REIKI – FACT OR FICTION?
The quality of health care depends in part on the accuracy of information published in medical journals. The peer-review process is designed to maintain scientifically credible information and research standards. Papers are critiqued and approved by at least two experts (usually researchers or physicians) prior to being accepted for publication.
The following are Reiki papers published in peer-reviewed medical journals and indexed on PubMed. All of the papers mentioned in the citations have been carefully vetted.
There is much hype on the internet about Reiki research, and I encourage you not to get caught up in it. You can be confident that these papers and the articles referred to in them are credible. A PubMed search will lead you to the abstracts of articles cited in the papers below.
Friedman RS, Burg MM, Miles P, Lee F, Lampert R. Effects of reiki on autonomic activity early after acute coronary syndrome. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Sep 14;56(12):995-6.
Miles P. Reiki for Support of Cancer Patients. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. Fall 2007;22(2):20-26.
Miles P, True G. Reiki–Review of a Biofield Therapy: History, Theory, Practice and Research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):62-72.
Miles P. Reiki Vibrational Healing. Interview with Bonnie Horrigan. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(4):74-83.
Miles P. Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):36.
Schmehr R. Case Report: Enhancing the Treatment of HIV/AIDS with Reiki Training and Treatment. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):120.
Schiller R. Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):20-21.
Miles P. Is there any significant experience with using Reiki in the hospital or ER setting and any literature to support this use? Explore (NY). 2005 Sep;1(5):414.
Miles P. Palliative care service at the NIH includes Reiki and other mind-body modalities. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2004 Summer;20(2):30-1.
Miles P. Living in Relation to Mystery: Addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2003 Summer;19(2):30-1.