Formal research is essential to the advancement of healing. Numerous reports of significant improvements with healing, from both healers and healees, have not been sufficient to convince skeptics that healing really is effective.

The Council for Healing has collected as many studies on healing as we could identify at this time. The combined collection from all sources is presented in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author. (For separate lists, see below)



Where available, we have also included abstracts. We welcome abstracts from authors or from anyone else who has a copy of articles where abstracts are missing from our list.

Our thanks to the following organizations for providing lists of research studies:

Healing Touch International (HTI)  
    See separate list of HTI research studies
Association for Reorganizational Healing Practice 
    This is a separate Literature Review on Network Spinal Analysis Care (not included in master list)

Nurse Healers - Professional Association International (NH-PAI)
    This is a separate list of Therapeutic Touch studies

Theories Explaining Healing
Benor, Daniel J. (2008). Healing Research: Volume 1, (Popular Edition), Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution, Bellmawr, NJ: Wholistic Healing Publications, 2nd Edition
    The Popular Edition eBook discusses what spiritual healers say they do and how they believe it works, with a thorough but light review of the research literature. The Professional Supplement provides a much more detailed annotated bibliography of the research, including statistical analyses, without discussions about healers and healing.

Hanley, Mary Anne. Coppa, Denise. Shields, Deborah. (2017). A Practice-Based Theory of Healing Through Therapeutic Touch. Advancing Holistic Nursing Practice. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 20, 1-13. Aug 1:898010117721827. doi: 10.1177/0898010117721827

Medical Intuition
The physics of matter and subtle energy, with emphasis on healing and wellbeing, are the topics of a new book, “Inner Visions of Matter and Subtle Energy” by Cay Randall-May, Ph.D. (CayMay Press 2014).    An article summarizing her book and presentation to the 2014 Holos/ISSSEEM Conference held last June in Missouri gives a clear explanation of her more than 25 years’ research.  Dr. Randall-May, together with a team of additional scientists, have explored the nature of fields and forces, sub-atomic organization, Qi and its role in the human subtle energy field, the effects of intention on energy, how telepathy and remote viewing can be used to detect the aura, and the multidimensional nature of our physical world.       https://view.publitas.com/p222-665/subtle-energies-magazine-volume-25-issue-2/page/16-17

These lists are provided by Daniel Benor, MD, ABHM www.danielbenor.com and the International Journal of Healing and Caring www.ijhc.org