Healing Touch Therapy : Alternative therapies relax heart patients

BOSTON, MA – Some medical centers are integrating alternative treatments known as "touch therapies" into their cardiac care practices, reports the October Harvard Heart Letter. And several studies of these treatments have shown positive results in people hospitalized for heart trouble.

Some touch therapies involve massage, while others aim to change the body's "energy fields." Among the more promising approaches are these:

The Heart Letter points out that there's one form of touch therapy that almost everyone is familiar with—hugging. Recent research found that women who often hug their partners have lower blood pressure than those who do so infrequently.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »