New Frontiers in Brainwave
Research.Working with Energy
Healers at the Interface
of Science and Spirituality

After more than 20 years of basic laboratory research in cellular neurophysiology,
mainly on invertebrate nervous systems, investigating such topics as: mechanisms of
synaptic plasticity, biophysical mechanisms involved in learning and memory,
neuromodulation of ion channels,  Dr. Acosta entered the field of QEEG (quantitative
electroencephalography) in 1996.
Initially, he worked with QEEG to test photic and auditory driving responses to mind
machines. He then joined an NIH-funded project in alternative medici e at the University
of Washington Medical Center to study pulsed magnetotherapy  treatment on
neurologic patients suffering MS.
While still there, a chance discovery lead him to pursue research with
Energy Healers,
at a time when he was initiated as a Reiki Master. Using an electrocrystal detector
device he recorded electromagnetic signals emanating from
Energy Healers during the
state of “sending”, or “channeling” energy. He extended this research by
simultaneously measuring EEG in a subset of the healers sample, documenting the
shifting brainwave patterns as the healers transit through different states of
consciousness during the energy healing state. These topographic brain maps, with
the recent addition of HRV (heart rate variability) measurements, have been yielding rich
data on the heart-brain exchange, charting new ground in the research interface of
Science, Healing and Spirituality.

Dr. Acosta has worked with a variety of clients, including: ADD/ADHD children, adolescents
and adults, closed-head injury patients, depression and anxiety disorders, chronic fatigue
syndrome (CFS), and over 50 MS, multiple sclerosis patients, while conducting research at
the University of Washington Medical Center. He has worked extensively with relaxation
and stress management techniques, and has carried out pioneering research with
energetic healers and meditation masters, analyzing brainwaves (EEG) and Heart Rate
Variability (HRV).

He has dedicated many years to adventure travel, climbing and diving. He is passionate
about photography and has published and exhibited professionally.
He celebrated his 50th birthday at Mt. Everest Base Camp and recently conducted EEG
field research in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.

Professional Credentials and Memberships:

Nationally Certified QEEG Technologist, American Board of Certified QEEG, 1996.
Diploma Neural Training, University of Washington (UW), 1997.
BCIA accredited and certified trainings in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, 2005-06.

Ph.D. in Cellular Neurophysiology, 1980, University of Toronto, Canada.
MSc. Neurobiology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
B.A. Biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

(www.issseem.org),1996- present.
Biofeedback Society of Washington, 2002.
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (
www.aapb.org), 2006-2007.
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (
www.isnr.org), 2005-07.

Conference presentations:

15th Annual ISNR Conference, San Diego, CA. Paper on: QEEG Studies of the Effects of
the Entheogenic Plant
Salvia divinorum.

1st Annual Research Symposium on Energetic and Spiritual Processes of Healing.
ISSSEEM, Colorado Springs, CO, June 2004.
"EEG Brainwaves and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Analysis of Bioenergetic Healers."
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, JACM, 2004, Vol. 10, No.4, p728.

Second Annual Research Symposium on Energetic and Spiritual Processes of Healing,
ISSSEEM, Colorado Springs, CO, June 2005.
"Energy Transaction Between Healer and Client Measured by Heart Rate Variability
(HRV) Analysis."
Juan Acosta-Urquidi, PhD. and Ann Trechak, CME, LHMP
Sound Health Designs LLC, (

“Brain Mapping of Bioenergetic Healers”.
Presented at 28th SSF-IIIHS International Conference: “Heaven & Earth Connection"
Montreal, CAN., may 23-june 1, 2003.


One year Research Fellowship Award from private organization: Higher Ground for
Humanity, to develop research project on Bioelectric measurements of Energy Healers and
biofeedback utilizing HRV analysis for MS patients.

National Institute of Health (NIH/NINDS), Research Scientist grant to work on Alternative
Medicine project using pulsed magnetotherapy treatment for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
patients. Radiology Dept. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

1985-86. Independent Investigator Fellowship from Grass Foundation, Quincy, MA. to
pursue research on neuromodulation of ion channels in Nudibranch neurons at the Friday
Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA.

1980-84. Post-doctoral Visiting Fellow and Associate NIH International Fogarty
Foundation, Bethesda, MD. Joined NIH Laboratory of Biophysics, Neural Systems Group,
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.