When you search on-line for research on Reiki you may at first be fooled into thinking there is tons of it. Look a little deeper and you’ll find that there is actually very little credible research that you know for sure you can trust. As a Reiki practitioner I see incredible results in those who come to me for treatments. I know that Reiki works wonders but what about those who need some scientific evidence before they think about trying it?
The truth is that mainstream science doesn’t yet know of a way to prove what Reiki is and how it works but we do have some good research studies showing that Reiki is an effective complementary treatment for many different ailments. Thank goodness I found Pamela Miles otherwise I’d have wasted a lot of time sifting through all the gobbledygook to find something credible. The following are papers that appear in peer-reviewed medical journals and are also indexed on PubMed. This means this research is considered credible as it meets scientific research standards.
Reiki for heart attack patients:
This research shows that Reiki helps those who have had a heart attack in the same way as beta-blockers, only faster. This is crucial in preventing a second heart attack, which is always a big concern.
Friedman RS, Burg MM, Miles P, Lee F, Lampert R. Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early after Acute Coronary Syndrome. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Sep 14;56(12):995-6.
Reiki and cancer:
Reiki does not treat specific symptoms but rather brings overall balance to a person’s system. This is why it is effective for such a wide range of ailments and illnesses. For this reason the following research on cancer can be applied to any other illness.
An overview of Reiki as a safe treatment to support patients:
Miles P, True G. Reiki–Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, Theory, Practice and Research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):62-72.
Clinical advantages of Reiki treatment:
Miles P. Reiki Vibrational Healing. Interview with Bonnie Horrigan. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(4):74-83.
Reiki for HIV/AIDS:
Miles P. Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):36.
Schmehr R. Case Report: Enhancing the Treatment of HIV/AIDS with Reiki Training and Treatment. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):120.
Reiki and integrative medicine:
Schiller R. Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):20-21.
Reiki in hospitals:
Miles P. Is there any significant experience with using Reiki in the hospital or ER setting and any literature to support this use? Explore (NY). 2005 Sep;1(5):414.
Reiki as palliative care:
Miles P. Palliative care service at the NIH includes Reiki and other mind-body modalities. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2004 Summer;20(2):30-1.
Reiki as holistic practice:
Miles P. Living in Relation to Mystery: Addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2003 Summer;19(2):30-1.