Energy field disturbance

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Energy field disturbance is a pseudoscientific concept rooted in alternative medicine. Supporters of this concept believe it concerns the disruptance of a metaphysical biofield that permeates the body, resulting in poor emotional or physiological health.[1] This concept is often related to therapeutic touch.[2]

NANDA diagnosis and controversy[edit]

The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) recognized the diagnosis "Disturbed Energy Field" in 1994, prior to implementation of a rule requiring a minimum requirement by evidence in the literature prior to accepting a new diagnosis. NANDA has reported it received feedback questioning the validity of the diagnosis, including criticism from skeptic James Randi. Based on this feedback, NANDA says it is reevaluating this diagnosis as well as older diagnoses based on current scientific evidence, and may remove it in the future depending on their review.[2]


The alleged benefits of therapeutic touch are not supported by any scientific evidence.[3][4]

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