Healing touch uses gentle, intentional touch that contributes to balanced physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Safety and precautions
Healing touch generally poses no known safety concerns, although one possible interaction with radiation therapy has been noted in research.
- Preliminary evidence of worse fatigue during radiation therapy among women with breast cancer receiving healing touch compared to placebo in a small RCTrandomized controlled trial, a study design in which people are randomly assigned to either an experimental group or a control group to compare the outcomes from different treatments; an RCT is considered a strong design for determining a therapy’s effects1FitzHenry F, Wells N et al. A randomized placebo-controlled pilot study of the impact of healing touch on fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 2014 Mar;13(2):105-13.
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