I would hate to see legitimate medicine inadvertently add an air of legitimacy to all "alternative medicine" but there are some aspects of healing touch that are psychologically beneficial to a patient. Even if the positive effects are emotional and placebo effect, they can improve a patients well being. I believe that if healing touch helps a patient, it should be able to be used along with medicine.
Scientific associations and partnerships should recognize the value of therapeutic touch to advance medicine. This can be a crucial toll in advancing medicine if the scientists take this field seriously. Many holistic groups already know the value of therapeutic touch so this would not be a waste of time or resources.
Yes, scientific associations and partnerships recognize the cultural value of the therapeutic touch and initiate a joint effort with touch experts to further advance medicine, because collaborating in the field of medicine is always a good thing. Medical advances will happen more quickly if doctors can feed off the things they have accomplished.
There are practices in medicine that produce results without any scientific support. These practices are not supported by mainstream medicine for that reason. We can't prove that they work or don't work due to the possiblity that the support is just a psychological boost. These practices want to be set apart from the psychological theories and establish themselves as effective beyond the psyche. There just is not proof, and thus cannot be condoned by traditional mainstream medicine.
If the evidence mounts and is peer-reviewed for therapeutic touch, then it should be reognized by scientific associations and partnerships. Scientists aren't going to just jump on board with something because someone says it works. They have to see proof. Peer review. Double blind studies etc. It has to pass the scientific rigors.