To support mountains of anecdotal evidence, there have been an increasing number of clinical trials to validate and quantify the benefits of Reiki. Below is a very partial list, to give you an idea of how this work is being approached and by whom. Due to copyright considerations, I cannot give you access to all these studies, but I’ve provided links to further information when possible.
It is abundantly clear that more, quality research is needed, and I’m working towards that goal as quickly as possible via several avenues. If you know any researchers or students of medicine or mental health looking for an incredible opportunity, please have them get in touch. I am fortunate to have a number of enthusiastic colleagues eager to shed more light on this subject for members of the medical community who are still in doubt.
Immediate Symptom Relief After a First Session of Massage Therapy or Reiki in Hospitalized Patients: A 5-year Clinical Experience from a Rural Academic Medical Center
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2018
Effects of Reiki Versus Physiotherapy on Relieving Lower Back Pain and Improving Activities Daily Living of Patients With Intervertebral Disc Hernia.
Journal of Evidence Based Integrative Medicine, 2018
Cost Savings from Reducing Pain Through the Delivery of Integrative Medicine Program to Hospitalized Patients
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2018
An Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicines
The University of British Columbia Medical Journal, 2018
An Integrative Review of Nonpharmacological Interventions to Improve Sleep among Adults with Advanced Serious Illness
Journal of Palliative Medicine, January, 2018
Safety of Reiki Therapy for Newborns at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Holistic Nursing Practice, 2018
The impact of Reiki on side effects in patients with head-neck neoplasia undergoing radiotherapy: a pilot study
Professioni infermieristiche, 2017
Effectiveness of Reiki Therapy on Dysmenorrhoea among Adolescent Girls
Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 2017
Energetic Modalities as a Self-Care Technique to Reduce Stress in Nursing Students
Journal of Holistic Nursing, Dec, 2017
Integrative Medicine and Mood, Emotions and Mental Health
Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, June, 2017
Instrumental Measurements of Water and the Surrounding Space During a Randomized Blinded Controlled Trial of Focused Intention.
Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, May, 2017
Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement: A Pilot Study.
Holistic Nursing Practice, Apr/May, 2017
Effects of Reiki on Pain and Vital Signs When Applied to the Incision Area of the Body After Cesarean Section Surgery: A Single-Blinded, Randomized, Double-Controlled Study
Holistic Nursing Practice, Nov/Dec, 2016
Combining conventional treatment and complementary therapies benefits pituitary patients
Endocrine Abstracts, 2016
Reiki's effect on patients with total knee arthroplasty: A pilot study
Nursing, February, 2016
The Effect of Reiki on Depression in Elderly People Living in Nursing Home
Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, 2016.
Effects of Integrative PTSD Treatment in a Military Health Setting
Energy Psychology Journal, 2015.
The Use of Self-Reiki for Stress Reduction and Relaxation
Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2015.
Effects of Distant Reiki on Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue in Oncology Patients in Turkey: A Pilot Study
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 2015.
The Effect of Reiki Therapy on Quality of Life of Patients with Blood Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial
European Journal of Integrative Medicine, December 2015
Integrative Reiki for Cancer Patients: A Program Evaluation
Integrative Cancer Therapies, January, 2014.
Effect of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Adults: An In-Depth Literature Review of Randomized Trials with Effect Size Calculations
Pain Management Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses, February 27, 2014.
Comparison of Physical Therapy with Energy Healing for Improving Range of Motion in Subjects with Restricted Shoulder Mobility
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2013.
A Canadian Experience of Integrating Complementary Therapy in a Hospital Palliative Care Unit
Journal of Palliative Medicine, November 10, 2013.
Symptomatic Improvement Reported After Receiving Reiki at a Cancer Infusion Center
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, December 5, 2012.
Application of Reiki in Nurses Diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome Has Beneficial Effects on Concentration of Salivary IgA and BP
Revista Latino-American de Enfermagem, September, 2012
The Effects of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Patients Attending a Day Oncology and Infusion Services Unit
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, October 13, 2011.
Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, September 11, 2010.
Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue
Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2007.
Reiki Therapy: The Benefits to a Nurse/Reiki Practitioner
Holistic Nursing Practice, July/August, 2003.
The Effect of the “Laying On of Hands” on Transplanted Breast Cancer in Mice
Journal of Scientific Exploration, 2000.
Effects of Reiki on Anxiety, Depression, Pain and Physiological Factors in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Research in Gerontological Nursing, November , 2010.
Long-term Effects of Energetic Healing on Symptoms of Psychological Depression and Self-Perceived Stress
Energetic Healing, May/June, 2004.