Lightning Process® - Research studies


Harvard University and King's College, London


'Experiences of young people who have undergone the Lightning Process to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Qualitative Study'


An independent study, published in 2012, found that of the 9 participants with CFS/ME "7 were satisfied and were much improved". Click here for more information


Read Phil Parker's summary of the full article and response here.



NHS and LP


The Lightning Process is working with the NHS on a feasibility study. Click here for more information



Outcome Measures Study


We are pleased to report on the results from the preliminary data collected in a study looking at outcome measures from 205 clients who attended a Lightning Process seminar. The study, which has been done using the RAND SF-36, is a pilot study that was designed to provide some preliminary outcome measures which can be used to add weight to future grant and funding applications for larger-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). The indications are that the LP is making a significant positive impact, resulting in increased health status at 6 weeks, persisting at 3 months, and demonstrating improvements in all areas that were covered by the RAND SF36 questionnaire.



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Multiple Scelorsis Resource Centre (MSRC) and LP research


Interim report on a research project with the MSRC and LP.


Abstract: This Proof of Concept (POC) study was designed to consider the validity of the Lightning Process as an approach to provide benefit, or not, to those with MS...The interim data shows that the LP provided benefit to all participants and there have been no incidents of negative effects. The data suggests that it would be worth pursuing a full Randomised Controlled Trial

Comment from MSRC: This Proof of Concept study, although being in a small number of subjects, produced some very encouraging and worthwhile results over a 6 month period following participation in the Lightning Process. They indicate that the Lightning Process provides measurable benefits to those with MS and suggest that a further larger randomised study would be beneficial to investigate the role the Lightning Process plays in the well-being and quality of life of MS patients. (MSRC September 2011)

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Other research headlines

ME Association’s survey
: The statistics on the benefits of the Lightning Process. Read the report.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society survey CFS/ME 'LP most helpful approach'.
Read the report.



81.3% of clients report improvement after the LP course. Read the survey.



Supporting Research


Dr. Bruun Wyller, who is considered to be one of Norway's leading experts on M.E, has published some interesting articles which concur with the clinical findings of the Phil Parker Lightning Process, which you can find here (1) (2). His most recent paper in conjunction with Hege R. Eriksen, Kirsti Malterud who are university researchers from Bergen, can be found here (3).

Dr. Bruun Wyller says: 'Recent research on CFS pathophysiology has revealed alterations of cardiovascular regulation and thermoregulation, characterized by enhanced sympathetic nervous activity and increased secretion of epinephrine. These findings indicate a state of permanent distress response – sustained arousal – in CFS patients. Based upon our findings, we have formulated a theory of sustained arousal in CFS, which seems to correspond quite neatly to the theoretical considerations underlying the Lightning Process.'

Theoretical basis of the Lightning Process


For more information on the established scientific theories that underpin the Lightning Process, please click on the links below:




Charitable Work


Find out more about our work in Kenya and how you can support the training of Red Cross healthcare staff to use the LP to deal with the pressures of their life.


Click here for more details and to donate to support this important project.




1. Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, “Abnormal Thermoregulatory Responses in Adolescents with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Relation to Clinical Symptoms”, Official Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics, Vol. 120 No.1, 2 July 2007

2. Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, Multiple Articles, BioInfoBank Library, Various dates

3. Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, “Can Sustained Arousal explain the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, Behavioral and Brain Functions, 23 February 2009

4. “Definition of Neuroplasticity”, Medicinenet, 11 June 2004

5. Wikipedia contributors, “Neuroplasticity”, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 May 2010

6. Mayo clinic staff, “Stress: Win control over the stress in your life”, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 12 September 2008

7. Wikipedia contributors, “Stress (biology)”, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 May 2010

8. Lerner, Baron H. “Can stress cause disease? Revisiting the Tuberculosis research of Thomas Holmes, 1949-1961”, Annals of Internal Medicine, n.d.

9. Antoni, Michael H. “Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research (CPOR)”, University of Miami Department of Psychology, n.d.

10. Hennenlotter, Andreas, et al. “The Link between Facial Feedback and Neural Activity within Central Circuitries of Emotion- New Insights from Botulinum Toxin- Induced Denervation of Frown Muscles”, Cerebral Cortex Journal, June 17 2008

11. “Obituary: Irvin Korr Ph.D. (1909-2004)”, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, n.d.

12. “Osteopathy”, Osteohome, n.d.