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A Large-Scale Effectiveness Trial of Reiki for Physical and Psychological Health

DATE

2019

AUTHORS

Thrane, S Cohen, S M

REFERENCE

J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Dec; 25(12):1156-1162. Epub 2019 Oct 22.J Altern Complement Med. 2019. PMID: 31638407
doi: 10.1089/acm.2019.0022.
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2019.0022

METHODOLOGY

The study design was a single arm effectiveness trial with measures at pre-and post- intervention.

99 Reiki Masters participated N=1411 Reiki sessions were conducted and included in the analysis.

The 20 item Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) was used to assess effect. Single-item self-report measures were used to assess a wide range of physical and psychological variables immediately before (pre) and after (post) the Reiki session.

Physical and psychological health-related measures included pain, tiredness, drowsiness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, depression, and anxiety.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS

There were significant improvements in pain, tiredness, drowsiness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, depression, and anxiety. Overall reported well-being and all the positive affect and negative affect items showed significant improvements.

Conclusion: A single session of Reiki improved physical and psychological health variables in a non-clinical population.

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