This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Those who have had success with therapeutic touch believe that the treatments work through manipulation of the energy that pulsates in and around all living beings--similar to what Western physicists call a force field. It is thought that therapeutic touch improves health by clearing blockages in that energy field and by helping a person build up his own curative energy.
Another explanation is that therapeutic touch relaxes the body, allowing it to function and heal itself better than when it is tense. Studies have shown that wounds heal faster, pain levels are lower, and immune function is stronger when stress levels are decreased.