This biofield energy therapy directs energy through practitioners’ hands to rebalance your energy field.
Therapeutic Touch® at a glance
“Therapeutic Touch® is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being.”1Therapeutic Touch International Association. Our Definition. Viewed August 23, 2021. It is further described as “a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing practices…an intentionally directed process of energy exchange during which the practitioner uses the hands as a focus to facilitate the rebalancing of another’s energy field in support of healing.”2Potter PJ. Energy therapies in advanced practice oncology: an evidence-informed practice approach. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, 2013 May-Jun; 4(3), 139–151. The Therapeutic Touch® International Association has established criteria and provides credentials for practitioners, mentors and teachers.
Therapeutic Touch® has been investigated mostly for managing side effects and symptoms. Preliminary evidence shows effects on anxiety, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and pain, but most studies have weak designs. Some evidence also shows better hormone balance and immune function after surgery.
Therapeutic Touch is sometimes investigated with these other biofield energy therapies.
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We rate Therapeutic Touch® on seven attributes, with 0 the lowest rating and 5 the highest. We rate the strength of the evidence supporting the use of Therapeutic Touch® for a medical benefit, such as improving treatment outcomes or managing side effects.
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