Healing Touch is a biofield or “energy” therapy that involves the practitioner using his or her hands either on or above an individual’s body to direct healing energy in an effort to facilitate general health and well-being. Healing Touch is based on a philosophy that, in addition to the physical, humans have an energetic, spiritual dimension necessary for sustaining life that must be taken into account during the healing process. Healing Touch is used in a variety of health care settings, including pain clinics and cancer centers, as well as private practices, and is administered by trained practitioners who are often health care professionals, particularly nurses.

Historical Context

Hands-on healing and energy-based therapies have been found in cultures around the world throughout history. These complementary therapies, which ...

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