Abstract:

Background:
Prisoner’s long-term stay in solitary confinement can lead to disturbances in physical and mental health.

Aim:
The aim of the present study is to learn about the impact of Pranic Healing (PH) in elevating the functional health and well being of inmate. PH is an ancient science of healing. It is energy based complementary therapy which utilises prana or vital energy as a major source for healing.

Setting and Design:
Single group pre-test post-test design was used in the study. This study involved 38 inmates of Mysore Central Prison. All the participants were male with an average age of 42.8 years.

Method:
The functional health and well being were measured using COOP/WONCA Charts. After recording the pre scores, 3 healing sessions of 20 minute duration each were applied on each participant in a week’s time. Once the three healing sessions were over, post scores were recorded.

Statistical analysis:
The Pre and Post Pranic Healing scores were compared and analysed using descriptive statistics and contingency coefficient tests.

Results:
Significant change were observed in six domains after the intervention period, which were Physical fitness (p=.016), Feelings (p<.001), Change in Health (p<.000), Overall Health, (p=.043), Pain (p<.000) and Sleep (p=.006). However, there was no significant change observed in social and daily activities domain.

Conclusions:
This result provides initial evidence that Pranic Healing benefits on some major domains of functional health and well being of inmates.

 

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