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Self-Treatment to Improve Mental and Physical Health using Two Bioenergetic Devices: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Author(s): Harald Walach, Peter Marmann

Background: Many healthy people seek to improve their health status, because they feel they lack energy or wellbeing or both. Bioenergy devices are frequently used in this self-help sector. We tested two such devices against a wait-list control group in a short-term two week randomized trial.

Method: Healthy volunteers who gave informed consent were randomized to receive either one of two bioenergetic devices, Healy, or Healy coil, or had to wait to receive one for two weeks. We measured wellbeing using the WHO-5, and individual concerns using the Measure-your-own- outcome-profile (MYMOP) scaling at the beginning and after two weeks.

Results: Linear Models confirmed that the two active interventions were effective over and above waiting (R2adj = .34; p < .0001). This was confirmed by the MYMOP scales. The novel Healy coil intervention was non-inferior to the Healy system.

Discussion and conclusion: Bioenergy devices can improve the wellbeing and energy of healthy persons short term. A testing of these applications for medical conditions and in patients would be warranted.

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