Scientific evidence for Reiki

There’s a lot of scientific research about Reiki out there. I’ll try to keep this page up to date as I come across new papers. Most of the links are to the PubMed site, which is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Some of the PubMed pages have links to the full-text article; I would encourage you to read not just the abstract, but the entire article, if it’s available.

Gantt, M., & Orina, J. A. T. (2019). Educate, Try, and Share: A Feasibility Study to Assess the Acceptance and Use of Reiki as an Adjunct Therapy for Chronic Pain in Military Health Care Facilities. Military Medicine. doi:10.1093/milmed/usz271

Dyer, N. L., Baldwin, A. L., & Rand, W. L. (2019). A Large-Scale Effectiveness Trial of Reiki for Physical and Psychological Health. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 25(12), 1156-1162. doi:10.1089/acm.2019.0022

Zucchetti, G., Candela, F., Bottigelli, C., Campione, G., Parrinello, A., Piu, P., . . . Fagioli, F. (2019). The Power of Reiki: Feasibility and Efficacy of Reducing Pain in Children With Cancer Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 36(5), 361-368. doi:10.1177/1043454219845879

Zins, S., Hooke, M. C., & Gross, C. R. (2019). Reiki for Pain During Hemodialysis: A Feasibility and Instrument Evaluation Study. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37(2), 148-162. doi:10.1177/0898010118797195

Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). 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, 24(8), 801-808. doi:10.1089/acm.2017.0409

Jahantiqh, F., Abdollahimohammad, A., Firouzkouhi, M., & Ebrahiminejad, V. (2018). Effects of Reiki Versus Physiotherapy on Relieving Lower Back Pain and Improving Activities Daily Living of Patients With Intervertebral Disc Hernia. J Evid Based Integr Med, 23, 2515690×18762745. doi:10.1177/2515690×18762745

Radziewicz, R. M., Wright-Esber, S., Zupancic, J., Gargiulo, D., & Woodall, P. (2018). Safety of Reiki Therapy for Newborns at Risk for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Holistic Nursing Practice, 32(2), 63-70. doi:10.1097/hnp.0000000000000251

McManus, D. E. (2017). Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 22(4), 1051-1057. doi:10.1177/2156587217728644

Mangione, L., Swengros, D., & Anderson, J. G. (2017). Mental Health Wellness and Biofield Therapies: An Integrative Review. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(11), 930-944. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1364808

Baldwin, A. L., Vitale, A., Brownell, E., Kryak, E., & Rand, W. (2017). Effects of Reiki on Pain, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure in Patients Undergoing Knee Replacement: A Pilot Study. Holistic Nursing Practice, 31(2), 80-89. doi:10.1097/hnp.0000000000000195

Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., Ren, D., Danford, C. A., & Cohen, S. M. (2017). Reiki Therapy for Symptom Management in Children Receiving Palliative Care: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 34(4), 373-379. doi:10.1177/1049909116630973

Sagkal Midilli, T., & Ciray Gunduzoglu, N. (2016). 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, 30(6), 368-378. doi:10.1097/hnp.0000000000000172

Kirshbaum, M. N., Stead, M., & Bartys, S. (2016). An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22(4), 166-172. doi:10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.4.166

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