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The following article captures some of the methodological issues in biofield therapy research.

Integrative Care Therapies and Physiological and Pain-related Outcomes in Hospitalized Infants

Using Healing Touch to Help Junior Nursing Students with Their Anxiety

A Critical Analysis of Healing Touch for Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Dissertation by Christina R. Harlow

Effect of Biofield Therapy in the Human Brain

Can We Help Just by Good Intentions? A Meta-Analysis of Experiments on Distant Intention Effects

Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity - a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease

An Ongoing Critical Evaluation of Reiki in the Scientific Literature
This article is about the Touchstone process, which is a method used to evaluate Reiki. Interesting article as many of the issues are similar to Healing Touch research.

Healing Touch SessionHealing Touch Research Studies

Presented below is a list of current research studies, completed research studies and clinical trials. There have been nearly 100 research studies conducted and documented. As this website grows we will add more studies and research categories. Check back often, as this section will grow.

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Latest Healing Touch Research

Integrative Care Therapies and Physiological and Pain-related Outcomes in Hospitalized Infants
Hathway, Luberto, Bogenschutz, Geiss, Wasson & Cotton (2015), Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 4 (4), 32-37 doi:abs10.7453gahmj.2015.029

Management of pain in newborns is very challenging for the healthcare teams that work with these infants. A University of Cincinnati team recently published a study exploring the impact of massage (M) and Healing Touch (HT) on neonatal pain using four pre/post outcome measures associated with pain including therapist-rated pain, presentation of the infant (sleep to agitated), infant's heart rate and oxygen saturation.

The study was done retrospectively and used paired sample t-tests to examine the association between pain ratings for infants who received M and HT. 186 infants were included in the study which means that there was a large database to pull form. Of those 186- 62% received both M & HT. From pre and post therapy significant changes were seen in these infants' heart rates p

These observed improvements suggest that massage and HT used in combination may be useful therapies to improve comfort and reduce pain in neonates. No untoward effects were reported.

Important points about this type of study (as compared to a randomized clinical trial) include: there was no control group (infants acted as own control), and there was no control of variables (time of day, pain medication etc) or method of delivery of Massage or HT. In some ways this makes the study more pragmatic as the practitioners would have delivered the therapies based on their actual energy based assessment of need vs. a "prescribed" dose or method of massage or HT.

For those working in Neonatal environments, this study is worth sharing with decision makers about the inclusion of integrative therapies in neonatal environments. As always, more research is needed to support these conclusions.

Healing Touch with guided imagery for PTSD in returning active duty military: A randomized controlled trial. Military Medicine, 177 (9), 1015-1021, T Jain, S., McMahon, G.F. , Hasen, P., Kozub, M.P., Porter, V., King, R. & Guarneri, E.M. (2012).

A recent study published in Military Medicine compared the impact of Healing Touch and Guided Imagery plus treatment as usual in the study group (HT+GI + TAU) to treatment as usual only (TAU) in the control group on PTSD symptoms, depression, quality of life and hostility in active duty military personnel. The group of 123 participants were randomly assigned to receive either 6 sessions of HT+GI+ TAU over 3 weeks vs. TAU over 3 weeks. Statistical analyses (repeated measures analysis of covariance with intent-to-treat) revealed statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms (p < 0.0005, Cohen’s d = 0.85) as well as depression (p < 0.0005, Cohen’s d = 0.70) for the group receiving HT+GI vs. TAU. This same group also showed significant improvements in mental quality of life (p = 0.002, Cohen’s d = 0.58) and reduced cynicism (p = 0.001, Cohen’s d =0.49) vs. TAU group.

This well conducted study supports the use of HT in the care of military personnel with PTSD. Further study is warranted.

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Biofield Therapies: Helpful or Full of Hype? A Best Evidence Synthesis, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, October 24, 2009. Click here for Full Article.

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) - The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). They are 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Healing Touch International Research - A summary of studies on Healing Touch. More complete information about these studies is available in the Healing Touch International Research Survey.

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