Bispectral Index Monitoring to Assess the Effect of a Healing Touch Treatment

Bispectral Index Monitoring to Assess the Effect of a Healing Touch Treatment
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Full Abstract: The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of Healing Touch (HT) therapies, a form of subtle energy (biofield) therapy, on Bispectral Index (BIS) measurements, State Trait Anxiety Index (STAI) scores, and physiological measures of heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate in healthy adults. Design: A single blind randomized crossover design will compare measurements during a HT therapy and placebo session. Interventions: One HT session and one placebo session will be performed per participant on separate days. The HT treatment session involves a scripted sequence of near touch techniques performed by a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) while the participant lays supine. The placebo session will have the same set up except the CHTP will simply be walking around the room. Eye pillows and headphones ensure participants are blind to which session they are receiving. Outcome Measures: Continuous Bispectral Index measurements, State Trait Anxiety Index scores, and vital signs. Conclusions: The results of this study will describe the usefulness of BIS monitoring as an instrument for measuring the effects of biofield therapies. The data collected from this study could be used to make a correlation between BIS data, vital signs, and perceptions of state andtrait anxiety.

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