Energy Healing Studies


There are hundreds of studies demonstrating the effectiveness of energy healing, Ron Lavin, MA has participated in five NIH studies, four on AIDS, and one on breast cancer.


Ron Lavin, MA, using One Light Healing Touch therapy, has participated in five studies funded by the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The AIDs studies are among the most respected energy distance-healing studies to date and have been called “landmark” and demonstrate that energy healing had positive effects on AIDS patients.  The studies were double-blind and were conducted through California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and the patients were divided into “treated and control groups.” The first three studies were done prior to the AIDS cocktail. All of the patients in the treated group showed “significant results” and they had: fewer new AIDS-defining illness; a noted decrease and/or elimination of various opportunistic diseases;  lower severity of illness and required significantly fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and fewer days in the hospital; and showed a significantly improved state of mind and mood. Patients in the treated group also reported experiencing healing sensations, i.e. colors and/or a sense of wellbeing, during the actual time the healers were working on them.  All of the patients in the treated group were better in every way, while 40% of the patients in the control group died. The researchers called the results, “remarkable,” since prior to the AIDs cocktail, the opportunistic diseases, rather than AIDS itself, often led to patient deaths.  The results of the first study in 1996 were featured in Time Magazine. Subsequent studies were done with more patients, over a longer time-frame, and the results confirmed all the same positive findings. The results were called “landmark” and were reported in the Western Journal of Medicine in 1998.  A final study was done with patients who were on the AIDS cocktail and the results showed that again, all the patients in the “treated group” were better in every way. Sponsors included: Elizabeth Targ, MD, and The Institute for Noetic Sciences. (footnote 1)


The most complete compendium of studies showing the effectiveness of energy healing is from psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel J. Benor. He surveyed all such studies prior to 1990. They were done on enzymes, cells, yeasts, bacteria, plants, animals and human beings. “Of the 131 controlled experiments on ‘spiritual, psychic, prayer or psi’ healing, over 50% showed statistically significant results. In 56 of the studies, there was less than 1 chance in a 100 that positive results were due to chance, in another 21 studies, the possibility of chance was between 2 and 5 in 100.” (footnote 2)

Inhibiting Cancer Cell Growth: Spiritual healer, M. Manning used energy healing and inhibited cancer cell growth in cell cultures, producing changes of 200 to 1,200% in their growth characteristics. He influenced them even when he was placed in a distant room that was shielded from electrical influences.” (footnote 3)

Affect on Fungus Cultures: Ten energy healers inhibited growth of fungus cultures in the laboratory by using intention of concentrating on them for 15 minutes, from a distance of 1.5 yards. The cultures were then incubated for several hours. Of the total of 194 cultures dishes, 151 showed retarded growth. (footnote 4)

Wound Healing: A double-blind study of 44 patients with artificially created, full-skin-thickness surgical wounds. The treated group of 23 patients, received energy healing for 5 min. treatments. By day 16, 13 of 23 subject’s wounds were completely healed, (wound size “0”), compared with none in the untreated group. (footnote 5)

Hemoglobin Level: In 1971 Dr. Dolores Krieger did a study on in-vivo hemoglobin values. This study was replicated 3 times and the hypotheses were confirmed: The group receiving energy healing had a significant increase in their hemoglobin level, from that of the control group who received routine nursing care. (footnote 6)

Anxiety of Hospitalized Cardiovascular Patients: The anxiety of the patients in the treated group was significantly reduced, experiencing a (p<.001) reduction in state anxiety, compared to the control group. (footnote 7)

Stress Reduction/Relaxation/Strengthening Of Immune Function: The results of 14 patients receiving 30 minute energy healing sessions: a) Significant reduction in anxiety from t (22)=2.45, P=.02.: b) Significant drop in systolic blood pressure (SBP), F (2, 44) =6.60, P <.01: c) Significant rise of sIg A levels after treatment indicating a possible increase in the immune function. from, t (19) =2.33, P =.03. (footnote 8)


1. AIDS STUDY: Fred Sicher, MA; Elizabeth Targ, M.D.; Dan Moore, Ph.D.; Helene Smith, Ph.D., “A Randomized Double-Blind Study of the Effect of Distant Healing in a Population with Advanced Aids”, The Western Journal of Medicine, Volume 169, number 6. (Dec. 1998): 356-363

2. MEDICAL SURVEYS AND RESEARCH BOOKS on Energy Healing: Dr. Daniel J. Benor, ”Survey of Spiritual Healing Research” Journal of Complementary Medical Research  (1990) and his book, “Healing Research” (Munich: Helix Verlag GmbH, 1993) Address: Windeckstr. 82, D-81375  Munich, Germany.

3. INHIBITING CANCER CELL GROWTH, by Spiritual Healer, M. Manning: W. G. Braud, G. Davis and R. Wood, “Experiments with Matthew Manning”  Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research 50, no. 782 (1979): 199-223

4. ENERGY AFFECTS ON FUNGUS: J. Barry,”General and Comparative Study of the Psychokinetic Effect on a Fungus Culture.” Journal of American Parapsychology 32 (1968): 237-43

5. WOUND HEALING, TT Study: Daniel P. Wirth, “The Effect of Non-contact Therapeutic Touch on the Healing of Full Thickness Dermal Wounds,” Subtle Energies 1:1, 1-20

6. HEMOGLOBIN LEVEL, TT Study: D. Krieger: “Therapeutic Touch: The Imprimatur of Nursing” American Journal of Nursing 75 (1975) 784-87

7. ANXIETY OF HOSPITALIZED CARDIOVASCULAR PATIENTS, TT Study: Janet Quinn. “An Investigation of the effects of Therapeutic Touch Done without Physical Contact on Anxiety of Hospitalized Cardiovascular Patients. Doctoral dissertation, NY Univ., 1982, Univ. Microfilm #DA8226788

8. STRESS REDUCTION/RELAXATION/IMMUNE FUNCTION, Reiki Study: D. W. Wardall; J. Engebretson, Biological Correlates of Reiki Touch healing” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2001: 33(4):439-445


The Intention Experiment, and The Field – by Lynne McTaggart:  As Lynne reports in the documentary, The Healing Field- Exploring Energy & Consciousness, available at and Amazon: “to date there are over 150 excellent scientific studies on energy healing and these are those gold standard, randomized double-blind studies which have proved that energy healing has a very robust affect.”

Energy Medicine – Practical Applications and Scientific Proof – by Dr. Norman Shealy, former president of the American Holistic Medical Assoc.

Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis – by James L. Oschman

Daniel Benor, MD – (see #2 under studies.) See his website for more research.