Research Resultsworking with reiki.

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Using Reiki to decrease memory and behaviour problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer's disease

Stephen E Crawford 1V Wayne LeaverSandra D Mahoney



Objectives: This empirical study explored the efficacy of using Reiki treatment to improve memory and behaviour deficiencies in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer's disease. Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing technique reputedly developed in Tibet 2500 years ago.

Design: This study was a quasi-experimental study comparing pre- and post-test scores of the Annotated Mini-Mental State Examination (AMMSE) and Revised Memory and Behaviour Problems Checklist (RMBPC) after four weekly treatments of Reiki to a control group.

Settings/location: The participants were treated at a facility provided by the Pleasant Point Health Centre on the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation.

Subjects: The sample included 24 participants scoring between 20 and 24 on the AMMSE. Demographic characteristics of the sample included an age range from 60 to 80, with 67% female, 46% American Indian, and the remainder white.

Interventions: Twelve participants were exposed to 4 weeks of weekly treatments of Reiki from two Reiki Master-level practitioners; 12 participants served as controls and received no treatment.

Outcome measures: The two groups were compared on pre- and post-treatment scores on the AMMSE and the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist (RMBPC).

Results: Results indicated statistically significant increases in mental functioning (as demonstrated by improved scores of the AMMSE) and memory and behaviour problems (as measured by the RMBPC) after Reiki treatment. This research adds to a very sparse database from empirical studies on Reiki results.

Conclusion: The results indicate that Reiki treatments show promise for improving certain behaviour and memory problems in patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer's disease. Caregivers can administer Reiki at little or no cost, resulting in significant societal value by potentially reducing the needs for medication and hospitalization.



Is Reiki used in the NHS?

The number of NHS hospitals and other UK conventional healthcare institutions offering Reiki and other forms of complementary energy healing is growing as administrators, physicians and the nursing profession adopt a more integrated, or holistic, approach to patient care.

Please do click this link and read about what research is being done with Reiki.

What is the status of Reiki research?

While the debate on how best to study integrative therapies such as Reiki is gaining steam, research attempts have been and continue to be made. Nonetheless, research into Reiki is just beginning. The NCCIH) of the NIH) has completed five studies looking at Reiki's ability to benefit people with diabetes, advanced AIDS, prostate cancer, fibromyalgia, and stress.

Other published studies have looked at the effect of Reiki on measures of stress hormones, blood pressure, heart rate, and immune responsivity, and on subjective reports of pain. The studies to date are typically small, and not every study is well designed. However, overlapping data from some of the stronger studies support the ability of Reiki to reduce anxiety and pain, and suggest its usefulness to induce relaxation, improve fatigue and depressive symptoms, and strengthen overall wellbeing. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews contains a review on the use of touch therapies (including Reiki) for pain and a protocol for use of Reiki for psychological symptoms.

Reiki has been increasingly offered as part of workplace wellness programs to address burnout and improve skills in healthcare and other industries, as well as in university wellness centers.



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Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation which promotes healing for the mind, body and spirit. The healing is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

 Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many people feel this form of healing has really helped them. It is a simple, natural and safe method of  healing, which aids self-improvement for the body and mind.

Reiki is an holistic style of treatment which compliments any pre existing treatment you may be having. People with severe medical conditions comment that Reiki is calming and very helpful to their overall wellbeing. Most dis-ease, mind conditions can be linked back to some type of negative aspect in life. This type of energy healing addresses the mind and body's thought process, tuning it to a more positive vibration. When the mind is trained to be positive, the body follows this vibration and often dis-ease can be helped. Mental health is greatly improved with reiki. Headaches, migraines, stress can be positively addressed. This healing energy does not involve any pain and many people will doze off during a session.

Reiki can also Play a positive role  with ongoing medical procedures. Often helping with pain. Insomnia, depression, menopause and anxiety. It has also been known to speed up the healing process after an operation, because these types of procedures can sometimes cause stress to the mind and body, causing further complications and a slower recovery. This healing modality is not always a one off type of treatment. Sometimes a few sessions need to be had to achieve a more positive response. There are no side effects to this therapy and it is a very safe, comforting therapy to embark on.

Reiki is now used in many Hospices for end of life care. This type of therapy can be a blessing to those struggling with a life limiting condition.

Why would you choose reiki as a therapy.

Physical Benefits

Releases tension from your whole body

Helps your body to heal

Relaxes the mind

Eases stress

Eases pain and discomfort

Compliments all medical therapies and rehabilitation

Increases the feeling of wellbeing

Strengthens the immune system

Improves sleep

Clears toxins from the body

Mental and emotional benefits:

Brings clarity, easing brain fog

Lessens anxiety

Helps with person growth

Strengthens personal empowerment

Enhances inner peace

Encourages emotional release

Clears negative emotions

Helps to release addictions and bad habits

Spiritual benefits:

Initiates spiritual growth

Releases energy blocks

Balances chakras

Strengthens the connections to the divine

Increases intuitions

Increases life force energy

Helps you to follow your soul path

Initiates spiritual grown

Reiki must NEVER be used as a replacement for for any medical treatment. It is a complementary therapy and alternative health care service.

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Disclaimer. This therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical care by your GP, it is a complementary therapy that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Should you be aware of any reason why this treatment is contraindicated for you or you have a serious health problem, please consult your GP.