Reiki Works and there is Scientific Facts to Prove It

This is a guest blog of Allison Brooks who recently graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Biomedical Anthropology.

“Reiki has been an effective practice ever since 1922, when the Tendai Buddhist monk, Mikao Usui, received the inspiration for healing through the laying on of hands while mediating. Thousands have sworn buy the healing and relaxing capabilities of this practice, but there has yet to be definite scientific proof of these testimonials. But now for the “see-to-believers”, there are quite a few experiments that prove the usefulness of Reiki on the human body. These experiments observe how Reiki can improve the everyday sense of well-being to actually accelerate bodily function during certain medical treatments.

One of the first studies conducted divided a group of forty-five healthy people into three separate groups. One group received Reiki and rest, one had a placebo-Reiki treatment and rest, and the third received just rest.  The study recorded the main vital statistics, like hearty rate, blood pressure, and respiration.

The results were astonishing. The group that received a Reiki session conducted by a Reiki master, actually showed a decrease in diastolic blood pressure. This was not the case for the placebo-Reiki session, which indicates that Reiki creates an actual effect that cannot be caused by only the suggestion of Reiki.  This was just the start of scientific Reiki studies.

This next study conducted at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine has proven Reiki to be a vital asset in the natural healing process. This study examined the effects Reiki had on white blood cells and the immune system. The study group was again divided into three groups: one who received Reiki, one who just relaxed, and the last where the group neither relaxed nor received Reiki. Blood was taken from the volunteers before a Reiki session, immediately after, and then about four hours after.

Again, Reiki proved to not only make the patient feel less pain or more relaxed, it actually had physiological benefits. The blood samples taken from the group that received an actual Reiki session had an increased amount of white blood cells; thus in-turn would enhance the immune system. The amount of oxygen carried by the red-blood cells also increased compared to before and after blood samples. One lady from the experiment was so impressed by the results that she continued to self-treat with Reiki. She was able to combat the negative results of her iron-deficiency anemia with the use of Reiki.

Many doctors have used this research to promote the use of Reiki during chronic illness treatments and intensive cancer therapies. Patients diagnosed with a short life-expectancy-cancer, like pancreatic cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, or non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, are encouraged to take Reiki sessions. Some hospitals even offer free in-house Reiki treatments. They agree that the physical, mental, and spiritual improvements produced by Reiki, actually aid cancer treatment. The cleared energy-blockages, allow the body to heal and function in balance.”

Allison currently does research in her field and is doing work and observations to complete an ethnography in the near future. She can be reached through



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rjonm
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 11:24:21

    This is great – I just posted the link on the LinkedIn Reiki Professionals Group under the discussion “How do you respond to the statement that reiki is ‘new age woo woo?’ any advice is welcome?”

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