One of the important defenses of the body is the immune system. Without an effective immune system, one can easily become infected with a number of viruses and hostile bacteria causing a wide variety of symptoms including colds, chronic illnesses and severe infections. The goal of Healing Touch is to promote healing and to improve the body’s ability to heal. This requires a healthy immune system. The effects of Healing Touch on the immune system of the body are beginning to emerge. This important defense mechanism seems to be supported either directly or indirectly by Healing Touch possibly through modulation of stress. As testing procedures for determining immune function are included in research studies, more information will become available.