First Annual Research Symposium on “Energetic and
Spiritual Processes of Healing”
conclusion: The preliminary data suggests
subjects exposed to amethyst may have a physiological
response. Further, advanced methods of data analysis
(e.g. cordance, LORETA and/or non-linear for the EEG and
HRV for the EKG), may lead to valuable insights into the
potential mechanisms of crystal therapy.
Supported in part by NIH grants P20-AT000774-01S1 (DAL),
P20 AT000774 (SEL, LM-M, IRB and GES), K24 AT00057
(IRB), P50 AT00008 from the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Its
contents are solely the responsibility of the authors
and do not necessarily represent the official views of
NCCAM or NIH.
Touch and Immunity in Cervical Cancer Patients
Susan Lutgendorf, Ph.D., Barrie Anderson, M.D., Joel
Sorosky, M.D., David Lubaroff, Ph.D., John Buatti, M.D.
University of Iowa and Anil Sood, M.D., M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center
Objective: Although healing touch (HT) is
frequently used as a complementary treatment by cancer
patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation, effects
of this therapy during cancer treatment have been
minimally investigated. Additionally, little is known
about physiological mechanisms by which HT may work.
This study is designed to examine effects of HT on
cellular immune function and short-term side effects of
treatment among women with advanced cervical cancer who
are receiving 6 weeks of chemotherapy, external
radiation, and intracavitary radiation. Although
combined chemotherapy and radiation is potentially
curative in 69% of cases, many patients experience acute
side effects and late radiation effects. Severe immune
compromise has also been reported following intensive
Materials and Methods: Sixty-six cervical cancer
patients are randomized to HT, relaxation, or standard
care. HT or relaxation is provided 4 days a week
immediately following external beam radiation in the
Clinical Research Center throughout the patient’s
external beam radiation treatment. Standard care
patients receive no additional treatment but are
eligible for either HT or relaxation after their one
month follow-up assessment. Blood draws for assessment
of natural killer cell cytotoxicity and T cell
production of cytokines are taken at baseline, and weeks
4, 6, and 1 month post radiation.
Results and significance: Data are still being
collected. This study will provide preliminary data on
the impact of HT on various parameters of cellular
immune function and whether the magnitude of that impact
is large enough to be of sufficient clinical
significance to be examined in future efficacy trials.
Supported in part by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM:NIH)
Project 4 in Exploratory Program Grant for Frontier
Medicine. (Prestwood, P.I.) 1 P20 AT-756-01
breast cancer cell phenotype and growth characteristics
by distant healing intent
G. S. Jensen, Ph.D,
Natural Immune Systems Inc., 1437 Esplanade Ave.,
Klamath Falls OR 97601.
Objective: To perform pilot experiments to assess
whether distant healing intent (DHI) can alter the
physical, phenotypic, and growth characteristics of a
breast cancer cell line in vitro.
Materials and Methods: The researchers performing
the laboratory analysis are blinded to treatment, and
the healer is dissociated from data analysis. A breast
cancer cell line is cultured, parallel flasks/plates are
plated, and flasks are randomized to either treatment or
control. At 1, 8, 24 and 48 hours after DHI, samples of
cells are evaluated as described below.
Cell line: The MCF-7 breast cancer cell line was chosen
based on its expression of the estrogen receptor (ER).
Healer: The person providing the DHI is selected among
healers who have in the past shown reproducible results.
1. Phenotypic changes: Two phenotypic characteristics
are frequently observed on malignant cells:
1) Increased level of hormone/growth factor receptor(s);
2) Decreased level of MHCI antigen, reducing immune
The evaluation of phenotypic changes towards a more
normal phenotype will include immunostaining for ER and
MHCI and flow cytometric analysis.
2. Proliferative rate: A lipophilic membrane dye is used
for cell labeling. As cells proliferate, the fluorescent
dye is shared between daughter cells. Proliferation, as
loss of fluorescence intensity, is evaluated by flow
3. Cell death: The induction of cell death in the
cultured breast cancer cells is analyzed by staining
cells with Annexin and Propidium Iodide. Flow cytometry
allows evaluation of apoptotic versus necrotic cells,
and of early versus late stage of apoptosis.
Results and Conclusion: This pilot study
distinguishes between three possible effects of DHI:
normalization of phenotype, alteration of growth rate,
or killing of tumor cells. This may aid future research
on DHI, and assist further research into which cellular
elements may be affected.
B2 Energy Field
Produced by Falun Gong Meditation and Acupuncture-Music
Therapy Enhanced Cardiac Functionality, Bio-Energy and
Jason Guohua Liu1, Lily Liu1, Tongwen Wang2, Jingduan
Yang3; 1Center of
Acupuncture-Music Therapy, Mind-Body Science Institute,
San Diego, CA 92108; 2Department of Immunology, Benaroya
Research Institute, Seattle, WA 98101; 3Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Objective- To study the effects of energy field
produced by Chinese Qigong, Falun Gong (FLG,
www.falundafa.org), and by Traditional Chinese Medicine
acupuncture-music therapy (AMT,
www.mindbody-science.com), on the cardiac contractile
activities, heart-brain-mind synchronization (HBMS) and
Kirlian bio-energy, examining the existence of
bio-energy associated with these practices.
Materials and Methods- Isolated rat cardiac
cell’s contraction was recorded with a muscle research
system in the presence or absence of FLG practitioner
(FLGP) meditating to form energy field around the cell.
This was also done in the presence of non-meditation
practitioner (NMP) given or not given AMT treatment.
Bio-energy images and HBMS were recorded with Kirlian
CV6000 and HeartMath Technology, respectively, from FLGP
or patients who was receiving or healed by AMT. These
patients had suffered with fibromyalgia, cancer, heart
failure, chronic pain, infections, stress, depression or
other mental disorders. AMT is based on the acupuncture
principle and aims to produce, balance and circulate
energy along meridians.
Results- FLG and AMT both enhanced the cell
contractile activity 35~111 %. Significant increases in
bio-energy density and HBMS were detected from FLGP or
AMT receivers, but not from NMP.
Conclusion- This research suggests that FLG
produces energetic substance that positively changes the
cell functionality and strengthens the heart-mind-brain
integration as the AMT treatment does, suggesting that
spiritual cultivation achieves the medical benefits by
accessing the subtle energy source and pathways for
balancing the bio-energy and improving mental health.
Supported by the North American Falun Dafa (Falun Gong)
association, and local Falun Gong practitioners from San
Diego and Seattle.
Multi-channel physiologic monitoring system for
evaluating energy interventions.
Daniel Tsunami1, Sean Pearson1, James McNames1, Agatha
P. Colbert2,3 ; 1Portland
State University, Portland, OR; 2Oregon College of
Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR; 3Kaiser-Permanente
Center for Health Research, Portland, OR
Objective: To develop a physiologic data
acquisition system (PDAS) that will simultaneously
record several physiologic signals and clinical event
annotations and assess the responses to acupuncture
needling or other forms energy medicine treatments.
Materials and Methods: A PDAS was developed that
combines custom physiologic signal conditioning hardware
and a laptop computer based data acquisition station.
The signals recorded were electrodermal response,
impedance based respiration, skin temperature, and the
electrocardiogram. The PDAS enables us to rapidly
conduct preliminary studies that require simultaneous
acquisition of physiologic signals and subject
monitoring for any environmentally induced artifacts
that may confound the study results. The signal
conditioning hardware converts information from the
sensors into analog voltage signals. The data
acquisition station then samples and records the analog
voltage signals for offline analysis. An off-the-shelf
National Instruments data acquisition card in
conjunction with a laptop computer is used to sample
each of the analog voltages with a resolution of at
least 12 bits and an accuracy of at least 11 bits. The
data is stored on a computer hard drive in the
MathWorks’ MATLAB™ mat file format. Software to
control the data acquisition hardware has been developed
in the National Instruments’ Labwindows environment.
Additional software for the offline analysis of the
acquired data has been developed in MathWorks’ MATLAB™
Results and Conclusion: The system proved capable
of acquiring physiologically significant signals from a
single subject and permits the annotation of any
relevant events that occur during the study protocol.
Supported in part by the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine/National
Institutes of Health (P50 AT00076) through the Oregon
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine,
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.
C1 The Works Of
Hanna Kroeger, N.D., Healer And Teacher: A Research
Ginger Bowler, Th.D., Ph.D.,
Holos University, Greenwich University
Objective: This study looked at the efficacy of
Hanna Kroeger’s teachings as examined by measuring
changes in levels of symptoms, anxiety and depression.
Hanna Kroeger (1913-1998) was a world renowned healer,
master herbalist, minister, ND, author, and teacher from
Materials and Methods: Test participants attended
a six-hour seminar on Hanna Kroeger’s basic teachings,
received instruction, simple “hands on healing”
procedures, dowsing, and were given (free of charge)
herbal and vibropathic™ remedies from Kroeger’s line
of products. 43 Test and 31 Control subjects finished
the study all tested multiple times using the STAI, ZUNG
(SDS) and SYMPTOM INDEX TEST.
Results: Post test showed dramatic improvement in
all areas highly significant at p=.002 state anxiety;
p=.013 trait anxiety and p=.016 symptoms. The follow-up
testing after 4 weeks seems to indicate that the
improvements held. This was the time period during which
the participants had the opportunity to integrate what
they had learned, as well as taking the herbal and
Vibropathic™ remedies, significant at p=.001 for state
anxiety; p=.008 symptoms; p=.013 depression and p=.043
Conclusion: Further research on the potential
impact of Hanna Kroeger’s seminars and products is
needed and warranted. This research seemed to
demonstrate relief from overall symptoms, anxiety and
depression for test subject participating in a 6 hour
seminar/ intervention and taking supplements. Hanna
Kroeger’s work seems to empower those who desire to
develop their “own inner healing capacity.” Her
teachings were based on the seven physical and seven
spiritual causes of ill health.
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