The AIDS study in detail

The healers were selected according to strict criteria; essential requirements for participation in the tests included a good reputation and experience with AIDS patients. Some of the remote healers were themselves physicians and psychologists, who use their apparent healing abilities in their practice, while others already worked in cooperation with doctors. The remote healing techniques applied in the test represented a wide range of healing methods: from faith healers (a Baptist priest) to a Qui-Gong master and a shaman, a wide range of traditional spiritual healing techniques were represented.

Although the results appear to be quite spectacular, Dr. Targ warns against premature enthusiasm: "Individual studies cannot necessarily demonstrate an effect. The two studies presented represent only the most recent work in an almost 40 year process of development, refinement and repetition of studies for the evaluation of remote healing trials. Both studies confirm such an effect in exactly the same way as other published results. This work however throws up many questions, which will be the subject of further studies: Which healing techniques or attitudes are the most helpful? Are there certain people who are more able than others to develop healing powers? Is remote healing more effective in the case of particular illnesses? What role does the patient play in the healing process? Is such healing an additive process, i.e. would it be worthwhile organising prayer groups or other remote healing groups? Are less certain biological paths which are particularly affected by healing efforts? And lastly of course: