Scientific Medical Research About Reiki
There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Reiki as a complementary healing method.
As Reiki becomes a more common healing modality in our society, many people wonder exactly what it is, how it works, and what evidence exists to show its effectiveness.
Reiki operates by accessing the electrical and magnetic fields within the human body. The heartbeat, regulated by an electrical field measurable through an ECG or EKG, is accompanied by a lower-level electrical field produced by the brain. Additionally, every cell generates small amounts of electricity, contributing to a magnetic field due to the charges of cell walls. Notably, during an MRI scan, the internal mechanism capturing soft tissue images relies on the body's magnetic field (Thrane & Cohen, 2014).
A study of people with chronic conditions concluded that reiki:
Relieves depression and anxiety
and improves self-esteem and quality of life
The study also showed reiki relaxed the parasympathetic nervous system by:
Reducing heart rate
Reducing blood pressure
and increasing heart rate variability (McManus, 2017).
Another study has shown reiki to be effective after a single session. Both studio and in-home offerings showed effects.
Most notably, the results showed:
Reduced anxiety, depression and negative mood
and reduced pain (Dyer, Baldwin & Rand, 2019).
While additional research is required for Reiki to be acknowledged as a standalone treatment, there is already evidence supporting its beneficial role in complementing medical and mental health interventions.
The role of a Reiki practitioner involves harnessing the client's energy field and facilitating the movement of energy throughout the body to address stuck points or energy blockages. Practitioners act as conduits for energy flow, not initiating healing but enabling the energy to move within the client. Many individuals undergoing Reiki sessions report experiencing profound relaxation and the release of tension.
Reiki is one of several therapies based on the biofield, or a type of energy field that regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system.
- Shamini Jain, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Diego.
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Reiki is a simple, gentle energy transmission technique that is used for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe substances, perform medical treatment, or interfere with the intervention, guidance, and treatment plans of qualified, licensed medical professionals.