Yes! Reiki Healing Works – Scientific Proof for the Ancient Healing Art

There isn’t an exact count on how many people prefer Reiki for their healing, but 80% of the world and 43% of people in the USA prefer alternate healing practices. The numbers obviously reflect that alternate healing techniques do work, even if they don’t have a concrete proof. Based on certain scientific researches done on various aspects of the human body on patients who underwent Reiki healing, it can be proved that Reiki, in fact, works.

Presence of Energy field around the body
Reiki healing is based on correction of energy field surrounding the body. Hence, the first step in proving the theory would be that a biological energy field actually exists and that the very basis of Reiki is true. According to studies, it is noted that the body produces gamma rays, the chief emitter being potassium-40 (K-40). This K-40 in turn is responsible for a magnetic field around the body.

When a Reiki healer places his or her hands over the patient, a self-regulation of energy occurs. Scientists measured this energy change using an instrument called superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), which is essentially a magnetometer. They confirmed higher emission of gamma rays from the body of the patients who underwent the sessions compared to people who did not.

We can infer that the practitioner manipulated some energy field around the body and ‘corrected’ the energy level. This proves that the body has a bioenergy field that forms the treating grounds for Reiki healers.

The Touchstone Process

The touchstone process was formulated by William Rand and his team. They formulated a tough, unbiased experimental study method to test the genuineness of Reiki. They took into account experimental methods that were peer reviewed (acceptable to the entire scientific community) and went about conducting the experiments on distressed lab rats.

They got the real practitioners to perform sessions on animals that showed signs of intense stress and conducted fake sessions on another set of animals with similar anxiety levels, using some fake hand gestures. The differences were remarkable. The animals that underwent the real Reiki session showed significant drop in stress levels (measured by checking the various vital signs) and those that underwent a bogus treatment showed no difference.

Blind Reiki Experiments to Test Efficacy
Treatment sessions in controlled environment on human subjects revealed that most of the subjects critically evaluated their session as extremely soothing and pain relieving. Further studies were performed on two groups of similar individuals. One received Reiki therapy while the other did not.
The experiments were blinded, in other words, were conducted in such a way that none of the groups knew which of them where getting the treatment. The result: significant decrease in illness and stress among the group that got Reiki treatment compared to the group that did not. This proves Reiki’s efficacy as a distant healing technique too.

Recent Trends
More experiments are being conducted to test and prove Reiki’s efficacy in healing cancer, AIDS and other such diseases.
Loaded with proofs that Reiki actually works and is not a placebo or sham, practitioners are convincing hospitals to hire them for combined therapy for patients suffering from trauma, psychiatric conditions, pediatric illnesses, in rehabilitation centers, suffering/recovering from cancer and patients with HIV/AIDS6.



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Further Reading
1. A patient’s perspective of Reiki:
2. A Groundbreaking Scientific Study on Reiki: