Studies Show Regular Reiki Therapy Improve Symptoms of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Studies Reviewed by James Lake, MD

A recent study reviewed by Psychology Today found patients who received hands-on or distant Reiki treatment experienced significant and equivalent improvements in depressed mood and stress, which were sustained one year after treatment was terminated. No one in the sham Reiki group improved during or following the study. Findings of a 6-week, single-blind, sham-controlled trial of Reiki on depressed mood (73 subjects) suggested that regular Reiki Therapy may increase feelings of general well-being and reduce stress. The study population consisted of volunteers who complained of depressed mood or “stress” but did not meet diagnostic criteria for a major psychiatric disorder. Subjects were randomized to weekly 1½-hour, hands-on Reiki versus distant Reiki or distant sham Reiki treatments.

Reiki treatments also may improve anxiety in chronic pain patients. In a small sham-controlled study (12 subjects), chronic pain patients were randomized to receive Reiki versus sham Reiki, progressive muscle relaxation, or no treatment. Improvements in pain and anxiety were significantly greater among patients receiving Reiki than sham-Reiki and relaxation training. 

Those individuals experiencing major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, or major depression should seek mental health services with a licensed healthcare professional. 

Please contact Brooke Chang, Certified Reiki Master for a Reiki Therapy consultation or appointment at (951) 821-0825 or Contact Form. Please see our Available Services  and Deals and Special Offers at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. 

Please Note: This article is provided for informational purposes only, and not intended as specific holistic health advice to the reader. Therefore, reading this article does not create a practitioner/client relationship. Reiki Therapy is meant to be used as a complement to traditional care, and does not substitute for qualified medical or traditional care.

Published by Bchangreiki

“We help you maintain wellness, a balanced health, and manage your medical conditions through healing touch and holistic healing practices.” Brooke Chang is a Certified Reiki Master, and has been practicing Reiki Therapy since 2012. Brooke gained extensive experience in Reiki Therapy at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA. She is certified in advanced Reiki methods, including Reikiatsu Therapy (meridian acupoints), Tera-Mai™ Seichem Therapy, and Reiki Distant Healing, and trained in Reflexology (reflex zones). Brooke also provides Animal Reiki Therapy to your beloved animal companions. She is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, and International Reiki Organization. She further earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science from Brandeis University. Brooke is available by appointment at (951) 821-0825 or www.BrookeChangReiki.com/contact.

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