First Annual Research Symposium on “Energetic and
Spiritual Processes of Healing”
ORAL PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS
and Energy Healing
Brainwaves and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Analysis of
Juan Acosta-Urquidi, PhD., BRAIN-TOPOS, 2208 NW
Market St. suite 501, Seattle, WA 98107,
Objective: To record EEG and HRV data during
Bioenergetic Healing sessions.
Materials and Methods: Cortical potentials were
measured with a Lexicor NRS-24 digital QEEG system,
Boulder CO, full cap 19 electrodes, Intl.10-20 system,
bandwidth 0.5-32 Hz, including offline analysis
software. HRV analysis used the Heart Rhythm Scanner
1500 ECG unit, BioCom Technologies, Poulsbo, WA. An
electrocrystal sensor device (BFA, Enermed, Vancouver,
CAN.) recorded discrete electromagnetic (EM) signals
from the practitioners during the state of “sending
energy” (SE). EEG, HRV and BFA signals were
simultaneously recorded from practitioners, revealing
the complex shifting brainstates, the physio-emotional
components of the experience and EM emission signals. A
baseline was initially recorded and compared to data
taken at 10-40 min. time points during SE state.
Practitioners of diverse Energy Healing modalities
(Pranic, Reiki, Quantum Touch, Shamanic, Johrei), were
selected for this study. Most sessions consisted of
distant healing, but in some cases the client was in the
same room receiving the healing.
Results: Baseline EEG signatures were distinct,
as expected, but some consistent features were noted:
assymetrical alpha activity, was shifted to right
temporal-parietal sites, maximal at T6, P4. Phase
synchrony maps (theta-alpha, 7-10Hz) and low
–amplitude delta power (1-4 Hz), revealed higher than
normal Z-scores (LSRDB database). During SE state,
robust (45-200 % increase) in mostly alpha power was
detected at T6, P4. Phase synchrony was also increased
in alpha-theta band. HRV analysis during SE state
revealed increased coherence (peak ca. 0.1 Hz
power-freq. spectrum) in only a few healers, most showed
increased sympathetic arousal, reflecting the
establishment of a “healing connection” with their
Conclusion: These studies demonstrate measurable
physiological changes during SE state that correlate
with a psycho-spiritual healing experience. Ongoing
studies are measuring EEG and HRV in the clients
receiving the energy healing.
Changes In EEGAlpha Cordance Responses Over Time During
Successful Homeopathic Treatment Of Fibromyalgia
Iris R. Bell, MD PhD, Daniel A. Lewis, II, BS, Gary E.
Schwartz, PhD, Sabrina E. Lewis, BA, Anne Scott, PhD,
Audrey J. Brooks, PhD, and Carol M. Baldwin, RN PhD,
The University of Arizona
Objective. We previously reported that initial
electroencephalographic (EEG) alpha cordance patterns
distinguished fibromyalgia patients with subsequently
excellent local (tender point pain) and global (overall
health) clinical responses to homeopathy from all other
patients (Bell et al. 2004). Given homeopathy’s
history of inconsistent replicability, the present study
reassessed the same measure over time.
Materials and Methods. Evaluated initial,
3-month, and 6-month EEG alpha (8-12 hertz) cordance
during a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled
trial of individualized LM-potency homeopathy in
fibromyalgia (N=50). EEG sessions (eyes-closed) included
16 2-second sniffs of diluted patient-specific treatment
solution [verum for Active; placebo for Placebo group],
randomized in order by pairs with 16 2-second sniffs of
similarly-prepared control solvent solution. Cordance
was computed as a derivative of absolute and relative
power for nearest neighbor electrode pairs per
www.qeeg.org. Averaged cordance values for all sniffs of
treatment solution minus control solvent were compared
over excellent, good, and poor responders.
Results. The excellent clinical responders
(defined at 3 months) showed a progressive shift from
negative to positive difference scores in cordance over
6 months. The pattern differed from that of good and
poor responders to verum and placebo.
Conclusions: Consistent with the complex adaptive
systems model for homeopathic healing, the data suggest
that EEG cordance is a dynamic biomarker for the
evolution of excellent clinical responses. The pattern
over time was unique to exceptional responders on verum.
Apparent irreproducibility of homeopathy research may
stem partly from the assumptions of conventional medical
researchers that human beings and biomarkers are static
rather than dynamic entities.
Supported by NIH R21 AT00315 (IRB), K24 AT00057 (IRB),
and P20 AT00774 (GES) from the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and NIH
HL53938-07S1 (CMB). Its contents are solely the
responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily
represent the official views of NCCAM or NIH.
3 EEG Changes
in Experienced Johrei Practitioners
Gary Schwartz1,2, Audrey Brooks1,2, Daniel Lewis1,2,3,
Kim Corley1,2, Katie Reece1,2, and Katherine Burleson2,4;
1Department of Psychology, University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ; 2Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield
Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; 3Saybrook
Institute, San Francisco, CA; 4Program in Integrative
Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Objective: To examine the difference in EEG
activity between “givers” and “receivers” of
Johrei before and after a healing session.
Methods and Materials: Twenty Johrei
practitioners (10 pairs) conducted a standardized Johrei
healing session for 22 minutes. Participants were
randomly assigned to be either the giver or receiver.
All participants had a minimum Johrei practice of 1 year
and were active Johrei “givers” and “receivers”.
EEG activity was recorded pre- and post healing
intervention. Five minute eyes open and 5 minute eyes
closed recordings were obtained.
Results: Initial findings for EEG alpha (8-12 hz)
from the left and right sides of the head, reveal
different EEG alpha patterns for “givers” and
“receivers”. Repeated measures analyses of variance
indicate that (1) the senders decrease their EEG alpha
from pre to post intervention on both sides of the
heads, and (2) the receivers show a relative increase in
left-sided EEG alpha post the training.
This is the first basic science study
examining biophysical and psychophysiological mechanisms
of giving and receiving energy. The difference in EEG
alpha activity between “givers” and “receivers”
suggests that receivers experience a relative increase
in relaxation in the “left hemispheric.”
Supported by National Institutes of Health P20 AT00774.
biofield interactions by measuring biophoton emission
Katherine Creath, PhD, PhD1-2, Gary E. Schwartz, PhD1,3;
1 Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; 2 Optical Sciences
Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; 3 Psychology,
Surgery, Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry ,
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Objective: This study was designed to image
biophoton emission from and between various plant parts.
Materials and Methods: A highly sensitive,
low-noise, cooled, Roper Scientific camera was used to
image self-generated biological chemiluminescence
(biophotons) in a completely dark, light-tight chamber
from plant parts. Biophoton emission correlates with
oxidative metabolic processes producing singlet oxygen
and other oxygen-related free radicals. Plant parts were
placed on either black or white (non-fluorescing)
backgrounds. A sequence of long-exposure images (1/2 to
2 hours) was taken once the chlorophyll fluorescence
decayed (after 30 minutes in darkness) over a period of
several hours. Image brightness corresponds to the
amplitude of biophoton emission.
Results: More light is seen between adjacent
plant parts than where there are no adjacent plant
parts. Definite structure can be seen between plant
parts that falls off with distance. White backgrounds
scatter and reflect more biophoton emission than
absorptive black backgrounds. With time this interaction
increases and then decays as the plant parts decay.
Conclusion: Each biological object is a weak
light source that interacts with adjacent biological
objects. When looking at interactions between objects,
white backgrounds enhance these effects, while black
backgrounds enhance effects within the object. These
images show feedback and synergy between living systems
as well as pictorial evidence of biofields and auras.
Light streaming between objects indicates a type of
communication between the objects. We speculate that
these self and mutual fluorescence/luminescence effects
are not exclusive to plants and are present in all
biological systems that emit biophotons.
Supported in part by NIH P20 AT00774-01 (Center for
Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science) from the National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(NCCAM), and Prof. Arthur F. Gmitro and his research
group for use of equipment and facilities.
5 A Comparison
of Human Energy Fields Before and After Stimulation of
Dr. C. Norman Shealy’s Rings of Fire, Earth, Water,
Air, and Crystal
Barbara A. Haydon, BSN, MA, Th.D.,
The Source for Health and Fitness, Hayesville, North
Objective: The present research explores the
human energetic field change in the human body after the
electrical stimulus of Dr. C. Norman Shealy's Rings of
Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Crystal are applied. In
addition, a control group of non-acupuncture points is
also compared to the rings' analysis. The rings of
acupuncture points produce specific hormones in the body
with stimulation of the points with the SheLi TENS. The
present study compares the five rings and their
respective electro magnetic energy fields.
Material and Methods: The Gas Discharge
Visualization Bioelectrography (BEO-GDV) instrument was
used to measure the change in the human energy field.
The GDV camera did a measurement of the fingertips with
and without a filter. The SheLi TENS stimulator device
was used to stimulate the acupuncture points of the
rings’ and control group. Fifty-five to sixty-one
volunteers were tested in each set. The age ranges was
21 to 80 years and were all healthy individuals.
Results: The pre-treatment numbers were compared
to the post-treatment numbers. A statistical change was
detected in the Rings of Water, Earth, Crystal, and Air
without a filter both right and left hands. No
statistical change was detected for the Ring of Fire
with or without a filter. Statistically significant
changes in the energy field with a filter included the
Ring of Crystal left hand and Ring of Earth right hand.
The rings of Air and Water had no statistical
significant change with a filter. The control showed no
statistical significant change with or without a filter.
Another analysis of the least-squares fit was done to
show the movement of the electromagnetic field before
and after stimulation. All of the rings showed a
movement toward the balance points except the control
Conclusion: The most significant finding in this
research was that the electrical stimulation of the
acupuncture points (rings’) with the SheLi TENS moved
the electromagnetic energy toward a homeostasis or
balance point in the body.
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