Since the Healing Touch  program is relatively new, research on Healing Touch is still in its early stages. As of August 2008, there were 115 completed research studies on Healing Touch.
Both professional organizations, Healing Touch International  and the Healing Touch Program , carry out active research programs. Their websites contain completed research projects and research in process. Research in other energy-based therapies like therapeutic touch  have also increased understanding of some energy therapies in the areas of pain relief , anxiety , enhancing immune function, and accelerating wound healing.
Researching Healing Touch is challenging since the exact mechanism of action cannot be seen or easily explained.
In addition, researchers have often found it difficult to measure the effects of Healing Touch and to determine whether outcomes can be attributed solely to the Healing Touch techniques or to other factors. It is commonly assumed that the mere presence of the Healing Touch practitioner may have an affect on client outcomes.