What is it?
Therapeutic touch is a practice intended to treat medical conditions, especially pain, anxiety, and stress, by manipulating the “human energy field.”
Practitioners of therapeutic touch believe that the world is an energy system. They believe they can heal medical conditions by unblocking areas of congested energy that hovers just above a person’s skin.
People use therapeutic touch for anxiety and stress. It is also used for asthma, cancer-related pain, insomnia, chronic pain, quality of life, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Is it effective?
Possibly Effective for …
- Anxiety. Therapeutic touch seems to help reduce anxiety in people with different types of medical conditions.
- Stress. Therapeutic touch might help reduce stress in some people.
There is interest in using therapeutic touch for a number of other purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Is there concern for the safety of its use?
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Therapeutic touch is possibly safe when used during pregnancy and breast-feeding. There’s no reason to expect safety concerns.
Children: Therapeutic touch is possibly safe when used in children. There’s no reason to expect safety concerns.
Are there any drug interactions?
Are there any interactions with herbs and supplements?
Are there any interactions with food?
What dose is used?
Therapeutic touch involves three steps. The first step is called “centering,’ in which the practitioner focuses or meditates on the intent to treat the person. The second step is called “assessment,” in which the practitioner moves their hands over the person’s body. The hands never touch the body. The third and final step is “intervention.” During this phase the practitioner moves their hands over the person’s body, without touching it, to unblock areas of congested energy or restore the proper energy balance.
By what other names is the product known?
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