There are a few research institutes out there that look into energy medicine, and have already conducted - or are conducting - study sets on various modalities.
The main thing they are studying at present is how to separate energy medicine from its more commonly known scientific explanation of being a "placebo effect." Once they can get a firm understanding of what EXACTLY is going on to cause the shifts that clients experience, we'll see more opportunities and doors open for studying specific modalities.
Petitioning for studies can take a long and arduous amount of time (and paperwork), however it is worth it.
Three top research institutes to look into petitioning:
1. The Touch Research Institute
2. The National Center for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (NIH's NCCAM)
3. Helfgott Research Institute
You can Google or search any of these and get the contact info you'd need to get started.
Thought this would help.
Ashle I need a bit info here:
what does it mean petitionig?
I know the word itself, but what exactly do you petitition for?
Studying effects of QT?
Proving it doesn't work as placebo?
Studying QT as a modality?
Petitioning just means that you get a group of people together that are interested in seeing a study done on a specific modality working with a specific condition, or just to see how that specific modality works in general.
Say I wanted to get a study going:
1. I'd round up at least 25 practitioners of the modality I wanted studied, that would be willing to sign a letter to the institute in question.
2. I'd submit the letter with all our signatures on it, offering to be the "subjects" of the study, along with any supporting documentation (like client claims of having no pain after a session, mood lifting, etc.) to get their interest in such a study.
3. After sending in the letter and documentation, give it 2-3 weeks (minimum) for them to acknowledge to me that they received it.
4. Call or mail another letter about following up on the study interest to see if it generated enough interest - if not, dig up more documentation and even research about other modalities to provide a "model" that could be used (using another institute's model of study proves to be very, um, enticing). Big thing is don't give up. It takes time - and sometimes lots of it.
5. Keep in touch with the other people who've agreed to help out, get them to send in more letters or documentation to help push it along. Eventually, we'd get a green light and a big thank you for the idea - or we'd be told there's just not enough interest. In the latter case, you find more people to jump on board...as many as it takes.
Seems to be there is power in numbers - and the more people to ask a research institute for study criteria, the better a chance for getting it started.
Hope this helps!
WOW, some work to do.
So, are we going to start at least that letter for offering ourselves as subjects part,
or some of us here already done that?
I'd suggest opening a thread here in "Research" to ask if anyone in the QT network of practitioners and instructors has already begun that process.
If no one has, that will generate enough interest and replies - and a full-blown conversation at the least - to get something going.
I'm more than happy to jump on board with a research effort - I've attempted before with another modality, as well as once with this one, too - so I'm "decently" versed in the lingo and process of trying to get something going. I'm no expert, just had a couple of "go's" at it before.
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