Touch is probably the most unappreciated of all our senses. Yet science is showing that it has amazing healing properties … Much research has also been done on the benefits of therapeutic touch. Preliminary research shows that it can reduce pain in hospital patients, and decrease restlessness and stress in nursing home residents with dementia. Therapeutic touch is also being studied in patients receiving cancer treatments to find out if it can improve quality of life, boost the immune system, and reduce side effects.
–Health24, October 2009