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What Is Medical Intuition?


The Practical Path, Inc. is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine for a ground-breaking research study into Medical Intuition.

UCSD is one of the top-ranked public research universities in the nation. UCSD School of Medicine faculty rank #1 in the nation in federal research funding per faculty member and UCSD ranks 4th in the world in terms of 'citation impact' in the fields of science and social science, with worldwide notable faculty. The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, in which the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health resides where the study will take place, is ranked #1 in the nation among Family Medicine departments. Dr. Paul J. Mills, the UCSD Principal Investigator for this study and Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, has published over 350 scientific studies, and has extensive experience conducting studies that require collaboration among interdisciplinary groups of practitioners, clinicians and researchers.

This research proposal has grown out of the recognition of the increasing value of medical intuition in the medical setting, and the need for scientific research in this area.


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Medical Intuition is defined as a system of expanded perception gained through the development of the human sense of intuition. Medical Intuition is part of the emerging field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and focuses on pinpoint visualization skills and in-depth intuitive scanning to obtain information from the physical body and energy systems. 

Medical Intuition is intended to identify the underlying drivers or root causes of imbalance, to not only help promote physical well-being, but also emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.


Medical Intuition is designed to assess and evaluate energetic structures and patterns in the physical systems of the body, as well as the energy systems of the body (biofield), that may correspond to illness, imbalance and disease. In addition, Medical Intuition can also assist in addressing the energetic influence of thoughts, beliefs and emotions, and how they impact the health and well-being of an individual.

Although Medical Intuition uses the word "medical," the use of Medical Intuition is not to be construed as the practice of medicine, psychotherapy, or any other licensed healthcare practice. A revolutionary new perspective in mind-body approaches, Medical Intuition can provide essential and practical support to any integrative, functional, CAM, and holistic healthcare practice.

The Practical Path Medical Intuitive Training Certification Program offers a comprehensive, step-by-step method of intuitive mastery created to help practitioners deliver fully integrated holistic care for body, mind and spirit well-being.

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Medical Intuitive readings were first documented in the early 1900s by the writings of intuitive Edgar Cayce. Medical Intuition also gained awareness in the 1990s through Caroline Myss, whose work was verified and supported by Dr. C. Norman Shealy.

Recent advances in the field of mind-body medicine suggest the importance of using intuition when treating clients and patients, based on theory and empirical research from traumatology, psychoneuroimmunology, spiritual psychology, and holistic nursing theory, among others. 

Preliminary Survey Results - 2018

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Selected Research on Intuition in Healthcare

Melin-Johansson, C., Palmqvist, R. & Rönnberg, L. (2017, Mar 22). Clinical Intuition in the nursing process and decision-making - a mixed-studes review. Journal of Clinical Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13814.

Hassani, P., Abdi., A., Jalali, R. & Salari, N. (2016, Feb 10). Use of Intuition by Critical Care Nurses: A Phenomenological Study. Advances in Medical Education and Practice, Volume 7, 65-71. https://www.dovepress.com/use-of-intuition-by-critical-care-nurses-a-phenomenological-study-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

Mickelborough, Tim (Oct. 1, 2015). Intuition in medical practice: A reflection on Donald Schön’s reflective practitioner. Medical Teacher, Volume 37, 2015 – Issue 10.

Burgess, D.J., Beach, M.C. & Saha S. (2017, Feb). Mindfulness practice: A promising approach to reducing the effects of clinician implicit bias on patients. Patient Education and Counseling - Journal. 100(2):372-376. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Sep 15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27665499

Liem, T. (2017, Sep 1). Intuitive Judgment in the Context of Osteopathic Clinical Reasoning. Journal of the American Osteopath Association, 117(9):586-594. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2017.113.

Miller, E.M. & Hill, P.D. (2017, Aug). Intuition in Clinical Decision Making: Differences Among Practicing Nurses. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 1:898010117725428. doi: 10.1177/0898010117725428

Peterkin, Alan MD, (2017, April 10). Physician intuition. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 189(14): E544. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5386850/

Use 'nursing intuition' in assessments, say senior care home staff. (2017, May 31) Nurse Older People. 29(5):7. doi: 10.7748/nop.29.5.7.s6.

Brush, J.E. Jr., Sherbino. J. & Norman G.R. (2017, June). How Expert Clinicians Intuitively Recognize a Medical Diagnosis. The American Journal of Medicine. 130(6):629-634. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2017.01.045. Epub 2017 Feb 24. Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28238695

Lufityanto, G., Donkin, C., & Pearson, J. (2016). Measuring Intuition: Nonconscious Emotional Information Boosts Decision Accuracy and Confidence. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797616629403

Büssing A., Lötzke D., Glöckler M., Heusser P. (2015, Jan. 28). Influence of spirituality on cool down reactions, work engagement, and life satisfaction in anthroposophic health care professionals. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2015:754814. doi: 10.1155/2015/754814.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25694789

Pretz, et al (2014). Development and validation of a new measure of intuition: the types of intuition scale. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 454-467.

Marks-Tarlow, T. (2014). Awakening clinical intuition: An experiential workbook for psychotherapists. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Schwarzkopf, D. S. (2014). We should have seen this coming. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00332.

Greenhalgh, Trisha (2002, May). Intuition and Evidence – Uneasy Bedfellows? British Journal of General Practice. 395-400.

Mason, Russ (2000, December). Expanding Diagnostic Vision with Medical Intuition, Interviews with Jay Caliendo, Medical Intuitive, and Abraham Kuruvilla, M.D., M.D.(H). Alternative and Complementary Therapies Journal, 331-336.