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Reiki Medical Research Database lists several health conditions and recommended Reiki treatment frequencies 

Health conditions in alphabetical order (linked to details and references) Number of Reiki treatments, received over certain time period Other therapies, received simultaneously
with Reiki
(drugs and alcohol)
not specified detoxification reduction and elimination of shaking, pains and emotional stress
addictions and suicidal behavior not specified not specified recovered (teenager)
anxiety (ref. J.W.) 4 treatments over 10 days none totally renewed
appendicitis attack (ref. J.W.) 1 treatment, 45 min. none surgery canceled
arthritis (osteo-, rheumatoid) daily treatments for 10 months none full remission
arthritis (ref. M.L.) bi-monthly treatments, ongoing not specified less pain, joints are more aligned
arthritis, several cases (ref. S.S.) 15-20 min. Reiki treatments, once-twice a month Reiki treatments were followed by massage decrease of symptoms
arthritis 10 min. treatments every day for 5 months not specified cessation of symptoms
arthritis, mild (ref. L.P.) 3 treatments (40 min) every third day + 3 treatments once a week not specified pain free
arthritis, severe (ref. L.P.) 9 treatments (40 min) every third day not specified pain free
(ref. M.F.)
45 min. treatments, twice a week for 3 weeks vitamins and herbs
(no Ritalin)
patient is well and going to college
AIDS/HIV (4 patients, ref. L.P.) 3 full-body 40-50 min. treatments (every 3rd day), followed by once a week for 2 months, then once every two weeks for 2 months, then once a month different combination of meditation, diet, yoga, exercise, aromatherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy. Currently all patients stopped medication. The viral load decreases after 2 treatments, T-cells count increases after 4-5 treatments. Currently all patients have undetectable viral load, T-cell count 425-790. Two patients are working full-time, one – part-time.
(chemical, 2nd & 3rd degrees, face and neck)
self-treatments several times a day during one week cold compresses and antibiotics in emergency room healed with no scars or discoloration
burn, arm (2nd degree, ref. S.S.) 1 hour treatment not specified healed without a scar
cancer (few cases) treatments given before and after surgery chemotherapy, radiation less pain & faster healing after surgery, less side effects from chemotherapy and radiation
cancer (breast) self-treatments for 2 weeks before surgery, before each chemotherapy session, during each radiation session chemotherapy, affirmations, visualizations less pain & fast healing after surgery, improved immune function during chemotherapy, cancer free as a result
cancer (breast, metastasized to abdomen, ref. L.W.) 1 hour treatments 3 times a week, ongoing chemotherapy lessening of chemotherapy side effects, positive emotional outlook
cancer (colon) 1-2 hour treatments several times a week during last 2 weeks of life non specified aroused from semi-coma, peace and pain reduction, peaceful passing
cancer (endometrical) daily treatments for one week none tests came negative
cancer (lung, ref. T.R.) weekly 30 min treatments and daily 30 min distance treatments, ongoing chemotherapy, radiation patient is feeling more realxed and calm after hands- on treatments; requires less pain medication after distance treatments
cancer (lung, ref. L.P.) 8 daily treatments (60 min.) + distant healing for 14 days not specified masses gone, patient tested negative
cancer (terminal, ref. K.K.) treatments every 2-3 days for about two months not specified less pain, less emotional turmoil, easier transition
cancer (lung, terminal, ref. R.L., J.W.) vary not specified easing of anxiety, facilitating peaceful passing
cancer (melanoma, ref. L.P.) 2 treatments (45 min.) spaced 3 days not specified biopsy negative
cancer [Bullock 1997]
(poor prognosis)
not specified palliative radiation stabilization
cancer (terminal) not specified chemotherapy remission
cancer (mouth and throat) total of 2 hours 20 minutes of distant treatments over 2 weeks conventional (unspecified) cancer-free
cervical dysplasia distant treatments over 3 weeks period vitamins tests came negative
cervical dysplasia (HPV, 11 cases, ref. A.B.) self-treatments for 1 month after Reiki Ist degree attunement not specified 82% cure rate by DNA testing (PCR), compared to 22% cure in control group
childbirth treatments during labor none baby turning into proper birth position
chronic fatigue syndrome & fibromyalgia 1 hour treatments every 2 weeks for 2 months, followed by self treatments every day for 6 months diet recovered
coma (ref. M.F.) 1 treatment, 20 min. none came out of come during Reiki treatment
chronic fatigue (ref. J.W.) 6 treatments in 9 days none more energy available
Crohn’s disease & grief over death of a husband (insomnia and significant weight loss, ref. P.S.) 1-2 treatments per week for 2 months, ongoing not specified calming down, sleeping better, gaining some weight and having less stomach cramping
Crohn’s disease (ref. C.A.) 1 hour weekly treatments over a month not specified responding well
depression (ref. L.P) 3 treatments (40 min.) every third day, 2 treatments once a week, monthly treatments not specified depression gone
depression (ref. S.S.) 2 x 1-hour sessions none significant improvement, feeling much better emotionally
depression 1-2 h. table treatments, 4 times a week for 2 weeks non specified no longer depressed, discontinued medication, feeling renewed and happy
depression , anxiety, fatigue, back pain (ref. R.N.) 2 table treatments, 1 hour each, over 5 weeks acupuncture, massage immediate intensive relief of oppressiveness, ability to face and resolve emotional issues
diabetes (ref. L.P.) 3 treatments (50 min.) every 3rd day, weekly treatments for 1 month, monthly treatments for 3 months not specified sugar level dropped from 460 to 110
dyslexia (ref. J.W.) three 8-min. sessions on the head another person reading and pointing the words during treatments normal reading ability
eye sight (ref. J.W.) self-treatments over 6 months none required glasses one dyoptry less
(ref. R.L)
non specified non specified pain relief
fibromyalgia [Whitsitt 1998] 1 hour sessions, total of 11, over 10 weeks none reduction in pain, increase in mobility, improvement in nervous system, adrenal and spleen health
fibromyalgia (ref. K.K.) daily self-treatments (30 min.) for 9 months not specified symptom free
(ref. C.A.)
1 hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks not specified responding well
heart condition (damaged tissue, ref. D.M.) daily treatments for 1 week, distant treatments from a group of practitioners for 2 weeks not specified previously damaged tissue appeared normal on X-ray, no surgery was required for 70 year old patient
hypothyroidism (ref. S.S.) monthly treatments of 1h &15 min (Reiki followed by massage) for 1 year massage patient noticed improvements after 2 treatments; after a year thyroid medication was decreased due to the improvement of thyroid function
insomnia, stress-related, 2cases (ref. J.W.) 4-5 daily treatments none sleeping all night through
irritable bowel syndrome & diverticulosis for 12 years 1 x 1hour session none all pain gone since then
leukemia (blood): diagnosed one month of life left (ref. J.W.) treatments twice a day for three months not specified recovered, got married and had 2 children after recovery
leukemia, acute lymphatic in 7-year-old patient (ref. K.A.) hours of constant Reiki from mother- practitioner, 3 weeks of daily distant group Reiki treatments, Reiki applied to chemotherapy solutions conventional chemotherapy, totally for 2 years remission after 3 weeks, increased creativity, good tolerance to chemotherapy, spinal injections and bone marrow tests
Lou Gherigs disease (ref. M.L.) two treatments a month, plus distance treatments in between not specified patient was calmer, less stressed and depressed, peaceful passing
lupus [Whitsitt 1998] 1 hour sessions, total of 11, over 10 weeks none reduction in pain, increase in mobility, improvement in nervous system, adrenal and spleen health
mole (ref. S.S.) several treatments of the head none mole “fell off”
migraine (ref. L.P.) 2 treatments (40 min.) spaced 3 days not specified pain free
migraine (ref. M.F.) 30 min. treatment none gone
multiple sclerosis self-treatments over 1 year reflexology recovered
multiple sclerosis (2 cases [Whitsitt 1998]) 1 hour sessions, total of 11, over 10 weeks none reduction in pain, increase in mobility, improvement in nervous system, adrenal and spleen health
neck pain (ref. R.S.) 1 hour table treatments, total of 10, every 3-5 days massage, hot pads decrease in pain, life style changes and insights
neuropathy (leg,
ref. M.F.)
40 min. treatment none gone
Paget’s disease (2 cases, ref. D.W.) 1 session none relief from pain and stiffness, increase in flexibility and mobility
pain [Olson 1997] not specified opioid therapy significant reduction of pain
pain, back, lumbar area (ref. J.W.) 7 daily 1-hour treatments, followed by weekly treatments none improvement after 10 days, no more pain after 8 months
pain (upper back, acute, compressed vertebrae, ref. P.W.) daily self-treatments 15-20 min. for 1 week none after first treatment pain disappeared, no pain later on
pain (from kidney stones, emergency room, ref. D.B.) 1 treatment (20 min.) morphine morphine effects gone, pain disappeared, nausea disappeared, released from emergency room upon request
pain (shoulders, neck and hip, ref. M.S.) 1 table treatment a week (45 min.) none emotional release, gradual decrease of pain
pain (back, ref. D.B., S.G.) 1 treatment (1 hour) none muscle relaxation and pain decrease
pain (from 2 herniated discs, L4-L5, L5-S1, ref. P.M.) self treatments 3-5 times a week, 5-45 min. each, for 4 years) pain medication, chiropractor relief from pain, no need for pain medication and chiropractor, jogging 3 times a day for 15 min.
pain (severe, leg, due to back injury, pitting edema in both lower legs) two table 15-30 min. treatments over 2-3 weeks full body massage less incidents of severe pain and decrease of edema
pain (liver, ref. L.P.) 1 treatment (30 min.) none pain gone
pain (toothache, ref. L.P.) 1 treatment (15 min.) none pain gone
paralysis (Guillian-Barre syndrome) treatments 1-2 times a week during 6 months not specified recovered
polyps (uterus, ref. J.W.) one 30-min. session none surgery canceled
prenatal condition several treatments before birth none baby born healthy
psoriasis (severe, back, arms, ref. S.S.) 3 x 1-hour treatments, 2 days apart none got 60-70% cleared
seizure, grand mal (ref. M.L.) emergency treatment on site to the crown and the back of the head oxygen given after the person started to calm down treatment calmed and rebalanced the patient and assisted his exit from the seizure
(ref. M.F.)
1 h. treatments twice a week for 4 weeks acyclovir patient in remission
stone in ureter (ref. J.W.) 10 min. distant treatments for 4 days diet, drinking 2L of water daily, hot bath on the 4th day 1.5 cm stone passed out and was no longer detected by by ultrasound
stress (ref. C.A.) 1 treatment (1 hour) none relief of stress and worry
stroke (1 year old, ref. L.P.) 3 treatments (50 min.) every third day, weekly treatments for 2 months not specified improvement of movements
surgery (hysterectomy) one treatment before and one after the surgery not specified less anxiety before surgery, disappearance of pain & nausea after surgery
surgery (hysterectomy) 15 treatments before surgery none before surgery accelerated recovery
surgery (laparoscopy [Sawyer 1998]) treatments in operating room and after surgery no pain medication no pain after surgery, accelerated recovery
surgery (gall bladder removal, laparoscopy, ref. A.B.) daily distant treatments for 1 week no pain medication no pain after surgery, fast recovery
surgery (face, ref.A.B.) daily self-treatments over few weeks no pain medication fast painless recovery
thyroid goiter [Whitsitt 1998] 1 hour sessions, total of 11, over 10 weeks none reduction in pain, increase in mobility, improvement in nervous system, adrenal and spleen health
thyroid (Hashimotos Thyroiditis) daily 1 hour self-treatments for 4 months elimination of food allergens, self-imagery no evidence of disease from blood test
thyroid nodule (1.2×1.6×1.3 cm in right lobule, ref. J.W.) daily 1-hour treatments, with 15 min. over throat area, for 6 months none radiology exam showed baseness of solid nodule and no structural alterations in the right lobule
thyroid (underactive, ref. L.L.) daily self-treatments for 30 min. for 3 mo. none thyroid function normalized
TMJ, tinnitis, mastoiditis, ref. L.S. 30 min treatments twice a week for 3 months massage, muscule relaxants, splint, electrostimulation dizziness significantly decreased, complete recovery from tinnitis in right ear and decrease in left ear, decreased myofacial and joint pains
trauma (brain, left hemisphere, ref. R.L) treatments following the traumas not specified improvement in right side motor function
trauma (hand tendon injury, ref. R.L.) treatments following the traumas none dramatic and rapid improvement in symptoms, fast healing
traumas (ref. A.B.) treatments following the traumas none no swelling, little pain, fast recovery
traumas, small: burns, small cuts, sprains, headaches
(ref. S.G., C.A.)
treatments following the traumas none decrease in pain and discomfort, faster rate of healing
wound (deep cut, ref. L.L.) treatment immediately after the accident not specified little blood loss, little pain, no swelling, fast healing
wound reepithelization rate [Wirth 1996] not specified none acceleration of wound healing