Scientific evidence on energy healing

Complementary energy therapies highlight a holistic consideration towards balance and wellness—often including emotional, mental, functional, social and spiritual aspects—and treating the whole being rather than, for example, one organ.

Wellness integrative approach is growing across the world.

Practitioners and researchers are currently exploring the potential benefits of complementary therapeutics in a vast variety of situations, where may be remarkable beneficial additions to conventional treatment plans.

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Scientific evidence on energy healing

Biofield or energy-based therapies are included under the designation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.

Physiologically, these therapies constitute a non-invasive approach and appear to affect the autonomic nervous system, reflecting a greater parasympathetic tone and decreased sympathetic activation (1).Some studies suggest that biofield healing may decrease stress and enhance immune function (2,3).

Biofield therapies, such as Reiki or Reconnective Healing (4) do appear to be useful for reducing pain and anxiety in various patient populations.

Biofield therapies such as Reconnective Healing, Magnified Healing and Reiki, increment harmony, relaxation and support in reduction of anxiety and stress and rising mood(15).

Complementary therapies are safe and provide excellent results in reducing anxiety, rising mood, and cultivating mental health and wellness(5,9).

Biofield therapies are being considered secure and gentle, contributing to balance mind and body(6,14).

Energy Medicine (EM) is being investigated and promising results are emerging in studies where the successful implementation of EM is being delivered for patients opened and interested in these therapies(16).

Complementary therapies are increasingly growing and being recommended, integrated and offered by some of the most prestigious hospitals(8,9,10,11,12). Due to its acceptance and popularity in society, some complementary therapies are being reimbursed by insurance companies. Some traditional medical schools, including 74 North American medical institutions in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, provide education about integrative medicine and therapies.

It’s really important to take a wider approach to what Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine mean, to know the differences(7).

Distant healing has been object of analysis. We would like to highlight a publication that mentions several studies involving 23 trials showing that  approximately a 57% of them had a positive treatment effect, suggesting the importance of further studies on  the efficacy of any form of distant healing as a complementary treatment(1). This is insightful and mind opener, and a possibility to be considered: getting access to resources offered and delivered by trained practitioners who can contribute positively to our balance and quality of life in different areas.

At International Therapy Institute this modality is supported and delivered to provide you access to healing  frequencies from the comfort of your selected place(17).


1. Doğan M. The effect of reiki on pain: A meta-analysis. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:384-387. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.02.020. Epub 2018 Mar 10. PMID: 29551623.


2. Dawn S. Wilkinson, Pamela L. Knox, James E. Chatman, Terrance L. Johnson, Nilufer Barbour, Yvonne Myles, and Antonio Reel.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Feb 2002.33-47. org/10.1089/107555302753507168 Published in Volume: 8 Issue 1: July 5, 2004


3. Danhauer, S. C., Tooze, J. A., Holder, P., Miller, C., & Jesse, M. T. (2008). Healing touch as a supportive intervention for adult acute leukemia patients: a pilot investigation of effects on distress and symptoms. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 6(3), 89–97.


4. Baldwin AL, Trent NL. An Integrative Review of Scientific Evidence for Reconnective Healing. J Altern Complement Med. 2017;23(8):590-598. doi:10.1089/acm.2015.0218


5. Mangione L, Swengros D, Anderson JG. Mental Health Wellness and Biofield Therapies: An Integrative Review. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2017 Nov;38(11):930-944. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1364808. Epub 2017 Oct 2. PMID: 28968143.


6. McManus DE. Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017 Oct;22(4):1051-1057. doi: 10.1177/2156587217728644. Epub 2017 Sep 5. PMID: 28874060; PMCID: PMC5871310.


7. MSD MANUAL. Professional Version. The trusted provider of medical information since 1899. Overview of Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine.


8. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System. Ten lifestyle changes that may help.


9. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Integrative Health & Wellbeing Program.


10. Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Integrative medicine.


11. Sutter Health.CPMC Health Resource Centers.


12. Duke Health. Integrative Medicine.


13. NCCIH Clinical Digest for health professionals. Complementary Health Approaches for Chronic Pain: What the Science Says.


14. Demir, M. et al. (2015) “Effects of Distant Reiki On Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue in Oncology Patients in Turkey: A Pilot Study,” Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention, 16(12), pp. 4859–4862. doi: 10.7314/apjcp.2015.16.12.4859


15. Maxwell T. Vergo, Briane M. Pinkson, Kathleen Broglio, Zhongze Li, and Tor D. Tosteson.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Aug 2018.801-808. Published in Volume: 24 Issue 8: August 1, 2018. Online Ahead of Print: April 5, 2018.
16. Francois Dufresne, Bonnie Simmons, Panagiotis J. Vlachostergios, Zachary Fleischner, Ramsey Joudeh, Jill Blakeway, and Kell Julliard. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Jun 2015.339-349.
Published in Volume: 21 Issue 6: June 2, 2015. Online Ahead of Print:May 26, 2015
17. Astin, John & Harkness, Elaine & Ernst, Edzard. (2000). The efficacy of “Distant Healing”: a systematic review of randomized trials.
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