Prospective Empirical Test Suite for Energy Practitioners

Author: Melinda H Connor1, Caitlin A Connor2, Jens Eickhoff3, Gary E Schwartz4
Author Information:
1 CAM, Akamai University, Hilo Hawaii; Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Earthsongs Holistic Consulting, 31907 South Davis Ranch Rd., Marana, AZ 85658, USA. Electronic address: Melinda_Connor@mindspring.com.
2 Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Earthsongs Holistic Consulting, 31907 South Davis Ranch Rd., Marana, AZ 85658, USA; Health Science Research, Rewley House, University of Oxford, UK.
3 Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
4 Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery, The University of Arizona, USA.
Conference/Journal: Explore (NY)
Date published: 2020 Aug 1
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2020.07.010. , Word Count: 319


Objective:
To design a set of measures which were portable and cost-effective that scientists could use to determine competence of Energy Practitioners so that qualified practitioners could be employed in improving ongoing research accuracy.

Design:
This was a prospective study with sample of convenience.

Subjects:
213 subjects, 185 women and 28 men, were tested in this study.

Outcome measures:
Empirical outcome measures included Triaxial Extra Low Frequency Magnetic Field meter, Data Logging Multimeter, RF Field Spectrum Analyzer, Acoustimeter, Broadcast Frequency counter, digital pH meter, digital TDS meter, GDV and physiology suite including heart rate variability, galvanic skin response, respiration, EMG, EKG, temperature and blood volume pulse. Additional questions on ethics and body reading were included in the test.

Results:
Results suggest a range of tests which could be used to determine practitioner competence. Many of the energy practitioners tested consistently produced changes in the areas being measured past the error rate of the devices being used. Across the 13 measures, practitioner success ranged from 56.8% on the Acoustimeter to 100% on the Broadcast Frequency Counter measures with 95% CI. Tri Axial ELF magnetic field meter showed significance with practitioners producing oscillations of amplitude from the L hand at p< 0.01 with and effect size D of 1.5 and R hand p< 0.001 and an effect size D of 1.6. Practitioners demonstrated the ability to produce a change in pH beyond ±.1pH in 10 minutes at a Mean of 0.5 and a SD of 0.4 at a 95% CI of 0.48-0.58 and changes in TDS beyond+/-2% at a Mean of 36.7 and a SD of 35.2 at a 95% CI of 31.9-41.5. Other measures are discussed in detail.

Conclusions:
This test presents a possible way to demonstrate a level of practitioner competence and improve the selection of energy practitioners for use in scientific studies of energy healing in the areas of full spectrum healing, laying-on-of-hands healing, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

Keywords: Biofield; Energy Medicine; Healing Touch; Holistic health; Qigong.

PMID: 32798173 DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2020.07.010

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