Books on Therapeutic Touch


Research studies have found that Therapeutic Touch®

•    reduces anxiety,
•    regulates and supports the immune function,
•    alters the perception of pain and
•    encourages general healing.

Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, who, along with Dora Kunz, developed Therapeutic Touch did the earliest research in the modality. “Therapeutic Touch: The Imprimatur of Nursing” was published in 1975 in The American Journal of Nursing 75.5 (1975):784-787.

The research  examined the effect of Therapeutic Touch on hemoglobin levels. A group of registered nurses were trained to offer Therapeutic Touch to patients as part of general nursing care. The control group received the nursing care without Therapeutic Touch. The hemoglobin levels of patients who received Therapeutic Touch changed.

Since then, a large body of research on outcomes of Therapeutic Touch has been accumulated. The Research Links page on this site  offers a bibliography of  the most recent Therapeutic Touch research with links leading either to the article itself, or, more often, to the abstract. From the abstracts, there are links to the instructions for purchasing the full-text article.

An Annotated Bibliography Published Therapeutic Touch™ Research 1975 to July, 2004, commissioned by The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario, includes forty-five studies. It was compiled by Theresa Moore RN, MScN and is available from the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO). Two meta-analyses of Therapeutic Touch, one conducted by P. Winsted Fry and J. Kijek, and the other by R. M. Peters, both published in 1999, are included in the Annotated Bibliography. These meta-analyses find that, in general, Therapeutic Touch has a medium effect on various conditions and illnesses when comparing those receiving Therapeutic Touch to those not receiving Therapeutic Touch, i.e. the control group.

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Books on Therapeutic Touch

The following is a list of books specifically on Therapeutic Touch.

Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

ArringtonReflections on the Art of Therapeutic Touch
Borelli & HeidtTherapeutic Touch: A Book of Readings
Challoner, H. K.The Path of Healing: Finding Your Soul’s Potential
Cowens, DeborahA Gift for Healing: How You Can Use Therapeutic Touch
Gelder and ChesleyA Most Unusual Life: Dora Kunz
HallettA Far Reaching Thing – Tales of Healing with Therapeutic Touch
Hawk, Crystal and Cooke, AlisonBe Your own Healer: Self care with Therapeutic Touch®
Kraft, DeanA Touch of Hope
Krieger, DoloresGuide du magnétisme
Krieger, DoloresTherapeutic Touch Inner Workbook
Krieger, DoloresTherapeutic Touch as Transpersonal Healing
Krieger, DoloresAccepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch
Krieger, DoloresThe Therapeutic Touch: How to Use Your Hands to Help or to Heal
Krieger, DoloresLiving the Therapeutic Touch: Healing As a Lifestyle
Krieger, DoloresGuide Toucher Thérapeutique
Krieger, DoloresFoundations for Holistic Health Nursing Practices: The Renaissance Nurse
Krieger, DoloresA Healer’s Journey to Intuitive Knowing: The Heart of Therapeutic Touch
Kunz, DoraThe Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch
Kunz, DoraSpiritual Healing
Kunz, Dora van GelderThe Personal Aura
Kunz, Dora van GelderThe Real World of Fairies: A First-Person Account
Kunz, Dora van GelderSpiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts
LaFortune, GailHeal to be Free: Therapeutic Touch Healing Stories
Macrae, JanetTherapeutic Touch: A Practical Guide
May, DianeThe Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Level One-Basic
May, DianeThe Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Level Two-Three
May, DianeThe Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Advanced Practice
Rossiter-ThorntonTherapeutic Touch(TM): An Introduction for Beginners
Sayre-Adams, JeanTherapeutic Touch
Scheiber, BelaTherapeutic Touch
Wager, SusanDoctors Guide To Therapeutic Touch
West, AndréeLe Toucher Thérapeutique

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