The Measurement of One Energy Field Healing Technique Using Saliva Cortisol Levels as a Direct Measure of Effectiveness: a Pilot Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161584
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Title:
The Measurement of One Energy Field Healing Technique Using Saliva Cortisol Levels as a Direct Measure of Effectiveness: a Pilot Study
Abstract:
The Measurement of One Energy Field Healing Technique Using Saliva Cortisol Levels as a Direct Measure of Effectiveness: a Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Pettigrew, Amy
P.I. Institution Name:University of Cincinnati
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 216 Procter Hall, PO Box 670038, Cincinnati, OH, 45267-0038, USA
Contact Telephone:513.558.5223
This pilot study was conducted on patients in a persistent vegetative state or comatose for more than three days, to control for the intervening variable of the patient-client interaction. The purposes were: 1. Establish the diurnal circadian rhythm of saliva cortisol levels, and 2. Investigate the effect of energy field healing intervention on saliva cortisol levels. The research questions were: 1. What is the diurnal cycle of saliva cortisol in comatose/vegetative patients? 2. Does an energy field healing intervention lead to changes in salivary cortisol levels in coma/vegetative patients? 3. Is there a residual effect of energy field healing on saliva cortisol levels over time? A convenience sample of two patients from a rehabilitation center was enrolled. The only exclusion criteria were use of corticosteroids and less than 19 years. Baseline cortisol samples were obtained hourly (6 - 10) to identify the subject's normal cortisol secretion pattern. An energy healing session was provided each day for the next two days. Cortisol levels were obtained one hour prior to the intervention, immediately preceding the intervention, following post treatment assessment, and at 20-minute intervals for the next hour. On the third day, following collection of pretreatment samples, a Healing Touch practitioner assessed the subject's energetic state. The 30-minute treatment consisted of touch to various parts of the body for 1- 1.5 minutes each. Cortisol was measured as an indication of physiological response to environmental stressors. A plot of each subject's pretreatment diurnal cortisol was formulated from the mean and standard deviation. A test for significant differences using a mixed model of ANOVA for repeated measures was used to assess for treatment effect. Each subject's seven major energy centers were assessed pre/post intervention. A chi-square test was computed for significant differences pre- and post-intervention.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Measurement of One Energy Field Healing Technique Using Saliva Cortisol Levels as a Direct Measure of Effectiveness: a Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161584-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Measurement of One Energy Field Healing Technique Using Saliva Cortisol Levels as a Direct Measure of Effectiveness: a Pilot Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Pettigrew, Amy</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Cincinnati</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 216 Procter Hall, PO Box 670038, Cincinnati, OH, 45267-0038, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">513.558.5223</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">amy.pettigrew@uc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">This pilot study was conducted on patients in a persistent vegetative state or comatose for more than three days, to control for the intervening variable of the patient-client interaction. The purposes were: 1. Establish the diurnal circadian rhythm of saliva cortisol levels, and 2. Investigate the effect of energy field healing intervention on saliva cortisol levels. The research questions were: 1. What is the diurnal cycle of saliva cortisol in comatose/vegetative patients? 2. Does an energy field healing intervention lead to changes in salivary cortisol levels in coma/vegetative patients? 3. Is there a residual effect of energy field healing on saliva cortisol levels over time? A convenience sample of two patients from a rehabilitation center was enrolled. The only exclusion criteria were use of corticosteroids and less than 19 years. Baseline cortisol samples were obtained hourly (6 - 10) to identify the subject's normal cortisol secretion pattern. An energy healing session was provided each day for the next two days. Cortisol levels were obtained one hour prior to the intervention, immediately preceding the intervention, following post treatment assessment, and at 20-minute intervals for the next hour. On the third day, following collection of pretreatment samples, a Healing Touch practitioner assessed the subject's energetic state. The 30-minute treatment consisted of touch to various parts of the body for 1- 1.5 minutes each. Cortisol was measured as an indication of physiological response to environmental stressors. A plot of each subject's pretreatment diurnal cortisol was formulated from the mean and standard deviation. A test for significant differences using a mixed model of ANOVA for repeated measures was used to assess for treatment effect. Each subject's seven major energy centers were assessed pre/post intervention. A chi-square test was computed for significant differences pre- and post-intervention. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:23:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:23:48Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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