What is Healing Touch Energy Therapy?

Page updated 01-21-2018

Healing Touch energy therapy is a gentle, nurturing bioenergy therapy. It’s been shown to reduce pain, anxiety and stress while inducing feelings of calm, relaxation and even sleep.

It complements standard medical care and is used as a complementary, integrative approach in various healthcare settings whether you’re an outpatient or in the hospital or going for routine check-ups and tests. It is also used by people for their own self-care, health maintenance and prevention.

Classes in Healing Touch are through the standardized, multi-leveled Healing Touch program curriculum taught by the non-profit Healing Beyond Borders: Educating and Certifying the Healing Touch. Levels 1, 2 and 3 are offered here at Handcrafted Health by Lucrezia Mangione, a certified Healing Touch practitioner (CHTP) and instructor (CHTI).

These Healing Touch classes provide people interested in an evidence-based energy therapy with effective tools to reduce pain and increase feelings of relaxation and calm. And if you're a helping professional, they can be woven into your practice.  They also come with continuing education units.

This page shares more information about what Healing Touch is and the research and evidence available on Healing Touch energy therapy.

Biofield therapy

Picture showing a female Healing Touch provider providing Healing Touch energy therapy for a young female.Woman holding hand of young female who is receiving Healing Touch.

Healing Touch is considered a mind and body practice by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You'll find Healing Touch listed midway down the page referenced from the above link.

Healing Touch is considered a bioenergy or biofield therapy.  The human biofield is the aspect of our human body that encompasses the electromagnetic field that emanates from our human bodies and the subtle energy bodies that exist within. 
Through the biofield, this energy based therapeutic approach may help to

  • Heal holistically
  • Cultivate health
  • Positively influence the human energy system
  • Promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health
  • Restore balance within the human body which helps in self-healing
  • Integrate well into existing health care treatment

Healing Touch Research

HT Session for our EldersOlder woman receiving Healing Touch
Mind-body practice of HT in a hospitalA CHTP nurse providing Healing Touch for a patient in a hospital bed.

Healing Touch Energy Therapy has been around for over twenty years. Since then, there have been over 80 peer-reviewed articles sharing information about research done in a variety of settings, for a variety of needs using a variety of study designs.

Most of the studies have been developed from the direct application of Healing Touch within either a hospital, clinic, private practice or program setting or it’s impact on the individual Healing Touch provider (HTP). Put together, all the studies cover a range of patient and people populations and a variety of issues from symptoms to spirituality, diseases to prevention and wellness.


Populations researched

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Emergency Numbers

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call:

  • 911
  • 240-777-4000: Crisis Hotline, Montgomery County, MD
  • 800-422-0009: Maryland state-wide Crisis Hotline
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline website
  • Bariatric
  • ICU
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Pain
  • Well-Being
  • Anxiety
  • Mood
  • Dementia
  • PTSD
  • Attitudes & Beliefs
  • Quality of Life
  • Relaxation Response
  • Cellular Mechanisms

The results of studies point to these possible benefits:

  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Increases relaxation
  • Expedites wound healing
  • Boosts immune system
  • Relieves chronic fatigue and increase energy
  • Increases feelings of well-being
  • Relieves pain
  • Helps improve surgery recovery
  • Supports cancer care
  • Decreases need for pain medication
  • Supports medical treatments and procedures both pre and post-op
  • Relieves acute and chronic conditions
  • Prevention of ailments
  • Soothing care for neck & back problems
  • Provides comfort for the dying process
  • Strengthens connections to personal spirituality


Healing Touch Energy Therapy & the Healing Touch Research Brief

This information on this page comes from studies published in peer-reviewed journals.  A list of these studies can be found in the Healing Beyond Borders Healing Touch Research Brief.  This user-friendly bi-annual report comes with citations, resources and has the latest evidential information available on Healing Touch research. And best of all it’s available to anyone who’s interested.

The Healing Touch Research Brief is put out by The Healing Touch Research Committee at Healing Beyond Borders, Educating and Certifying the Healing Touch.  They are a group of individuals who work within academic settings, private institutional settings and private practices. They are also professional researchers and/or content experts on Healing Touch. To see their bios and learn more about this collaborative inter-professional team of Healing Touch Practitioners, please see the HealingBeyondBorders.org website.

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