Reiki is a safe and gentle complementary therapy that heals the body and mind

Reiki is one of the more common complementary therapies used in Australia to manage health conditions. In a study review published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, Reiki has been confirmed to be a safe and gentle complementary therapy that can heal both the mind and body.

  • Reiki, which originates from Japan, is a relaxing form of healing therapy that is applied through noninvasive, nonmanipulative gentle touch.
  • It involves lightly laying of hands just above or on the clothed body, working over the front and back in a slow movement of hand positions.
  • The study review was conducted by a researcher from the Australasian Usui Reiki Association who aimed to determine whether there is evidence for Reiki providing more than just a placebo effect.
  • A total of 13 peer-reviewed studies published between 1998 and 2016 met all of the selection criteria. Four of which were randomized single-blind studies, seven were randomized double-blind studies with human participants, and two studies used mice models.
  • The review has found that there is a reasonably strong evidence for Reiki being more effective than placebo.
  • It is better than placebo in terms of activating the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and increasing heart rate variability.
  • For patients with chronic health problems, it has been found to be effective in reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and enhancing self-esteem and quality of life.
  • The review suggests that Reiki is a safe, gentle, and profoundly relaxing complementary healing therapy.

In conclusion, Reiki is a safe and gentle complementary therapy that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to heal body and mind, especially in managing chronic health conditions, and possibly in postoperative recovery.

Read the full text of the study at this link.

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Journal Reference:

McManus DE. REIKI IS BETTER THAN PLACEBO AND HAS BROAD POTENTIAL AS A COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH THERAPY. Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. 6 September 2017. DOI: 10.1177%2F2156587217728644

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