Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy." This simple, non-invasive healing system works with the Higher Self of the Receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body. Therefore it is truly a system of attaining and promoting wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-
improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

Its use is not dependent on one's intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not.
While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Dr. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

While it is generally experienced as calming and comforting, under some circumstances Rei-ki can trigger a reaction or spontaneous healing crisis, by rapid release of stored toxins, as in homoeopathy and other natural therapies. This is a positive sign to do more Rei-ki until the temporary physical response passes. The energy flows at the touch of your hands and, simultaneously, your brainwave pattern slows down to the meditational level of 8-10 Hz (alpha) - the natural rhythm of the universe. Rei-ki has been demonstrated on medical monitoring equipment to enhance uptake of oxygen in the haemoglobin by up to 30 per cent.

It is increasingly accepted in health and community care facilities including hospitals, hospices and cancer support units. For example, at the SolarisCare Cancer Support Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital in Perth, Reiki is the most accessed complementary health treatment for cancer and leukaemia patients. Many patients report significant improvements in their level of pain, fatigue, nausea and breathing.

Reiki Research

2010 - Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome

Rachel S.C. Friedman, Matthew M. Burg, Pamela Miles, Forrester Lee, and Rachel Lampert J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2010;56;995-996.

Patients who received 20 minutes of Reiki treatment within three days of suffering a heart attack showed improved outcomes.

The responses of three groups of patients, to non-invasive, non-drug interventions, were studied. The first group rested quietly, the second group listened to classical music, and the third group received Reiki. . The first group rested quietly, the second group listened to classical music, and the third group received Reiki. Patients in the group who received Reiki showed the greatest improvement in mood and heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is a key predictor of patient’s tendency to suffer another heart attack.
Amongst the researchers who conducted this important study was Pamela Miles, who was a keynote speaker at Reiki Australia’s 3rd National Reiki conference in 2006. Pamela says, that as far as she knows, this is the first time a study on the effects of Reiki has been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

2007 - An Integrative Review of Reiki Touch Therapy Research

Vitale, A., et al.

The purpose of this integrative review is to begin the systematic process of evaluating the findings of published Reiki research. The review includes a summary of Reiki studies using a table to illustrate the study descriptions, and Reiki treatment protocols specified in the investigations.
The reviewer points to a number of challenges for Reiki researchers, such as research design, and whether "sham” Reiki is really inert.

2007 - Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue

Tsang, K. L., et al.

Fatigue is an extremely common side effect experienced during cancer treatment and recovery. This research examined the effects of Reiki on fatigue, pain, anxiety, and overall quality of life. Promising results indicate that future research should further investigate the impact of Reiki on patients receiving trearment for cancer.

2006 - The Effects of Reiki, a Complementary Alternative Medicine, on Depression and Anxiety in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Population

Research performed by M. Deborah Salach, Geriatric Care Manager, OACM, for San Francisco State University

This study explores the phenomenon of Reiki as a healing modality on older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia who experience depression and/or anxiety. Reiki is practiced in over 25 clinical settings in the United States.

2006 - Effects of Reiki on Stress

Clinical trial sponsored by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Study start: January 2006

Study start: January 2006

The purpose of this study is to determine whether physiological changes are induced during a Reiki session and whether a Reiki session affects responses to a subsequent acute stressor. Secondary research questions include assessing which benefits result from placebo, empathetic intentions, or unique abilities of "attuned” Reiki practitioners and assessing background characteristics of recipients that are associated with acceptance and responsiveness.

2005 - Reiki/Energy Healing in Prostate Cancer

Clinical trial sponsored by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Study start: April 2005

The purpose of this study is to determine whether Reiki energy healing affects anxiety and disease progression in patients with localized prostate cancer who are candidates for radical prostatectomy.

2004 - Patient Care Report - Solaris Centre, Perth

The Solaris Centre in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, is working in collaboration with Professor Linda Kristjanson from Edith Cowan University to conduct and analyse our research results. Some 564 patients received 1,151 treatments between August 2002 and January 2004. 70.5 % of these patients identified themselves as having cancer and 55% of these have breast cancer.
Reiki, Aromatherapy and Pranic healing were the most used therapies. Their research shows significant improvements in Quality of Life outcomes and Symptom Control for cancer patients accessing supervised touch based complementary therapy treatments. This research is presently being prepared for publication.

2003 - The Efficacy of Reiki in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Clinical trial ponsored by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Study start: January 2003

Study completion: February 2005

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of Reiki in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FM), a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain and stiffness, often accompanied by sleep disturbance, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and psychological distress.
Reiki is a form of energy medicine in which practitioners reportedly access universal life energy to heal patients, either by direct contact at specific hand positions or from a distance.

2003 - Reiki—Review of a Biofield therapy History, theory, practice, and research

Pamela Miles and Gala True, PhD

The authors give an overview of Reiki, its history as a spiritual and personal healing practice, and its classification within Complementary and Alternative therapies.

The article discusses issues related to introducing Reiki into clinical programs and hospitals, looks at current research and proposes future directions for Reiki research.

2002 - The Use of Reiki for Patients With Advanced AIDS

Trial sponsored by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Study start: March 2002

Study completion: September 2003

The purpose of this study will investigate the use of Reiki, an energy-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention, as an approach to improve well-being for patients with advanced AIDS, and evaluate its effects on dimensions of well-being and quality of life.

2002 - Effect of Reiki on symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

In 2002 the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Medway, Sittingbourne and an open minded GP from Dartford referred 13 patients to the Reiki Research Foundation for treatment. Each patient was seen for 1.5 hrs once a week for 12 weeks and the effects of Reiki treatment on symptoms such as pain, depression, lethargy, bowel and urinary disfunction etc were evaluated. This is a most informative link that would interest any Reiki practitioner working with sufferers from MS, and details research of the Reiki Research Foundation. It gives a detailed evaluation of the results following the treatment of a small group of MS patients with Reiki.

2002 - Reiki as intervention

E Chapman and G Milton

Reiki as intervention: Paper delivered by Eileen Chapman and Geraldine Milton at the BRAVE NEW WORLD, WFTC 21st World Conference. Carlton Crest, Melbourne. 17th-22nd February, 2002. (11 pages)
A study on the effects of provision of Reiki treatments to clients experiencing withdrawal symptoms over a ten year period at the Windana Society Drug and Alcohol withdrawal centre in Melbourne. The study cites effective alleviation of the physical and psychosocial stresses occurring during withdrawal and recovery.

1998 - Effects of Reiki on Painful Neuropathy and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Trial sponsored by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Study start: September 1998

Study completion: June 2004

The object of this study is to determine if Reiki will improve glycemic control and cardiac autonomic function diabetic patients with painful neuropathy.

1995 - The benefits of Reiki treatment in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs