While a full understanding of how the energy balancing occurs is not yet
realized there is a growing body of research that demonstrates the
effectiveness of Healing Touch. (Studies include Healing Touch effects on
cancer, cardiovascular, death/dying/hospice, the elderly, endocrine/immune
function, orthopedics, pain, pediatrics, post-operative recovery, mental
disability, and stress.) Learn more at www.HealingBeyondBorders.org
Note: Healing Touch Research link to www.HealingBeyondBorders.org.
Select the "research" box. Then you
can choose from the following options:
-a brief summary of Healing Touch studies
-a Healing Touch bibliography
-order a Healing Touch research survey
NIH Study with Healing Touch and Premature Babies.
The Tucson Healing Touch community is supporting a research study using
Healing Touch with preemie babies. Below is a brief abstract of the study.
McDonough-Means, S. MD, Bell, I. MD, Edde, O. et al. Efficacy of Healing
Touch in Stressed Neonates. This study was funded by the National
Institutes of Health in the fall of 2001. The study is being conducted in
conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Nursing, and the
University of Arizona Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This is
a randomized, controlled, single blind study. Infants receive Healing Touch
treatment for 7 consecutive days using an "open" protocol with the
practitioner selecting appropriate techniques modified for the babies. The
techniques are selected based on assessment of the infant. The hypothesis
is that Healing Touch will increase stress recovery reflected in
physiological and biological parameters.
Barb Hart, RN CHTP/I, Kathie Stogsdill, RN, CHTP, and Sue Kagel, RN, CHTP/I,
are the practitioners in the study. The babies are treated with Healing Touch
after their "cares" once a day and filmed as control to themselves after another
set of cares. Control babies are filmed twice a day after their cares. Data is
collected from monitors, as well as the babies being rated by Brazelton and by
a set of parameters to measure stress cues vs self - regulatory cues. Each
practitioner also rates herself before and after treatments as to her perception
of her energy level, degree of centeredness and degree of effectiveness.
The study has concluded and the data is in the process of being analyzed.
Comments from the practitioners include:
-"It is difficult at first to distinguish energetic disturbances that are in the
baby's field from that created by various electrical equipment used around the
isolette or crib." Using observation and discernment, they were able to
separate the multiple energy disturbances.
-"Babies are at first very irritable and jumpy in response to any movement in
their energy fields. Their energy fields initially tend to be scattered, uneven,
hot and cold, pain ridges, leaking. After a few sessions, the babies' energy
fields are clearing and the babies are calmer. By the 3rd day, there is a trend
for the babies to exhibit more self -regulatory behaviors, be less stressed by
'cares', and go into deeper states of sleep after the sessions."
Nurses' comments include, "I notice a difference," to " this is a totally different
baby!" after session 3. Several babies were placed on room air and off