Spiritual Healing: Research Compilation

Valerie Chiltonsmith
February 2024
Healing in the Media
Spiritual Healing: Research Compilation

People are often surprised at the amount of research which has been done on Healing. Various studies over the past few decades, have built a substantial body of evidence. Below is a small selection of books, articles and studies, evidencing the effects of Healing, and vividly illustrating the Mind-Body-Spirit interconnection.

Sandy Edwards’ “Healing in Hospitals and Clinics” (2021), compiles the research Edwards conducted alongside Birmingham University on the effects of Healing on IBS Outpatients. In it she clearly and easily details her findings.  She shows us how healing can have a positive effect on patients and their outlook on life. Sandy Edwards is a Fellow of The Healing Trust and all the Healers used in the study were members of The Healing Trust.

Bruce Lipton, “The Biology of Belief” 2005 – Lipton’s book looks at epigenetics and how powerful the mind -body connection really is. He shows us how much our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can affect our physical health for better or worse depending on our thoughts.

Bill Bengston, “The Energy Cure: Unraveling the Mystery of Hands-On Healing”. Sounds True, 2010

Bengston, W. (2012) “Consciousness and the Source of Reality,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 25(4), pp. 821-825.

“The Healing Connection: EEG Harmonics, Entrainment, and Schumann’s Resonances,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 24(4), Winter 2010 (with Luke Hendricks and Jay Gunkelman)

“Anomalous DC Magnetic Field Activity during a Bioenergy Healing Experiment,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 24(3), Fall 2010 (with Margaret Moga)

“Breakthrough: Clues to Healing with Intention,” Edge Science Magazine, January-March, 2010.

“Directions in Healing Research,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 15(1), Spring 2001.

“The Effect of the ‘Laying-On of Hands’ on Transplanted Breast Cancer in Mice,” Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol 14(3), Fall 2000. (with David Krinsley)

“Some Implications of the Bengston/Krinsley Healing Experiments,” Monterey Institute for the Study of Alternative Healing Arts, Vol. 30-31, December 2000.

Further Publications and Research

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

Baldwin AL and GE Schwartz. Personal interaction with a Reiki practitioner decreases noise induced microvascular damage in an animal model. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(1): 15-22, 2006.

Baldwin AL, Wagers C and Schwartz GE. Reiki improves heart rate homeostasis in laboratory rats. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(4): 417-422, 2008

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 C.M. & Coxhead N., 'The Awakened Mind: Biofeedback and the Development of Higher States of Awareness', pub: Element Books, 1996 reprint.  Fourth edition available on Amazon, Feb 2015; Kindle edition available on Amazon

Biofeedback is the science of listening to the body, understanding its messages and using the mind to control it. In The Awakened Mind the authors show how biofeedback is made many times more effective by combining it with meditation.  Mind-awakening meditation techniques are offered to promote relaxation, health and awareness, and increase both mental and creative potential.

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, 'Where Healing Waters Meet: Touching Mind and Emotion Through the Body' ( Station Hill,1989)

Ford Clyde, 'Compassionate Touch: The Body's Role in Healing and Recovery' (Simon and Schuster, 1993)

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

Grunwald Alison, Therapy Review #3: Healing Hands, Kindred Spirit Magazine December 12, 2018 https://kindredspirit.co.uk/2018/12/12/therapy-review-3-healing-hands/.  Alison Grunwald, a healer member and Trustee of The Healing Trust, examines evidence that energy healing works, with case histories including animal healing at Highgate Healing Centre in N. London, and an endorsement by a GP.

Hart, L.K.,Freel, M.I., Haylock, P.J., Lutgendorf, S.K. (2011) 'The Use of Healing Touch in Integrative Oncology' National Institute of Health. https://pubmed.ncbi.nim.nih.gov

Jain, S., Pavlik, D., Distefan, J., Bruyere, R., Acer, J., Garcia, R., Coulter, I., Ives, J., Roesch, S., Jonas, W., Mills, P.J. Complementary Medicine for Fatigue and Cortisol Variability in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cancer, 2012 Feb 1;118(3):777-87. “To summarise, we found highly clinically significant effects of biofield healing on cancer-related fatigue both in terms of fatigue and cortisol variability. We found that placebo effects do matter. Belief does matter; particularly in predicting quality of life. There seems to be a very specific physiologic effect of biofield healing on the endocrine system in this population.

Jain, S., Mills, P. J. (2010). Biofield therapies: helpful, or full of hype? A best evidence synthesis.International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17(1): 1-16.

Jain, Shamini, et al. "Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in returning active duty in the military: a randomised controlled trial.”  Military Medicine 177.9 (2012): 1015-1021.

Lutgendorf, S.K., Mullen,E., Russell, D., DeGeest. K., Jacobson, G.M., Hart, L., Anderson, B., Bender, D., Buekers, T., Goodheart, M., Antoni, M., Sood, A., Lubaroff, D. (2010) Preservation of immune function in cervical cancer patients during chemoradiation treatment using a novel integrative approach. Brain, Behavior and Immunity. 24, 1231-40. In this study Lutgendorf found the women who were getting relaxation or usual care showed the normal decline that you would usually find with a woman who was going to chemo-radiation for this particular type of cancer. However, women in the Healing Touch group were able to maintain their natural killer cell cytotoxicity. There was no decline. She also found significant decreases in depression for the Healing Touch group. Those declines in depression were not found for the relaxation or usual care groups.

Lakhovsky Georges, 'The Secret of Life', London: Heinemann,1939

Matthew Robert,'Wacky Water', New Scientist, No. 2087, pp 40-43, June 21,1997

Paddison S. 1998. The Hidden Power of the Heart. Planetary Publications CA and  Google Books. Sara Paddison's life changed when she began to listen to the intelligence of her own heart.  She was transformed by an invisible hidden force: this is her story about the HeartMath System - a journey of self-discovery and inner exploration with tools and techniques designed to help people to develop their own heart's intelligence.

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)

Saxton Burr Harold, 'Blueprint for Immortality: The Electrical Patterns of Life', London, Spearman, 1972

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

Yount, G, Mager, J, Moore, D, Bendl, D, Rachlin, K (2008) “Evaluating Biofield Treatments in the Laboratory.” Chapter in Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality, Compilation copyright, Sounds True Inc., Boulder, CO.

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