Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing: Evidence, Practice, & Future Directions

Welcome and Thank you for visiting the Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing Systems Mapping Project!

Our focus is to more effectively alleviate human suffering through the uptake of evidence-based healing practices. We have taken a systems change approach to identify the key levers of change that will help foster greater scientific understanding and practical uptake of biofield healing therapies. Our Systems Change Map visually describes the key domains in the subtle energy and biofield healing system and how fostering connections between domains could lead to increased use of evidence-based subtle energy and biofield healing modalities.

Please see below for the executive summary, report, and other great resources including free infographics and databases on the science and practice of healing! Click on the social links on the left to share these great reports and resources with others! Thank you!

Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing Report

In this comprehensive report, we describe the current state of progress, constituents/stakeholders, and future directions in several key subtle energy and biofield healing domains. We also propose a Roadmap and Action Plan for advancing the field of subtle energy and biofield healing.

Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing Report Executive Summary
Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing Full Report
Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing Condensed Report
Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing Roadmap and Action Plan
Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing Systems Change Map

To create these, we have:

  • reviewed the work of over 400 existing researchers in prominent universities and research institutions in the US and worldwide, who have conducted and/or are keenly interested in biofield science
  • identified over 225 research organizations worldwide and over 125 healing organizations within the United States
  • assembled a library of ~ 6,200 publications in subtle energy and biofield healing
  • more thoroughly reviewed and mapped a subset of 396 clinical studies of subtle energy and biofield healing modalities, which focus on effects of subtle energy and biofield healing modalities on health conditions
  • compiled a database over 280 biofield devices that are currently in use and being marketed to the public
  • convened an invitational Systems Mapping meeting July 17th, 2019 with 22 stakeholders to review progress, identify gaps and next steps, and co-create strategies for systems change based on the databases created and survey results

Our overarching goal is to advance scientific understanding and increase acceptance of evidence-based subtle energy and biofield healing modalities as healthcare options. We welcome your feedback, ideas for corrections, additions, or edits to these reports and resources, and opportunities for collaboration. Please contact us here. 

Supported by The Walker Family Foundation, the Emerald Gate Foundation, and Tom Dingledine

Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing Report Resources

  • Peer-Reviewed Clinical Studies of Biofield Therapies Landscape Map – This is a bubble-style data-visualization showing the systematically selected peer-reviewed clinical studies of biofield therapies, with basic information about each study. Note: Studies were not evaluated for strength of evidence or quality but were included based on relevance of topic.
  • Subtle Energy & Biofield Healing Network Map – This is a geographical map that can be filtered to show selected subtle energy and biofield healing research centers, healing organizations, educational organizations, universities, technology organizations, healing practitioner training organizations, communications organizations, hospitals or clinics, and policy organizations. Please contact us to suggest adding, removing, or editing entries.
  • Healers Survey – This is the survey we used to obtain perspectives and recommendations from selected subtle energy and biofield healers. If you are currently working as a subtle energy or biofield healer, we welcome you to complete the survey.
  • Researchers Survey – This is the survey we used to obtain perspectives and recommendations from selected subtle energy and biofield researchers. If you are currently working as a subtle energy or biofield researcher, we welcome you to complete the survey.
  • Biofield Technology & Devices – This is a webpage featuring over 280 identified biofield-based technologies currently in the marketplace for diagnostic (measuring biofield activity) and therapeutic (modifying biofield activity) uses.

Additional Resources

Institute of Noetic Sciences: Brief Reviews of Subtle Energy and Biofield Healing Modalities – Updated as of 2015

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