Reiki Research List
List is updated as the research information becomes available...
Love, L., Anderson, A.M., von Sadovszky, V., Kusiak, J., Ford, J., & Noritz, G. (2022). A study of Reiki therapy on unpleasant symptoms in children with cerebral palsy. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46(2002), 1-7.
Abdurahman, F and Payne, N. (2022). Reiki practitioners’ perceptions of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the experience, practice and future of Reiki. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, 101530.
Kokoglu F. and Zincir H. (2021). The effect of Reiki on pain, fatigue, and quality of life in adolescents with dysmenorrhea. Holistic Nursing Practice, 35(6), 306-314. DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000477
Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., & Danford, C. A. (2021). Feasibility and acceptability of Reiki therapy for children receiving palliative care in the home. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 23(1), 52-58.
Hailey, K., Fortin, J., Pratt, P., Forbes, P. and McCabe, M. (2021). Feasibilty and effect of Reiki on the physiology and self-perceived stress of nurses in a large US hospital. Holist Nurse Pract.,1-7.
Yüce, U. Ö., & Taşcı, S. (2021). Effect of Reiki on the stress level of caregivers of patients with cancer: Qualitative and single-blind randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 58, 102708.
Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., & Danford, C. A. (2021). Feasibility and acceptability of Reiki therapy for children receiving palliative care in the home. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 23(1), 52-58.
Hailey, K., Fortin, J., Pratt, P., Forbes, P. and McCabe, Bat, N. (2021). The effects of reiki on heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and stress levels: A pilot randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 43, 101328.
Graziano, S., & Luigi, C. (2020). Effects of Reiki session excluding the variables responsible for the placebo effect on a group of adults. Altern Ther Health Med. 2020 Oct 31:AT6601. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33128534.
Santos, C. B. R. D., Gomes, E. T., Bezerra, S. M. M. D. S., & Püschel, V. A. D. A. (2020). Reiki protocol for preoperative anxiety, depression, and well-being: A non-randomized controlled trial. Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP, 54.
Kent, J. B., Jin, L., & Li, X. J. (2020). Quantifying biofield therapy through biophoton emission in a cellular model. Journal of Scientific Exploration: A Publication of the Society for Scientific Exploration, 34(3), 434.
Bondi, A., Morgan, T., & Fowler, S. B. (2020). Effects of reiki on pain and anxiety in women hospitalized for obstetrical-and gynecological-related conditions. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 0898010120936437.
Gantt, M., & Orina, J. A. T. (2020). Educate, try, and share: a feasibility study to assess the acceptance and use of Reiki as an adjunct therapy for chronic pain in military health care facilities. Military Medicine, 185(3-4), 394-400.
Dyer, N. L., Baldwin, A. L., & Rand, W. L. (2019). A large-scale effectiveness trial of Reiki for physical and psychological health. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 25(12), 1156-1162.
Zucchetti, G., Candela, F., Bottigelli, C., Campione, G., Parrinello, A., Piu, P., … & Fagioli, F. (2019). The power of Reiki: feasibility and efficacy of reducing pain in children with cancer undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 36(5), 361-368.Zins,
Jahantiqh, F., Abdollahimohammad, A., Firouzkouhi, M., & Ebrahiminejad, V. (2018). Effects of reiki versus physiotherapy on relieving lower back pain and improving activities daily living of patients with intervertebral disc hernia. Journal of evidence-based integrative medicine, 23, 2515690X18762745.
Radziewicz, R. M., Wright-Esber, S., Zupancic, J., Gargiulo, D., & Woodall, P. (2018). Safety of Reiki therapy for newborns at risk for neonatal abstinence syndrome. Holistic nursing practice, 32(2), 63.
Vergo, M. T., Pinkson, B. M., Broglio, K., Li, Z., & Tosteson, T. D. (2018). Immediate symptom relief after a first session of massage therapy or Reiki in hospitalized patients: A 5-year clinical experience from a rural academic medical center. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 24(8), 801-808.
Baldwin, A. L., Vitale, A., Brownell, E., Kryak, E., & Rand, W. (2017). Effects of Reiki on pain, anxiety, and blood pressure in patients undergoing knee replacement: A pilot study. Holistic nursing practice, 31(2), 80-89.
Chirico, A., D’aiuto, G., Penon, A., Mallia, L., De Laurentiis, M., Lucidi, F., … & Giordano, A. (2017). Self-efficacy for coping with cancer enhances the effect of reiki treatments during the pre-surgery phase of breast cancer patients. Anticancer Research, 37(7), 3657-3665.
Shaybak, E., Abdollahimohammad, A., Rahnama, M., Masinaeinezhad, N., Azadi-Ahmadabadi, C., & Firouzkohi, M. (2017). Effects of Reiki energy therapy on saphenous vein incision pain: A randomized clinical trial study. Der Pharmacia Lettre, 9(1), 100-109.
Thrane, S. E., Maurer, S. H., Ren, D., Danford, C. A., & Cohen, S. M. (2017). Reiki therapy for symptom management in children receiving palliative care: A pilot study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 34(4), 373-379.
Alarcão, Z., & Fonseca, J. R. (2016). The effect of Reiki therapy on quality of life of patients with blood cancer: Results from a randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 8(3), 239-249.
Bremner, M. N., Blake, B. J., Wagner, V. D., & Pearcey, S. M. (2016). Effects of Reiki with music compared to music only among people living with HIV. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 27(5), 635-647.
Charkhandeh, M., Talib, M. A., & Hunt, C. J. (2016). The clinical effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy and an alternative medicine approach in reducing symptoms of depression in adolescents.Psychiatry research, 239, 325-330.
Kurebayashi, L. F. S., Turrini, R. N. T., Souza, T. P. B. D., Takiguchi, R. S., Kuba, G., & Nagumo, M. T. (2016). Massage and Reiki used to reduce stress and anxiety: Randomized clinical trial. Revista latino-americana de enfermagem, 24.
Midilli, S.T., & Ciray Gunduzoglu, N. (2016). Effects of Reiki on pain and vital signs when applied to the incision area of the body after cesarean section surgery. Holistic nursing practice, 30(6), 368-378.
Siegel, P., da Motta, P. M. R., da Silva, L. G., Stephan, C., Lima, C. S. P., & de Barros, N. F. (2016). Reiki for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in a Brazilian hospital. Holistic nursing practice, 30(3), 174-182.
Midilli, T. S., & Eser, I. (2015). Effects of Reiki on post-cesarean delivery pain, anxiety, and hemodynamic parameters: A randomized, controlled clinical trial. Pain Management Nursing, 16(3), 388-399.
Orsak, G., Stevens, A. M., Brufsky, A., Kajumba, M., & Dougall, A. L. (2015). The effects of Reiki therapy and companionship on quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy.Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 20(1), 20-27.
Rosada, R. M., Rubik, B., Mainguy, B., Plummer, J., & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2015). Reiki reduces burnout among community mental health clinicians. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(8), 489-495.
Fleisher, K. A., Mackenzie, E. R., Frankel, E. S., Seluzicki, C., Casarett, D., & Mao, J. J. (2014). Integrative Reiki for cancer patients: A program evaluation. Integrative cancer therapies, 13(1), 62-67.
Kundu, A., Lin, Y., Oron, A. P., & Doorenbos, A. Z. (2014). Reiki therapy for postoperative oral pain in pediatric patients: Pilot data from a double-blind, randomized clinical trial. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 20(1), 21-25.
Ventura, A. C., & Persinger, M. A. (2014). Enhanced coherence within the theta band between pairs of brains engaging in experienced versus naïve Reiki procedures. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20(8), 649-653.
Baldwin, A. L., Fullmer, K., & Schwartz, G. E. (2013). Comparison of physical therapy with energy healing for improving range of motion in subjects with restricted shoulder mobility. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine: eCAM, 2013.
Baldwin, A. L., Rand, W. L., & Schwartz, G. E. (2013). Practicing Reiki does not appear to routinely produce high-intensity electromagnetic fields from the heart or hands of Reiki practitioners. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19(6), 518-526.
Mothersill, C., Smith, R., Henry, M., Seymour, C., & Wong, R. (2013). Alternative medicine techniques have non-linear effects on radiation response and can alter the expression of radiation induced bystander effects. Dose-Response, 11(1), dose-response.
Birocco, N., Guillame, C., Storto, S., Ritorto, G., Catino, C., Gir, N., … & Ciuffreda, L. (2012). The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 29(4), 290-294.
Pizzinato, E., Muller, J., Lingg, G., Dapra Virgule, D., Lothaller, H., & Christian Endler, P. (2012). Heart rate variability in a study on Reiki treatment. The Open Complementary Medicine Journal, 4(1).
Beard, C., Stason, W. B., Wang, Q., Manola, J., Dean‐Clower, E., Dusek, J. A., … & Benson, H. (2011). Effects of complementary therapies on clinical outcomes in patients being treated with radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Cancer, 117(1), 96-102.
Berger, H., Tam, C., Goh, Y. I., Gijsen, V. M., de Wildt, S. N., Taddio, A., & Koren, G. (2011). The effect of distant Reiki on pain in women after elective caesarean section: A double-blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ open, 1(1).
Bowden, D., Goddard, L., & Gruzelier, J. (2011). A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the efficacy of Reiki at benefitting mood and well-being. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011.
Catlin, A., & Taylor-Ford, R. L. (2011, May). Investigation of standard care versus sham Reiki placebo versus actual Reiki therapy to enhance comfort and well-being in a chemotherapy infusion center. In Oncology nursing forum (Vol. 38, No. 3).
Cuneo, C. L., Curtis Cooper, M. R., Drew, C. S., Naoum-Heffernan, C., Sherman, T., Walz, K., & Weinberg, J. (2011). The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 29(1), 33-43.
Díaz-Rodríguez, L., Arroyo-Morales, M., Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C., García-Lafuente, F., García-Royo, C., & Tomás-Rojas, I. (2011). Immediate effects of Reiki on heart rate variability, cortisol levels, and body temperature in health care professionals with burnout. Biological Research for Nursing, 13(4), 376-382.
Mehl-Madrona, L., Renfrew, N. M., & Mainguy, B. (2011). Qualitative assessment of the impact of implementing Reiki training in a supported residence for people older than 50 years with HIV/AIDS.The Permanente Journal, 15(3), 43.
Morse, M. L., & Beem, L. W. (2011). Benefits of Reiki therapy for a severely neutropenic patient with associated influences on a true random number generator. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17(12), 1181-1190.
Bowden, D., Goddard, L., & Gruzelier, J. (2010). A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the effects of Reiki and positive imagery on well-being and salivary cortisol. Brain Research Bulletin, 81(1), 66-72.
Friedman, R. S., Burg, M. M., Miles, P., Lee, F., & Lampert, R. (2010). Effects of Reiki on autonomic activity early after acute coronary syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 56(12), 995-996.
Richeson, N. E., Spross, J. A., Lutz, K., & Peng, C. (2010). Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiological factors in community-dwelling older adults. Research in gerontological nursing, 3(3), 187-199.
Assefi, N., Bogart, A., Goldberg, J., & Buchwald, D. (2008). Reiki for the treatment of fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(9), 1115-1122.
Raingruber, B., & Robinson, C. (2007). The effectiveness of Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, and Reiki healing sessions in promoting health and enhancing problem solving abilities of registered nurses.Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 28(10), 1141-1155.
Baldwin, A. L., & Schwartz, G. E. (2006). Personal interaction with a Reiki practitioner decreases noise-induced microvascular damage in an animal model. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 12(1), 15-22.
Crawford, S. E., Leaver, V. W., & Mahoney, S. D. (2006). Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 12(9), 911-913.
Rubik, B., Brooks, A. J., & Schwartz, G. E. (2006). In vitro effect of Reiki treatment on bacterial cultures: Role of experimental context and practitioner well-being. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 12(1), 7-13.
Shiflett, S. C., Nayak, S., Bid, C., Miles, P., & Agostinelli, S. (2002). Effect of Reiki treatments on functional recovery in patients in poststroke rehabilitation: A pilot study. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 8(6), 755-763.
Wirth, D. P., Brenlan, D. R., Levine, R. J., & Rodriguez, C. M. (1993). The effect of complementary healing therapy on postoperative pain after surgical removal of impacted third molar teeth.Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 1(3), 133-138.