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Benefit of Reiki

Effects of Reiki on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Physiological Factors in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Nancy.E. et al Research in Gerontology Nursing. Vol.3, No.3.

A good research study that offers a foundation to base further studies to test the efficacy of reiki. Using a test and wait list group demonstrated significant differences between the groups with the Reiki treatment group experiencing improvements in pain, depression and anxiety. Broad descriptive themes of improvement were relaxation, improved physical symptoms, mood and well being, curiosity to learn, enhance self care and sensory cognitive responses to Reiki. (2010) Read more

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The Effects of Reiki, a Complementary Alternative Medicine, on Depression and Anxiety in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Population

Research performed by M. Deborah Salach, Geriatric Care Manager, OACM, for San Francisco State University

This study explores the phenomenon of Reiki as a healing modality on older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia who experience depression and/or anxiety. Reiki is practiced in over 25 clinical settings in the United States. (2006) Read more

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A Randomised Controlled Single-Blind Trial of the Efficacy of Reiki at Benefitting Mood and Well-Being.

Bowden.D, Goddard. L and Gruzelier. J, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Vol. 2011, Article ID 381862, 8 pages.

This study is a constructive replication of a previous trial conducted by Bowden et al. (2010) where students who had received Reiki demonstrated greater health and mood benefits than those who received no Reiki. This study examined the impact on anxiety/depression. 40 university students – half with depression and /or anxiety and half with low depression and/or anxiety-were randomly assigned to receive Reiki or to a non-Reiki control group. Participants experienced six 30 minute sessions over a period of two to eight weeks, where they were blind to whether noncontact Reiki was administered as their attention was absorbed in a guided relaxation. The efficacy of the intervention was assessed pre – post intervention and at five-week follow-up by self report measures of mood, illness symptoms, and sleep. The participants with high anxiety and /or depression who received Reiki showed a progressive improvement in overall mood, which was significantly better at five week follow up, while no change was seen in the controls. While the Reiki group did not demonstrate the comparatively greater reduction in symptoms of illness seen in the earlier study, the findings of both studies suggest that Reiki may benefit mood. (2011) Read more

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Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue

Tsang, K. L., et al.

Fatigue is an extremely common side effect experienced during cancer treatment and recovery. This research examined the effects of Reiki on fatigue, pain, anxiety, and overall quality of life. Promising results indicate that future research should further investigate the impact of Reiki on patients receiving trearment for cancer. (2007)Read more

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Effect of Reiki on symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

In 2002 the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Medway, Sittingbourne and an open minded GP from Dartford referred 13 patients to the Reiki Research Foundation for treatment. Each patient was seen for 1.5 hrs once a week for 12 weeks and the effects of Reiki treatment on symptoms such as pain, depression, lethargy, bowel and urinary disfunction etc were evaluated. This is a most informative link that would interest any Reiki practitioner working with sufferers from MS, and details research of the Reiki Research Foundation. It gives a detailed evaluation of the results following the treatment of a small group of MS patients with Reiki.  (2002)Read more

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