Mulloney Steffanie S. MS RN; Wells-Federman, Carol MEd, RNThe Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing: April 1996 Complementary Therapies: PDF Only Abstract Therapeutic touch is a nursing intervention pioneered more than 20 years ago. A substantial body of literature encompassing theory, clinical practice, and research exists on this energetic healing modality. This article examines the scientific basis for healing through the human energy field, including the basic assumptions from which therapeutic touch was developed and a summary of related research. It also discusses integration of therapeutic touch into clinical practice and identifies resources for further exploration. © 1996 Aspen Publishers, Inc.