Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution

Overview

Many believe there is no scientific evidence that supports the value of spiritual healing. Daniel Benor, M.D., reveals a world of science that few knew existed. Included in this groundbreaking book are 124 scientific studies showing that spiritual healing works! Many of the controlled studies look at the effects of spiritual healing on humans; others look at its effects on plants and animals. Some of the most interesting laboratory studies demonstrate its effect on water and other materials. You'll read how many ...
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Overview

Many believe there is no scientific evidence that supports the value of spiritual healing. Daniel Benor, M.D., reveals a world of science that few knew existed. Included in this groundbreaking book are 124 scientific studies showing that spiritual healing works! Many of the controlled studies look at the effects of spiritual healing on humans; others look at its effects on plants and animals. Some of the most interesting laboratory studies demonstrate its effect on water and other materials. You'll read how many of the world's most successful healers, such as Olga Worrall, Oszkar Estebany, and Harry Edwards describe their methods and subjective experiences. A foundation is provided for understanding the mysteries inherent in such practices as laying-on of hands, focused prayer, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975424858
  • Publisher: Wholistic Healing Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Healing Research Ser.
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 597
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction
Healing in the World Today 2
Examining the Evidence 10
Historical Perspectives 16
Chapter 1 Healers 27
Healers' Views of Healing 29
A Brief Summary of Healing Approaches 139
Chapter 2 Measurements of Healers' Effects on the Physical World 151
Chapter 3 Psi Phenomena 163
Chapter 4 Controlled Studies 187
Healing for Human Physical Problems 194
Healing for Subjective Experiences 218
Intuitive (Clairsentient) Assessment 267
Healing Action on Electrodermal Activity 282
Healing Action on Animals 295
Healing Action on Plants 318
Healing Action on Single-celled Organisms 334
Healing Action on Bacteria 338
Healing Action on Yeasts 343
Healing Action on Cells in the Laboratory (in vitro) 349
Healing Effects on the Immune System 356
Healing Action on Enzymes and Chemicals 358
Healing Action on DNA 365
Future Research 369
Summary 371
Chapter 5 Further Clues to the Mystery of Healing 377
Historical Notes on Healing Research 379
Healings at Shrines 384
Clinical Observations on Healing 389
Qualitative Studies of Healers 443
Surveys of Healees 454
Risks vs. Benefits of Healing 459
Shamanism 461
Conclusion 467
Glossary 509
Bibliography 523
Name Index 575
Subject Index 581
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