Reiki Articles & Case Studies

Reiki Articles & Case Studies

“Reiki is one of the leading safe Energy Medicine approaches.”

~ C. Norman Shealy, M.D. Ph.D.

Founder, American Holistic Medical Association


In recent years, medical case studies have continuously revealed that physical healing is a positive side effect of working with Reiki energy. Below you will find several links to articles and case studies involving the healing effects of Reiki.


Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study


Why Reiki is Being Used in Hospitals


Use of Reiki as a biofield therapy: An adjunct to conventional medical care


The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Cancer Patients’ Stories about CAM-Use: The Ongoing Work to Shape as Good a Life as Possible During Cancer Illness and Treatment


Investigation of standard care versus sham Reiki placebo versus actual Reiki therapy to enhance comfort and well-being in a chemotherapy infusion center.


Reiki Healing and Mental Health: What the Research Shows


The Positive Impact of Integrative Medicine in the Treatment of Recalcitrant Chronic daily Headache: A Series of Case Reports


Integrative oncology: really the best of both worlds?


Reiki for Chronic Pain


Appropriate Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches in Gynecologic Cancers


Herbert Irving Child and Adolescent Oncology Center


Top 10 Reiki Case Studies


Reiki Research: Introduction and general findings, the effect of the main study variables and specific conditions and symptoms


Reiki Research Report 2: The effect of secondary variables, discussion and conclusions


Reiki Research Report 3: Tables of results for the total sample plus the main and secondary variables


Reiki Research: Specific Outcomes: Conditions


Reiki Research: Symptoms


What Does the Research Say About Reiki?


Researching Reiki: Moving Energy Forward in the Scientific Realm


Reiki and Flowers Experiment


Reiki Case Studies with Post-Surgery Recovery


Reiki Case Studies with Anxiety and Depression


Reiki and Pregnancy


Reiki Case Studies with Immunity


Reiki Case Studies with Cancer


The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: A Systematic Review of the Therapeutic Effects of Reiki


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


Reasons for and Characteristics Associated With Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adult Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review


Journal of Palliative Medicine: Surviving, Relieving, Repairing, and Boosting Up: Reasons for Using Complementary/Alternative Medicine among Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Thematic Analysis


The Empowering Nature of Reiki as a Complementary Therapy


Reiki as a Clinical Intervention in Oncology Nursing Practice


Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies in Relieving Cancer Pain: Systematic Review


Reiki: Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, Theory, Practice, and Research


Reiki for depression and anxiety


Effects of reiki on autonomic activity early after acute coronary syndrome


Reiki for Support of Cancer Patients


Reiki Vibrational Healing


Preliminary Report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related Pain and Anxiety


Enhancing the Treatment of HIV/AIDS With Reiki Training and Treatment


Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine


Living in Relation to Mystery: Addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit


Below is a detailed list of other articles and information regarding Reiki Research which no longer available for viewing on the internet (but you can find all the details at your local library):


Natalie, G.W. (2010). Reconnecting to nursing through Reiki. Creative Nursing, 16(4), 171-176.


Olson, K., Hanson, J., Michaud, M. (2003). A Phrase II trail of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 26 (5), 990-97.


Pocotte, S.L. & Salvador, D. (2008). Clinical consultation: Reiki as a rehabilitative nursing intervention for pain management: A case study. Rehabilitation Nursing, 33(6), 231-232.


Raingruber, B., Robinson, C. (2007). The Effectiveness of Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and Reiki Healing Sessions in Promoting Health and Enhancing Problem Solving Abilities of Registered Nurses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28 (10), 1141-1155.


Richeson, N., Spross, J., Lutz, K., & Peng, C. (2010). Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiologic factors in community-dwelling older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3(3), 187-199.


Shore, A.G. (2004). Long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 10(3), 42-48.

Schwartz, G., Russek, L. (1997). Dynamical Energy Systems and Modern Physics: Fostering the Science and Spirit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 3(3), 46-56.


So, P.S., Jiang, Y. ,& Qin, Y. (2008). Touch therapies for pain relief in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.


Swann, J. (2009). An introduction to Reiki as an alternative therapy in care homes. Nursing and Residential Care, 11(1), 31-34.


Thomas, T. (2005). Reiki adds a new dimension to the term “quality of life” in the nursing home community. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, Fall, 43-48.


Toms, R. (2011). Reiki therapy: A nursing intervention for critical care. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 34(3), 213-217.


Tsang, K., Carlson, L. (2007). Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 6(1), 25-35.


Alandydy, P. (BSN, RN,,CNOR), Alandydy, K . (BA) [1999] Using Reiki to support surgical patients. Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Apr; vol 13, no 4, pp 89-91.


Algarin, R. [1995] Using Reiki as a harm reduction tool and as a stress management technique for participants and self.


Northeast Conference: Drugs, Sex and Harm Reducation Conference Syllabus, [1995], Harm Reduction Coalition and the Drug Policy Foundation, the ACLU AIDS Project and the City University of New York.


A RK, Kurup PA. [2003] Changes in the isoprenoid pathway with transcendental meditation and Reiki healing practices in seizure disorder. (Department of Neurology, Medical College Hospital, Trivandrum 695-003, Kerala, India). in Neurology India. 2003 Jun; vol 51, no2, pp211-4.


Author Unknown [?] Autonomic Nervous-System-Changes During Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine vol 10, no 6.


Author Unknown [1997] Reiki: Tapping the unseen self. International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 15, no 9, pp22-23


Author Unknown [1998] Reiki; a balancing therapy. International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 16, no 2, pp22-23


Author Unknown [1999] Remedy Brief: Reiki. This Japanese system of energy healing is used for acute and chronic pain. Natural Health – Massachusetts, Sept, p41


Barberis, L., [1996] Reiki: Esoteric therapy or quantum interaction? (Paper presented at:) 3rd European Colloquium on Ethnopharmacolgy – 1st International Conference on Anthropology and History of Health and Disease


Barberis, L., [1998] Reiki healing: No matter nor energy. Just being. (Presented at:) the 12th Continental members’ Meeting of the Scientific & Medical Network, Cortona, Italy.


Barnett, L., & Chambers, M. [1996] Reiki energy medicine: Bringing healing touch into home, hospital, and hospice. Vermont, U.S.A: Healing Arts Press.

Behar, M. [1997] Reiki; bridging tradition & complementary healing techniques. OT Practice; Feb 1997

Brewitt, B., Vittetoe, T., Hartwell, [1997] The efficacy of Reiki hands-on healing: improvements in spleen and nervous system function as quantified by electrodermal screening. Alternative Therapies 1997 July; vol 3 no 4.


Brown, F. [1992] Ancient Reiki accepted at a modern American Hospital. The Journal of Awareness. pp 3,16.


Bucholtz, R. A. [1996] The use of Reiki therapy in the treatment of pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Master’s thesis (unpublished), University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A.


Bullock, M. (RN BSN), [1997] Introduction to Reiki: A complementary therapy for life. Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice vol 4, no 2, pp41-43


Bullock, M. (RN BSN), [1997]Reiki: A complementary therapy for life. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Jan 1997, Vol 14, no 1, pp31-32


Clark, L. [1988] Reiki in a G.P. Practice: A Report based on 29 patients over the period 5.10.99 – 25.7.01. Unpublished.


Dressen L. J. & Singg S., [1997] Effects of Reiki on Pain and selected affective and personality variables of chronically ill Patients. Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, vol 9, no 1, pp51-82


Engebretson, J. & Wardell, D. [2002]. Experience of a Reiki Session, Alternative Therapies, vol 8, no 2, pp48-53


Gallob R. [?] Reiki: a supportive therapy in nursing practice and self-care for nurses. University of Rochester School of Nursing, Loving Touch Center of East Rochester, NY, USA


Harris, D.(Dip.App.Sc.[Nursing] [UWSN]., B.H.Sc.[Nursing]) [UWSN].,MCN[NSW]., MRCNA.) & James B.H. [?] The Mystery and Meaning of Reiki.


Hartwell, B., Brewitt, Dr. B. [1997] The efficacy of Reiki hands-on healing – Improvements in adrenal, spleen and nervous function as quantified by electro-dermal screening. Alternative Therapies Symposium, Florida 1997. Alternative Therapies, vol 3, no 4, p89.


Hodsdon, W., Mendenhall, E., Green, R., Kates-Chinnoy,S., Wacker, E, & Zwickey, H. The Effect of Reiki on the Immune System. Helfgott Research Institue at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, USA


Kennedy, P. [2001] Working with survivors of torture in Sarajevo with Reiki, Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, vol 7, no 4


Litchfield, G. [1999] Reiki Healing. Journal of Natural Medicine vol 3, no 1, pp3-4


Mailoo, V.J. [2002] A brief introduction to Reiki. British Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. May 2002 – vol 9, no 5, pp190-3


Mailoo, V.J.[2001] Reiki to Reduce Anxiety:A Literature Review.Journal of Chartered Physiotherapists in Mental Healthcare. Jun; 18 pp13-17.


Mansour A, Laing G, Nurse J, & Denilkewich A. [1998] The Experience of Reiki: Five Middle-Aged Women in the Midwest, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapies; vol 4, no 3, pp211-217


Mansour, A., Beuche, M., Laing, G., Leis A., & Nurse, J. [1999] A Study to Test the Effectiveness of Placebo Reiki Standardization Procedures Developed for a Planned Reiki Efficacy Study, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, New York vol 5, no 2, pp153-164.


Miles P. [2003] Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003; vol 9 no 2 p36.


Miles, P. & True, G (PhD).[2003] Reiki: Review of a Biofield Therapy. History, Theory, Practice & Research. Alternative Therapies, Mar/Apr 2003; vol 9, no 2, p67


Milton, G., & Chapman, E., [1995] The benefits of Reiki treatment in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Pathways to healing: Enhancing Life through Complementary Therapies, Conference Proceedings, Sept, 24-25 Canberra: Royal College of Nursing, Australia


Neklason, Zale T. [1987] The effects of Reiki treatment on telepathy and personality traits. Thesis [MS in Counselling] – Calif. State University, Hayward


Nield-Anderson, L. Ameling, A. [2000] The Empowering Nature of Reiki as a Complementary Therapy. Holistic Nursing Practice, vol 14, no 3, pp21-29


Olson, K. & Hanson, J. [1997] Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report. Cancer Prevention & Control, vol 1, no 2, pp108-115. Cross Cancer Institute.


Olson K, Hanson J, Michaud M. [?] A phase II trial of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients. Faculty of Nursing and International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Pankhurst, J. (RGN, Reiki Master) [?] Thirteen Case Studies to Investigate the Effects of Reiki on the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. The Reiki Research Foundation.


Retzlaff N. [1998] Reiki – the gift of love, healing and wholeness; Nursing Matters Feb,1998


Rivera, C. [1999] Reiki Therapy – A tool for Wellness. Imprint – New York – National Student Nurses Association, vol 46, no 2, pp31-33


Robertson, A.L. [?] Pronounced effects of proper Reiki attunement. American Reiki Master Association Newsletter; vol 1, no 5, p6.


Rosentiel, L. [1991] Hypnosis and Reiki. Journal of Hypnotism, Dec; pp8-10


Sabrina, T. [2000] The Science Behind Reiki – What Happens in a Treatment? UK Reiki Federation


Sawyer, J. [1998]Clinical Exemplars; the first Reiki practitioner in our OR. AORN Journal, vol 67, no3, pp674-77


Schiller R. Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.2003; vol 9, no 2, pp20-21.


Schlitz, M. & Braud, W. [1985] Reiki-Plus natural healing: an ethnographic/experimental study. PSI Research, 1985 Sept/Dec vol 4 no 3, pp100-123.


Schmehr R. [2003] Case Report: Enhancing the Treatment of HIV/AIDS with Reik Training and Treatment. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003; vol 9, no 2, p120.


Tattum A., [1994] Reiki – healing and dealing. Australian Nursing Journal.1994 Aug; vol 2, no 2, p3


Thornton, L. [1996] A study of Reiki, an energy field treatment, using Rogers’ science. Rogerian Science News, vol 8 no 3, pp14-15


Thornton, L. [1996] A study of Reiki using Rogers’ science: Part II. Rogerian Science News, vol 8, no 4, pp13-14.


Thorton, L. [1996] A study of Reiki, An energy field treatment, using Rogers’ Science. Rogerian Science News; vol 8, no 1, p3.


Thorton, L. [1996] A study of Reiki using Rogers’ Science, Part II. Rogerian Science News; vol 8, no 1, p4


University of Michigan.[?] Reiki Technique Study to Control Chronic Pain in Diabetic Neuropathy.The Department of Public Relations & Marketing Communications, University of Michigan


Van Sell, SL. [1996] Reiki: an ancient touch therapy. Reiki News. Feb. 1996, pp57-59


Wardell D.W.; Engebretson J.[2000] Biological correlates of Reiki Touch healing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 33, no 4, February 2001, pp439-445


Wetzel, W. [1989] Reiki Healing: A Physiologic Perspective. Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol 7, no 1, pp47-54.


Whelan, K. M. & Wishnia, G. S. [2003] Reiki therapy: The benefits to a nurse/Reiki practitioner. Holistic Nursing Practice, vol 17, no4, pp209


Whitsitt, T., [1998] Reiki Therapy Journal of Christian Nursing, vol 15; no 1, pp12-13


Witte D. & Dundes L. [2001] Harnessing Life Energy or Wishful Thinking?: Reiki, Placebo Reiki, Meditation and Music, Alternative and Complementary Therapies, vol 7, no 5, pp304-309


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