13 Jul 2018

How a piece of cotton became a healing object

by editor-admin

Researchers in the US have been measuring the impact of stored or recorded energy healing on breast cancer cells in vitro. As part of the experiment, the healers were not physically near the cancer cells. Instead, they practised a previously researched, specific healing method on short lengths of cotton wool. Electromagnetic recordings of healers in action were also taken. The cotton and the recordings were then taken to the cancer cells, and their effects were then measured.

The researchers found that a significant number of the cancer cells underwent genetic changes when subjected to the energetically charged cotton and the electromagnetic recordings.  Two genes in particular were identified as being reduced in their expression for a period following the healing.

The findings are of interest for several reasons. First, they add to the growing weight of evidence that the act of healing can affect cancer cells. Second, intriguingly, they provide evidence that the healing can be delivered through different means – that the healer does not need to be present.

At The Healing Trust we practise both hands-on and distant healing. The use of materials to deliver the healing, as described in this study, brings different considerations into play. The ultimate aim of the US research is to develop an easily deliverable method of healing. That brings us to the third reason why this research is of interest: do our healer members have their own experiences of healing being imparted through physical objects, including perhaps items such as clothing, crystals, food and drink? And if so, is this common or otherwise? If you have such an experience to share, we'd love to hear about it.


Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash


  1. Reminds me of the handkerchiefs blessed by the 19th century American healer, Francis Schlatter. https://ellisnelson.com/2012/11/29/the-curious-case-of-francis-schlatter-the-denver-messiah/

    1. Thank you for sharing that account of Francis Schlatter, Ellis. It’s fascinating. Interesting, too, to see that the concept of healing was widely understood in the USA at that time, perhaps more so than today.

  2. I was very interested in reading about ‘how a piece of cotton became a healing object’. I have been a practising healing for over 40 years. Before that I visited a healer who although she practised contact healing, she would also give healing on handkerchieves, and items of clothing . These items were sent in by people in need, who had worn the garment or the handkerchief next to their skin before sending it off. They were then instructed to wear the handkerchief/garment next to their skin for the following few days. I myself experienced this form of healing with excellent results. It is interesting that today there is scientific research that supports this method of healing.

    1. Amazing and beautiful story, Maralyn. Thank you for sharing. Blessed be the power of prayer.

  3. The re-awakening of holistic healing truly amazes us every day. We have shared you wonderful article. Thank you for publishing.

    1. Thank you for sharing Lisa. It does seem to be a fascinating and little researched subject.

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