Clinical Trials Show Efficacy of Reiki

Reiki, a hands-on energy healing modality, has been the subject of numerous studies that focus on the mechanics of Reiki healing, distant healing and biomagnetic field resonances. All these are in the works because clinical trials have proven that Reiki affects the person’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.

One of the more popular clinical tests done on Reiki showed that it affects human blood levels. Wendy Weltzel explored this phenomena in a paper entitled “Reiki Healing: a Physiologic Perspective,” which was published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing. The purpose of the study was to explore the effects of Reiki on human hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. The hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of 48 adults were measured before and after they participated in a Reiki 1 course. The hematocrit and hemoglobin levels of a control group were also measured. The control group received no Reiki treatments nor instructions.

Tests revealed that there were statistically significant changes in the pre- and post-course hemoglobin and hematocrit levels of the participants. Some experienced an increase in their blood levels while others showed a decrease in their hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. There was no change in the blood levels of the control group during the same time frame.

This clinical trial concluded that “Reiki has a measurable physiologic effect.” The fact that some participants had an increase in blood levels while others exhibited a decrease in their hemoglobin and hematocrit levels supported the concept that Reiki heals by balancing a person’s physiological state.

Reiki and Chronic Illnesses

Another clinical trial was conducted on patients with chronic illnesses. This was reported by Betty Hartwell and Barbara Brewitt and was published in Alternative Therapies Magazine. The purpose of the study was “to evaluate the therapeutic effects of Reiki treatments on chronic illnesses using electrodermal screening.”

Five patients with life-threatening diseases participated in this study. The participants were suffering from lupus, fibromyalgia, goiter and multiple sclerosis. As part of the study, each of the five participants received eleven one-hour Reiki treatments from four different level 2 Reiki practitioners and one Reiki Master. The five Reiki therapists were asked to give Reiki over the same body positions which included neurovascular regions on the cranium, neurolymphatic points on the trunk and minor chakra points on the limbs. The participants received no other alternative treatments during the test period. Three consecutive treatments were initially given, and then the participants received one treatment once a week for eight weeks.

The participants were tested before the study, after the third Reiki treatment and after the tenth treatment. Three acupuncture points on the hands of each of the participants were measured for skin electrical resistance. Significantly, after only three sessions, the spleen measurements went from 7.8 percent below normal to normal. The report states that “at the cervical/thoracic point, the measurements went from 25 percent below normal to the normal range.” Adrenal measurements, which were 8.3 percent below normal before the treatments began, moved up to the normal range. Hartwell and Brewitt also reported that all the participants exhibited increased relaxation states after the Reiki treatments, as well as reduction in pain levels and increased mobility.

Reiki and Pain Relief

Lind J. Dressen and Sangeeta Singh reported on the results of clinical tests done to determine the effects of Reiki on pain relief and other symptoms. The tests were geared toward determining the effects of Reiki treatment on pain, anxiety and depression in chronically ill patients. The test procedures and results were published in the Journal of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine in 1998. Patients who had been in pain for at least a year were the subjects of this test. The participants also suffered from headaches, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, peptic ulcer, asthma, hypertension and HIV.

The participants were divided into four groups consisting of 20 people per group. One group received Reiki treatments, another group was guided through Progressive Muscle Relaxation, one group received no treatments and the fourth group received sham or “false Reiki” treatments. Each of the three groups received ten 30-minute treatments twice a week over a period of five weeks. Patients’ marker levels were measured before and after the series of treatments, but the group that received Reiki treatments was also examined three months after the completion of the tests.

Dressen and Singh reported that “Reiki proved significantly superior (p<.0001-.04) to other treatments on ten out of 12 variables. At the three-month check-up these changes were consistent and there were highly significant reductions in Total Pain Rating Index (p<.0006) and in sensory (s<.0003) and Affective (p<.02) Qualities of Pain.” The study concluded that there were significant effects of Reiki on anxiety, pain and depression.

Reiki is a non-invasive energy healing modality that is slowly but surely making inroads in the medical community. The beauty of Reiki is that it can be easily learned by anyone, regardless of age and physical condition. Although additional training is needed before one can become a Reiki therapist, anyone can learn Reiki and use it for her/his own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.