Research that pertains to the scientific validation of the principles underlying energy healing.
May 12, 2006
The objective of this long term study, conducted over the past decade, was to critically evaluate Pranic Healing in a laboratory setting using rigorous mainstream scientific methods. In this study, they investigated possible mediation effects of Pranic Healing on human cells in culture, which had been subjected to gamma radiation. The control cells had a 50% survival rate. The cells receiving Energy Healing had a 90% survival rate. The results indicate that treatment of the cells with Pranic Healing produces a major change in cell survival rate.
"I like to call the phenomenon ‘anomalous anticipatory activity,'" Mossman said. "The phenomenon is anomalous, some scientists argue, because we can't explain it using present-day understanding about how biology works; though explanations related to recent quantum biological findings could potentially make sense. It's anticipatory because it seems to predict future physiological changes in response to an important event without any known clues, and it's an activity because it consists of changes in the cardiopulmonary, skin and nervous systems."
In previous studies, researchers have suggested that early childhood education should focus on building behavioral, social and emotional skills just as much as building academic skills. Freed from distraction, your intuition will step in and guide you effortlessly through life.
Nov. 1, 2004
This study presents compelling evidence that the body’s perceptual apparatus is continuously scanning the future. The main findings in relation to the heart’s role in intuitive perception presented here are that the heart appears to receive and respond to intuitive information. Subjects were shown a random presentation of "calm" and "emotional" photographs on a slide show, while hooked up to heart monitor. The study found that the heart rate variability changed depending on the upcoming slide, approximately 4.5 seconds before the slide was shown to the subject.
Taken together, the changes in EEG, EMG, and BVP suggest reductions in overall stress levels and tensions, and a shift in autonomic balance upon earthing. The results therefore correlate with the effects reported in the previous study, which showed changes in cortisol profiles associated with decreases in subjectively reported symptoms, including sleep dysfunction, pain and stress.
Dr. James Oschman's book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis maps out how the human body is impacted upon by energy medicine. Oschman, a cell biologist and physiologist, has provided scientific support and rationale for concepts accepted by practitioners of energy medicine: that trauma is absorbed and stored in the body, and can be unblocked by some corrective energy flow.
An important and recurring message in this book is that the principles of energy medicine are not exotic or esoteric, but rather are present in our current scientific understanding of the body. Many medical centers are currently studying the effects of oscillating magnetic fields for the treatment of bone, nerve, skin, capillary, and ligament damage, for example. Medical research is demonstrating that devices producing pulsing magnetic fields of particular frequencies can stimulate healing in a variety of tissues. This pulsating magnetic energy is called a "biomagnetic field" when it emanates from the hands of an energy practitioner. Oschman emphasizes that medical research and hands-on therapies are confirming each other, and the common denominator is the pulsating magnetic field.
In experiments conducted by Dr. Joie Jones, fMRI was conducted on each of 12 volunteers. They first documented the effect of direct visual stimulation of the eyes, and then documented the effect of a needle stimulation of UB 67, a known visual-treatment acupuncture site on the foot. Finally, energy healers were instructed to focus subtle energy on the same acupoint UB 67, without actually touching the patient. The finding was that the focusing of subtle energy (prana or Qi) onto the acupoint produced a stimulation of the visual cortex identical to that produced by needle stimulation of the acupoint.
In this double blinded study, the researchers sought to evaluate Energy Healing and energetic space clearing techniques by observing their possible effects on the condition of patients during the birthing process. Specific techniques were used to remove “dirty and diseased” energies from a physical environment and to increase the “positive and healthy” energy level of that environment. The results of this study indicate that altering the "energy” of the environment has significant effects on the health and well being of subjects. This has many potential applications. Pranic Healing techniques could be used in many areas of hospitals, homes for the elderly and mental institutions. Schools and even businesses would also benefit by utilizing Pranic Healing techniques to enhance the physical and psychological state of the inhabitants.
A healer removes the pain of a broken wrist in fifteen minutes. Another removes an ovarian tumor in a couple of weeks. Still another, from thousands of miles away, regenerates the nerves of an injured spine for a patient on whom the doctors had given up. These sound like tabloid stories but could they be true? They are just three out of millions of instances in which healers have claimed to manipulate energy fields to cure the body. Books on vibrational medicine, prayer, and spiritual healing present readers with an array of historical and current discoveries and techniques. But so far nobody has addressed the reality of healing through comprehensive scientific research. The Energy Healing Experiments fills that void. Harvard-educated Dr. Gary E. Schwartz provides scientific experiments and evidence to reveal the truth about the existence of energy fields and unlocks their potential for enhancing your health.
Fourty four children with scholastic backwardness were recruited were randomised into two groups of 22 each. Changes in their performance at school, performance on standard psychological tests and changes in their bio-energy field were evaluated by serial examinations before and after the intervention. Improvement in performance on psychologic tests was observed in 40-70 %, in bioenergy field patterns in 80% and in their behaviour and school performance in 90%. The researchers conclude that Pranic Healing may be of benefit in children with scholastic backwardness.
See page 12 for complete study results.
Healers’ evaluation of the children before during and after the healing showed the following results: They were more focused and enthusiastic. Their memory had improved considerably.
According to the Parental feedback: all children Improved. The parents of these children had the following things to say: Less reminders are required for study, notes are more complete, fewer complaints from school, appetite and general health improved.
The children described the changes in themselves as follows: I feel happy. I can learn easily. I can understand and remember better. I feel less tired. I understand and complete my work in school faster. I feel like studying and passing my exams.
Increase in “ good” remarks in the note books by teachers who were unaware of the intervention. The favorable changes were observed in their Bio-energy field as documented by the Healer and Aura photographs.
This study demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of clinical trial of energy healing. Of the 23 study participants, only 4 were clinically diagnosed with TMJ at the end of treatment. Further, the highly significant efficacy results warrant further research into this form of healing as a viable treatment for TMJs.
Newsweek (April 14, 2009)
Study by Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer examins the role of mind/body connection to physical wellness by examining if changing the men's mindset about their own age might lead to actual changes in health and fitness. After just one week, the men in the experimental group (compared with controls of the same age) had more joint flexibility, increased dexterity and less arthritis in their hands. Their mental acuity had risen measurably, and they had improved gait and posture. Outsiders who were shown the men's photographs judged them to be significantly younger than the controls. In other words, the aging process had in some measure been reversed.
AARP (Nov/Dec 2008)
How you feel emotionally will have an effect on how you physically heal. In one 1998 study of dental students at Ohio State University in Columbus, small wounds that researchers created before a big exam took 40 percent longer to heal than identical wounds created during summer vacation.
Surround Yourself with Love: In a study published in 2005 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers found that when wounds of the same shape, size, and depth were experimentally induced in couples, healing was much faster if the couples were loving toward each other rather than hostile.
Mind – Body Therapies can help. Meditation, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation are all risk-free treatments that can reduce stress hormones and strengthen the immune system.
A significant subgroup of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia experience persistent negative symptoms, which are particularly important given the association with poor long-term functioning and prognosis. Currently, there are few well-established treatments for negative symptoms. Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is an intervention focused on directing warm, compassionate feelings to the self and others. When tested with non-psychiatric samples, LKM was found to improve psychological well-being and deficits associated with negative symptoms. Preliminary data indicate that LKM was associated with increased positive emotions, decreased negative symptoms, and increased psychological recovery at post-treatment and 3 month follow-up assessments.
In-depth telephone interviews were conducted with five women who had engaged in meditation for at least 3 years, at least three times per week, for at least 20 minutes per session. This study did not limit the selection to any particular meditation practice. Following a screening pre-interview, data were collected about participants' demographics, meditation practices, self-reported depressive symptoms, and symptom alleviation. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.
Participants practiced various meditation forms, including Buddhist, mindfulness, Vipassana, and a “five-step focus meditation.” Reasons for initiating meditation practice included wanting a better life, fascination with meditation, exposure to the practice, desiring to deepen her spirituality, and dealing with her feelings. Participants had experienced depressive symptoms throughout their lives and reported their symptoms often were triggered by relational or work problems. Symptoms included crying, suicidal ideation and attempts, and negativity. Interventions included antidepressants, psychotherapy, in-patient treatment, and alcohol and other substances. Participants emphasized that meditation had immediate beneficial impacts on their depressive symptoms, including an enhanced ability to manage difficult emotions and reduced depressive symptoms. Meditation helped them recognize difficult thoughts and emotions, be in the present, deeply feel and embrace emotions, and have a spiritual connection. The most reported positive effects were diminished frequency, duration, and depth of depressive periods; ability to exercise choice and make different choices; and greater peacefulness, joy, and appreciation for life.
Due to its beneficial effects, meditation may be advisable for women with a long standing history of depressive symptoms.
August 2009 Researchers from the Tohoku Institute of Technology, Kyoto University and Kobe University have discovered that the human body emits extremely small quantities of visible light at levels that rise and fall over the course of the day.Past research has shown that the body emits visible light 1,000 times fainter than what the human eye can perceive. This extremely weak light is found in virtually all living creatures and is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions at the cellular level.
We present a sampling of results which provide intriguing evidence that an exchange of electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs when people touch or are in proximity. Signal averaging techniques are used to show that one’s electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is registered in another person’s electroencephalogram (EEG) and elsewhere on the other person’s body. While this signal is strongest when people are in contact, it is still detectable when subjects are in proximity without contact.
This study represents one of the first successful attempts to directly measure an energy exchange between people, and provides a solid, testable theory to explain the observed effects of many healing modalities that are based upon the assumption that an energy exchange takes place.
This study shows that pulses of ultrasonic energy can stimulate an acupoint, eliciting a response similar to that produced by standard needling. Ultrasonic stimulation of the acupoints offers many advantages over conventional methods and provides an extremely useful tool for the scientific study and quantitative evaluation of acupuncture.
July 21, 2009
(NaturalNews) Although we strive to maintain health and avoid doctors and especially hospitals, bad things can and do happen. Sometimes it's an accident; sometimes we come to a healthy life style too late and have incurred too much damage to completely recover. Now, music is taking a major role in helping critically ill patients recover. Imagine the role it could play in our lives when we aren't critically ill!
The purpose of this article is to explore a different approach in which the competing viewpoints of homeopathy and conventional biomedicine might be reconciled. This will require an excursion through philosophy in order to contextualize the case against homeopathy. Pragmatic reconciliation of these two viewpoints is possible if it is realized that they are not contradictory but complementary; that each has its place in the therapeutic scheme of things, and that it should be possible to move freely between each type of observational stance as the patient’s circumstances dictate.
In hospitalized post-ACS patients, Reiki increased HF HRV and improved emotional state. Further study is needed to evaluate whether Reiki treatment may represent along-term nonpharmacologic approach to improving HRV and prognosis after ACS.
Many of the pioneering research studies that have accompanied the development of Energy Healing are nicely summarized in these accessible books:
Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber,
Subtle Energy by William Collinge
Cross Currents: The Promise of Electromedicine, The Perils of Electropollution by Robert O. Becker
Infinite Mind, by Valerie V. Hunt, Ed.D
The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton PhD
Love, Medicine and Miracles, Bernie Siegel M.D.
Among the professional journals that regularly include articles on Energy Healing are: