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Med Hypotheses. 1982 May;8(5):481-90.

Study on the effectiveness of remote mental healing.


A study which involved eight healers and ninety-six patients was conducted to determine the effectiveness of remote mental healing. The test subjects were hypertension patients between the ages of sixteen and sixty. Neither the doctor nor the patients knew who received the mental healing treatments. Normal medical treatment was continued in all cases. Improvement was judged by changes in the diastolic blood pressure, systolic blood pressure, heart beat rate, and weight. The statistical analysis showed a significant improvement in the systolic blood pressure of the healer-treated group compared with the change in the control group. There were no significant differences in the changes of diastolic blood pressure, pulse, and weight of the two groups. Four of the healers had a 92.3 per cent improvement ratio in their total group of patients compared with a 73.7 per cent improvement for the control group. The general healing treatment used by the healers involved (a) a relaxation step, (b) attunement with a Higher Power or Infinite Being, (c) a visualization and/or affirmation of the patient being in a state of perfect health, and (d) expression of thanks to God or to the Source of all power and energy.

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