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.

Arrington Reflections on the Art of Therapeutic Touch
Borelli & Heidt Therapeutic Touch: A Book of Readings
Challoner, H. K. The Path of Healing: Finding Your Soul’s Potential
Cowens, Deborah A Gift for Healing: How You Can Use Therapeutic Touch
Fanslow, Cathleen Using the Power of Hope to cope with Dying:  The Four Stages of Hope
Gelder and Chesley A Most Unusual Life: Dora Kunz
Hallett A Far Reaching Thing – Tales of Healing with Therapeutic Touch
Hawk, Crystal and Cooke, Alison Be Your own Healer: Self care with Therapeutic Touch®
Kraft, Dean A Touch of Hope
Krieger, Dolores Guide du magnétisme
Krieger, Dolores Therapeutic Touch Inner Workbook
Krieger, Dolores Therapeutic Touch as Transpersonal Healing
Krieger, Dolores Accepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch
Krieger, Dolores The Therapeutic Touch: How to Use Your Hands to Help or to Heal
Krieger, Dolores Living the Therapeutic Touch: Healing As a Lifestyle
Krieger, Dolores Guide Toucher Thérapeutique
Krieger, Dolores Foundations for Holistic Health Nursing Practices: The Renaissance Nurse
Krieger, Dolores A Healer’s Journey to Intuitive Knowing: The Heart of Therapeutic Touch
Kunz, Dora The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch
Kunz, Dora Spiritual Healing
Kunz, Dora van Gelder The Personal Aura
Kunz, Dora van Gelder The Real World of Fairies: A First-Person Account
Kunz, Dora van Gelder Spiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts
LaFortune, Gail Heal to be Free: Therapeutic Touch Healing Stories
Macrae, Janet Therapeutic Touch: A Practical Guide
May, Diane The Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Level One-Basic
May, Diane The Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Level Two-Three
May, Diane The Therapeutic Touch Handbook: Advanced Practice
Rossiter-Thornton Therapeutic Touch(TM): An Introduction for Beginners
Sayre-Adams, Jean Therapeutic Touch
Scheiber, Bela Therapeutic Touch
Wager, Susan Doctors Guide To Therapeutic Touch
West, Andrée Le Toucher Thérapeutique

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