c. Research articles

Reiki articles are listed alphabetically by the author (updated in May 2014). All current Reiki research publications summaries can be found through pubmed search, by entering “Reiki[Title]” in a search line. 

A RK, Kurup PA. Changes in the isoprenoid pathway with transcendental meditation and Reiki healing practices in seizure disorder. Neurol India. 2003 Jun;51(2):211-4. Free Article

Alandydy P, Alandydy K. Using Reiki to support surgical patients. J Nurs Care Qual. 1999 Apr;13(4):89-91.

Assefi N, Bogart A, Goldberg J, Buchwald D. Reiki for the treatment of fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Nov;14(9):1115-22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0068. Free PMC Article

Baldwin AL, Rand WL, Schwartz GE. Practicing Reiki does not appear to routinely produce high-intensity electromagnetic fields from the heart or hands of Reiki practitioners. J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Jun;19(6):518-26. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0136. Epub 2012 Dec 4.

Baldwin AL, Schwartz GE. Personal interaction with a Reiki practitioner decreases noise-induced microvascular damage in an animal model. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):15-22.

Baldwin AL, Vitale A, Brownell E, Scicinski J, Kearns M, Rand W. The Touchstone Process: an ongoing critical evaluation of reiki in the scientific literature. Holist Nurs Pract. 2010 Sep-Oct;24(5):260-76. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181f1adef.

Baldwin AL, Wagers C, Schwartz GE. Reiki improves heart rate homeostasis in laboratory rats. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 May;14(4):417-22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2007.0753.

Birocco N, Guillame C, Storto S, Ritorto G, Catino C, Gir N, Balestra L, Tealdi G, Orecchia C, Vito GD, Giaretto L, Donadio M, Bertetto O, Schena M, Ciuffreda L. The effects of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in patients attending a day oncology and infusion services unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Jun;29(4):290-4. doi: 10.1177/1049909111420859. Epub 2011 Oct 13.

Bossi LM, Ott MJ, DeCristofaro S. Reiki as a clinical intervention in oncology nursing practice. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2008 Jun;12(3):489-94. doi: 10.1188/08.CJON.489-494. Review.

Bourque AL, Sullivan ME, Winter MR. Reiki as a pain management adjunct in screening colonoscopy. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2012 Sep;35(5):308-12.

Bowden D, Goddard L, Gruzelier J. A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the efficacy of reiki at benefitting mood and well-being. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:381862. doi: 10.1155/2011/381862. Epub 2011 Mar 27. Free PMC Article

Bowden D, Goddard L, Gruzelier J. A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the effects of Reiki and positive imagery on well-being and salivary cortisol. Brain Res Bull. 2010 Jan 15;81(1):66-72. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2009.10.002. Epub .

Brathovde A. A pilot study: Reiki for self-care of nurses and healthcare providers. Holist Nurs Pract. 2006 Mar-Apr;20(2):95-101.

Bullock M. Reiki: a complementary therapy for life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 1997 Jan-Feb;14(1):31-3.

Burden B, Herron-Marx S, Clifford C. The increasing use of reiki as a complementary therapy in specialist palliative care. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2005 May;11(5):248-53. Review.

Catlin A, Taylor-Ford RL. Investigation of standard care versus sham Reiki placebo versus actual Reiki therapy to enhance comfort and well-being in a chemotherapy infusion center. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2011 May;38(3):E212-20. doi: 10.1188/11.ONF.E212-E220.

Chu DA. Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Reiki. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2004 Nov;15(4):773-81, vi. Review.

Clark CS. An integral nursing education experience: outcomes from a BSN Reiki course. Holist Nurs Pract. 2013 Jan-Feb;27(1):13-22. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318276fdc4.

Colquhoun D. The A to Z of the wellbeing industry: from Angelic Reiki to patient centred care. Wellbeing is big business, but how much of it works? BMJ. 2011 May 4;342:d2711. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d2711.   .

Crawford SE, Leaver VW, Mahoney SD. Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Nov;12(9):911-3.

Cuneo CL, Curtis Cooper MR, Drew CS, Naoum-Heffernan C, Sherman T, Walz K, Weinberg J. The effect of Reiki on work-related stress of the registered nurse. J Holist Nurs. 2011 Mar;29(1):33-43. doi: 10.1177/0898010110377294. Epub 2010 Aug 10.

Demir M, Can G, Celek E. Effect of Reiki on symptom management in oncology. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2013;14(8):4931-3.Free Article

Dettling U. Reiki research. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Nov-Dec;10(6):14.

Díaz-Rodríguez L, Arroyo-Morales M, Cantarero-Villanueva I, Férnandez-Lao C, Polley M, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C. The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure. Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2011 Sep-Oct;19(5):1132-8. English, Portuguese, Spanish. Free Article

Díaz-Rodríguez L, Arroyo-Morales M, Fernández-de-las-Peñas C, García-Lafuente F, García-Royo C, Tomás-Rojas I. Immediate effects of reiki on heart rate variability, cortisol levels, and body temperature in health care professionals with burnout. Biol Res Nurs. 2011 Oct;13(4):376-82. doi: 10.1177/1099800410389166. Epub 2011 Aug 5.

Eliopoulos C. Integrative care–Reiki. Director. 2003 Winter;11(1):33-4.

Engebretson J, Wardell DW. Experience of a Reiki session. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002 Mar-Apr;8(2):48-53.

Ferraresi M, Clari R, Moro I, Banino E, Boero E, Crosio A, Dayne R, Rosset L, Scarpa A, Serra E, Surace A, Testore A, Colombi N, Piccoli BG. Reiki and related therapies in the dialysis ward: an evidence-based and ethical discussion to debate if these complementary and alternative medicines are welcomed or banned. BMC Nephrol. 2013 Jun 21;14:129. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-14-129. Review. Free PMC Article

Fleisher KA, Mackenzie ER, Frankel ES, Seluzicki C, Casarett D, Mao JJ. Integrative Reiki for cancer patients: a program evaluation. Integr Cancer Ther. 2014 Jan;13(1):62-7. doi: 10.1177/1534735413503547. Epub 2013 Oct 7.

Fleming D. Reiki: a gift and a skill anyone can learn. Beginnings. 2003 Jan-Feb;23(1):12-3. Review.

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. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.082.   .

Gallob R. Reiki: a supportive therapy in nursing practice and self-care for nurses. J N Y State Nurses Assoc. 2003 Spring-Summer;34(1):9-13. Review.

Hahn J, Reilly PM, Buchanan TM. Development of a hospital reiki training program: training volunteers to provide reiki to patients, families, and staff in the acute care setting. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb;33(1):15-21. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000009.

Hulse RS, Stuart-Shor EM, Russo J. Endoscopic procedure with a modified Reiki intervention: a pilot study. Gastroenterol Nurs. 2010 Jan-Feb;33(1):20-6. doi: 10.1097/SGA.0b013e3181ca03b9.

Irmak MK. Multifunctional Merkel cells: their roles in electromagnetic reception, finger-print formation, Reiki, epigenetic inheritance and hair form. Med Hypotheses. 2010 Aug;75(2):162-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2010.02.011. Epub 2010 Mar 1. Review.

Kendall M, Lovett E. Reiki improves health of oncology patients: in and out of the hospital. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May;20(5):A75. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.5197.

Kennedy P. Working with survivors of torture in Sarajevo with Reiki. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2001 Feb;7(1):4-7.

Kosakowska A. [Reiki–Japanese art of curing and its position in schemes of holistic therapeutics in Poland]. Med Nowozytna. 2005;12(1-2):67-84. Polish.

Kovalik D. Reiki as an alternative healing method. Common Factor. 1995 Apr;(no 10):9.

Kryak E, Vitale A. Reiki and its journey into a hospital setting. Holist Nurs Pract. 2011 Sep-Oct;25(5):238-45. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a02ad.

Kundu A, Dolan-Oves R, Dimmers MA, Towle CB, Doorenbos AZ. Reiki training for caregivers of hospitalized pediatric patients: a pilot program. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2013 Feb;19(1):50-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.08.001. Epub 2012 Sep 27. Free PMC Article

Kundu A, Lin Y, Oron AP, Doorenbos AZ  Reiki therapy for postoperative oral pain in pediatric patients: pilot data from a double-blind, randomized clinical trial. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb;20(1):21-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.010. Epub 2013 Nov 6.

LaTorre MA. The use of Reiki in psychotherapy. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2005 Oct-Dec;41(4):184-7.

Lee MS, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Effects of reiki in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Int J Clin Pract. 2008 Jun;62(6):947-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2008.01729.x. Epub 2008 Apr 10. Review.

Lipinkski K. Finding Reiki: applications for your nursing practice. Beginnings. 2006 Winter;26(1):6-7

Mackay N, Hansen S, McFarlane O. Autonomic nervous system changes during Reiki treatment: a preliminary study. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Dec;10(6):1077-81.

Mansour AA, Beuche M, Laing G, Leis A, Nurse J. A study to test the effectiveness of placebo Reiki standardization procedures developed for a planned Reiki efficacy study. J Altern Complement Med. 1999 Apr;5(2):153-64.

Marcus DA, Blazek-O’Neill B, Kopar JL. Symptomatic improvement reported after receiving Reiki at a cancer infusion center. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Mar;30(2):216-7. doi: 10.1177/1049909112469275. Epub 2012 Dec 5.

Mease MR. Reiki at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, a magnet hospital: Mega R. Mease is interviewed by William Lee Rand. Holist Nurs Pract. 2011 Sep-Oct;25(5):233-7. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a0291.   .

Mehl-Madrona L, Renfrew NM, Mainguy B. Qualitative Assessment of the Impact of Implementing Reiki Training in a Supported Residence for People Older Than 50 Years with HIV/AIDS. Perm J. 2011 Summer;15(3):43-50. Free PMC Article

Meland B. Effects of Reiki on pain and anxiety in the elderly diagnosed with dementia: a series of case reports. Altern Ther Health Med. 2009 Jul-Aug;15(4):56-7.   .

Miles P, True G. Reiki–review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;9(2):62-72. Review.

Miles P. If there is any significant experience with using Reiki in the hospital or ER setting and if there is 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. Adv Mind Body Med. 2004 Summer;20(2):30-1

Miles P. Pamela Miles. Reiki vibrational healing. Interview by Bonnie Horrigan. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Jul-Aug;9(4):74-83.   .

Miles P. Pamela Miles: Reiki vibrational healing. Interview by Bonnie Horrigan. Adv Mind Body Med. 2005 Fall-Winter;21(3-4):47-54.

Miles P. Preliminary report on the use of Reiki HIV-related pain and anxiety. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;9(2):36.

Miles P. Reiki for mind, body, and spirit support of cancer patients. Adv Mind Body Med. 2007 Summer;22(2):20-6.

Morse ML, Beem LW. Benefits of Reiki therapy for a severely neutropenic patient with associated influences on a true random number generator. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Dec;17(12):1181-90. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0238. Epub 2011 Dec 1. Free PMC Article

Natale GW. Reconnecting to nursing through Reiki. Creat Nurs. 2010;16(4):171-6.

Nield-Anderson L, Ameling A. Reiki. A complementary therapy for nursing practice. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2001 Apr;39(4):42-9. Review.

Nield-Anderson L, Ameling A. The empowering nature of Reiki as a complementary therapy. Holist Nurs Pract. 2000 Apr;14(3):21-9. Review.

No Authors Listed. Massages, reiki, oh my! Make patients feel at home. Hosp Peer Rev. 2008 Sep;33(9):121-2.

Olson K, Hanson J, Michaud M. A phase II trial of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2003 Nov;26(5):990-7.

Olson K, Hanson J. Using Reiki to manage pain: a preliminary report. Cancer Prev Control. 1997 Jun;1(2):108-13.

Park J, McCaffrey R, Dunn D, Goodman R. Managing osteoarthritis: comparisons of chair yoga, Reiki, and education (pilot study). Holist Nurs Pract. 2011 Nov-Dec;25(6):316-26. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318232c5f9.

Pocotte SL, Salvador D. Reiki as a rehabilitative nursing intervention for pain management: a case study. Rehabil Nurs. 2008 Nov-Dec;33(6):231-2. Review.   .

Potter P. What are the distinctions between Reiki and therapeutic touch? Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2003 Jan-Feb;7(1):89-91.

Potter PJ. Breast biopsy and distress: feasibility of testing a Reiki intervention. J Holist Nurs. 2007 Dec;25(4):238-48; discussion 249-51.

Raingruber B, Robinson C. The effectiveness of Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, and Reiki healing sessions in promoting health and enhancing problem solving abilities of registered nurses. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2007 Oct;28(10):1141-55.

Rakestraw T. Reiki: the energy doula. Midwifery Today Int Midwife. 2009-2010 Winter;(92):16-7.   .

Rand WL. ‘Temari Reiki: a new hands-off approach to traditional Reiki’. Int J Nurs Pract. 2013 Oct;19(5):445-6. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12206.   .

Richeson NE, Spross JA, Lutz K, Peng C. Effects of Reiki on anxiety, depression, pain, and physiological factors in community-dwelling older adults. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2010 Jul;3(3):187-99. doi: 10.3928/19404921-20100601-01. Epub 2010 Jun 30.

Ring ME.Reiki and changes in pattern manifestations. Nurs Sci Q. 2009 Jul;22(3):250-8. doi: 10.1177/0894318409337014.

Rivera C. Reiki therapy–a tool for wellness. Imprint. 1999 Feb-Mar;46(2):31-3, 56. Review.

Rosa L. “Reiki therapy: a nursing intervention for critical care”. Crit Care Nurs Q. 2011 Oct-Dec;34(4):257; author reply 258. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e3182301ed4.

Rubik B, Brooks AJ, Schwartz GE. In vitro effect of Reiki treatment on bacterial cultures: Role of experimental context and practitioner well-being. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):7-13.

Sawyer J. The first Reiki practitioner in our OR. AORN J. 1998 Mar;67(3):674-7.

Schiller R. Reiki: a starting point for integrative medicine. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;9(2):20-1.

Schmehr R. Enhancing the treatment of HIV/AIDS with Reiki training and treatment. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;9(2):120, 118.

Sharma VG, Sanghvi C, Mehta Y, Trehan N. Efficacy of reiki on patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Ann Card Anaesth. 2000 Jul;3(2):12-8.

Shiflett SC, Nayak S, Bid C, Miles P, Agostinelli S. Effect of Reiki treatments on functional recovery in patients in poststroke rehabilitation: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med. 2002 Dec;8(6):755-63.

Tattam A. Reiki–healing and dealing. Aust Nurs J. 1994 Aug;2(2):3, 52.

Thrane S, Cohen SM. Effect of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Adults: An In-Depth Literature Review of Randomized Trials with Effect Size Calculations. Pain Manag Nurs. 2014 Feb 27. pii: S1524-9042(13)00080-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pmn.2013.07.008.Review.

Toms R. Reiki therapy: a nursing intervention for critical care. Crit Care Nurs Q. 2011 Jul-Sep;34(3):213-7. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e31821c684d.

Townsend JS. Temari Reiki: a new hands-off approach to traditional Reiki. Int J Nurs Pract. 2013 Apr;19 Suppl 2:34-8. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12042.

Tsang KL, Carlson LE, Olson K. Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue. Integr Cancer Ther. 2007 Mar;6(1):25-35.

Van Sell SL. [Reiki: an ancient therapy by touch]. Servir. 1998 Jul-Aug;46(4):207-9. Portuguese.

van Sell SL. Reiki: an ancient touch therapy. RN. 1996 Feb;59(2):57-9.

Vandervaart S, Berger H, Tam C, Goh YI, Gijsen VM, de Wildt SN, Taddio A, Koren G. The effect of distant reiki on pain in women after elective Caesarean section: a double-blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2011 Feb 26;1(1):e000021. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2010-000021. Free PMC Article

vanderVaart S, Gijsen VM, de Wildt SN, Koren G. A systematic review of the therapeutic effects of Reiki. J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Nov;15(11):1157-69. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0036. Review.

Vitale A . Introduction for “Reiki at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, a magnet hospital”: Mega R. Mease is interviewed by William Lee Rand. Holist Nurs Pract. 2011 Sep-Oct;25(5):231-2. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a8611.

Vitale A. An integrative review of Reiki touch therapy research. Holist Nurs Pract. 2007 Jul-Aug;21(4):167-79; quiz 180-1. Review.

Vitale A. Nurses’ lived experience of Reiki for self-care. Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 May-Jun;23(3):129-41, 142-5; quiz 146-7. doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000351369.99166.75.

Vitale AT, O’Connor PC. The effect of Reiki on pain and anxiety in women with abdominal hysterectomies: a quasi-experimental pilot study.Holist Nurs Pract. 2006 Nov-Dec;20(6):263-72; quiz 273-4.

Wardell DW, Engebretson J. Biological correlates of Reiki Touch(sm) healing. J Adv Nurs. 2001 Feb;33(4):439-45.

Weissmann G. Witchcraft and reiki: voodoo economics and voodoo healing. FASEB J. 2009 Jun;23(6):1617-21. doi: 10.1096/fj.09-0601ufm.   . Erratum in: FASEB J. 2009 Aug;23(8):2790.Free Article

Whelan KM, Wishnia GS. Reiki therapy: the benefits to a nurse/Reiki practitioner. Holist Nurs Pract. 2003 Jul-Aug;17(4):209-17.

Whitsitt T. Reiki therapy. J Christ Nurs. 1998 Winter;15(1):12-3.

Yapp V. Reiki. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2002 May;8(2):118-9.