Self Healing Research: Good Sam I Am


Distant Healing Synopsis and Distant Healing Research

d. An Experimental Study of the Effects of Distant, Intercessory Prayer on Self-Esteem, Anxiety, and Depression. O'Laoire, S. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 3(6), 38-53, 1997.


A randomized, controlled double-blind study (neither doctors treating patients nor the patients knew what experimental condition they were in) was conducted with 406 healees and 90 healers. The healers in this study were unselected volunteers who were asked to pray for the psychological well-being and self-esteem of the healees. All of the participants in this study (the healees, healers and the control group) showed mild improvement on these measures.

This study does not provide information of the healees' baseline medical condition(s). It was also a religiously-oriented study. From a scientific standpoint, it appears that any beneficial effects in this experiment could be caused by a placebo effect. This study provides very weak evidence for distant healing effects.



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