Conditions Treated

Clients and students have reported improvement and/or elimination of the following conditions with Reiki:

  • Mood imbalance
  • Focus
  • Sleep disturbances/insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Pain (Fibromyalgia & chronic)
  • Anxiety (including the elimination of attacks)
  • Trauma from childhood abuse
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Ovarian cystic pain
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Complications from diabetes

Reiki for Fertility 

Donna Pascaretta, RN is an expert in Reiki Therapy and Healing Touch that assists in the treatment of infertility.  Dona shares a clear and concise review of Reiki and Healing Touch Therapy.

Reiki for Stress Reduction

Reiki Healing after Heart Attack

Yale Study Shows Reiki Treatment Helps Heart Attack Patients


Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome. Rachel S.C. Friedman, Matthew M. Burg, Pamela Miles, Forrester Lee, and Rachel Lampert J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2010;56;995-996.

In the above study, published in one of the most prestitigious peer-reviewed conventional medical journals, patients who received a 20-minute Reiki treatment within three days after suffering a heart attack showed improved mood and heart rate variability (HRV). Let’s take a look at what this means in nontechnical language.

A heart attack is a stressful event which, like other stressful events, also causes a stress response. A stressed body is less resilient, less able to cope with more stress. This means a patient who has just had a heart attack has a higher risk of having another one. Doctors are well aware of this dangerous cycle, and helping the body recover its resilience is a primary goal in cardiac care.

Recovering after a heart attack

That’s why standard hospital care after a heart attack includes beta blockers, drugs that help the body recover its resilience. But beta blockers work slowly, and some patients cannot tolerate them.

The Yale researchers wondered if a non-pharmacologic intervention might be just as effective, work faster, be safe for all patients–and even help patients feel better?

In the high-tech acute cardiac care setting, why would doctors be interested in patients feeling better? Because subjectively feeling better is known to have objective effects on health. It is well documented that emotional stress negatively affects autonomic nervous system (ANS) function, and therefore heart disease (ANS controls heart rate).

This randomized, controlled study looked at non-invasive, nondrug interventions to help patients recover faster from a heart attack. The study had three arms:

  • Group 1 (12 patients) rested quietly without interruption.
  • Group 2  (13 patients) listened to slow tempo, meditative, classical music.
  • Group 3 (12 patients) received 20-minute Reiki treatment from Reiki-trained staff nurses.

Patients were measured initially for baseline, and again after the intervention, and the two sets of measurements were compared. The measurements from all groups were then compared to the others.

The impact of the intervention (rest, music, or Reiki) was measured in two ways, emotional state and heart rate variability (HRV), a physiologic measure that indicates if the patient’s body is recovering from the stress response.

The patients rated themselves on both positive states (happy, relaxed, calm) and negative states (stressed, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, scared, anxious).

Reiki study results

Reiki treatment improved all positive emotional states and reduced all negative states. Comparing the three groups, the Reiki group had the most positive changes in emotional state, and the resting control had the least.

Reiki treatment also improved HRV. The benefit shown was comparable to that seen in a study of beta blockers.

Additionally, the study showed that Reiki treatment can be offered in an acute-care setting. This is important. Sometimes interventions are found to be helpful but they are not feasible in a real life care setting. None of the patients experienced any adverse events.

In this study, Reiki treatment significantly improved mood and HRV compared to the resting and music control conditions. Many questions remain unanswered, such as how long does the benefit of a Reiki treatment last?

Much more research is needed. But this is a good start


Reiki for Cancer Patients 

Reiki in Cancer Research

There is no harm in using Reiki as a complement to traditional treatments for patients with mesothelioma and other types of cancer. If it helps individuals to feel better, then it is worthwhile. There is, though, some important evidence from research that Reiki really does improve some of the symptoms of cancer, and that it does actually reduce stress and help patients feel more relaxed and at peace with being sick.

In one study, researchers surveyed and measured the results of Reiki sessions on over 200 cancer patients. The quantitative measurements evaluated the patients’ distress, while the surveys asked for self-reported evaluations of each patient’s depression, anxiety, fatigue, and pain. The results determined that the patients experienced significant reductions in all of these and that they enjoyed the sessions and wanted to continue with them in the future.

Self-reporting studies can be problematic, but other studies have taken a more quantitative approach to evaluating the effects of Reiki on cancer patients. In one study, the researchers compared the effects of Reiki sessions to sessions that involved rest only as a restorative technique. This study found that the patients experienced significant reductions in fatigue and that all reported better quality of life after Reiki sessions.

Another study looked at pain in cancer patients and how Reiki impacted pain and the use of opioid painkillers to manage pain. The patients that were given Reiki sessions experienced less pain but did not use any less of their painkillers. One hypothesis for how Reiki affects pain is that it changes a person’s perception of pain. Because there is no physical touch or manipulation of muscles, it is difficult to explain the results. It may simply be that the power of suggestion helps people feel as if they are experiencing less pain.


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