Mental Health Wellness and Biofield Therapies: An Integrative Review

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2017 Nov;38(11):930-944. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1364808. Epub 2017 Oct 2.


Biofield therapies such as Healing Touch and Reiki increase relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, and improve mood. Understanding the efficacy of these therapies in terms of mental health wellness is important for nurses interested in complementary and integrative care. The goal of the present integrative review was to investigate the state of knowledge regarding biofield therapies and the impact on anxiety, mood, and mental health wellness. Electronic databases were searched for articles available in English and published from 2014 to 2016. Biofield therapies show safety and promise in reducing anxiety, improving mood, and cultivating mental health and wellness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Mood Disorders / therapy*