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Definition of Therapeutic touch

Therapeutic touch: A practice derived from an ancient technique called laying on of hands. It is based on the premise that it is the healing force of the therapist that affects the patient's recovery; healing is promoted when the body's energies are in balance; and, by passing their hands over the patient, healers can identify energy imbalances.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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