Articles and Books

The following are interviews and articles that I’ve written for popular media, some of which are in translation. Scroll down and below the articles, you’ll find my favorite books on healing, spirituality and medicine.

Massage and Bodywork Magazine September 2012 “Reiki for Sustainable Health Care

LA Yoga: Ayurveda and Health  December 2008 “Reiki: Spiritual Healing and Modern Medicine

Reiki module written by Pamela Miles for the consumer health website of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.

Reiki in Conventional Healthcare:
These articles describe the use of Reiki in various medical settings and address issues relevant to integrating Reiki into conventional health care, such as research.

Reiki in Hospitals – introduces Reiki and medicine, and describes HIV Reiki programs in New York City hospitals.

Reiki in Portsmouth Regional Hospital – started in 1995, this Reiki program has provided over 8000 treatments.

Reiki at the NIH’s Clinical Center – Reiki is used by the Pain and Palliative Care Service to relieve pain and suffering of patients enrolled in clinical research trials.

Emergency Reiki: professionals use Reiki in emergency and acute care settings.

Outpatient Reiki – A non-medical professional collaborates to offer Reiki to patients in conventional health care settings.

Miles P. The Bridge to Conventional Medicine: A Call for Case Reports. Reiki Magazine International. 2002;4(3):32-33

Miles P. Ask your question: Reiki and surgery. Reiki Magazine International. 2002;4(4):14

Miles P. Simple Steps for Self Healing

Miles P. Experts Meet on Integrative Pain Management. International Journal of Integrative Medicine. June/July 2002;4(3):48-50.

Miles P. Living with HIV: healthy therapy options. Daily News AIDS Awareness Special Supplement. May 1999: p 19.

Foreign Language Translations
Reiki dans les Hopitaux
par Pamela Miles – traduit et resume par Nita Mocanu. Publie dans la revue Reiki FORUM.

Reiki en los hospitales por Pamela Miles – traducido y resumido por Dorina Mocanu. Publicado en la revista Reiki FORUM.

Deutsche Ubersetzung: Josefa Kayatz und Oliver Klatt
Erstveroffentlichung in deutscher Sprache im Reiki Magazin, Ausgabe 4/2003.

You’ll find more translations on these pages:

Other Health Articles by Pamela Miles
Miles P. From Here to Serenity. Yoga Journal; March/April 2000

Miles P. How Doctors can Help.  Spirituality and Health; Fall 2000
Miles P. Healing Naturally: Symptoms and Suggestions. CRIA Update.  Forum summary from Complementary Therapies and HIV Disease, June 9, 1999.

Miles P. Complementary Medicine: A User’s Guide. CRIA Update. Summer 1999;8(3): pp 3.


The book links in this section are Amazon affiliate links.

Besides asking my students to read my book, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide, I suggest they read Helen Haberly’s REIKI: Hawayo Takata’s Story. Helen learned to practice Reiki from Hawayo Takata, who brought the practice to the US from Japan with her Reiki master, Chujiro Hayashi, in 1938.  The first part of this small gem of a book relates the story of Reiki as Takata shared it, which we now understand was a teaching story that transmitted the values of Reiki practice rather than historical fact. The second part is irreplaceable in Reiki literature, a series of anecdotes of Reiki healings which Takata shared with her students. The people to whom Takata brought Reiki practice did not have access to the type of health care that is commonly available in the US today. Much of their health care was inextricably interwoven with lifestyle and home, and Reiki practice fit the bill. I reread these anecdotes frequently as a reminder of Takata’s dedication and of what is possible. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free app for your computer.

What I’m reading now:
Health Freedom: The Greatest Freedom of All by Diane Miller, JD
Healing Ourselves: Biofield Science and the Future of Health by Shamini Jain, PhD


In Search of the Medicine Buddha by David Crow, LAc

The Art of Jin Shin by Alexis Brink

Food and Healing by Annemarie Colbin, PhD

Radical Remission by Kelly Turner, PhD

Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Judith Orloff, MD

True Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette, PhD

Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD

Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine by Saki Santorelli, PhD

Healing Words by Larry Dossey, MD

The Joy of Ritual by Barbara Biziou

Native American Healing
Coyote Medicine by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD

Honoring the Medicine: An Essential Guide to Native American Healing by Kenneth Cohen

Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life by Prashanti de Jager

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad

Body, Mind, and Sport: The Mind-Body Guide to Lifelong Health, Fitness, and Your Personal Best by John Douillard

The Three-Season Diet: Eat the Way Nature Intended: Lose Weight, Beat Food Cravings, and Get Fit by John Douillard

The Yoga of Breath: A Step by Step Guide to Pranayama by Richard Rosen

Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain by Kelly McGonigal

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Chinese Medicine
The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing by Kenneth Cohen

Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life: How to Use Feng Shui to Get Love, Money, Respect and Happiness by Karen Rauch Carter

Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Bienfield and Efrem Korngold

Floral Acupuncture: Applying the Flower Essences of Dr. Bach to Acupuncture Sites by Deborah Craydon and Warren Bellows

Family Health

Disconnect: the Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family by Devra Davis, PhD

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life

Fire Child, Water Child by Stephen Scott Cowan, MD

Treatment Alternatives for Children by Lawrence Rosen, MD, and Jeff Cohen

Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff

Healing Night: The Science and Spirit of Sleeping, Dreaming, and Awakening by Rubin Naiman, PhD

Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics by Johnathan Goldman

ADHD Without Drugs by Sanford Newmark, MD

Intuitive Healing by Judith Orloff, MD

Trust Your Vibes: Secret Tools for Six-Sensory Living by Sonia Choquette, PhD

The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul by Sonia Choquette, PhD


Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Meditation for the Love of It: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience by Sally Kempton

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda

American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West by Philip Goldberg

Chakra Meditation by Swami Saradananda

Courage and Contentment by Gurumayi Chidvilasanda

Yoga Spandakarika: The Sacred Texts at the Origins of Tantra by Daniel Odier

Ultimate Healing: The Power of Compassion by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Splendor of Recognition: An Exploration of the Pratyabhijna-hrdayam, a Text on the Ancient Science of the Soul by Swami Shantananda

Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India by Linda Johnsen


How Healing Works by Wayne Jonas, MD

The Truth about Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It by Marcia Angell, MD

Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande, MD

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande, MD

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live—and How You Can Change Them by Richard Davidson PhD

The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson

On Call: A Doctor’s Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue, MD

The Pocket Guide to Polyvagal Theory by Stephen Porges, PhD

The End of Stress as We Know It by Bruce McEwen, PhD

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracey Kidder

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