References and resources for readers who want to read the research and draw their own conclusions.
The articles listed below are rated Level One Evidence: they are systematic reviews or meta-analysis of all relevant RCTs (randomized controlled trials). One is specific to Healing Touch, the other to all biofield therapies including Healing Touch.
Anderson, J. G. & Taylor, A. G. (2011). Effects of Healing Touch in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 29: 221-228.
Jain, S. & Mills, P. (2010). Biofield Therapies: Helpful or Full of Hype? A Best Evidence Synthesis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 17 (1), 1-16.
The web sites listed below are resources for more information about Healing Touch, energy medicine and the science of biofield therapy
Healing Touch Program’s web site for research
Healing Beyond Borders this organization publishes a Healing Touch Research Brief and updates it every 5 years, 2020 is the most recent edition.
Conscious Healing Intiative (CHI). This organization published a report: Subtle energy and Biofield Healing Report. In the report there is a link to a peer review published special issue in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine called Biofield Science and Healing. It contains thirteen articles as an overview of biofield science and research.
The articles listed below were referenced on this site
Guarneri, M and King, R (2015) Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Biofield Practitioners in Global Health and Medicine: A White Paper. Global Adv Health Med 2015, 4 (suppl): 89-96.
Jain, S et al. (2015) Clinical Studies of Biofield Therapies: Summary, Methodological Challenges and Recommendations. Global Adv Health Med 2015, 4 (suppl): 58-66.
Rubik, B et al (2015) Biofield Science and Healing: History, Terminology, and Concepts. Global Adv Health Med 2015, 4 (suppl): 8-14.