Reiki Benefits and Research

Reiki has many benefits, one of the greatest being stress reduction and relaxation, which triggers the body’s natural healing abilities (immune system), aids in better sleep and improves and maintains health. Reiki works wonderfully in conjunction with other physical and psychological healing modalities, working in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care.  Reiki will assist with these modalities and improve their results.

Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions.  This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, broken bones, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illness like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, leukemia, etc.  The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated.  This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving healing rates and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital.  Reiki always helps.  Stress reduction with some improvement in one’s physical and psychological condition are what most experience.

Reiki Benefits:

Although not complete, this list of benefits is a starting point of what Reiki may do for you!

  • Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension;
  • Accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities;
  • Aids better sleep;
  • Reduces blood pressure;
  • Assists with acute injuries and chronic afflictions (asthma, eczema, headaches, etc.);
  • Aides the breaking of addictions;
  • Helps relieve pain;
  • Helps heal infections and inflammations
  • Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony;
  • Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins;
  • Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover from drug therapy after surgery and chemotherapy;
  • Supports the immune system;
  • Increases vitality and postpones the aging process;
  • Raises the vibrational frequency of the body;
  • Helps spiritual growth and emotional clearing.


Research Articles:

Here are some research articles supporting Reiki as a healing modality:

Birocco N, Guillame C, Storto S, Ritorto G, Catino C, Gir N, Balestra L, Tealdi G, Orecchia C, Vito GD, Giaretto L, Donadio M, Bertetto O, Schena M, Ciuffreda L. The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;29(4):290-4.

Bowden D, Goddard L, Gruzelier J. A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the efficacy of reiki at benefitting mood and well-being.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:381862.

Crawford SE, Leaver VW, Mahoney SD.  Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease.  J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Nov;12(9):911-3.

Demir M, Can G, Celek E. Effect of Reiki on symptom management in oncology. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2013;14(8):4931-3

Furrer S. Approches complémentaires en réhabilitation: le Reiki, pour soulager la douleur chronique [Reiki to relieve chronic pain]. Soins infirmiers. 2015;12: 74-76

Kennedy P.  Working with survivors of torture in Sarajevo with Reiki.  Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2001 Feb;7(1):4-7.

Marcus DA, Blazek-O’Neill B, Kopar JL. Symptomatic improvement reported after receiving Reiki at a cancer infusion center. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Mar;30(2):216-7.

Nottee BB, Fazzini C, Mooney RA. Reiki’s effect on patients with total knee arthroplasty: A pilot study.  Nursing. 2016 Feb;46(2):17-23.

Vitale AT, O’Connor PC.  The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies: a quasi-experimental pilot study.  Holist Nurs Pract. 2006 Nov-Dec;20(6):263-72.