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04 Jan 2018

Healing in a Hospital

Healing in a Hospital; 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..

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04 Jan 2018

Healing in a Hospital

Healing in a Hospital;

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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28 Apr 2016

Hospital Audit of 75 Patients

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..

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28 Apr 2016

Hospital Audit of 75 Patients

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

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..

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28 Apr 2016

Research Publications

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

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..

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28 Apr 2016

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

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

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..

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28 Apr 2016

Therapeutic Touch – Chemotherapy

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

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,..

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28 Apr 2016

Bone Cells Treated with Healing

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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