Safety/Effectiveness Study of a Single Session of Laying-on-of-hands in Various Settings in Japan (SELH)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
MOA Health Science Foundation Identifier:
First received: March 15, 2011
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2007
History: No changes posted

The purpose of this study is to determine the symptomatic changes after a single session of laying-on-of-hands in various settings, and to evaluate optimal conditions for the outcomes.

Condition Intervention
Signs and Symptoms
Physical Disorders
Personal Satisfaction
Procedure: Okada Purifying Therapy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: A Large Cross-sectional Study of Laying-on-of-hands in Japan: Who Responds to it and What Facilitates the Response?

Further study details as provided by MOA Health Science Foundation:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Severity of various symptoms [ Time Frame: Baseline and immediately after a single intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Participants self-evaluated the severity of various symptoms before and after the intervention, and determined whether their symptoms got better, worsened, or did not change.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Adjusted odds ratios of the factors influencing the outcomes [ Time Frame: in 1 year ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    After collecting all the eligible data, to be clarified are such personal variables as demographic attributes associated with the tendency to respond, and factors that facilitate such responses.

Enrollment: 44587
Study Start Date: February 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2007
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
44,587 Japanese volunteers with/without illness, who were interested in receiving laying-on-of-hands
Procedure: Okada Purifying Therapy
Each participant received a single session of Okada Purifying Therapy lasting 30 minutes or longer, administered by a voluntary certified practitioner.
Other Names:
  • laying-on-of-hands
  • biofield therapy
  • Therapeutic touch

Detailed Description:

Laying-on-of-hands is applied in many different situations; however, most reports published previously described its efficacy in a clinical setting, with its administration conducted by a few expert practitioners. This study aimed to determine the symptomatic changes after a single session of the Okada Purifying Therapy, a form of laying-on-of-hands, in various settings, and to analyze factors influencing the outcomes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Any Japanese people who were interested in receiving laying-on-of-hands


Inclusion Criteria:

  • able to receive laying-on-of-hands for 30 minutes or longer from the investigators
  • able to self-evaluate the change of their symptoms
  • competent to answer the Japanese questionnaires
  • aged 16 years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • those who did not match the inclusion criteria
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01316029

MOA Health Science Foundation
Tokyo, Japan, 108-0074
Sponsors and Collaborators
MOA Health Science Foundation
Principal Investigator: Kiyoshi Suzuki, MD, PhD MOA Health Science Foundation
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Yukio Yagisawa, MOA Health Science Foundaiton Identifier: NCT01316029     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MHS-001
Study First Received: March 15, 2011
Last Updated: March 15, 2011
Health Authority: Japan: Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

Keywords provided by MOA Health Science Foundation:
Therapeutic touch
cross-sectional study
healing environment
safety and effectiveness
optimal condition for the intervention

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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