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Richard Hammerschlag, Ann Linda Baldwin, Gary E Schwartz
CONTEXT: When a human subject sits beneath a wire mesh, hemispheric torsion pendulum (TP) a rapid-onset series of oscillations at frequencies both higher and lower than the fundamental frequency of the TP have been consistently observed. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to replicate and extend prior findings that suggest the human subject effect on TP behavior is due to subject-generated, heat-induced convection currents. DESIGN: Effects on pendulum behavior were tested after draping an aluminized "space blanket" over the subject and by replacing the subject with a thermal mattress pad shaped to approximate the human form...
August 18, 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
Gloria Gronowicz, Eric R Secor, John R Flynn, Liisa T Kuhn
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of human biofield therapy, an integrative medicine modality, on the development of tumors and metastasis, and immune function in a mouse breast cancer model. METHODS: Mice were injected with 66cl4 mammary carcinoma cells. In study one, mice received biofield therapy after cell injection. In study two, mice were treated by the biofield practitioner only prior to cell injection. Both studies had two control groups of mock biofield treatments and phosphate-buffered saline injection...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Medicine
Élida Mara Carneiro, Giselle Vanessa Moraes, Guilherme Azevedo Terra
Context • The coexistence of affective disorders, especially anxiety and depression, with medical illness is a topic of considerable clinical and research interest. Complementary biofield modalities are therapies that involve touch or placement of the hands in or through biofields. Spiritual healing, or Spiritist passe (SP), is a kind of laying on of hands (LOH), and therefore is a biofield therapy. Objective • The current study intended to evaluate the effects of SP on psychological parameters such as anxiety and depression and on the perceptions of muscle tension and wellness as well as physiological parameters, such as pain intensity, heart rate (HR), and oxygen saturation (SpO2)...
2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
Mohammad Reza Nourbakhsh, Thomas J Bell, Jason Benson Martin, Amir Massoud Arab
OBJECTIVES: Biofield treatments have been used for pain control in patients with cancer and chronic pain. However, research on the effect of biofield treatment on specific somatic disorders is lacking. This study intends to investigate the effect of oscillating biofield therapy (OBFT) on symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. DESIGN: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty patients with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome participated in the study...
August 3, 2016: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
Barbara Byrne Notte, Carol Fazzini, Ruth A Mooney
BACKGROUND: In the immediate postoperative period, managing postsurgical pain with pain medication can contribute to complications. A more effective approach might include a combination of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic measures, such as Reiki therapy. PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the impact of Reiki therapy on the pain perception of patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) following Reiki sessions, satisfaction with Reiki therapy, satisfaction with the hospital experience overall, and pain medication use following surgery...
February 2016: Nursing
Erminia Guarneri, Rauni Prittinen King
Biofield therapies (BTs) are increasingly employed in contemporary healthcare. In this white paper, we review specific challenges faced by biofield practitioners resulting from a lack of (1) a common scientific definition of BT; (2) common educational standards for BT training (including core competencies for clinical care); (3) collaborative team care education in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and in integrative health and medicine (IHM); (4) a focused agenda in BT research; and (5) standardized devices and scientifically validated mechanisms in biofield research...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
David J Hufford, Meredith Sprengel, John A Ives, Wayne Jonas
In this article, we describe barriers to the entry of biofield healing into mainstream contemporary science and clinical practice. We focus on obstacles that arise from the social nature of the scientific enterprise, an aspect of science highlighted by the influential work of Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996), one of the most important- and controversial-philosophers of science in the 20th century. Kuhn analyzed science and its revolutionary changes in terms of the dynamics within scientific communities. Kuhn's approach helps us understand unconventional medical theories and practices such as biofield healing...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Shamini Jain, Richard Hammerschlag, Paul Mills, Lorenzo Cohen, Richard Krieger, Cassandra Vieten, Susan Lutgendorf
Biofield therapies are noninvasive therapies in which the practitioner explicitly works with a client's biofield (interacting fields of energy and information that surround living systems) to stimulate healing responses in patients. While the practice of biofield therapies has existed in Eastern and Western cultures for thousands of years, empirical research on the effectiveness of biofield therapies is still relatively nascent. In this article, we provide a summary of the state of the evidence for biofield therapies for a number of different clinical conditions...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Gloria Gronowicz, William Bengston, Garret Yount
Preclinical models for studying the effects of the human biofield have great potential to advance our understanding of human biofield modalities, which include external qigong, Johrei, Reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, polarity therapy, pranic healing, and other practices. A short history of Western biofield studies using preclinical models is presented and demonstrates numerous and consistent examples of human biofields significantly affecting biological systems both in vitro and in vivo. Methodological issues arising from these studies and practical solutions in experimental design are presented...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
David Muehsam, Gaétan Chevalier, Tiffany Barsotti, Blake T Gurfein
Advances in biophysics, biology, functional genomics, neuroscience, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and other fields suggest the existence of a subtle system of "biofield" interactions that organize biological processes from the subatomic, atomic, molecular, cellular, and organismic to the interpersonal and cosmic levels. Biofield interactions may bring about regulation of biochemical, cellular, and neurological processes through means related to electromagnetism, quantum fields, and perhaps other means of modulating biological activity and information flow...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Richard Hammerschlag, Michael Levin, Rollin McCraty, Namuun Bat, John A Ives, Susan K Lutgendorf, James L Oschman
Biofield physiology is proposed as an overarching descriptor for the electromagnetic, biophotonic, and other types of spatially-distributed fields that living systems generate and respond to as integral aspects of cellular, tissue, and whole organism self-regulation and organization. Medical physiology, cell biology, and biophysics provide the framework within which evidence for biofields, their proposed receptors, and functions is presented. As such, biofields can be viewed as affecting physiological regulatory systems in a manner that complements the more familiar molecular-based mechanisms...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Menas C Kafatos, Gaétan Chevalier, Deepak Chopra, John Hubacher, Subhash Kak, Neil D Theise
This article briefly reviews the biofield hypothesis and its scientific literature. Evidence for the existence of the biofield now exists, and current theoretical foundations are now being developed. A review of the biofield and related topics from the perspective of physical science is needed to identify a common body of knowledge and evaluate possible underlying principles of origin of the biofield. The properties of such a field could be based on electromagnetic fields, coherent states, biophotons, quantum and quantum-like processes, and ultimately the quantum vacuum...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Shamini Jain, Jennifer Daubenmier, David Muehsam, Lopsang Rapgay, Deepak Chopra
The word biofield is a term that Western scientists have used to describe various aspects of energy and information fields that guide health processes. Similar concepts and descriptions of energy and information patterns exist in various cultures and have guided whole systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine. This article describes Vedic, Jain, and Tibetan philosophical and medical systems' concepts of consciousness and subtle energy and their relationships to health processes in order to foster deeper crosscultural dialogue on the nature of the biofield...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Beverly Rubik, David Muehsam, Richard Hammerschlag, Shamini Jain
Biofield science is an emerging field of study that aims to provide a scientific foundation for understanding the complex homeodynamic regulation of living systems. By furthering our scientific knowledge of the biofield, we arrive at a better understanding of the foundations of biology as well as the phenomena that have been described as "energy medicine." Energy medicine, the application of extremely low-level signals to the body, including energy healer interventions and bio-electromagnetic device-based therapies, is incomprehensible from the dominant biomedical paradigm of "life as chemistry...
November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Mary Jo Kreitzer, Rob Saper
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November 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Delia R Chiaramonte, Christopher D'Adamo, Sania Amr
The University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology and Public Health collaborated with the Center for Integrative Medicine at the same institution to develop and implement a unique integrative medicine curriculum within a preventive medicine residency program. Between October 2012 and July 2014, Center for Integrative Medicine faculty provided preventive medicine residents and faculty, and occasionally other Department of Epidemiology and Public Health faculty, with comprehensive exposure to the field of integrative medicine, including topics such as mind-body medicine, nutrition and nutritional supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage, biofield therapies, manual medicine, stress management, creative arts, and the use of integrative medicine in the inpatient setting...
November 2015: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Martha Brown Menard
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal pain is a common condition that poses a significant burden to its sufferers and costs the US economy billions of dollars each year in lost productivity. Individuals complaining of musculoskeletal pain make up a large proportion of clients treated by massage therapists in community practices, yet few studies have examined the immediate effect of therapeutic massage on this type of pain in the practice setting. PURPOSE: To assess the immediate effect of therapeutic massage on musculoskeletal pain sensation and unpleasantness in a community setting...
September 2015: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Rainer Hakimi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2015: Versicherungsmedizin
Alice Running
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among women of all races. Pain is a common symptom associated with cancer; 75-90% of cancer patients experience pain during their illness and up to 50% of that pain is undertreated. Unrelieved pain leads to increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of bioenergy on fecal cortisol levels for mice injected with murine mammary carcinoma 4T1 in two separate pilot studies. Using a multiple experimental group design, six to eight week old female BALB/c mice were injected with tumor and randomly assigned, in groups of 10, to daily treatment, every other day treatment, and no treatment groups...
2015: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Renee M Rosada, Beverly Rubik, Barbara Mainguy, Julie Plummer, Lewis Mehl-Madrona
BACKGROUND: Clinicians working in community mental health clinics are at high risk for burnout. Burnout is a problem involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. Reiki is a holistic biofield energy therapy beneficial for reducing stress. The purpose of this study was to determine if 30 minutes of healing touch could reduce burnout in community mental health clinicians. METHODS: We utilized a crossover design to explore the efficacy of Reiki versus sham Reiki, a pseudo treatment designed to mimic true Reiki, as a means to reduce symptoms of burnout...
August 2015: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
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