Scientific Validation of Reiki Healing



After a long interlude, due to competing demands on my time, I gained some inspiration from the National Novel Writing Month in November 2015 to write this piece.  This article is not a treatise; it is brief and intended to allay misconceptions about Reiki energy healing. Reiki is not a religion or religious order of some sort. Practitioners and recipients of Reiki healing cannot be said to be practicing religious syncretism, quite the inverse.  Furthermore, Reiki is not an esoteric practice intended to be a preserve for “the few”.

I’m a qualified Reiki practitioner sharing knowledge about Reiki, this can demystify this form of energy healing, elucidating it.  Some people have the proclivity to overlook and disinclination to seek an understanding of alternative or complementary forms of treatment, hopefully not any more.

Reiki is a form of energy healing using spiritually guided universal life force; it dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui[1] in Japan in the 1920s.  The etymology of Reiki is Japanese, it means life force.  When seen clairvoyantly[2], Reiki energy appears to come down from above, enters the top of the practitioners head after which it flows through the body and out the hands.  Reiki can be used to treat humans, animals and plants.

Research shows that Reiki helps in the reduction of stress, anxiety and depression, and relief of chronic pain[3]. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness has helped to bring this method of healing to the mainstream, where it is able to aid patients, including those with mental health challenges.

Reiki treatment has not got any adverse side effects[4]. During the session, no liquid or solid is ingested nor applied on the body. The Center for Reiki research asserts that Reiki is one of the safe energy medicine approaches that promotes healing[5].  In 2007 more than 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services.

In the United Kingdom, Reiki is one of the complementary therapies for cancer and haematology patients[6].

I hope this has served as a brief exposition of Reiki, some of the conditions it can be used to treat, research findings and scientific validation of Reiki.








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