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]

"Disturbed energy field" was removed from the NANDA taxonomy in the 10th edition of Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions & Classification 2015-2017, with the explanation that "all literature support currently provided for this diagnosis is regarding intervention rather than for the nursing diagnosis itself" (p. 13).[3]


The alleged benefits of therapeutic touch are not supported by any scientific evidence.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Human Energy Fields - Healing Methods
  2. ^ a b "DEFINING THE KNOWLEDGE OF NURSING: Priorities for Terminology Development". NANDA. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  3. ^ NANDA International, Inc. Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions & Classification 2015-2017 (10th ed.). Eds. T Heather Herman & S. Kamitsuru. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  4. ^ therapeutic touch - The Skeptic's Dictionary -
  5. ^ Why Therapeutic Touch Should Be Considered Quackery