Scientific Reiki publications

Scientific Reiki publications

Wissenschaftliche Reiki Publikationen


Selection of scientific articles dealing with the effect of Reiki

DI Dr. David Bolius | | Last update: 9.2015

The following journals where the Reiki studies were published are scientific peer-reviewed journals:

  • Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (
  • American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (
  • BMC Nephrology (
  • Biological Research For Nursing (
  • Brain Research Bulletin (
  • Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (
  • Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (
  • Gastroenterology Nursing (
  • Holistic Nursing Practice (
  • Integrative Cancer Therapies (
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing (
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing (
  • Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (
  • Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine (
  • Journal of Holistic Nursing (
  • Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (
  • Pain Management Nursing (
  • PSI Reseach


Publications / articles:

Alandydy, P. and K. Alandydy. 1999. Using Reiki to support surgical patients. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 13(4), 89-91.

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.

Baldwin, A. L., Wagers, C., & Schwartz, G. E. 2008. Reiki improves heart rate homeostasis in laboratory rats. The journal of alternative and complementary medicine, 14(4), 417-422.

Baldwin, A. L., A Vitale, E Brownell, J Scicinski, M Kearns, W Rand. 2010. The Touchstone Process: An Ongoing Critical Evaluation of Reiki in the Scientific Literature. Holistic Nursing Practice: Volume 24 – Issue 5 – p 260–276. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181f1adef.

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.

N Birocco, C Guillame, S Storto, et al., 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, vol. 29 no. 4, p 290-294.

Bowden, D., L Goddard, J Gruzelierc. 2010. A randomised controlled single-blind trial of the effects of Reiki and positive imagery on well-being and salivary cortisol. Brain Research Bulletin, Volume 81, Issue 1, Pages 66–72.

Bowden, D., L Goddard, J Gruzelier. 2011. A Randomised Controlled Single-Blind Trial of the Efficacy of Reiki at Benefitting Mood and Well-Being. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2011, Article ID 381862, 8 pages. Doi:10.1155/2011/381862. 

Bourque, A. L., Sullivan, M. E., & Winter, M. R. 2012. Reiki as a pain management adjunct in screening colonoscopy. Gastroenterology Nursing, 35(5), 308-312.

Brewitt, B., Vittoe T., Hartwell, B. 1997. The Efficacy of Reiki Hands On Healing: Improvements in Adrenal, Spleen and Nervous Function as Quantified by Electro-Dermal Screening“, Alternative Therapies magazine, 3(4): 89.

Burden, B.,, S Herron-Marx, C Clifford. 2014. The increasing use of reiki as a complementary therapy in specialist palliative care. International journal of Palliative Nursing 11(5), DOI:

CL Cuneo, MRC Cooper, CS Drew, et al., 2011. The Effect of Reiki on Work-Related Stress of the Registered Nurse, Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol. 29 no. 1 33-43.

Crawford, S. E., V. W. Leaver and S. D. Mahoney. 2006. Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(9), 911-913.

Díaz-Rodríguez, L., M Arroyo-Morales, et al. 2011. The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem 19(5):1132-8, 

L Díaz-Rodríguez, Manuel Arroyo-Morales, Cesar Fernández-de-las-Peñas et al., 2011, Immediate Effects of Reiki on Heart Rate Variability, Cortisol Levels, and Body Temperature in Health Care Professionals With Burnout. Biological Research For Nursing. Doi 1099800410389166.

Engebretson, J. and D. W. Wardell. 2002. Experience of a reiki session. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 8(2), 48-53.

Ferraresi, M., Clari, R., Moro, I., Banino, E., Boero, E., Crosio, A., et al. 2013. 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 nephrology, 14(1), 129.

K A Fleisher, E R Mackenzie, E S Frankel, et al. 2014. Integrative Reiki for Cancer Patients A Program Evaluation. Integrative Cancer Therapies, vol. 13, no. 1, 62-67.

Friedman RC, Burg MM, Miles P, Lee F, Lampert R. 2010. Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardioly, 56(12):995-996. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2010.03.082. 

Joyce J, Herbison GP. 2015. Reiki for depression and anxiety. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006833. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006833.pub2.

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.

Kryak, E., A Vitale. 2011. Reiki and Its Journey Into a Hospital Setting. Holistic Nursing Practice: Volume 25 – Issue 5 – p 238–245. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a02ad

LaTorre, M. A. 2005. Integrative perspectives – The use of Reiki in psychotherapy. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 41(4), 184-187.

Lee, M. S., M. H. Pittler and E. Ernst. 2008. Effects of reiki in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. International Journal of Clinical Practice, Volume 62, Issue 6, pages 947–954. 

MaCkay, N., S. Hansen and O. McFarlane. 2004. Autonomic nervous system changes during Reiki treatment: A preliminary study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(6), 1077-1081.

Mansour, A., M Beuche, G Laing, A Leis, J Nurse. 1999. A Study to Test the Effectiveness of Placebo Reiki Standardization Procedures Developed for a Planned Reiki Efficacy Study. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 5(2): 153-164. doi:10.1089/acm.1999.5.153.

Marcus, D. A., Blazek-O’Neill, B., & Kopar, J. L. 2013. Symptomatic improvement reported after receiving Reiki at a cancer infusion center. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 30(2), 216-217.

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.

Miles, P. 2003. Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 9(2), 36-36.

Miles, P. and G. True. 2003. Reiki – Review of a biofield therapy history, theory, practice, and research. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 9(2), 62-72.

Moser, L. 1983. Effects of Reiki-Healing on the Germination of Pea-Plants. Journal of Parapsychology, 47(1), 57-58.

Olson, K., J. Hanson and D. Stuckless. 1997. Using Reiki to manage pain: A preliminary report. Cancer Prevention & Control, 1(2), 108-113.

Olson, K., M. Michaud, J. Hanson and D. Stuckless. 2000. A phase II trial of Reiki for the management of pain in cancer patients. Journal of Palliative Care, 16(3), 65-65.

Olson, K., J. Hanson and M. Michaud. 2003. A phase II trial of Reiki for the management of pain in advanced cancer patients. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 26(5), 990-997.

Orsak, G., Stevens, A. M., Brufsky, A., et al. 2014. The effects of reiki therapy and companionship on quality of life, mood, and symptom distress during chemotherapy. Journal of evidence-based complementary & alternative medicine, 2156587214556313.

Potter P., 2007. Breast Biopsy and Distress Feasibility of Testing a Reiki Intervention. Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol. 25 no. 4 238-248.

Robbins, A. 1985. Reiki Therapy and the Hands-on Approach + Health and the Dancer. Dance Magazine, 59(1), 88-88.

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.

Rubik, B., A. J. Brooks and G. E. Schwartz. 2006. In vitro effect of Reiki treatment on bacterial cultures: Role of experimental context and practitioner well-being. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(1), 7-13.

Schlitz, M J.; Braud, W G. 1985. Reiki-plus natural healing: An ethnographic/experimental study. PSI Research, Vol 4(3-4), Sep-Dec 1985, 100-123.

Shiflett, S. C., S. Nayak, C. Bid, P. Miles and S. Agostinelli. 2002. Effect of Reiki treatments on functional recovery in patients in poststroke rehabilitation: A pilot study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 8(6), 755-763.

Thrane, S., & Cohen, S. M. 2014. Effect of Reiki therapy on pain and anxiety in adults: an in-depth literature review of randomized trials with effect size calculations. Pain Management Nursing, 15(4), 897-908.

Tsang, K. L., L. E. Carlson and K. Olson. 2007. Pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer-related fatigue. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 6(1), 25-35.

S vanderVaart, V. M.G.J. Gijsen, S N. de Wildt, G Koren. 2009. A Systematic Review of the Therapeutic Effects of Reiki. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15(11): 1157-1169. doi:10.1089 / acm.2009.0036.

vanderVaart, S., Berger H, Tam C, et al. 2011. The effect of distant reiki on pain in women after elective Caesarean section: a double-blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2011;1:e000021. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2010-000021

Wardell, D. W. and J. Engebretson. 2001. Biological correlates of Reiki Touch(sm) healing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33(4), 439-445.

Wetzel W S. 2007. Pilot Crossover Trial of Reiki Versus Rest for Treating Cancer-Related Fatigue. Integrative Cancer Therapies 6: 25-35.



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