Principle Proposed Uses
- There are no uses of Therapeutic Touch with any meaningful scientific support.
What Is Therapeutic Touch?
What Is the Scientific Evidence Regarding Therapeutic Touch?
What to Expect During a Therapeutic Touch Session
How to Find a Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner
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- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/18/2014 -
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