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06 May 2018

Healing in a Hospital

You can download this file as a PDF here Scientific Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health by Sandy Edwards A controlled medical study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of spiritual healing provided by Healing Trust members. With 200 NHS outpatients each receiving five weekly sessions, this is probably the..

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06 May 2018

Healing in a Hospital

You can download this file as a PDF here

Scientific Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health

by Sandy Edwards

A controlled medical study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of spiritual healing provided by Healing Trust members. With 200 NHS outpatients each receiving five weekly sessions, this is probably the largest healing trial in the world. The research was led by the University of Birmingham (a Russell Group university), known for first-rate research, in collaboration with Freshwinds, a Birmingham medical charity. A grant of £205,000 was awarded by the National Lottery to fund the project. The following two research papers have been officially published in medical journals. These online journals offer open access to the full text, which can be reproduced so long as proper attribution is given to authors and to the journal concerned.

Main, quantitative paper:

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of healing therapy in a gastroenterology outpatient setting Published by the European Journal of Integrative Medicine; Volume 9, January 2017

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S187638201630422X

The main, quantitative paper reports that patients benefited physically; their symptoms reduced. It also identifies that their quality of life was enhanced; they felt better in themselves and were more able to lead a normal life. Whether measured by score improvements, effect sizes or statistics, results revealed significant improvements regarding symptoms and wellbeing. Improvements were found to be long-lasting and may have continued beyond the period of study. In addition, the researchers confirmed that the level of these improvements was substantially more than could be expected from placebo. The researchers concluded that a study should be conducted to investigate whether adding healing to conventional healthcare would reduce NHS expenditure.

Secondary, qualitative paper:

Experiences of healing therapy in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease Published by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Volume 15, April 2015

https://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12906-015-0611-x

The secondary, qualitative paper focuses on what patients had to say about their experience. Their comments support the findings of the main paper. Many of them talked about coping better with their condition, and they reported feeling uplifted and more optimistic.

Key points:

1. The National Lottery awarded a grant of £205,000 to fund the project

2. The research was led by the University of Birmingham, a top UK university renowned for world-class research, in collaboration with Freshwinds, a Birmingham medical charity

3. The methodology was approved by a team of scientists appointed by the National Lottery

4. The two-year, controlled medical trial involved 200 NHS hospital patients with longstanding illnesses

5. The medical conditions involved (irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease) put an on-going strain on NHS resources

6. There is no medical cure for either condition

7. Every aspect of a patient's life is affected by IBS or IBD

8. Each patient received five weekly healing sessions in addition to their usual conventional care

9. The healing sessions were conducted by members of The Healing Trust to ensure uniformity of method and professional standards

10. Results revealed clinically and statistically significant improvements in respect of physical issues and also quality of life

11. The majority of gains were retained for 19 weeks after the final healing session. Benefits are likely to have lasted longer but this was the extent of our study

12. People who received all five sessions benefited more than those who had fewer

13. The level of improvements exceeded that which could be associated with placebo

14. Patients enjoyed the experience

15. The researchers concluded that future research should aim to determine whether adding healing to conventional care would reduce costs.

The following book gives more insights regarding the trial, and many of its 200 citations refer to additional healing research:

Healing in a Hospital;

Scientific Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health by Sandy Edwards

'Spectacular research results and a very impressive book. Patients and clinicians should take this seriously.' Dr Michael Dixon LVO, OBE, FRCGP, FRCC; Chair of Council, College of Medicine; Chair of NHS Alliance

'Truly remarkable findings presented in an easy-read style. Stimulating and engrossing.' The Duchess of Rutland, Patron of The Healing Trust

Any queries: Sandy Edwards sandedwards@gmail.com

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16 Apr 2018

Healing & The Medical Profession

Watch individual interviews with medical professionals who endorse and support healing. 

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16 Apr 2018

Healing & The Medical Profession

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12 May 2017

Hospital Audit of 192 Patients

You can download this file as a PDF here These are the results after 192 people (the vast majority being gastroenterology outpatients) received a single 20-minute healing session at Good Hope Hospital by Sandy Edwards sandedwards@gmail.com Following on from my previous hospital audit of 75 patients, the questionnaire for this..

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12 May 2017

Hospital Audit of 192 Patients

You can download this file as a PDF here

These are the results after 192 people

(the vast majority being gastroenterology outpatients)

received a single 20-minute healing session at Good Hope Hospital

by Sandy Edwards sandedwards@gmail.com

Following on from my previous hospital audit of 75 patients, the questionnaire for this second audit was slightly altered and makes a total of 267 patients whose response to spiritual healing has been recorded. The first audit was used as evidence towards a research grant application that was successful in gaining £205,000 for Birmingham University to research our healing work at Good Hope Hospital. Work on this project will conclude in 2012.

None of the patients, in either audit, were looking for healing. They were simply recommended to it by their consultant during their consultation with him and consequently received a healing session immediately afterwards. Only a tiny proportion of these patients had accessed a complementary therapy of any description previously. The Department of Health’s document ‘Complementary Medicine Information for Primary Care Groups’ (www.doh.gov.uk/cam/index/.htm) reports that ‘more than one in three adults’ use one or more of the 8 therapies that the DoH named during their lifetime. Clearly, these figures are in no way reflected amongst the 267 patients included in my 2 audits, which leads me to suggest that people who embrace complementary therapies may be less likely to be troubled by a condition that warrants a consultant.

Anyone with IBS, psoriasis or eczema knows that their symptoms get worse when they are stressed or worried. This tells me that a physical chemical reaction is taking place in the body as a result of their negative emotional state. Healing deeply calms people but there is more going on than simply relaxation or placebo. For instance, research shows that healing works under laboratory conditions on human tissue in Petri dishes, and also on animals and plants. See www.thehealingtrust.org.uk for research articles.

The first part of the questionnaires were completed after the gastroenterology patients had seen the consultant and before the healing session.

The black columns show how patients felt over the previous week.

Figs 1, 2 and 3 show an improvement between ‘over the past week’ and ‘before healing’ (ie the grey columns), which suggests that patients benefited from their consultation.

The gold columns show the difference they reported after their healing session.

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67 of the patients returned their ‘one week later’ sheet, showing the following results -

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192 people received a healing session, of whom 180 made the following comments

  • 55 experienced the sensation of heat or cold
  • 22 experienced heaviness or lightness
  • 30 experienced tingling or rippling sensations
  • 28 experienced seeing light
  • 29 experienced involuntary muscle movements
  • 49 people stated that pain/discomfort disappeared or substantially reduced
  • 52 stated that they now felt more positive
  • 63 stated that they now felt relaxed/peaceful

PATIENT COMMENTS DIRECTLY AFTER ONE 20-MINUTE HEALING SESSION

  • 76 Feel great comfort when healers hand on lower belly. Also on the shoulders. Feel marvellous.
  • 77 Saw purple light. Dark clouds moved away. Cramps developed but disappeared.
  • 78 When healer touched abdomen (solar plexus) could feel bloating and letting go of it. Left wrist and elbow area went very warm. Coughing during healing. Eyes watering.
  • 79 Very good.
  • 81 Very relaxing. Tingling around right thumb and (at the same time left hip and side). Shoulders had been tense but now fine. 83 My stomach started making noises and moving, twitching legs.
  • 84 Feel tired.
  • 85 Tingling and twitching in left hand. Heat in right hand.
  • 88 Relaxed.
  • 89 Felt benefit immediately. Felt ripple move through body from pelvis right up through body.
  • 90 Surprised me. Knee feels much better.
  • 91 Very good indeed. Back pain disappeared.
  • 92 Feel much better. Thank you.
  • 93 Total peace of mind. Was very stressed and agitated before hand.
  • 94 Enjoyed session.
  • 96 Very good – really enjoyed the session.
  • 97 Excellent. Improvement.
  • 98 A truly wonderful healing session.
  • 99 Existing ache disappeared. Did experience floating – it was nice.
  • 100 Amazing. Felt intense heat.
  • 101 More relaxed. Discomfort has disappeared from chest and wrist. Feel no pain.
  • 102 I feel more relaxed now than I have for a long, long time. Thank you so much.
  • 103 I feel 100 times better than I did when I came in. Thank you. I felt my muscles jump and tingling and my shoulder went very hot and the pain eased.
  • 104 Very relaxed. Felt I could have floated away.
  • 105 I could not believe how good it felt. Reduced pain felt as though kidney was floating.
  • 106 Very relaxing. Felt things “unknotting”.
  • 108 Good experience – positive.
  • 109 Very good. Belly undulated dramatically on several occasions when healers hands on that area.
  • 111 Very relaxing. Feel energised, wide awake.
  • 112 Felt totally blessed. Had three jerking experiences. Completely de-stressed.
  • 113 Felt warmth. (patient kept his eyes open throughout the session)
  • 114 Felt warmth.
  • 115 Made me concentrate on positive attitude. (Wanted to feel well again).
  • 116 Excellent relaxation. First time for me. I will pass on. It gives you a wonderful feeling.
  • 117 Relaxed and glowing. Aware of a pulsating purple to golden (glow).
  • 118 Mentally more stable. Nice and floaty. Thank you so much.
  • 119 My first session. A big weight has lifted and I felt little stars from top to bottom leaving me. Arrived with cough which has now settled. Pain in stomach gone.
  • 120 Relaxed warm floating. Haven’t felt like this for a long time. Wonderful. Feel more human. Like having all your Christmas and Birthday presents all in one go.
  • 121 Felt twitches, heaviness as though had long sleep.
  • 122 I think improvement would come with more sessions.
  • 123 Feeling a bit high. Back rib pain occurred during session (always get this when lying down).
  • 124 Very good session. Very enjoyable. Felt slightly sick afterwards, as I usually do when meditating. existing headache became worse then better during session.
  • 125 The feeling of refreshed and peaceful.
  • 126 Pain in left chest reduced through session. Very good.
  • 127 Comfortable sensations whenever attention brought to particular parts.
  • 128 Calmed down.
  • 129 Helped ease tension.
  • 130 Felt heat in my belly, shoulders. Heaviness felt during relaxation.
  • 131 Tugging pain in left rib cage disappeared and also neck/shoulders easier to move and no pain.
  • 132 Relaxed and calm. Thank you for your kindness.
  • 133 Helped me think about the good in my life.
  • 134 Very relaxing.
  • 135 Very good. Relaxes me.
  • 136 Very emotional and tired.
  • 137 Brilliant. Amazing. Never felt so relaxed in my life. Feeling tingly all over – it’s wonderful.
  • 139 Wonderful. Thanks. Feel lighter, brighter. Tingled during session. Felt Warmth. Feel like had full night’s sleep.
  • 141 Chest has always felt tight but doesn’t now.
  • 142 Felt coldness throughout. Very relaxed.
  • 144 Haven’t been so relaxed in months. Sensation of a knot in solar plexus appeared during healing and melted away. Blue and red balls of colour in a grid form appeared in lower right leg (where injury had been) which disappeared. Pain in right side, mid-section disappeared during session. Felt very heavy. Emotion emerged and passed quickly. Fantastic.
  • 145 Amazing green light – Thank you.
  • 147 Honestly feel more alert. Thank you so much. Lovely.
  • 148 Legs were cold, but now feel warm. During session recalled self as small child in black dress and handkerchief in right hand feeling pleased with myself.
  • 149 Feeling relaxed and peaceful. Thank you.
  • 150 Intense heat across shoulders and back when healer’s hands on abdomen. Felt heat down left leg which has been a problem. Very relaxing and positive.
  • 151 Grateful.
  • 152 Felt lots of warmth, especially in back. Also numbness and a wave of something passing through. Excellent.
  • 153 Felt really good. Warmth, like a warm drink, in lower belly – like Ready Brek advert! Really enjoyable – like a different world. Really relaxed. I thought I was peaceful when I arrived but during the session realised that I was releasing tensions.
  • 154 Felt as though had deep sleep. Feel warmth everywhere. Healer touched shoulders and arms. Twitched at first. Eyes flickered throughout.
  • 155 Felt warmth throughout, especially where healer’s hands in contact (hot in shoulders, abdomen and knees). Tingles throughout arms and legs (different to normal tingles).
  • 156 Ankle was throbbing but not now and not half as aware of it as before. Healer’s hands felt cold (refreshing cold) though actual temperature of hands was normal. Wonderful and revitalising.
  • 157 Felt hot for some time. Towards end felt an inward rushing of ‘lava’ like substance.
  • 158 Exceeded my expectations. Felt very positive experience.
  • 159 Tingling in neck/heat in pelvic cradle and head. Movement in pelvic cradle.
  • 160 Right hand and left foot tingled. Right knee twitched. Feel quite relaxed.
  • 161 Very peaceful and refreshing.
  • 162 Ache in shoulder appeared during session and released with sensation of heat. Stomach had bloating and tightness before session, which released significantly. Was cynical before but now want to access healing again.
  • 163 Have come back for healing as it was so fantastic and energy levels high, clarity of thought for 5 full days, peaceful. Heat in tummy and right knee. Tension in shoulders disappeared.
  • 164 Normally I want to constantly fidget but stayed very still during entire session. Very peaceful and calm. Felt heat from healer though her hands were cold.
  • 165 Felt heat in stomach and left shoulder (which had been aching). Also heat in heart area. Had almost always been aware of ‘lump’ in chest as though swallowed a hard sweet but not as severe now.
  • 166 Deeply relaxed and warm.
  • 167 Felt asleep but aware that some part of my mind was picking up the words that were said. Burning in stomach disappeared. Right shoulder developed an ache but it disappeared. Was sceptical that it could work.
  • 168 Feels like hot water bottle on lower belly. Feeling more tired now than before.
  • 169 Had unpleasant visions during session that resolved ending in purple light. Tears and weeping during session.
  • 170 Extremely tired.
  • 171 Aware of heat in neck/head and discomfort reduced. I don’t want to get off couch. Lots of blue light. Heart pounding at beginning but gone now.
  • 172 Marvellous. Felt relaxed enough to sleep during session. Discomfort emerged during session but passed and now feels warm throughout.
  • 173 Tears came during healing. Feeling weaker and more tired than before. Just want to go to bed and sleep for ages.
  • 174 Enjoyed it. Relaxing. Certain areas looked (with my inner vision) as though blocked but improved during session.
  • 175 Feels like a ton weight lifted. Could not feel healer’s hands on my body – only heat in the areas where there had been pain, which felt like very hot water bottle. I look forward to coming for healing sessions. Feel great now.
  • 176 Feel wonderful – great shiver of cold from neck down. Tickling sensation (or pressure) in the head, mostly on the right hand side.
  • 177 Thoroughly enjoyed session.
  • 178 Doesn’t feel as though my body belongs to me. Aware of heat around head as though under a lamp. Heat on right especially. (Healer aware of body twitching, but patient not).
  • 179 Aware of heat in pelvic right hand side. Aware of red, yellow and orange. (Husband was present and his back pain disappeared).
  • 180 Enjoyed session.
  • 181 Waves of feeling perturbed but seems to have lessened quite a bit. Went really dark and cold at one point which passed. Involuntary tears flowed. Twitching in knees. Left side of body not as relaxed as right side.
  • 182 Had discomfort in abdomen that disappeared.
  • 183 Good.
  • 184 Felt extreme heat where throbbing ache had been. Felt extreme cold immediately after session and dragging sensation.
  • 185 Brilliant. Aware of sudden release of tension in pelvic area.
  • 186 Tingling in right hand.
  • 187 Felt extreme heat in and around head and shoulders and in the pelvic area. Felt extreme cold immediately after session.
  • 188 Pain in right shoulder and right hip disappeared. Pins and needles down right hand side. 189 Felt more and more relaxed.
  • 190 Relaxed
  • 191 Felt as though pain was being drawn out of me. Tingling all over at the end along with emotional release. So relaxed now!
  • 193 Tingling in arms and right leg.
  • 194 Hands and arms tingling at beginning also legs and still feel tingling.
  • 195 Released emotion. Felt icy cold where discomfort had been. Warmth around head area.
  • 196 Feel lighter. Felt heat. Muscle jumping in right leg and in both arms (left leg amputated from the knee). Eyes watered. Amazing. Felt as though something (anger?) lifted out of me.
  • 197 Enjoyed the session. Mind wondered but kept bringing it back.
  • 198 The area felt clogged up before but now more “spread out” (in a positive way). Very nice.
  • 199 Aware of greenery and the feeling of it inviting me/making me confident of making changes in my life. Purple came in later and also blue.
  • 200 Felt a bit weird when healer on left shoulder. Aware of image of me being like in blue box under water but no water (lighter on sides than top). Little blotches of light at other times.
  • 201 Very warm wherever healer was working. Stomach ache gone and relaxed.
  • 202 Arms felt so heavy. Felt they were below the couch. Aware of blackness throughout.
  • 203 Felt a lot of warmth. Feel more relaxed.
  • 204 Felt real warmth (hot!). Couldn’t believe it. Everything black but could see glowing hands (made of light) moving around body.
  • 205 Very relaxed – almost went to sleep.
  • 206 Felt as though floating and a sense of freedom. Was running through a field of knee-high flowers.
  • 207 Very good. Tingly feet and feet went cold for a short time.
  • 208 A pain in right of neck and light headedness that I came with has gone. Enjoyed session – could do with everyday at my house. Pain in abdomen is reduced now to an ache.
  • 209 Found it difficult to relax but at one point was so relaxed that I was completely unaware of my body – only my head.
  • 210 Tired now. Just total relaxing.
  • 211 Very good. Fell asleep.
  • 212 Little lights and tingling, especially around legs. Weird as though weight lifted from pelvic area up through body and gone.
  • 213 Feel energized, positive and relaxed. Healer’s hand vibrated when on left shoulder, which has been painful recently. Aware of purple-ish, bubbly clouds around the head.
  • 214 Tingling and pain and heat in shoulders. Heaviness in solar plexus. Sank through body into bed then felt as though floated up and out of body. Saw dark tunnel showing my white body fitted into dark which became light. Pain left and tingling. Feel weird but great.
  • 215 Really cold feet, tops of arms and fingers. Heat in parts. Feel as though I’ve just woken up but I was aware of everything so I know I wasn’t asleep. Saw orange and white. Feel weird in a good way. Feel happy and energized like I could run a marathon.
  • 216 Feel as though had a deep sleep but aware of everything. Warmth throughout body.
  • 217 Felt very cold top half and then spread throughout. Warmer later when healer’s hands on one shoulder. Sharp pain in one ear and tooth that then disappeared.
  • 218 Felt calming. The benefits of healing stayed with me for a long time after the session I had last year.
  • 219 Throat feels eased. Visualised bright lights in throat (clear yellows/white) as directed.
  • 220 Tired and could go to sleep. Stomach improved. Felt heat in that area.
  • 221 Pains throughout legs and feet disappeared for a time during sessions and returned after the session.
  • 222 Felt shoulders melting into relaxation when healer’s hands on them. Tummy felt nice warmth.
  • 223 Mind blowing. Tingling sensation as though negativity was being brought out, though initially I was fighting what was being suggested completely. I feel a bit stronger.
  • 224 Felt as though deep sleep although could hear people/traffic outside. Feel a lot calmer now. Felt fluttering in area where IBS symptoms have usually been. One leg and I hand had muscle jumps (sometimes does when I relax).
  • 225 Neck, throat and right shoulder and head felt full of wool and as though couldn’t move or swallow but actually could (and did!). At another time hands felt too heavy to move. Feel as though could go for a good sleep.
  • 226 Felt tingling where healer was touching. When lying down, I usually hear my heart beat quite loudly but was a lot less during this session.
  • 227 Felt heat from healer’s hands even when not touching. Didn’t relax as well as I thought I should have, but it’s the first time I’ve done this.
  • 228 Felt warmth in area that had been painful when healer’s hands on that area. Just perfect.
  • 229 Feels like a weight has gone. Really nice. Excellent. I feel more alive.
  • 230 Purple clouds with black background changed to purple background with little bits of black that drifted away. Headache gone.
  • 231 Tingling in arms. Purple light seen by left eye. Right eye was seeing the healer (even though my eyes were shut) in white light.
  • 232 Felt as though lit up to begin with and felt a little afraid but this passed about halfway through. Turmoil has changed to calmer feeling. Then golden light with purple appearing in the middle.
  • 233 At beginning, lights and red and green continually flashing out from body. Felt as though healer was golden blob. Another golden blob appeared then quite a few more appeared. Saw golden hands with extended long fingers of gold.
  • 234 Absolutely relaxing – like I would feel when on holiday. Tingling in end of fingers which became throughout whole body.
  • 235 Waves of energy from head to foot during the first half, then up again afterwards, relating to hand positions of healer.
  • 236 Mind remained busy thinking ‘how does this work?’
  • 237 Head and hands pleasantly tingling mostly during the middle part of the session.
  • 238 Feeling more positive, tingling in arms and shoulders and legs. Quite surprised at peace of mind throughout session.
  • 239 Never experienced something like this before. Enjoyed one-to-one experience. Everything is tingling.
  • 240 Very useful for relaxing body and peace of mind.
  • 241 Magical experience and helped a great deal as the pain has literally gone.
  • 242 Great!
  • 243 Took a while to switch off but then was able to relax fully for deeper and longer than I can remember. I feel more positive, felt warmth in legs.
  • 244 Felt tingling, heat and cold. Lots of movements in belly (gurgling and bubbling).
  • 245 Wasn’t able to imagine light. Mind full of day to day things – found too hard to concentrate.
  • 246 Irritation on the surface of the belly disappeared (where the MRSA had been).
  • 247 Warm glow in arms and chest. Tingling in arms and legs. Eyes watered.
  • 248 Aware of golden light throughout session.
  • 249 Feel much better – more relaxed.
  • 250 Saw golden light. Tingling in my face.
  • 251 Felt worried for healer throughout. Heat and comfort in pelvic cradle and half way through and became more intense. Became the most relaxed that I’ve ever been in my life.
  • 252 Warmth throughout except feet. Lilac throughout. When healer worked on feet, aware of lilac and green. When healer worked on groin to knee, felt blood flow which made knee ache. Right eye has been a problem for 2 years. When healer was working in that area, it was as though a sharp needle (that didn’t hurt) had pricked the right eye and feels better now as though cleared.
  • 253 Clearer headed. Felt warmth when healer’s hands on stomach area and back of neck. Felt light-headed and woozy when got off couch, which cleared in a few minutes.
  • 254 As an ex-nurse, was paying attention logically but soon went with the relaxation; felt as though my hands had raised by an inch and felt as though healer had put my hands back down but she hadn’t done so (medical student present witnessed that the hands had not raised or been put down)
  • 255 Very calming and feel just at peace. Don’t know how to explain the feeling.
  • 256 Felt as though areas were gently being “wringed”. Healer’s hands felt warm on the joints. Very comfortable.
  • 257 Warmth in pelvic and tummy area when healer is on that area. More than when hands were on other areas.
  • 258 Soon relaxed. Didn’t worry about a thing. Warmth in the belly. Felt chilled out.
  • 259 Orangey/white tiny dot of light appeared from the right hand side which came and went over and over during the session.
  • 260 Came with extreme pain in left leg and hip but disappeared at the beginning of session. Had the sensation of leg and hip being in lapping water. Extraordinary!
  • 261 Excellent! Had arrived with trapped nerve pain from neck to r.h. which disappeared. Also had distended stomach which has noticeably reduced. Wow. I can’t believe that arm is normal again. Felt as though I dropped off to sleep a few times. When healer was around the head area, felt pressure (even though healer not touching the area) and thought it would develop into a headache but simply disappeared instead.
  • 262 Felt that I’m much better than a month ago (had pneumonia). Felt heat in the part where the pain was (barely there now). When healer touched felt at the beginning felt tingle in hands. Later healer touched feet again and I felt tingling in base of head.
  • 263 Everything seems much better wherever healer’s hands had been, they left a warmth as though they were still there.
  • 264 Aches in every joint disappeared except for in r ankle and bottom of foot. Felt happiness.
  • 265 Tingling throughout the left hand side of body nearly all the time during the session.
  • 266 Shoulders feel freer and lighter. Feel really relaxed and a lot better. Very pleasantly surprised. Really chuffed. Can’t believe how much better I feel.
  • 267 Amazed could physically see white in my eyes. Tingling started in my head and spread all over. (This patient had received a healing session 8/9 months previously and made this additional comment - Not had the abdominal pains since having the healing session 8/9 months ago and following Dr Singh’s advice of how to deal with worrying situations.)
  • 268 Felt concerned about the consultation, but feel better now. Bizarre! Didn’t expect it to work as well as it did. Tingling in hands mostly and both arms. Loved it!

PATIENT COMMENTS ONE WEEK AFTER A SINGLE 20-MINUTE HEALING SESSION

Of the 192 patients included in this study, 67 sent the following comments one week later

  • 76 There was a change to the bowel movement until mid-week, then the panic situation returned.
  • 77 I felt a lot calmer, more peaceful – not rushing around so much.
  • 83 Had some upset in the last week. Felt very relaxed, but energised for the first couple of days. Did feel the benefit and would really like more.
  • 86 Moving house at the moment but been very relaxed.
  • 87 Felt better for longer. Only felt worse the last couple of days. I feel it’s really making a difference.
  • 89 Went on holiday to Egypt straight after session. Felt real benefit. Able to cope with hassle from locals. I have benefited from session four weeks after. Much less anxious.
  • 92 It is nice to know that underlying problems can be resolved through having a healing session. 93 Even more stressed than usual due to family pressures and illness. Very happy to be part of future healing sessions.
  • 94 Treatment did little for me. My mind was probably on the news I had just been given.
  • 98 Before healing session, felt terrible and was a different person afterwards – an amazing session.
  • 99 Will make an effort to make time for future healing sessions and to give it a go. I quite enjoyed the session at Good Hope.
  • 100 Amazed that, at the moment, I have no pain !
  • 107 Lost weight but still smoking.
  • 108 Have not felt like myself in some situations, but everyday anxiety has been better. Have felt calmer and am willing to try anything that will help.
  • 111 Would benefit from further treatment.
  • 114 I just can’t seem to relax my mind enough to find the sessions helpful.
  • 117 I believe I did feel a benefit from my healing session – maybe for 48 hours after that – back to how I feel now. The use of earplugs or earphones to subdue everyday noise, but to still allow you to hear the healer speaking. A quiet environment I feel is essential and to be dimly lit.
  • 121 Have experienced a lot of dreams
  • 128 This treatment helped a lot with stress and sleeping.
  • 133 More peaceful at home.
  • 134 Very relaxing – thank you.
  • 137 Since the session I feel much more relaxed in general.
  • 138 The relaxation class was lovely, but still suffering with the pain in the bowel. It did me good at the time, but has not improved the pain in the bowel. I will try anything.
  • 139 Even though my symptoms have not changed, it gave me a sense of well-being on the day. Very relaxing and likeable.
  • 141 I have been sleeping well for the past 2/3 weeks. I have been feeling well in myself. Since the session and having one counselling session, I have come on in leaps and bounds. I would like more sessions as I need to overcome my fear of heights.
  • 143 There has been a positive effect and hopefully this will get better. I do find it very beneficial but would like regular sessions.
  • 145 Have felt more relaxed and calm.
  • 153 Did not feel as good as the first time I had a healing session.
  • 156 Unable to relax as much this time. Still found it enjoyable. Am eager to participate in anything that may be beneficial.
  • 160 Have felt more able to relax and get problems into perspective. I think to carry on with sessions can only bring more improvement. Would definitely like to attend further sessions.
  • 165 After having healing I felt as if it had just disappeared. I will come to healing this week. The only problem taxi costing £15.
  • 166 I feel I can cope with situations a bit better now. Sandy helped me a lot. I would recommend Sandy to anyone and would like some more healing with her.
  • 168 Last Wednesday felt good apart from dragging sensation. Went to Sutton but found two hours around town was enough. Never been able to go around town on my own since October 08, but did so for 2 hours after session. Slept best ever since August 08. I’m hoping to carry on just for peace of mind from this dreadful feeling in abdomen.
  • 169 This has been a journey of discovery for myself and awareness of other things re events/situations. Very beneficial to everyone – myself included. I’m indebted to you. Thank you very much for your help.
  • 170 I do feel relaxed having healing when lying on bed. Thank you for the CD – it’s nearly worn out!
  • 171 Due to my various conditions I feel that I would probably need to try several sessions to experience a positive result.
  • 172 Thank you for your help.
  • 173 A very big thank you to Sandy. Enjoy my session with Sandy. It helps to relax me, but as soon as I start walking it starts again.
  • 174 First few days felt exhausted and still in lots of pain, better the latter half of the week.
  • 175 Fine for the rest of the day and also the following day.
  • 178 Symptoms were bearable after the session, also the following day then gradually downhill. By a week later symptoms were back to being horrendous.
  • 185 It was a very pleasurable
  • 187 Healing does help to relax me.
  • 199 I have felt very relaxed.
  • 202 I have felt a lot more relaxed and have been able to sleep well most nights. However, I am still tired all the time and so find it hard to concentrate well, although this has improved a lot.
  • 203 I have not noticed any significant change. I am not sure if this treatment would work. It is probably very individual. I am very grateful for your help and I am prepared to try any treatment.
  • 204 I found the first session very enlightening and relaxing.
  • 207 I have noticed a vast improvement since the healing session. I would like to thank the healer greatly for the session. I found it to be very helpful indeed.
  • 210 The symptoms were less troublesome after the session until the last 24 hours (for 6 days).
  • 214 I would participate tomorrow (in healing sessions) given the chance.
  • 220 In myself I have felt a little better but sickness is still there.
  • 222 I have tried to recreate the feeling of inner calm and had some success. Thinking about what the healer said to me during the session has made me look differently at my symptoms. I feel that could benefit from these sessions and would be keen to try it out.
  • 224 After the first healing session, I felt good for a few days, then the IBS started again.
  • 228 Felt a lot more relaxed this week.
  • 230 Don’t feel quite as relaxed as I did last session but I do feel not as fed up.
  • 231 Felt really good to start with, but life makes the symptoms gradually return. Learning to manage them. Healer was excellent.
  • 238 The following day my pain returned the moment I woke up, but I did have a day without pain.
  • 241 The treatment helped me to relax. I feel one to one healing is better for me and I feel that I could get more from this kind of healing.
  • 242 Very much better, less pain.
  • 247 After session there seems to be some improvement. The one session I had was very uplifting
  • 251 Felt good following session, however as week progressed symptoms intensified. Following conversation and session I have taken a different line with people who are stressing or pressurising me.
  • 252 The day after my healing session (19 November) I was in considerable discomfort still – mainly in leg, difficulty walking on left foot too, no quality sleep. However (20 and 21 November) no pain whatsoever during the day, no pain whilst sleeping – uninterrupted sleep. Unfortunately, pain and all associated symptoms have now returned with a vengeance. I would be very grateful to be included in any healing sessions.
  • 256 I do not consider any benefit to be sufficiently noticeable and as attending, driving, parking trauma would make it self-defeating.
  • 259 Since having this session, I’ve been constantly eating fruit. From having one piece every two weeks, to over my 5 a day. I felt very sick half an hour after the session, but since have had a constant craving for fruit every day. Monday this week, I just ate fruit all day. Before, I struggled to eat an apple once every two weeks. I eat chocolate every day, and for a week after I hadn’t touched a piece. Usually I would eat lots every day, even though I still feel unwell. I really think this session has made this happen. Many thanks.
  • 260 I found it to be much more beneficial than I had thought it would be. Keen to participate.
  • 263 Many thanks for the opportunity of seeing your healer on my last visit. It left me very relaxed.
  • 267 Although scoring is negative, I am not responding in knee-jerk way to pressures placed. I have actively sought measures to reduce stress and feel better for it. Initially I was sceptical but the session proved wholly worthwhile and points out things the person doesn’t always see. Thank you for being a man with incredible vision.
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28 Apr 2016

Hospital Audit of 75 Patients

You can download this file as a PDF here Please Note: The raw data in this study has been inspected by a Russell Group University as well as a Primary Care Trust and subsequently research funding has been awarded. Access to primary sources can be obtained by any serious enquirer..

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28 Apr 2016

Hospital Audit of 75 Patients

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Please Note: The raw data in this study has been inspected by a Russell Group University as well as a Primary Care Trust and subsequently research funding has been awarded.

Access to primary sources can be obtained by any serious enquirer upon request to Sandy Edwards (please view the end of this article for her contact details).

The graphs that follow show the results from the first 75 people seen.

The first part of the questionnaire was completed after the patients had seen the consultant and before the healing session. You can see that Figs 1, 2 and 3 show an improvement between "over the past week" (black bars) and "before healing" (grey bars), which shows that patients benefited from their consultation. The remainder of the questionnaire was completed after the healing session, of course, and the outcome is clear from the gold bars.

research_pilotstudies01  Fig 1          research_pilotstudies02  Fig 2

research_pilotstudies03  Fig 3

Inevitably, in a consultancy situation, there are a few patients who cannot be helped by further medicine or surgery and have to be told that there is little time left for them to live. Despite the deep distress that such catastrophic news causes, I have witnessed these raw emotions transform into a deep peacefulness and an acceptance of their fate. It shines from their eyes. Sometimes, the consultant or staff see patients immediately after a healing session and comment at the dramatic difference that they have observed.

Every patient was given a similar questionnaire to go home with that they were asked to complete a week later. 32 people returned their "one week later" sheet, showing the following results:

research_pilotstudies04  Fig 4          research_pilotstudies05  Fig 5

research_pilotstudies06  Fig 6          research_pilotstudies07  Fig 7

research_pilotstudies08  Fig 8          research_pilotstudies09  Fig 9

As you can see, these results are from just one twenty minute healing session. Imagine if people took up our recommendation of 5 or 6 weekly sessions!

Almost all patients who sent in their "one week later" sheet enjoyed and benefited from their healing session and are keen to have more (Figs 10 and 11).

research_pilotstudies10  Fig 10        research_pilotstudies11  Fig 11

53 people chose to write an additional comment on the questionnaire sheet immediately after having a healing session:

    • 21 stated that they now felt more positive
    • 18 stated that they now felt relaxed/peaceful
  • 9 people stated that pain/discomfort disappeared
  • 6 people stated that pain/discomfort substantially reduced
  • 4 people stated that pain/discomfort arose during the session then disappeared

During the healing session:

  • 10 experienced the sensation of heat
  • 7 experienced heaviness or lightness
  • 6 experienced tingling sensations
  • 5 experienced seeing light
  • 3 experienced involuntary muscle movements

Other comments include:

  • Before the session, it felt urgent to leave for visiting husband in hospital but now I feel I could just sit here!
  • Wonderful - I feel good for the first time in over 30 years.
  • Felt warmth in torso especially stomach/colon. Trembling started in right arm during session but stopped when healer touched the shoulder.
  • Left side felt empty. Extra healing given there and felt complete.
  • Aware of lavender light throughout. Been worthwhile.
  • Tremor (which have had for a year) disappeared now and again during session - aware of heat at solar plexus although healer's hands cold.
  • Have never sat still and peacefully for so long.
  • Didn't expect to be comfortable in chair (due to back) but was. Very impressed.
  • Felt warmth and can still feel it; also tingling in hands. Felt movements in knees and tingling - no pain in left knee now.
  • Revelation that I've allowed myself to be open to a new approach - back and shoulder eased.
  • Could sleep for a week - shoulders feel better.
  • Felt heavy & tingling; felt pressure on shoulders even when healer took hands away.
  • Feeling similar to waking after long sleep; felt energy coming and going out of base of feet.
  • Strange but nice experience - tingling and numb all over - chilled out.
  • Involuntary muscle movements set up and aches/pains arose but all disappeared during session. Eyes watered.
  • Most relaxed for long time. As though been lifted.
  • Have enjoyed the session very much. Felt like lying in the sun. Totally at peace.
  • Aware of coloured circles that gave impression of something leaving me (in a positive way).
  • Feel ecstatic. Feel like could run a marathon. Felt tingling throughout body, even now, but especially during session when healer's hand was on the part that had been problematic.
  • Before the session, I was dubious and a little cynical. These feelings have all been washed way now and I feel lighter.
  • Hadn't thought that the session would do any good at all but definitely feels better.
  • Most relaxing technique I ever experience! Hands became dry (had been sweaty).
  • Aware of purple colour throughout the healing. Very relaxing.
  • Wow, marvellous! Really helped. Back pain disappeared.
  • Was as though a huge lamp was switched on above his (patient's) head. Felt its heat and saw its light.
  • Comments one week after the healing session.
  • Most definitely would like regular sessions.
  • I think my appreciation of my relationships has increased.
  • Physical problems did not cease after the session but felt calmer and more able to cope with them. I would definitely be interested in more healing sessions as I felt so much better after just one.
  • I felt relieved in a way. I am hoping that more sessions will make a magnificent change. Eager to see how I would be after a number of sessions.
  • I am very grateful for my extra energy levels. I felt better after one session but would be grateful for more.
  • Really impressed and wish it was available in Tamworth.
  • Had a couple of good days and they were good and relaxed.
  • I have felt more calm about things.
  • Slept really well first night - feel very positive.
  • Today I find out my results and with that in mind I have slept well and woken up OK.
  • Although my physical condition persists, my feeling of wellbeing has improved.
  • Was really good for a few days only then went down hill.
  • Feeling relatively good.
  • After my healing, my relationship with my boyfriend was (and still is) good as the healing got rid of my stress and anxiety levels.
  • Felt irritable after session but this lifted the next day and I felt very good.
  • Finding that I can do more things in the day than before.

Subsequent developments:

  1. A couple of months after the audit, I bumped into one of these patients at a "Drugs Awareness" event. Although he did not return his "one week later" sheet, he told me that he had been free of all symptoms since then and was now working.
  2. A lady who had experienced problems for 30 years, had "unexplained anaemia resolved", "blood count up", "stomach and colon normal".
  3. Another lady had been a patient here for 3 years. Despite being sceptical, she agreed to have a healing session. She tingled for 4 days, after which she has remained entirely symptom-free.

And there may yet be more to report!

In conclusion, I have to say that all healers have similar results to these. The difference is that this information has been captured and presented in a way that makes the benefit of healing clear at first glance. As a result of this audit, more departments of the hospital are interested and the word is spreading. In addition, there is a sniff of a possibility that research trials may come about. Let's hope so!

Sandy Edwards Founder of Rushall Healing Group, Walsall, West Midlands. Voluntary Healing Group - Accredited Healing Trust Healing Centre

http://www.midlandshealing.org.uk/

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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

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', 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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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 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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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 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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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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