Hospitals and clinics across America are undergoing major changes.  Reiki is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care.  They are experiencing needs to reduce costs and at the same time improve patient care.  Reiki requires no technology at all and many of its practitioners offer their services for free.  Reiki sessions cause patients heal faster with less pain and accelerate recovery from surgery, improves mental attitude and reduces the negative effects of medications and other medical procedures.  It is therefore a very good way to improve care while cutting medical costs.

Scientific research in the area of laying-on hands has been conducted for many years.  There are now quite a few experiments that validate the usefulness of Reiki healing techniques.  It has been shown to accelerate wound healing, raise hemoglobin levels, alleviate stress and anxiety, and reduce the symptoms of certain illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disorders, and tension headaches. Some of the interesting results are coming from more than just the placebo effect.  Others indicate that the energy is non-physical in nature and that the benefits do not diminish regardless of the distance between sender and receiver.

An interview with Michelle, a Reiki Master and a private duty nurse at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, includes Reiki with her regular nursing procedures.  She combines conventional medicine like chemotherapy, radiation therapy and psychotherapy with her own blend of unconventional therapies like spiritual connection, energy balancing, visualization, affirmation and yoga.  She has been asked to do Reiki training on cancer patients including patients with bone marrow transplants (BMT).  She conducted an experiment on hemoglobin values on BMT patients who are being treated with bone marrow suppressive agents.  The agent is a chemical (like Cytoxan), used to suppress their immune systems so that new and healthy bone marrow could be transplanted. 

Most of her BMT patients suffer from leukemia.  Their bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal white blood cells that impairs resistance to infection.  A bone marrow transplant replaces the leukemic bone marrow with cancer-free marrow. 

In her study, 10 patients made up the experimental group, while 4 patients made up the control group.  Both groups had their blood samples taken at the beginning and at the end of the experiment.  The experimental group received Reiki training sessions.  The control group was not involved in the Reiki training. 

The blood samples were measured for hemoglobin and hematocrit.  Hematocrit is the ratio of red blood cells to total blood volume.  Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carry oxygen.  The patients in the experimental group who received Reiki training experienced significant change of 28%, which is a significant increase in hemoglobin values. The patients in the control group who did not receive Reiki training experienced no significant change.  This experiment was able to induce actual biological improvements in the patients’ treatment.  There could be no other explanations besides Reiki, but it was an intriguing finding. 

Another experiment was conducted on twenty BMT patients.  This time the design of this experiment tends to rule out the placebo effect.  Each patient was given a psychological test consisting of twenty questions to determine their levels of anxiety.  Twelve of them made the experimental group and eight made the control group.  The experimental group was treated with Reiki.  The control group was also treated, but by sham healers who imitated the same positions as those who had the Reiki training.  Anxiety levels dropped 17% after only five minutes of treatment by trained Reiki practitioners, but those who were only imitating the treatment created no effect.

Besides Reiki, other non-drug therapy like hypnosis has also been used successfully in conjunction with pain medications in BMT patients.  Their feelings of helplessness and fear has a powerful disease control over their bodies, which leads to anxiety and depression, and it makes it more difficult for them to tolerate pain.  Hypnosis was used with distraction and/or imagery to help patients change the way they experience pain, sensation of heat, cold, touch, time, and a sense of connection to one’s body.  Hypnosis has helped patients envision the painful area of their body as a separate, unconnected part and shortened their perceptions of how long the painful experience lasted. 

More experiments are being done and scientific theories are being developed to describe Reiki and other healing types of healing technique.  As we continue into the millennium, increasing interest along with more sensitive equipment will allow science to more completely understand, validate, and accept the reality of Reiki.  As this happens, we will see increasing use of Reiki and other laying-on hands healing coming into common use by individuals for themselves and family along with its use in hospitals and doctors offices.  With deeper understanding about the nature of health and unity of all life, this re-discovered age-old wisdom will provide, reduce suffering, and make Earth a more worthwhile place to live.

Once the scientific validation of spiritual healing is widely disseminated, Reiki will become more respected and the demand for Reiki training will raise dramatically.  This validation and acceptance will open doors to more scientific research.  Reiki displays many qualities that science cannot explain.  Because of this, research is bound to lead to new theories about the nature and reality.  This will revolutionize how mainstream society thinks, which in turn create new attitudes, values and belief in every area of human activity.

Reiki is truly one of the most wonderful things present on the planet at this time.  It comes to us a gift.  It is important, as conditions in this planet are critical.  Reiki is a spiritual healing technique that is unique.  The essence of Reiki healing energy is love, peace, harmony, cooperation, and trust; therefore it contains the very qualities that are needed to solve the problems of the Earth.