Healing Touch With Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Author
Jain, Shamini · McMahon, George F. · Hasen, Patricia · Kozub, Madelyn P. · Porter, Valencia · King, Rauni · Guarneri, Erminia M.
Published September 2012
Journal Military Medicine
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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remains a significant problem in returning military and warrants swift and effective treatment. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether a complementary medicine intervention (Healing Touch with Guided Imagery [HT+GI]) reduced PTSD symptoms as compared to treatment as usual (TAU) returning combat-exposed active duty military with significant PTSD symptoms. Active duty military (n = 123) were randomized to 6 sessions (within 3 weeks) of HT+GI vs. TAU. The primary outcome was PTSD symptoms; secondary outcomes were depression, quality of life, and hostility. Repeated measures analysis of covariance with intent-to-treat analyses revealed statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms (p < 0.0005, Cohen's d = 0.85) as well as depression (p < 0.0005, Cohen's d = 0.70) for HT+GI vs. TAU. HT+GI also showed significant improvements in mental quality of life (p = 0.002, Cohen's d = 0.58) and cynicism (p = 0.001, Cohen's d = 0.49) vs. TAU. Participation in a complementary medicine intervention resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active duty military population. Further investigation of GT and biofield therapy approaches for mitigating PTSD in military populations is warranted.

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  • Medical research supporting Healing Touch can be found on their website www.healingtouchinternational.org......One can find alot of treatments being used in our modern medical field which incorporate energy, thought, and guided imagery.It.s the new world of quantum physics, where all is possible, and is no longer ”quackery” but the new norm in a constantly evolving of the medical field and mankind as a whole Written by Anonymous user (IP:76.26.55.49), October 23, 2012, 1:56 PM UTC
  • This sounds like suggestive therapy to me. I would question the long term effectiveness of this. It would seem to me to be more like relaxation therapy not some get well quick fix for the military, no matter how well they might wish for it. Sounds like the military is looking for any way out! This sounds like the quackery of the 60's to me. Written by Anonymous user (IP:68.225.189.111), October 1, 2012, 7:45 PM UTC

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Title
Healing Touch With Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Author
Jain, Shamini · McMahon, George F. · Hasen, Patricia · Kozub, Madelyn P. · Porter, Valencia · King, Rauni · Guarneri, Erminia M.
Year
2012
Journal
Military Medicine
Document Type
Research article
Language
eng
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