Distant Healing Synopsis and Distant Healing Research

c. A Pilot Study Examining the Effect of Distant Healing on Diabetes Type II Patients. Binder, M, Ebneter, M., Saller, R., & Walach, H. Paper presented at 42nd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, August 1999.

back

Synopsis:
A study carried out in Germany examined whether distant healing techniques could be used to help a group of patients all suffering from diabetes mellitus (Type II). The authors chose this disease for study, as they wanted a disease whose course would generally be stable during the period of study (16 weeks). Nineteen patients with diabetes were recruited for participation in the study. Forty healers (known to the authors from working with them ion previous studies) were recruited.The healers used different techniques and had different belief systems about what they were doing.

Each patient in the study was randomly assigned to five different healers, and each healer treated two different patients. Prior to beginning the study, patients met with the doctors and nurses who would be part of the experiment (but not the healers), were given a variety of baseline tests, and shown how to complete the diaries and questionnaires for the study.

Healers never met the patients, and knew only their first name, age, and had a photo of them. However, none of the healers knew the patient's actual disease.

The treatment period was for 4 weeks (of the 16 weeks), but the patients did not know which 4 weeks would be the treatment period. Patients were instructed to keep  a diary and to note "changes of mood, sports activities, intermittent diseases, and hypoglycemias." Healers also kept notes of the timing and duration of their healing attempts and their overall feelings about the efficacy of their attempts.

Though the medical measures, for the most part, did not show any improvements over the course of the study, several measures of psychological well-being did show improvement, including satisfaction with physical and social functioning, satisfaction with partnership and sexuality, freedom from fear, and a decrease of depression.

Since there was not a control group used in this experiment, and since the patient participants were not blind to the fact that they were in a healing experiment, not much can be made of these results except that knowing that others are trying to help may help with psychological adjustment to the disease.

back

 

A View Of Healing & Health

1. Harnessing the Placebo's Compassion   2. Compassion Theory of Healing & Health    3. Compassion Experiments

Who We Are     Glossary      Services      What's Up With Modern Medicine?


Good Samaritans International

Copyright 1999-2010. All rights reserved by Good Samaritans International
Website design by
Innovative Software Design