Blended Medicine: How to Integrate the Best Mainstream and Alternative Remedies for Maximum Health and Healing
Michael Castleman

Chiropractic and massage

Although we do not fully understand the biochemistry of touch, we do know that human beings need it and respond to it. Chiropractic and massage are two ways that touch can heal the body.


There are many kinds of chiropractic treatment, but in general, chiropractic treats the musculoskeletal system in order to bring balance to the body and the nervous system. According to current theories of chiropractic, very subtle changes in the motion of the vertebrae can have a profound impact on the complex system of nerves that run through and alongside the vertebrae.

Chiropractic can stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers, and can free blocked energy within the body in a way similar to acupuncture. Many chiropractors combine spinal manipulation with other alternative disciplines, such as nutrition, relaxation therapies, and Chinese herbal medicine.[1]

If I ever have back pain, or if my back feels like it is “out,” the chiropractor is the first person I want to see. But even if I don’t have an immediate problem, I like to see a chiropractor on a regular basis to assist in keeping my body “tuned” and in balance.


There are many different types of massage. Therapeutic massage helps eliminate toxins, align bones, muscles and ligaments, and restore motion in joints. It can help improve the circulation of blood and lymph fluid in the body, which can help the immune system. It can also stimulate the nervous system and alleviate stress.

Massage is intended to boost the intrinsic healing ability of the body. At key times in my cancer treatment, I found that massage helped to reduce stress levels and promote healing. Some forms of massage also aim at freeing energy blocks at deeper levels of the body, stimulating change on emotional and other levels of being. Although I did not look for this, it sometimes happened and was helpful.

Patients with cancer need to be careful about massage, especially deep-tissue massage. Check first with your doctor. This is particularly true for breast cancer-patients who have had surgery to the lymph system. Professionally-trained therapists will always check your history and adjust their treatment accordingly.

Choosing a practitioner

I believe that the healing power of massage and other hands-on treatment methods comes in part from the person delivering the treatment and in part from the Higher Self of the practitioner. There is a flow of energy during the healing process that is a science as well as an art, and it obeys natural laws, just like the laws of physics.

There are definitely therapists who have “healing hands.” If a therapist is connected and centered with their Higher Self, then they can transmit a healing current through their hands during a treatment. On the other hand, if a therapist is depressed or unhappy or angry, this negative energy can also be passed on to the patient; or, even worse, the therapist can drain positive energy from the patient.

Doctors, therapists, healers, and health workers can also take on the energy of a patient (whether consciously or subconsciously) if they do not know how to seal their own auric forcefield. Having worked with patients, I know firsthand how easy it is to pick up energy from patients. This is one reason why therapists wash their hands between patients. Apart from being good hygiene, it also helps to remove the negative energies that the therapist may have picked up. The water breaks the contact and is a means of clearing the aura as well as cleaning the physical body.

I also know from experience as a doctor how easy it is to feel drained after seeing many different patients. One way this can occur is if the therapist transfers to a patient some of the finite energy of their own auric forcefield, instead of simply being the conduit for the energies of the Higher Self, which are not limited.

In general, I am very selective when it comes to letting people touch my body for treatment. If a therapist is tired or out of sorts, I may decide to forgo the treatment that day—energy may flow from me to them, and that it not the purpose of the treatment. If I do not like the look or the vibration of the person, if they are angry and inharmonious, then I do not want that energy to be transferred to my body, and I may look for someone else. I always ask for the angels to lead me to the right person—and they seem to do so. And when I find someone who has a good, healing vibration and whom I like, I stay with them.

I also pray before someone places their hands on me that only the light of their Higher Self will pass to me from them and that none of my lesser self will pass to them. I also ask the angels, including my guardian angel, to work with them to align my body and to perform any adjustment necessary.


1. Castleman, Blended Medicine, pp. 94–95.


Excerpted from A Journey through Cancer, by Neroli Duffy