Reiki research

When I started doing Reiki after my Level 1 attunement in 1998, I had absolutely no idea that the medical world was beginning to take Reiki very seriously.

In later days, when I gave my talks about Reiki to various groups, I was often surprised by the lack of awareness of Reiki by so many people.
But, to me, what is even sadder, now, is the realisation that the general public is unaware of how science is continuing to provide solid evidence of why Reiki in everyday medicine is becoming a reality.

Hence this page – part of my crusade to make people aware of how mainstream Reiki is becoming.  You’ve heard of Reiki being described as either complementary or alternative?  The correct word?  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 many years now, and more will follow.  Reiki is natural, has no side effects – and it works: and now science is beginning to prove it.

In addition to being a Reiki therapist and Reiki teacher with my own practice since 2009, I was also Research Co-ordinator for the UK Reiki Federation, between 2015 and 2019.  My main responsibility was the editing of a document called “Reiki – The Body  of Evidence”.   The document contained over a hundred Reiki clinical trials and over forty serious published articles about Reiki, and much more information about Reiki research.

After I left the UKRF, I became Research Curator with Reiki Home, an international Reiki organisation based in the USA, in 2020.  I am currently working on a new Reiki research project with them, and will announce further details later this year.

Where do I find my research information?  There are a number of sources of research conducted in the area of Reiki.  So, if you want to do your own Reiki research, here are some sources you may well find useful in your search (I did!).

  • There are several ways to access the information, and, here, 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 (eg 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 Clinicaltrials.gov.  This is a service of the US 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 www.clinicaltrials.gov, and currently (as at March 2021) lists 370,218 studies with locations in the USA and in 219 other countries around the world.
    No account is needed to access the information on this website.
  • The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) has a main website, www.reiki.org; they also have another called the Center for Reiki Research, www.centerforreikiresearch.org
    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 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
    No account is needed for access to this website.
  • Springer Link.  In their own words – Providing researchers with access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols, reference works and proceedings.
  • Finally, there is another excellent source of research material, PubMed.  As their Home page says, “PubMed® comprises more than 32 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites”. 
    Their website is www.pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
    No account is needed for you to access the information on this website.

Good luck with your own researching!