NCCAM hold a Thank Tank Working Group Meeting on Biofield Energy Medicine

topic posted Thu, April 17, 2008 - 8:29 AM by  Fire_Dragon4u
Dear Colleagues,

I am not sure how many of you are aware of this meeting, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH convened a Think Tank Working Group meeting on March 29-31, 2006, in Bethesda, Maryland, to evaluate biofield energy medicine. The term “biofield” here refers to putative aspect of energy medicine and potentially encompasses both tangible and putative/intangible forms of energy, including External Qi Therapy, Reiki, Johrei, Polarity Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Pranic Healing, and Healing Touch, etc. All of them involve the transmission of some form of putative energy from the therapist to the patient....

If you are a serious scientist or researcher who is interested in study of biofield therapy, you should try to get access to the meeting summary (prepared by Dr. Shin Lin) to get some background and current state of biofield research. In general, the picture is not that bright, and many NIH-funded projects did not produce convincing evidence to justify more supports!

Following is a list of studies or references cited by the meeting summary. If you read some of these publications, you will get a good picture on what have been done in the field. After review the current state of biofield research, the meeting recommended the following:

A. Biofield research collectively has produced preliminary data that may suggest the existence of some sort of a biofield(s). Further theoretical and experimental research to explore this concept is warranted. This research could begin to resolve issues such as defining the features of a biofield.

B. Future research approaches should include not only efficacy studies but physical characterization of the biofield, examination of mechanisms down to the cellular and molecular level for sensing and emitting the biofield, and the influence of psychological and physical states on these processes.

C. Increased rigor is required, involving strategies such as replication at multiple sites, use of multiple energy healers, evaluation of effect size, examination of alternative explanations, and strong statistical analyses.

D. Investigators should be brought together more frequently in order to help define valid research questions, discuss diverse explanations of biofield, and facilitate more rapid advances.

E. Given its exploratory nature and lack of guaranteed experiment success, special panels are needed for reviewing biofield grant proposals. These panels would not allow bias against energy research; however, scientific rigor would be maintained.


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