Energy field disturbance

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Energy field disturbance is a pseudoscientific concept rooted in alternative medicine. It concerns the disruptance of a metaphysical biofield that permeates the body, resulting in poor emotional or physiological health.[1] The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association recognized this as a diagnosis in 2005-2006.


According to NANDA, energy field disturbance is defined as the disruption of the flow of energy, or aura, surrounding a person's being that results in a disharmony of the body, mind, and/or spirit.[2] There are a number of variations, however, with many using terminology from traditional medicine.


Critics of alternative medicine and energy field theories point out that the alleged benefits of therapeutic touch are not supported by any scientific evidence.[3][4]

Nevertheless supporters of traditional medicine and sociologists point out that inability of modern medicine in integrating the traditional medicine and reality of energy field in itself is due to the fact that the latter is holistic (considering the whole picture) while modern medicine is based in material science and partial, and only possible to integrate the other way around (modern med as part of traditional med).[5]

Therapeutic touch is a form of cargo cult science, as named by Richard Feynman after the cargo cults that attempted to imitate landing strips in order to make aircraft land. Feynman describes cargo cult science as being where "they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they're missing something essential, because the planes don't land."[6]

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