Kenna Stephenson, M.D., is the Principal Investigator on a Biotouch Research Project at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler. The study is investigating the effects of biotouch on substances in the blood involving the cardiovascular system and immune system. Women in the study will also have stress hormone levels measured before and after biotouch sessions as well as complete Quality of Life Questionnaires. Dr. Stephenson and her co-investigators, Dr. Pierre Neuenschwander and Dr. Anna Kurdowska, and Nancy Creech, M.S.N. are also obtaining skin biopsies from the patients before and after biotouch in order to measure gene expression of substances in the skin. The ability to measure such changes might explain how biotouch works at the cellular level in the neuro-immuno-cutaneous-endocrine network which has far reaching implications for many patients.
Dr. Stephenson gave a presentation on Bio-Touch at the 2003 national conference of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Her study, “The Effects of Bio-Touch on Quality of Life Scores in Patients” demonstrated Bio-Touch, performed once weekly, improved Quality of Life Scores (at 8 weeks) and exhibited a sustained (greater than 4 weeks post treatment) effect on domains of: Bodily Pain, Social Functioning, Vitality, General Health Perceptions, and Mental Health Index. 0 to 10 Rating Scale.
Dr. Stephenson states: “Bio-Touch provides a valuable modality for pain and stress reduction. Many patients in my practice have benefitted from Bio-Touch for stress related disorders such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and musculoskeletal pain. Bio-Touch can be helpful for both pediatric and adult patients in stress related illnesses, pain syndromes, and chronic disease. Our research confirms that Bio-Touch has an immediate and sustained favorable effect on bodily pain and physical functioning in addition to an overall improvement in Quality of Life Scores in patients. Bio-Touch is a low tech, low cost solution for many families in my practice. Bio-Touch provides a form of safe touch that can be easily utilized in community settings to improve health.”