A Massachusetts pilot study of 21 first-time colonoscopy patients found that Reiki reduced heart rate and blood pressure and slowed breathing. Though the Reiki group reported higher pain and anxiety prior to the Reiki treatment and colonoscopy, they did not require more pain medication during the procedure, suggesting Reiki may reduce pain associated with colonoscopy.
Published in January/February 2010 Gastroenterology Nursing
Nurses from the East Coast's Saint Barnabas Health Care System give a seven-year case history of their Integrative Wellness Program and how it has overcome funding and acceptance barriers. In the program's fifth year, Reiki was added with full support from the professional staff as "the emphasis shifted from nurse to patient."
Published in December 2009 Journal of Holistic Nursing
Canadian & Dutch researchers reviewed 12 Reiki randomized controlled trials. They found that in the 9 studies where a Reiki Master provided the treatments, there was at least one significantly different outcome in the Reiki group, but in "studies that used Reiki practitioners (Level I or II) with less than 3 years experience" there was no significant difference.
Published in November 2009 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Reiki was included in a professional education piece on end-of-life care. The article cites a 2008/2009 survey that found 86% of Washington state hospices offer complementary and alternative medicine, and 65% offer energy healing. The author lists Reiki's relaxing effects, safety, use on sleeping and unconscious people, and use by children as its benefits in end-of-life care.
Published in October 2009 Alternative and Complementary Therapies
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