Healing touch uses gentle, intentional touch that contributes to balanced physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
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Medical groups provide recommendations for healing touch in treating people with cancer. Learn more about the approaches and meanings of recommendations.
Clinical practice guidelines
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These 2009 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for integrative oncology conclude that therapies based on a philosophy of bioenergy fields are safe and may provide some benefit for reducing stress and enhancing quality of life. Guidelines give a strong recommendation for these therapies, which include healing touch, reiki, Therapeutic Touch® and polarity therapy, for these uses:
- For reducing anxiety: grade 1B (strong recommendation, moderate-quality evidence)
- For pain, fatigue, and other symptom management: grade 1C (strong recommendation, low or very low quality evidence)
Clinical practice guidelines on the evidence-based use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment › This set of guidelines has been endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)1Lyman GH, Greenlee H et al. Integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment: ASCO endorsement of the SIO clinical practice guideline. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Sep 1;36(25):2647-2655.
SIO’s 2017 clinical practice guidelines for patients with breast cancer provide these recommendations for energy healing therapies, including healing touch:
- Can be considered for improving mood disturbance and depressive symptoms (rated Grade C, at least moderate certainty that the net benefit is small)
- Insufficient evidence to form a clinical recommendation for using healing touch for anxiety/stress reduction or improving quality of life
Keep reading about healing touch
|1||Lyman GH, Greenlee H et al. Integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment: ASCO endorsement of the SIO clinical practice guideline. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Sep 1;36(25):2647-2655.|