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WS5 First Annual Research Symposium on “Energetic and Spiritual Processes of Healing”


C2 Extraordinary Healing using Resonance Modulation Distance Energy Healing in T6 Spinal Paraplegia
Melinda Connor1, Ph.D., Brad Jones, MPT, CSCS, Alan Grimstad, LMT, Mary Koithan1, R.N., Ph.D., Gary Schwartz2, Ph.D. , Dr. Iris Bell, M.D., Ph.D.1
1Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, 2 Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Objective: To document extraordinary healing using resonance modulation distance energy healing in a person with spinal paraplegia.
Materials and Methods: Materials: Phones, electronic journaling and energy work practitioner.
Methods: Resonance Modulation distance energy work sessions were begun Sept 12, 2003. Sessions consisted of daily 15 minute phone calls followed by a distance energy healing session with three day integrative breaks every three to four weeks as needed. Distance energy sessions focused on repairing the body tissues in a systematic manner using the resonance modulation model. In January 2004, two massage therapy sessions were done to facilitate the loosening of scar tissue in the back. Physical therapy was added in mid Feb of 2004, and sessions were done two times weekly.
Results: The subject had an onset of T6 Spinal Paraplegia due to an aortic dissection with episodes of emboli to spinal arteries in April 2003. In June 2003, probable maximum lifetime improvement was predicted to stabilize at the level of T9. Standard medical care without physical therapy was available to the subject from June 2003 until Feb 2004. Resonance Modulation distance energy work sessions were begun Sept 12, 2003. In Feb 2004, the subject was reassessed and it was determined through MRI and neurological examination that the subject had reached the level of L5/S1 and was continuing to improve.
Conclusion: This is a case of extraordinary healing of T6 spinal paraplegia resolving to a L5/S1 spinal paraplegia in 6 months utilizing resonance modulation distance energy healing.
Supported by NIH K24 AT00057 from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCCAM or NIH.

C3 Acupuncture-Music TherapySM Heals Mental/Physical Chronic Diseases by Enhancing and Balancing Bio-Energy and Heart-Brain-Mind Synchronization
Jason Guohua Liu, Lily Liu
, Center of Acupuncture-Music Therapy, Mind-Body Science Institute, San Diego, CA 92108
Objective: To investigate the benefits and mechanisms of Acupuncture-Music TherapySM (AMT, Musical Meridian Energy Therapy,, on healing the physical and mental chronic diseases, improving and balancing bio-energy, and heart-brain-mind synchronization (HBMS).
Materials and Methods: Over 50 patients have received AMT treatment, while they were monitored by Kirlian-energy imaging system and HeartMath bio-feedback technology. These patients had suffered with chronic diseases including fibromyalgia, cancer, heart failure, angina, arrhythmia, high blood pressure, gallbladder stones, kidney stones, chronic pain, migraine, infections, stress, anxiety, anger, sleeping disorder, depression, or other mental and physical problems. AMT is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)’ acupuncture principle and aims to produce, balance and circulate energy along the energy channel meridians. The acupuncture-music (AM) was also combined with brainwave (delta, alpha, and theta patterns) sounds to achieve deep meditative or hypnotized healing state. Each session includes 30 minutes conversation and 60 minutes AMT treatment, once or twice a week.
Results: AMT cured and significantly improved the chronic diseases described above at a rate of over 90%, with over 98% benefit on overall health and stress-reduction. Most of patients felt good since the first session, and pulse pattern improved during the 1 hr treatment. AMT significantly increased bio-energy density and HBMS.
Conclusion: This research suggests that AMT, as an effective natural healing way, heals diseases and improves mind-body health by improving both the acupuncture meridians’ energy flow and the mind-body/heart-brain integration.

C4 The Effect of Therapeutic Touch on Bone Formation in Women after Wrist Fracture
Karen M. Prestwood, Mary Lynn Newport, Judy D’Addano, Libbe Clark, Anne M. Kenny
, University of Connecticut Health Center, Center on Aging and Department of Orthopedics, Farmington, CT
Objective: Therapeutic touch is a contemporary interpretation of several ancient healing arts developed in the 1970’s by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN and Dora Kunz. Therapeutic touch is one of the best researched forms of biofield or energy medicine and has been shown to be effective in a wide variety of diseases. Osteoporosis is a common disease in adults that may result in increased disability or mortality, especially in women or men with spine or hip fractures. Anecdotal experiences and unpublished data suggest that therapeutic touch may speed fracture healing and functional recovery after fracture, although this has not been well studied. If therapeutic touch is beneficial to fracture recovery then its use might become an important part of fracture treatment.
Materials and Methods: Fifty postmenopausal women who have suffered a wrist fracture within the past 2 weeks will be recruited to participate in the study. Women will be randomized to receive either active therapeutic touch or sham therapeutic touch. Treatment will be given 3 times per week for 3 weeks. Serum and urine biochemical markers of bone turnover- the primary outcome measures- will measured at baseline, 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 months of the study. We will also collect serum for measurement of hormones and growth factors. We will also evaluate x-ray healing of the wrist fractures at 3 and 6 weeks post fracture and wrist function at 6 months after fracture.
Results: Data are being collected. This study will begin to examine the overall hypothesis that therapeutic touch may affect fracture healing. These results will provide pilot data to determine whether therapeutic touch is a beneficial adjunct for fracture healing and to provide preliminary data for design of larger efficacy trials.
Supported in part by the NCCAM-funded Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science, University of Connecticut

C5 Efficacy of homoeopathic drugs in the treatment of essential hypertension: A study in a specialized cardiac hospital
Singh R. K., Kasliwal R.R
; Escorts Heart Institute & Research Center, New Delhi, India (EHIRC)
Objective: To assess the efficacy of homoeopathic drugs in borderline hypertension & uncontrolled hypertension, and any side effects if any with homoeopathic intervention.
Materials and Methods: Group A (Borderline hypertension group) consisted of 50 mild hypertensives randomly selected from the Cardiac OPD at EHIRC who received only homoeopathic medicines. Group B (Uncontrolled hypertension group) consisted of 50 moderate to severe hypertensives `who remained uncontrolled with standard (allopathic) pharmacological intervention for a period of one month. Homoeopathic medicines were added as an adjuvant therapy.
The pre and post intervention tests of Blood Pressure (BP) for all subjects were conducted. Two readings were taken at each interview. These readings were averaged for data analysis. The mean results of SBP and DBP were tabulated on each visit (i.e. every fifteen days) and at the end of three months of starting the homoeopathic drugs. The patients were told to report any side-effects of the drugs to the authors. The Homoeopathic drugs were administered in a combination of minimum two drugs. Every subject was given a constitutional and a specific remedy. The data thus obtained was evaluated using Paired t test by SPSS version 10.0
Results and Conclusion: Mean Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP) showed significant falls after a two month intervention period in both the Borderline hypertension group (p<0.001) and the Uncontrolled hypertension group (p<0.001). The trend was evident in both the SBP and DBP on the first post-intervention visit (p< 0.001) in the OPD and maintained on the subsequent visits. No side-effects were reported.

C6 Efficacy of homoeopathic drugs in the treatment of moderate to severe stress patients
Singh R. K., Barmi B.
Escorts Heart Institute & Research Center, New Delhi, India (EHIRC)
Objective: To assess the Efficacy of homoeopathic drugs in moderate to severe Stress Patients and the side effects if any with homoeopathic intervention.
Materials and Methods: A total of 400 patients suffering from moderate to severe stress according to Holmes and Rahe scale 1967 & Stress Response Checklist (compiled from Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale – DASS Costello & Comrey 1967 and Personalized Stress Inventory PSI Forman & Myers 1987) were inducted from the Stress and Psychology Clinic at EHIRC - tertiary cardiac care center. None of these patients were taking any medication for their condition prior to this. Homoeopathic intervention began from the very first day. Pre and post intervention scores were taken on every OPD visit (every 15th day) for a period of 3 months. Patients continued to take the drugs throughout this period. Pre and Post intervention scores were statistically analyzed after 3 months. Patients were asked to maintain a diary for any side effects. Homoeopathic drugs were administered on the basis of constitutional analysis of each individual case. Data was obtained using Paired t tests SPSS version 10.0.
Results: Out of 400 patients, 320 patients completed the study. 80 patients were lost to follow up. Within 15 days of medication the patients started responding to the treatment and showing significant falls in the scores and clinical improvement. The response was sustained throughout 3 months of the intervention. The Paired t tests were highly significant (P<0.001)
Conclusions: Dramatic improvement was seen in the stress levels clinically and in both the scores after homeopathic intervention. None of the patients who completed the study reported any adverse affect for which they had to leave the medication.

D Qualitative Research

D1 Developing the empirical base for spiritual healing research: Using advanced students as researchers
Cheryl Ritenbaugh1,2, Salima Adelstein2, John Laird2
, 1Helfgott Research Institute, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland OR, and 2 The Jaffe Institute, Pope Valley, CA
Objective: To develop methods for healing school students to collect early phase qualitative data regarding the spiritual issues associated with specific medical conditions from the perspective of the Shadhuliyya Sufi tradition, and assess the students’ capacity for research.
Materials and Methods: Twenty-five third year students in the Jaffe Institute class on Medical and Spiritual Healing perform 10 healing sessions with clients with particular conditions each quarter. In reviewing the first sessions for cardiovascular disease, students recognized common spiritual themes among patients. In preparation for a second set with cancer patients, students developed standardized forms for initial and final client interviews, healing session write-ups, and final summaries of healers’ perceptions and clients self- reports. At baseline and end, clients evaluated overall health, love in their lives, status of spiritual life, and overall quality of life using a 10-point Likert scale. Students recorded any relevant medical data at baseline and end. Issues from the healings recorded in the final summary by 15 students included life and lifestyle issues, healing qualities transmitted, and student perceptions of changes in energies. The JI teacher did not provide any suggestions as to what might be found, and students had minimal contact with each other during the quarter, limiting potential data bias.
Results and Conclusions: Students are enthusiastic about bridging the gap between biomedical research and spiritual healing, and willingly participate in early phase empirical research using standardized data collection instruments. Consistent patterns are found specific to the diseases studied. Initial instruments continue to be revised based on student experience.


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