News & Research by Sandy Edwards

Hospital Audit of 192 Patients

These are the results after 192 people (the vast majority being gastroenterology outpatients) received a single 20 minute Healing session at a Birmingham General Hospital.

Research Publications

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

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

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.

The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Pain and Fatigue of Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

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.

Bone Cells Treated with Healing

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.

Healing and Rats

A couple of studies have shown that a 30 minute healing session reduced the heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) in  resting volunteer healthy subjects. In another trial investigating the effect of healing on the autonomic nervous system (comprised of the sympathetic system  that raises HR and BP during stress, and the parasympathetic system that reduces through calming control in mutual balance) it was found that healing reduced both HR and BP at rest.

The Placebo Effect

Placebo Effect shouldn't be discounted: expert report

The placebo effect can be a legitimate aspect of complementary treatments and therapies. And we need to develop rigorous research that takes it into account. That is the message from an expert report: Assessing complementary practice published by the King's Fund 10th August 2009:

Widening Research Methods

We must widen research methods: BMJ editorial

The gold standard scientific research tool to test how drugs affect a single, well defined disease is the randomised control trial (or RCT). But this has worrying limitations, not least because patients are often excluded from RCT trials if they have multiple problems or are already using other treatments. These limitations especially apply to people with long term conditions.

A Review of the Scientific Evidence Supporting the Reality of Spiritual Healing

The practice of healing has a long history going back over millenia and accounts of its use have been recorded from all the major cultures of the past. Although in the West its practice has often been suppressed or reduced to the status of a folk-art, this century has seen a revival of what is now most commonly called spiritual healing as one of the most widely-used complementary therapies.