which this vibrational information is transferred directly through the cell [and throughout the organism]. From these observations we propose that vibrational information is transferred through a tissue tensegrity matrix that acts as a coupled harmonic oscillator operating as a signal transducing system from the cell periphery to the nucleus and ultimately to the deoxyribonucleic acid [DNA]. The vibrational interactions occur through a tissue matrix system consisting of the nuclear matrix, the [microtubular] cytoskeleton, and the extracellular matrix that is poised to couple the biological oscillations of the cell from the peripheral membrane to the DNA. The tensegrity tissue matrix system allows for specific transfer of information through the cell [and throughout the organism] by direct transmission of vibrational chemomechanical energy through harmonic wave motion.”13

Another term uncommon to pain treatment, but applicable here, is “resonance.” While usually recognized as increasing sound or vibration, the term resonance also may apply to enhancing electricity or energy. Pain treatment modalities and instruments that operate on quantum theory use resonance to increase energy in and between cells. Molecular resonance is best understood with an analogy in the macroscopic world. When a piano tuner strikes a tuning fork next to the piano, the specific piano string will vibrate when it is correctly tuned to the same frequency. Similarly, cells resonate and energy transfer between molecules is a very fast process (10-8 to 10-15 seconds).10

We propose an encompassing model concept called “Quantum Resonance Induction” to make the point that the electric currents and electromagnetic energy fields administered for pain treatment electronically induce and amplify resonant subatomic particle movements and activity to create healing within cells.

The idea of molecules communicating and exchanging energy by electromagnetic resonance fits in with accumulating evidence that cells and organisms are liquid crystalline, that all the molecules, especially those made up of 70% water, are aligned in chaotic synchronization, working coherently together.10 As molecules self-assemble into structures on all scales, one would not be surprised to find vibrations and resonance over the entire range of frequencies throughout the cell, and indeed throughout the whole body.10

Last updated on: March 25, 2013