Engaging in touch reduces the amount of cortisol we produce. Cortisol is known as the "stress hormone" which suppresses the immune system.
Touch can lower blood pressure. This can play an enormous role in the prevention and treatment of numerous health conditions
Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, studies the effects of massage therapy. Conditions that benefit include cancer, asthma, diabetes and fibromyalgia. (1992)