There are no double blind, peer reviewed studies that prove Reiki decreases stress. Truth is there have not been many good studies done on Reiki. The evidence supporting Reiki decreasing stress or not supporting it is still out there, waiting to be discovered. But the Center for Reiki Research, www.centerforReikiresearch.org, has done a comprehensive, peer review study of all the Reiki studies published in peer review journals since 1985. That review has given us direction as to what kinds of studies we need to do to prove or disprove the efficacy of Reiki. It has given us guidelines for designing and implementing future Reiki studies. This review is ongoing, allowing it to maintain its status as the best tool available to gauge the efficacy of Reiki research.
What we do have is lots of anecdotal evidence that supports the theory that Reiki decreases stress. Patients report a profound sense of deep relaxation during and after Reiki. Nurses report their patients have a decrease in anxiety, sleep better and are more relaxed after Reiki. A study out of Hartford hospital shows a decrease in nausea and pain after Reiki and that their patients sleep better.
It is reasonable to consider that Reiki would decrease stress. After all, Reiki increases our supply of life energy, what some call chi, Ki, or prana. This life energy is known to scientists as biofield energy. When our life energy is full up we sleep better, relax easier, our immune system is more effective and we handle our stressors more easily. Our thinking is more clear and concise. Our outlook on life is positive. Understandably, it is the patients and nurses who have provided this antidotal evidence who rightfully feel that Reiki, for them, wipes out stress!
Life solutions can assess your level of stress and your reaction to your stressors. Sometimes it is important to change our perspective when addressing stress or consider positive self-talk and looking at how to see life more optimistically. If you would like to talk to a wellness coach or receive our newsletter please click and then check the appropriate boxes. Be sure to leave your email address and any comments. You are well appreciated.