Research Data to Support The Therapeutic Effects of a Reiki Session.
Reiki Research Supports The Biological Effects of Lowering Blood Pressure and Heart Rate:
The Journal of Alternative Medicine Vol.10, No 6 2004
Nicola MacKay, Stig Hansen and Oona MacFarlane – Abstract
Objectives: to investigate if a complementary therapy, Reiki, has any effect on indices of autonomic nervous system function.
Quiet room in an out-patient clinic.
Subjects: Forty-five (45) subjects assigned at random into three groups.
Interventions: Three treatment conditions:
- no treatment (rest only);
- Reiki treatment by experienced Reiki Practitioner,
- and placebo treatment by a person with no knowledge of Reiki and who mimicked the Reiki treatment.
Outcome measures: Quantitative measures of autonomic nervous system function such as heart rate, cardiac vagal tone, blood pressure, cardiac sensitivity to baroflex, and breathing activity were recorded continually for each heartbeat rate.
Results: Heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the Reiki group compared to both placebo and control groups.
Conclusions: The study indicates that Reiki has some effect on the autonomic nervous system. However, this was a pilot study with relatively few subjects and the changes were relatively small. The results justify further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.
Reiki significantly Reduces Heart Rate, Suggesting A Homeostatic Effect:
The Journal of Alternative Medicine, Vol. 14, No 4
Published Online: 15 May 2008 https//doi.org/10.1089/acm.2007.0753
Reiki During Cancer Treatment & Recovery Decreases Fatigue, Pain & Anxiety and Improves Overall Quality of Life:
Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki vs Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue K. Tsang BA, L. Carlson, PhD, CPsych, K. Olsen RN PhD Department of Oncology, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Published March 1, 2007 Research Article PubMed Vol: 6 issue: 1, pages 25-35.
Reiki treatment Increases Baseline in Mean Values for all Positive Emotional States (happy, relaxed, calm) and Reductions in Negative States (stressed, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, scared, anxious):
Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome
Journal of the American College of Cardiology Volume 56, Issue 12, September 2010
Research Study to Support Long Term Effects of Energetic Healing Both in Hands On and Long Distance Reiki Healing & In Healing Psychological Depression & Self-Perceived Stress:
Alternative Therapy Health Medicine
2004 Jul-Aug;10(4):14 Abstract
The long-term effects of energetic healing were examined in an experimental design employing a 3×3 factorial MANOVA on symptoms of psychological depression and self perceived stress as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Hopelessness and Perceived Stress Scales.
Forty-six participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: hands-on Reiki, distance Reiki, or Distance Reiki placebo, and remained blind to treatment condition. Each participant received a 1-1.5 hour treatment each for 6 weeks. Pretest data collected prior to treatment demonstrated no significant differences among groups. Upon completion of treatment, there was a significant reduction in symptoms of psychological distress in treatment groups as compared to controls (P<.05;Eta square ranging from.09-.18), and these differences continued to be present 1 year later (P<.05; Eta square ranging from .12-44).
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