Indiana University

Margaret M. Moga

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine - Terre Haute


PhD, Department of Anatomy, Loyola University of Chicago, 1988

Current research interests:

My research focus is the subtle and energetic aspects of healing, which is an area of increasing public interest, including such diverse practices as Reiki, Qigong, Reconnective Healing, Healing Touch and other energy therapies.  Specifically, how do we define and measure these aspects of healing?  What is the evidence for bioenergy healing?  Along these lines, we are currently measuring magnetic field activity, the qualitative experiences of both healer and client, and heart rate variability (HRV) during Healing Touch, an energy therapy developed by the American Holistic Nursing Association.  I am also working on a book project, The Subtle and Energetic Basis of Healing, which explores the evidence for bioenergy healing and the effects of consciousness on healing. 

Recent publications:

Moga, M.M., D. Zhou (2008) Distant healing of small tumors.  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 14(5): 453.

Moga, M.M., B. Mowery, R. Geib (2008) Patients are more likely to use complementary medicine if it is locally available.  Rural and Remote Health 8(2): 1028.

Moga, M.M., R. Geib (2009) Is bioenergy healing associated with changes in the magnetic field environment?  Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine 15(3): S89.

Li, H., G.N. Waite, M.M. Moga, P. Lam, and R.W. Geib (2010) Balance improvements after a week-long Tai Chi workshop as determined by dynamic posturography.  Biomed. Sci. Instrum.  172-177.

Moga, M.M., W.F. Bengston (2010) Anomalous magnetic field activity during a bioenergy healing experiment. Journal of Scientific Exploration 24(3): 397-410.  

Moga, M.M. (2012) Healing waves.

Volunteers Needed for a Scientific Study

“Environmental and physiological changes during Healing Touch interventions”

                The purpose of this study is to determine whether an energy healing therapy, such as Healing Touch, can be measured scientifically with equipment currently available in the laboratory.  Questions we will address during this study:   Does magnetic field activity change during Healing Touch?  Can we detect energy healing with an ultrasound detector or infrared camera? 

                If you agree to participate, you will be one of 150 healers and clients who will be participating in this research.  During the Healing Touch session, magnetic field activity (and in some cases, infrared and ultrasound activity) will be measured in the room.  Client participants will receive a free Healing Touch session and a $50 gift certificate.  Healers will be reimbursed for the session and must be certified Healing Touch practitioners.  If you would be interested in participating in this study, or for more information, please contact Dr. Moga at: 

Margaret M. Moga

Margaret M. Moga, Ph.D.
(812) 237-4172 (lab)

Above,  a figure illustrating magnetic field changes during Healing Touch.   Each line represents 10 seconds of magnetic field activity.  Note the increase in amplitude of the magnetic field activity during the Healing Touch session, which returned to baseline during the post-HT period.