Integrative Medicine Research
We have recently completed two studies examining effects of a complementary (CAM) medicine intervention on immune function in cancer patients. One is a randomized study of effects of a CAM called “Healing Touch” vs. relaxation vs. standard care on immune function in cervical cancer patients. This was funded by the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and was part of the Frontier Medicine Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. The second was a randomized study of effects of “Healing Touch” vs. standard care on immunity and fatigue in breast cancer patients. This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute. Ongoing work in this area includes an examination of Healing Touch effects on Heart Rate Variability.