Therapeutic touch fails test

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1037

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Practitioners of therapeutic touch, a popular alternative treatment, were unable to detect human energy fields according to research published in JAMA.

    The theory behind the technique is that human energy fields exist and extend beyond the skin. Advocates of therapeutic touch believe that illness causes a disturbance of energy flow. Practitioners assess the energy field by passing their hands a few inches above the patient's body. They repattern the patient's energy field by moving their hands over the …

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