Touching eases pain, lessens anxiety, softens the blows of life, generates hope and has the power to heal, according to most experts. In fact, modern psychology and medicine are confirming what mothers across the centuries have untuitively known--namely, the healing power of touch.
Various studies and experiments show the simple act of reaching out and touching another person frequently results in physical benefits such as slowing the heart rate, dropping blood pressure and speeding recovery from illness. For example, Dr. James Lynch, professor at Baltimore\'s University of Maryland School of Medicine conducts extensive studies on touch and its impact upon the body. \"Physical contact has very dramatic effects upon psychological health,\" he says. \"It lowers blood pressure. It relaxes you.\"