If you’re a Reiki practitioner wanting to champion Reiki in health care, chances are you’re looking for studies that prove Reiki.
Let me save you some time: there are no such studies.
Nor is it necessary to prove Reiki in order to communicate the value of Reiki treatment in health care.
When speaking about Reiki treatment to a physician, it’s enough to (calmly) let her know that Reiki treatment is safe, and widely used in clinical settings (i.e. places where patients are given treatment, such as hospitals and cancer care centers).
Don’t reinvent the research wheel
More time-saving news: you don’t have to start from scratch if you want to communicate to physicians that Reiki treatment is safe, and how Reiki treatment can support their patients.
Use medical papers I’ve written.
The first three papers are all that you need. The first is the only Reiki study published in a conventional peer-reviewed medical journal, in this case the esteemed Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The Reiki review article overviews the science, practice, history and theory.
“Reiki for Support for Cancer Patients” discusses research and tells specifically how Reiki practice can help anyone who is addressing cancer. The paper focuses on the human experience rather than disease pathology (Reiki practice balances the patient overall rather than addressing disease directly). That means the information and perspective this paper offers can be easily customized to fit any disease population (i.e. people addressing any medical diagnosis).
Do a little internet research to learn the particular challenges faced by people addressing the disease of interest. There will be much overlap here — for example, anxiety is common among people with any serious medical diagnosis — but you want to find out what in particular concerns this group of people.
The “Reiki Vibrational Healing” interview speaks to physicians, in language comfortable to them, about the clinical advantages Reiki treatment offers, without making claims.
No groundbreaking Reiki research has been published since those articles, so using them alone is sufficient. No one in medicine expects you to be a physician or a scientist. They just want you to be level-headed, avoid making claims, and point them in the direction of the science.
Staying research credible
Unless you are research-savvy, if you reach beyond the safety zone of those three papers, you risk putting your credibility in question.
When I write a Reiki research review, I carefully assess the merit of each study I include. Vetting studies is my job as an expert. It is not my job to publicize every study that’s been published on Reiki, no matter how poorly designed it is.
Not all authors and editors are as discerning in their choice of research, and some truly shoddy studies have been published in the less rigorous journals. Using poorly designed Reiki studies to buoy the credibility of Reiki treatment to scientists is a strategy bound to backfire. So while the lay Reiki community might get excited to know how many Reiki papers have been published, a medical professional can quickly see that most studies are deeply flawed. Then the person you’re trying to impress realizes you don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s likely the end of the conversation.
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