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Lilian Nordstrom
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Healingstudie med Värmekamera

Pilotstudy of Healing in Uppsala Akademiska University Hospital Sweden

Global health status
Patients in the group receiving healing registered increasingly higher scores in quality of life compared to their situation before onset of healing treatment. Patients in the control group registered scores reflecting poorer quality of life after treatment with chemotherapy than before.

Fig. 8 Global health status. A higher score represents a higher
quality of life. n = 7

Presence of symptoms
Before treatment, patients in the experimental group reported a higher frequency of symptoms. At completion of treatment, patients receiving healing reported fewer symptoms. Patients receiving healing reported no presence of nausea and vomiting, very little pain, no sleep disturbance, no appetite loss, no constipation, and no diarrhoea.
Lower scores represent fewer symptoms.

Fig. 9 Symptoms before onset of healing therapy.

(Absence of staple = no symptoms) n = 7

Fig.10 Symptoms 6 weeks after onset of healing therapy.

n = 7

Fig.11 Symptoms 1 to 2 weeks after
completion of chemotherapy. n = 7

Subjective experience of healing
All of the patients experienced heat radiating through their body during healing treatment. They were very relaxed and one patient went into a deep state of relaxation with sensations of weightlessness. Another patient experienced “warmth that radiated from the inside and out” and a feeling of wellbeing. A third patient felt a strong sensation of heat, which radiated down to his feet during treatment. All of the patients receiving healing noticed that their urine became darker and smelled stronger after the first healing treatments even though they had to urinate oftener and the amount of urine increased. They were encouraged to drink more fluids after every treatment. All of the patients experienced a permanent state of increased body warmth. One of the patients had cold feet and experienced an uncomfortable feeling of needles under his feet, “my feet didn’t feel like part of my body”, before he started healing therapy. After three treatments he stopped wearing thick socks and regained normal sensations in his feet. Another patient felt much more fit with less dizziness and more energy. At the beginning of therapy he was dependent on his wife for support when walking and after eight weeks he was playing 9-holes of golf. Three of the patients, who were sleeping poorly before healing therapy, began sleeping better after therapy started. Another patient who was having difficulty drinking and eating regained her normal appetite after the onset of healing therapy despite ongoing chemotherapy treatment.

Analysis of the influence of healing on peripheral circulation showed that the temperature of the skin increased after healing treatment. The patient’s subjective experience of increased warmth and heat radiating through the body corresponded with results from the infrared camera study. No patients in the control group reported symptoms of increased body warmth. The study on quality of life parameters showed tendencies to differences between the two groups. Patients in the group receiving healing felt, in all situations, better at the completion of chemotherapy than did patients in the control group. The groups were small and individual differences have a strong influence on the results. Future studies with larger groups are needed for more conclusive results.
The patients in the healing group reported that their urine was darker and more abundant after treatment. An explanation for this could possibly be that the body rinses out waste products and that blood circulation to the renal system increases. It could be worthwhile to examine the contents of urine in a future study and compare the results with a control group.
It is difficult to draw any general conclusions from this material. To establish grounds for reliability, a larger, more comprehensive study is necessary. In this study we did not record any negative effects of healing.


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