Research

There is more research on healing than on most of the other complementary therapies.
Studies in other species demonstrate effects on wound healing, cancer growth, growth of plants, bacteria and yeasts, and influencing cellular and DNA functions.

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28 Apr 2016

Research Publications

You can download this file as a PDF here Submitted by The Healing Trust on 03 Jun 2011 - 03:38 Authors who cite additional research on healing include Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr David Servan-Schreiber, Dr Toni Bunnell, Dr Daniel J Benor: Alberts B. et al, 'Molecular biology of the cell',..

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28 Apr 2016

Research Publications

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Submitted by The Healing Trust on 03 Jun 2011 - 03:38

Authors who cite additional research on healing include Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr David Servan-Schreiber, Dr Toni Bunnell, Dr Daniel J Benor:

  • Alberts B. et al, 'Molecular biology of the cell', 2nd edn, Garland Publishing Co. New York, 1989
  • Ash David & Hewitt Peter, 'The Vortex - Key to Future Science', pub: Gateway Books,1990, ISBN:1-85860-019-7
  • Becker Robert O., 'The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life', pub: William Morrow & Co. Inc., 1985
  • Benor Daniel J., 'Survey of spiritual healing research', Complementary Medicine, Research 4,3: 9-32,1990
  • Brain Sync. Corporation, P.O. Box 9296, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504,USA,1996 (Internet)
  • Bunnell T, 'The Effect of Hands-on Healing on Enzyme Activity', Research in Complementary Medicine, Int. J., 3: 265-340, p314,December 1996
  • Bunnell T. 2000. Healing with Intent, Network, The Scientific and Medical Network Review, No.73: 20. ISSN 1362-1211.
  • Cade M. & Coxhead N., 'The Awakened Mind: Biofeedback and the Development of Higher States of Awareness', pub: Element Books, 1996 reprint
  • Charman Robert A., 'Bioelectricity and electrotherapy - Towards a new paradigm', The Journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Sep. to Dec. 1990, Jan. to March 1991
  • Edrich Jochen, 'New Device detects microwave emissions in biological systems', Brain/Mind Bulletin, p1 & 3, January 4, 1982
  • Ford Clyde, 'Healer speeds up self-organizing properties' Brain/Mind Bulletin, Vol 7, No 3, pp 1-2, January, 1982
  • Grad Bernard, 'Healing by the laying-on-of-hands: A review of experiments', Ways of Health: Holistic Approaches to ancient and contemporary medicine, ed D. Sobel (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) p267, 1979
  • Harold Saxton Burr, 'Blueprint for Immortality: The Electrical Patterns of Life', London, Spearman, 1972
  • Jacobs R., '21st Century Medicine,' Kindred Spirit, Vol 3, No 10, pp37-40 1997
  • Lakhovsky Georges, 'The Secret of Life', London: Heinemann,1939
  • Matthew Robert,'Wacky Water', New Scientist, No. 2087, pp 40-43, June 21,1997
  • Page J, 'Craniosacral therapy 21 years on', Positive Health, Issue 13, pp54-57, 1996
  • Pauling Linus, 'The Nature of the Chemical Bond', Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 3rd edition, 1960
  • Pawluk William, 'Biomagnetic Brief: Miracle of Biomagnetic'(Internet)
  • Rein Glen & McCraty Rollin, 'Structural changes in water and DNA associated with new physiologically measurable states', Journal of Scientific Exploration, 8(3), pp 438-439, 1994
  • Seto A. et al, 'Detection of extraordinarily large bio-magnetic field strength from human during external Qi emission', Acupuncture and Electro-therapeutics Int. J., Vol 17, pp75-94, 1992
  • Zimmerman J, 'The laying-on of hands, healing and therapeutic touch: a testable theory BEMI Currents', Journal of the Bio-Electromagnetics Institute 2: 9-17, 1990
  • Zimmerman J., 'New technologies detect effects of healing hands', Brain/Mind Bulletin, Vol 10, No 16 September 30, 1985
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28 Apr 2016

The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Behavioral Symptoms of Persons with Dementia

You can download this file as a PDF here Submitted by The Healing Trust on 03 Jun 2011 - 03:28 Woods DL, Craven RF, Whitney J. College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA. Abstract Background Approximately 80% of nursing home residents who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and..

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28 Apr 2016

The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Behavioral Symptoms of Persons with Dementia

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Woods DL, Craven RF, Whitney J.

College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA.

Abstract

Background

Approximately 80% of nursing home residents who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and related dementia develop behavioral symptoms of dementia. Given the deleterious side effects of pharmacologic therapy in this population there is an urgent need for clinical trials of nonpharmacologic interventions.

Objective

To examine the effect of therapeutic touch on the frequency and intensity of behavioral symptoms of dementia.

Method

A randomized, double-blind, three-group experimental study: experimental (therapeutic touch), placebo (placebo therapeutic touch), and control (usual care). Fifty-seven residents, aged 67 to 93 years, exhibiting behavioral symptoms of dementia, were randomized to one of the three groups within each of three Special Care Units within three Long-Term Care facilities in a western Canadian province. Behavioral observation was completed every 20 minutes from 8:00AM to 6:00PM for three days pre-intervention and for three days post-intervention by trained observers who were blind to group assignment. The intervention consisted of therapeutic touch given twice daily for 5-7 minutes for three days between 10:00AM and 11:30PM and between 3:00PM and 4:30PM (N = 57). The main outcome variable was overall behavioral symptoms of dementia, consisting of six categories of behaviors: manual manipulation (restlessness), escape restraints, searching and wandering, tapping and banging, pacing and walking, and vocalization.

Results

Analysis of variance (ANOVA) (F = 3.331, P = .033) and the Kruskal-Wallis test (chi2 = 6.661, P = .036) indicated a significant difference in overall behavioral symptoms of dementia, manual manipulation and vocalization when the experimental group was compared to the placebo and control groups. The experimental (significant) was more effective in decreasing behavioral symptoms of dementia than usual care, while the placebo group indicated a decreasing trend in behavioral symptoms of dementia compared to usual care.

Conclusions

Therapeutic touch offers a nonpharmacological, clinically relevant modality that could be used to decrease behavioral symptoms of dementia, specifically manual manipulation (restlessness) and vocalization, two prevalent behaviors.

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28 Apr 2016

Therapeutic Touch – Chemotherapy

You can download this file as a PDF here Submitted by The Healing Trust on 03 Jun 2011 - 03:22 Aghabati N, Mohammadi E, Pour Esmaiel Z Abstract Despite major advances in pain management, cancer pain is managed poorly in 80% of the patients with cancer. Due to deleterious side..

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28 Apr 2016

Therapeutic Touch – Chemotherapy

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Aghabati N, Mohammadi E, Pour Esmaiel Z Abstract

Despite major advances in pain management, cancer pain is managed poorly in 80% of the patients with cancer. Due to deleterious side effects of pharmacology therapy in these people, there is an urgent need for clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions. To examine the effect of therapeutic touch (TT) on the pain and fatigue of the cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, a randomized and three-groups experimental study-experimental (TT), placebo (placebo TT), and control (usual care)-was carried out. Ninety patients undergoing chemotherapy, exhibiting pain and fatigue of cancer, were randomized into one of the three groups in the Cancer Center of Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, Iran. Pain and fatigue were measured and recorded by participants before and after the intervention for 5 days (once a day). The intervention consisted of 30 min TT given once a day for 5 days between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) of pain and the Rhoten Fatigue Scale (RFS) were completed for 5 days before and after the intervention by the subjects. The TT (significant) was more effective in decreasing pain and fatigue of the cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy than the usual care group, while the placebo group indicated a decreasing trend in pain and fatigue scores compared with the usual care group.

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28 Apr 2016

Bone Cells Treated with Healing

You can download this file as a PDF here Submitted by The Healing Trust on 02 Jun 2011 - 23:45 The following research shows that bone cells treated with Healing grew at double the rate of untreated cells and absorbed more calcium yet cancer cells were not stimulated. Report from..

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28 Apr 2016

Bone Cells Treated with Healing

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Submitted by The Healing Trust on 02 Jun 2011 - 23:45

The following research shows that bone cells treated with Healing grew at double the rate of untreated cells and absorbed more calcium yet cancer cells were not stimulated. Report from The Courant:

University of Connecticut researcher, Professor Gloria Gronowicz, has led a study in which healing performed by trained energy healers significantly stimulated the growth of bone and tendon cells in lab dishes. To Gronowicz's astonishment, the cells treated grew faster and stronger than those that received no treatment at all. The experiment was designed to rule out the placebo effect and the results provide evidence that there may be a powerful energy field that, when channelled through human hands, can influence the course of events at a cellular level.

Gronowicz and others have said that more studies are needed to figure out how and why healing seems to stimulate cell growth and if the findings can be applied to patient care. Through history and across cultures, spiritual healers have long believed that the laying on of hands could cure disease and relieve pain.

In the last 30 years or so, many forms of energy healing have found their way into hospitals and other clinical settings. Still, it is often derided, although some medical practitioners have come to accept it as a harmless diversion that, if nothing else, might relieve stress. Even when early studies showed some evidence of healing in patients treated with energy therapies, it was impossible to say whether the improvement was a result of the touch. More likely, critics suggested, the nurturing therapy simply improved the patient's frame of mind, promoting a healing response. Gronowicz was in the doubting camp. She had spent her career studying the biology of bone cells. Her work with hormones, growth factors and tissue engineering has shed light on the very elements of bone - a slow, sometimes tedious effort she hopes might someday help doctors find treatments for crippling diseases. But when a colleague asked her to collaborate on an experiment looking into the power of healing, she was curious.

As a full professor in the Department of Surgery, with tenure and respect, Gronowicz had the stature to dabble in an endeavor that some of her scientific colleagues might criticize as a fool's errand. "If I was just starting out, it would be the end of my career," Gronowicz said. She applied for a National Institutes of Health grant to fund an experiment designed to isolate the mind/body conundrum from the question of energy healing by applying healing techniques to presumably inanimate bone cells cultured in an incubator.

At first, even the NIH's branch that funds research in alternative and complementary medicine turned her down. Eventually, she received $250,000 for her study. Then, over the course of three years, healing practitioners arrived at the lab twice a week, cleared their minds and, for 10 minutes at a time, held their hands a few inches from cell-filled plastic lab dishes that were clamped in a metal stand. "I remember going in and thinking, 'How am I going to direct compassion and healing to a petri dish?'" said Holly Major, a nurse and healer who worked on the study. The laboratory environment was foreign to Healer Libbe W. Clarke, who usually practices in her Rocky Hill living room, where clients rest on a massage table surrounded by Native American artifacts in the dim glow of lightly scented candles. "I said, 'I've got no body that's at least 5 feet long, I've got this little dish,'" Clarke said. "But my mind said to me this is a living thing. It was almost like I was working on a patient. It felt the same."

To put Healing to the test, cell cultures were divided into three groups. One dish of cells was treated by a trained healer. A second set of cells was treated by untrained students who were instructed to hold their hands over a petri dish for 10 minutes twice a week. A third dish of cells stood ignored in its metal stand.After the treatment, the dishes were returned to an incubator.

Scientists who later examined the cells under the microscope didn't know which group each dish had been in. To Gronowicz's astonishment, the cells treated by trained Healers grew faster and stronger than those that received the sham treatment, or none at all. "Healing stimulated growth in bone, tendon and skin cells at statistically significant rates," Gronowicz said. She tested the cells using several different biological markers for growth, and each test confirmed her finding.

In one test, Gronowicz found that cells treated with healing grew at double the rate of untreated cells. In addition to seeing increased cell division under the microscope, the bone cell cultures treated with healing also absorbed more calcium, the essential mineral for growing strong bones. Her findings were published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Gronowicz also looked at bone cancer cells. Cancer occurs when cells grow out of control, so a treatment that stimulates growth could be detrimental to people with cancer. But unlike healthy cells, bone cancer cells did not appear to be stimulated by the touch therapy - an interesting, though not fully explained, finding, Gronowicz said.

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