Links to Research Articles

Scientific proof that negative beliefs harm your health:

Here are 5 links to research pages:


"As of 2009, The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality.
Only one study proved solidly negative and that was for the treatment of fibromyalgia-associated pain levels. As is the case with conventional drug treatments, not all therapies prove to be effective.


"Clinical application of Reiki has been researched primarily within the context of chronic health problems: cancer, palliative care, hospice, pain management, pre/post operative, HIV/AIDS, stroke rehabilitation, cognitive disorders, fibromyalgia, and depression/anxiety. Recent attention has been directed towards application of Reiki practice in the elderly and long-term-care facilities, seeking improvement in quality of life and relief of chronic health-related symptoms. Research in this area is demonstrating reductions in stress, anxiety, pain, and physical symptoms in elderly patients, as well as improved coping, wellbeing, and self care. One study found that there was more gentle touch by staff after the Reiki research in their institution was completed. Other authors have commented that introducing Reiki into clinical practice often leads to a heightened awareness of the value of touch in providing comfort and enhancing wellbeing.".  


"Perhaps the strongest evidence that Reiki has a demonstrable biological effect comes from the carefully controlled studies on rats by Baldwin and colleagues (2006, 2008; both rated ‘Excellent’). In a laboratory setting, Reiki (performed at a distance from the animals) significantly reduced stress responses relative to sham Reiki. It should not be surprising that animal studies form the strongest indication of Reiki’s effectiveness, as experiments in the laboratory can be designed to control for most variables that would otherwise complicate studies on human subjects. Interestingly, depression and stress were also the two clinical conditions that responded in a significant way to Reiki intervention (Shore, 2004; rated ‘Excellent’), consistent with the preclinical findings of Baldwin . Further evaluation in expanded preclinical and clinical studies on stress, anxiety and depression reduction are therefore warranted."


Demonstrated Effects on Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Pain
"Potter reports that “[s]tress was the most common word written by clients as a description or part description of their condition during their first session. Here 20.27% of the total client group treated used this word on their initial visit for Reiki treatment….” In animal studies, Reiki treatment produced clear signs of reduced stress as indicated by changes in autonomic, biological measurements such as heart rate (Baldwin, Wagers and Schwartz, 2008) and certain cellular signs of stress-related damage (Baldwin and Schwartz, 2006). In a study of nurses with “burn out syndrome,” biological indicators of a significant relaxation response were found as a result of Reiki treatment (Diaz-Rodriguez et al., 2011). When nurses administered Reiki to a group of patients with acute coronary syndrome, physiologic indicators of a significant relaxation effect were recorded. (Friedman et al., 2011)
Shore (2004) followed patients being treated for mild depression and stress. After six weeks of treatment and for up to a year afterward, those who had received Reiki showed both immediate and long-term improvements in depression, stress and hopelessness. In a small study, complete elimination of typical postoperative depression was seen in heart surgery patients given Reiki during surgery (Motz, 1998).'

"Dressing and Sing (1998) found that among cancer patients, Reiki brought about significant levels of pain relief, anxiety and depression reduction, improvements in sleep quality, relaxation and general well-being. This effect was stronger in men than women. These benefits remained when checked after three months. Among abdominal hysterectomy patients, Reiki helped reduce pain and anxiety, particularly in a preoperative setting (Vitale and O’Conner, 1998)."


The Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome

"This study measured the short-term autonomic effects of Reiki in immediate post-ACS inpatients, a population with autonomic dysfunction in whom improvement in HRV is known to be protective. Reiki, administered by nurses, significantly increased vagal activity as measured by HF HRV, compared with resting and music control conditions, with a decrease in negative and an increase in positive emotional states. The magnitude of the effect on HF HRV seen was similar to that of propranolol in the BHAT (Beta Blocker Heart Attack Trial) (2). These findings suggest a potential clinical role for Reiki in the post-ACS inpatient setting. Future research should evaluate whether Reiki treatment over a longer period can generate lasting benefits for autonomic balance and psychological well-being in patients after ACS."


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