Transpersonal or distant healing intention (DHI) is one of the most commonly used forms of complementary and alternative healing. While it is popular, its efficacy is uncertain and the mechanism of action unclear. This article provides an overview of both the laboratory research and clinical trials of DHI, summarizing the state of the field. There appears to be support, based on controlled laboratory studies, for a transpersonal dimension to DHI. Results of randomized, controlled clinical trials are more equivocal. While results do not offer clear evidence to support DHI as an evidence-based modality, this provocative field reveals important epistemological and ontological implications for bridging science and spirituality.
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Schlitz, M. (2014). Schlitz, M. (2014). Transpersonal healing: Assessing the evidence from laboratory and clinical trials. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 33(1), 97–101.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 33 (1). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2014.33.1.97