Our Research

The Biofield Tuning Institute (BTI) is a Vermont-based 501(c)3 non-profit.

Our mission, as well as that of our founder Eileen McKusick, is to reduce the amount of unnecessary suffering in the world through sound and biofield research, education and outreach. We seek to participate in the global advancement of biofield science through conducting peer-reviewed research and developing biofield-sensing technologies. We also seek to bring “Tuners without Borders” to at-risk populations worldwide.

A Different Model of Mind

Biofield Tuning challenges the widely held scientific view that consciousness exists because of and within the brain. Rather, Biofield Tuning is based on a vibrational medicine view of health that enables Biofield Tuning practitioners to identify and work with both mind and memory through an interaction with a person’s biological field, or biofield. The biofield is a complex organizing information/energy field that is engaged in the generation, maintenance, and regulation of a wide variety of biological functions.

Conducting research with CHI

Over the years, Eileen has conducted a variety of research approaches with Biofield Tuning including making use of a wide variety of devices: medical thermography, the Bio-well, the Biofield Viewer,  Heart Rate Variability, biophoton counters, and more. All of these devices have demonstrated interesting and significant shifts in before-and-after readings. 

Despite the lack of official information, the clinical reports from practitioners and their clients is very consistent: people report less discomfort, a greater sense of personal freedom, a sense of being “lighter” and the experience of “getting unstuck”. There is also a consensus among practitioners that the Biofield Anatomy map is a highly effective tool for determining the age and nature of distortions within the field.

Past Research


From 2017-2018, through grants from the Frances and Forrest Lattner Foundation, BTI partnered with the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), an organization that includes a team of established Biofield Science researchers, to perform a Biofield Tuning study in December 2018.  The CHI-designed protocol tested whether multiple Biofield Tuning practitioners would be able to identify the same areas of turbulence within a series of volunteers. 

While a number of factors contributed to a lack of impressive statistical significance, the team learned a great deal about the practice and the process and especially how the observer affects the observed. The outcomes of this study are currently being written up to be submitted for peer-review.

BTI has also partnered with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) to conduct research on Biofield Tuning distance sessions. Our recent pre-pilot study involving two volunteers who were hooked up to a variety of technologies at the IONS Discovery Lab produced compelling data, and we plan to conduct a larger, more formal study with 20 volunteers in 2020.



Additional Upcoming Research

One of our next projects is to partner with a local research institution and conduct a 10 week efficacy study with Veterans here in our Burlington VT clinic. We will be testing a variety of biomarkers as well as recording the stories of their experiences through filming parts of this to turn into a documentary. 


We are also moving forward to bring a Certification training in Biofield Tuning to the sports medicine program at a college in Kingston, Jamaica. This sports medicine program is equipped with a lab and would like to conduct research with their athletes. This opportunity conduct Biofield Sports Medicine research in Kingston came about through our Tuners Without Borders effort.

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