As well as the many successes of those that have taken the Lightning Process, there is a host of research and surveys quantifying the benefits of this new and transformative science.


A summary of current research can be found here

Experiences of young people who have undergone LP 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 much improved”. Click here for more information on the study. Click here to read Phil Parker’s summary of the full article and response.


The National Health Service (UK) and The Lightning Process Team

The Lightning Process team have also been working closely with the University of Bristol and the NHS (UK) on feasibility studies to further research and document the benefits of The Lightning Process on sufferers of CFS and ME.

Two papers have been published so far;

  1. The SMILE study.

  2. The SMILE trial.


Interim report on a research project by the MSRC and LP


Interim data from MSRC and LP showed that the LP provided benefit to all participants and there have been no incidents of adverse effects. The data suggested that it would be worth pursuing a full Randomised Controlled Trial Comment from MSRC.

More information.

Lightning Process participant surveys

Sussex and Kent ME & CFS Society Survey

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society survey found 80% of respondents rated The Lightning Process as either Very helpful and Reasonably helpful and deemed The Lightning Process as the ‘most helpful approach’.

More information.


The Lightning Process Participant Survey

A survey completed by LP found 81.3% of participants experienced improvement after the course.

More information.


ME Association Survey

The ME Association’s Survey on ME sufferers and their treatment preferences indicated that 45% of respondents experienced improvement from the Lightning Process.

More information.


Red Cross requests Lightning Process for its Kenyan workers

June 2011 marked the start of a pilot project of Lightning Process seminars to help improve the quality of life of those working with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Red Cross in Kenya requested that 300 of their workers attend Lightning Process Courses.

More information.

Supporting Research

Dr. Bruun Wyller, ME Specialist

Dr. Bruun Wyller, who is one of Norway’s leading experts on ME, has published some interesting articles which concur with the clinical findings of the Lightning Process.

Based on 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.

Dr. Wyller’s most recent paper in conjunction with Hege R. Eriksen, Kirsti Malterud who are university researchers from Bergen, can be found online. (1) (2)


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:

  • Neuroplasticity – the ability of the pathways of the brain to change and develop in response to learning and repetition. (3) (4)

  • The physiological effects of Adrenaline, Nor-Adrenaline & Cortisol in the “stress” response. (5) (6)

  • The interaction of the body and mind. (7)

  • The osteopathic theory of facilitation and the impact of changes in structure causing changes in function. (8)



  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, “Can Sustained Arousal explain the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, Behavioral and Brain Functions, 23 February 2009.

  3. Definition of Neuroplasticity”, Medicinenet, 11 June 2004.

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

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

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

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

  8. “Osteopathy”, Osteohome, n.d.


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