Reiki research

When, many years ago, I started doing Reiki after my Level 1 attunement, I had absolutely no idea that the medical world was beginning to take Reiki very seriously.

These days, when I give my talks about Reiki to various groups, I am still often surprised by the lack of awareness of Reiki by so many people. But, to me, what is even worse, is the realisation that the general public is not aware of just how seriously the medical profession is regarding Reiki.

Hence this page – my crusade to make people aware of how mainstream Reiki is becoming. You’ve heard of Reiki being described as either complementary or alternative? Now meet the new adjective – integrative. In other words, being used as part of a holistic approach alongside conventional medicine and treatments.

Serious, in-depth clinical trials on Reiki have been carried out for some years now, and more will follow. Reiki is natural, has no side effects – and it works: now science is beginning to prove it.

My other role, in addition to being a Reiki therapist and Reiki teacher, I am also Research Co-ordinator for the UK Reiki Federation.  My main responsibility is the editing of a document called “Reiki – The Body of Evidence”.  At the time of writing this (March 2018), the document contains over a hundred Reiki clinical trials and over forty serious published articles about Reiki, and much more information about Reiki research.

I am not aware of anyone else anywhere in world who has published a larger collection of Reiki research.  (And I am adding to it on an ongoing basis.)

Furthermore, at the foot of the Research page on the UKRF website, you can download a pdf copy for yourself!  Although it is free of charge, I would be most grateful if you could make a donation to the UK Reiki Federation, to acknowledge the work that I and my predecessors have put into the compiling of the document.

Where do I find my research information?  There are a number of sources of research information conducted in the area of Reiki.

In no special order, the first that I would suggest the researcher examine is Google Scholar.

  • There are several ways to access it, and the first is to go to the Home page of Google and enter “Google Scholar” in the search window.  Google Scholar will appear at the top of the next page: click on it, and the Google Scholar Home page will then appear.  Whatever you’re seeking (e.g. Reiki and Cancer), enter it in the search window and press Return.
  • Another way to access it is to go to the Home Page of Google.  Next to the Sign In button at the top right hand corner of the screen is a small block of nine grey squares, three rows of three squares, one on top of the other.  Click on the block, and Google Scholar will be found either in the drop down window that then appears, or by clicking on “More” or “Even more” at the foot of that window.
  • Next is  This is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  It is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.  It can be found on the website, and currently (January 2017) lists 234,224 studies with locations in the USA and in 195 other countries around the world.
Reiki under the microscope
  • Pamela Miles is a New York City-based Reiki therapist with many years of experience behind her.  On her website,, can be found a list of medical papers that have been published in medical journals.  Go to the foot of the Home page and on the Free Resources section, click on Medical Papers.
  • International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) has a website,; they also have another called the Center for Reiki Research,  To access the mine of information on the second website you will need to open an account, a simple procedure requiring only a username and a password.
  • A further fine source of published papers is the USA’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).  Their website is  No account is needed for access to this website.

Good luck with your own researching!