Reiki Research

Reiki at Wildflower

Wildflower recognizes the emotional, social, and spiritual strain that illness can bring. That is why we offer Reiki to our clients and their families. Reiki is a Japanese healing touch technique for relaxation and stress reduction that supports the client’s natural resilience. Research continues to indicate that Reiki can be beneficial to those experiencing chronic illness 1 2 3. Among other benefits, it has been shown to reduce:

  • Pain 2 4 6 8
  • Depression 2 3
  • Anxiety 2 8 9 and
  • Post-operative complications 7

At Wildflower, we believe that everyone deserves support during their recovery. Among those with chronic health conditions, Reiki has also been shown to provide positive benefits, including an increase in:

  • A sense of personal control 2
  • Quality of life 1 5
  • Relaxation 10 and
  • Self-esteem 2

For more information, ask your Reiki provider at Wildflower, or you can find more studies on the benefits of Reiki through the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health.

References

  1. Alarcão Z, Fonseca JR. “The effect of Reiki therapy on quality of life of patients with blood cancer: results from a randomized controlled trial.” Eur J Integr Med. 2016; 8: 239–249.
  1. Dressen LJ, Singg S. “Effects of Reiki on pain and selected affective and personality variables of chronically ill patients.” Subtle Energies Energy Med J Arch. 1998; 9: 51–82.
  1. Erdogan Z, Cinar S. “The effect of Reiki on depression in elderly people living in nursing home.” Indian J Tradit Knowledge. 2016; 15: 35–40.
  1. Evanoff, A, Newton W.P. “Therapeutic Touch and Osteoartritis of the knee.” J Fam Pract 48 1999;  11-12.
  1. Kirshbaum MN, Stead M, Bartys S. “An exploratory study of reiki experiences in women who have cancer.” Int J Palliat Nurs. 2016 Apr 2;22(4):  166-72. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.4.166.
  1. Notte BB, Fazzini C, Mooney RA. “Reiki’s effect on patients with total knee arthroplasty: a pilot study.” Nursing. 2016; 46: 17–23.
  1. Sasikala “Effect of Reiki therapy on biophysiological and psychological status of patients after major surgical procedures: a pilot report.” Indian J Health Wellbeing. 2013; 4: 1011–1017.
  1. Thrane S, Cohen SM. “Effect of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in adults: an in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations.”  Pain Manag Nurs. 2014 Dec;15(4):897-908. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2013.07.008. Epub 2014; Feb 28.
  1. Wardell, D.W.; Engebretson, J. “Biological Correlates of Reiki Touch Healing.” J Adv Nurs 33 2001; 439-445.
  1. Witte D, Dundes L. “Harnessing life energy or wishful thinking? Reiki, placebo reiki, meditation, and music.” Altern Complement Ther. 2001; 7: 304–309.