Reiki’s rise in popularity has sparked curiosity in open-minded researchers. The practice was introduced in 1922 by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist. It uses hands-on techniques to promote physical or emotional healing through energy. It’s considered alternative or pseudo-medicine to some but has shown some promising results in multiple medical studies.
Chemotherapy & Reiki
A study was published in 2011 that involved 189 patients receiving chemotherapy. The participants were broken up into three groups. One received therapy from a Reiki practitioner, another received treatment from a “sham” Reiki practitioner, and the third received standard care. Those receiving Reiki therapy reported improved comfort and a better sense of well-being compared to those only receiving standard care.
Reiki Treatment for Pain & Depression
The International Journal of Clinical Practice published a study in 2008 that found that Reiki improved the care of patients suffering from depression and other mental health conditions. Unfortunately, the available data was limited, so it was not possible to pinpoint exactly which areas saw the most improvement when Reiki was used. Future studies may uncover new information that could help Reiki become a more accepted and appealing treatment option for patients with depression, pain, and other conditions.
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