Is Reiki Backed By Science?

Is Reiki Backed By Science?

Lately alternative medicinal therapies such as Reiki have increased among people, as several testify that they have had improvements in their health after trying any of them.

One topic that stands out today is the apparent divorce between spirituality and science. This discussion is "amplified" in a way when it comes to Reiki and other energy therapies. A perfectly understandable fact, considering the need for science to verify the reality of something by a physical manifestation of some kind. In other words, if it can't be measured, it doesn't exist.

What many people ignore is thatReiki is an energy. The same energy that powers our muscles and is present in each of our cells. That energy exists, is real, and can be measured. As a consequence, the effects of Reiki can be measured as shown by some of the articles on this page.

Reiki since it is considered acomplementary therapy and / or an effective tool that helps people's health. It has come to be used in hospitals, health centers and also clinics, however it is a subject that continues to be the center of discussion, since it is not known if it really helps people's health or not.

A 2011 study found that Reiki helped increase comfort and well-being in chemotherapy patients, and furthermore, in 2012 research found that Reiki sessions were helpful in improving relaxation, pain relief, sleep quality and anxiety reduction in hospital patients.

There is much anecdotal evidence that this form of healing relieves pain, decreases stress, anxiety, and depression. An anesthesiologist at the Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine mentioned that thanks to Reiki, patients often report a feeling of calm and relaxation, in addition to having a more pleasant sleep.

However, this was largely attributed to the placebo effect. An assistant clinical professor at the School of Medicine assures that if you believe that you will be better, you have better results.

Is Reiki Really Effective?

It is important to recognize that even though a placebo effect is usually tied to a patient's expectations, studies have shown actual physical changes.

Regardless, to date, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that Reiki is unreliable or unreliable. A study conducted in 2011 concluded that existing research does not allow conclusions about thehealing energy efficiencytransmitted by Reiki.

What's more, Reiki is not recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine as an effective treatment option and is only classified as a complementary approach to healing.


Regardless of whether or not you believe in the possibility of the power of Reiki orPlacebo effect, the real damage is done when Reiki becomes a unique treatment. Doctors' concern is that patients substitute proven curative treatments for alternative treatments.

Other information to keep in mind is that at this time there are no professional certificates or licenses to become a Reiki practitioner. Therefore, it is always better to use Reiki as a complementary treatment and not just rely on it.


  • Macaela Mackenize, WTF Is Reiki? (And Is there Any Sciene Behind It?) For Greatist [Revised February 2016]

With information from:

Video: Skeptics Visit a Reiki Healer (October 2020).