Do new meta-analyses from parapsychologists prove reality of "Distant Healing"? NO says Edzard Ernst
Distant healing is one of the most bizarre yet popular forms of alternative medicine. Healers claim they can transmit ‘healing energy’ towards patients to enable them to heal themselves.
There have been many trials testing the effectiveness of the method, and the general consensus amongst critical thinkers is that all variations of ‘energy healing’ rely entirely on a placebo response. A recent and widely publicised paper seems to challenge this view.
From these findings, the authors drew the following conclusions: Results suggest that subjects in the active condition exhibit a significant improvement in wellbeing relative to control subjects under circumstances that do not seem to be susceptible to placebo and expectancy effects.
Findings with the whole human database suggests that the effect is not dependent upon the previous inclusion of suspect studies and is robust enough to accommodate some high profile failures to replicate.
Both databases show problems with heterogeneity and with study quality and recommendations are made for necessary standards for future replication attempts.
Men healers fortsätter bedra människor både på distans och öga mot öga för en näve sedlar...