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What about Research?

While many practitioners & their clients

Reiki 4 Peaceful Heart Supports Brain Awarenesshave experienced first hand the benefits

of Reiki, traditional western science

research methods

have found subtle

energy difficult to measure. However,

there is a growing number of research

studies that show the benefits of energy therapies including Reiki.

Thanks to Gary E. Schwartz, PhD,

The Center for Reiki Research,

William Rand, Hartford Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center

and Yale University along with others, science is beginning to

build a solid foundation under this non-invasive, complementary

health option. 

Before proceeding, please take the time to

read the disclaimer on the Website Disclaimer page.

It's important to remember that not so long ago homeopathy,

yoga, mindfulness meditation and chiropractic treatment

were all discounted or overlooked. Now they are commonly

recommended by some conventional medical professionals and

offered to patients receiving services through

many integrative health departments.

As Carolyn C. Ross, M.D., M.P.H., commented 7/4/11 ~

"I always caution against discounting treatments just

because we don't understand how they work or because

the research studies are still in progress. Try it, you too

may find that you like it and that it has some benefit.

Certainly, it fits the principle "Do No Harm."

Here's more research I think

you may find interesting~

Hartford Hospital began using

complementary therapies, including

Reiki, in 1997. Click on the

links below to read their research

outcomes regarding Reiki.

Hartford Hospital Department of

Integrative Medicine, Hartford, CT,

Reiki Energy Medicine: Enhancing the Healing Process and

Hartford Hospital - Outcomes

The Department of Integrative Medicine

at Beth Israel Medical Center promotes the benefits

of integrative medical care through research and by providing

biomedical physicians and complementary practitioners the

opportunity to work side by side. The goal is to create the kind of

health care that is in the best interest of each individual in order to

move towards a more complete healing on all levels.

Click on the link to read the outcomes of

various clinical studies regarding Reiki and the use of
Reiki and chronic illness, depression, immune function,
stress and post-operative pain.

See the Yale University, School of Medicine,

Complementary medicine2010 Study (available online):

Effects of reiki on autonomic activity early

after acute coronary syndrome, published in the

Journal of the American College of Cardiology,

2010 Sept. 14;56(12):995-6.

Looking for more research and information

regarding Reiki? Check out the following studies:

(These studies are summarized in the Center for Reiki Research Booklet,

2010, available through the International Center for Reiki Training.)

Baldwin, AL, Wagers, C andSchwartz, GE. Reiki improves heart

rate homeostasis in laboratory rats.

Journal of Alternative and complementary Medicine, 14 (4): 417-422, 2008

Baldwin, AL and Schwartz, GE. Personal Interaction with a Reiki

Practitioner Decreases Noise-Induced Microvascular Damage

in an Animal Model.

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(1):15:22, 2006

Shore,A.G. Long term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of

psychological depression and self-perceived stress.

Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 10(3), 42-48, 2004

Wirth, D.P., Brenlan, D.R., Levine, R.J. & Rodriguez, C.M.

The effect of complementary healing therapy on postoperative pain after surgical removal of impacted third molar teeth. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1, 133-138, 1993.

Vital, A.T. and O’Conner. The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety

in women with abdominal hysterectomies.

Holistic Nursing Practice, 20(6): 263-272, 2006.

Assefi, N., Bogart, A., Goldberg, J., and Buchwald, D. Reiki for the

treatment of fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trail.

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,

14(9): 1115-1122, 2008.

The following study is available online:

Coronary Syndrome

Friedman RS, Burg MM, Miles P, Lee F, Lampert R.

Effects of reiki on autonomic activity early after acute

coronary syndrome.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology,

2010 Sep 14;56(12):995-6.

Some things to think about ~

The following researchers share

fascinating information coming

out of Neuroscience:

First, are you interested in learning about cutting-edge research with

other professionals from a wide range of professions?

Check out NICABM:

"When practitioners from across professions and around

the country come together, a unique space is created

for professional growth and personal renewal. It's

an opportunity to interact with the pioneers of our

profession and leave with practical ways to

implement cutting-edge findings."

Ruth M. Buczynski, PhD

President & Licensed Psychologist

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

Lipton, B., and Buczynski, R.,

How Epigenetics can change

your view of the mind and spirit,

National Institute for the Clinical

Application of Behavioral Medicine,

Amen,D., and Buczynski, R., The magnificent mind: the brain healthy

way to improve our lives,

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine,, 2011.

McCleary,L., and Buczynski, R., Why the brain-belly connection is the

secret to achieving an optimal weight,

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine,, 2011.

Regarding Focus and Intention:

Hanson,R., and Buczynski, R., Guiding self-directed neuroplasticity:

a mindfulness investigation.

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine,, 2011.

Regarding Trauma/PTSD:

Fort Bliss Restoration and Resilience Center,


Levine,P., and Buczynski, R.,

How to learn from the unspoken voice of trauma.

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine,, 2011.

Friedman,M., and Buczynski, R.,

Psychological first aid: diagnosis and prevention of PTSD,

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine,,2011.

If you know of research studies not listed, that you recommend,

please feel free to email me with the info:

[email protected]

Articles worth reading:

(click on the links provided for the article)

Bruce Lipton, PhD, gives a scientific explanation of distance healing. 

Energy Healing, Gathering energy for

self-healing and increased vitality,

Psychology Today, published on

July 2, 2011 by Carolyn C. Ross, M.D., MPH

in Real Healing.

Click here for quarterly publication covering

the practice, evolution and study of Reiki

published by the International Center for

Reiki Training.

There's such a long list. Here are more for

interesting fun reads and to encourage

curious minds ~

Lynn McTaggart: "The Field", "The Intention

Experiment", "The Bond".

Barbara Church,


Usui & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher

Providing Reiki sessions, classes,

Reiki Kids, meditations & retreats in

Northern Arizona.

318 W. Birch

Flagstaff, AZ

(928) 853-1382

Member of the International Association of

Reiki Professionals

Since 2008

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