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J Cardiovasc Nurs. 1996 Apr;10(3):27-49.

Therapeutic touch: a healing modality.

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Brigham and Women's Hospital, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Boston, MA, USA.


Therapeutic touch is a nursing intervention pioneered more than 20 years ago. A substantial body of literature encompassing theory, clinical practice, and research exists on this energetic healing modality. This article examines the scientific basis for healing through the human energy field, including the basic assumptions from which therapeutic touch was developed and a summary of related research. It also discusses integration of therapeutic touch into clinical practice and identifies resources for further exploration.

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