Introduction and general findings

This study is an ongoing investigation into the effectiveness of Reiki as a healing therapy as perceived by Reiki receivers. Reiki practitioners, books on Reiki and the media in general constantly say many things about the effectiveness of Reiki. Though interesting this is, in effect it is only a form of hear say. The aim of this study is to provide accurate information freely to Reiki practitioners and the general public concerning such effectiveness. It also is intended that this study should form a realistic basis for others to embark upon a more classical, clinical, specific and controlled research of Reiki practice. As such, this study intends to address the following issues:

  1. Who has a Reiki treatment?
  2. Are the Reiki receivers returning after previous treatment for the same or different condition?
  3. What range of medical conditions and symptoms do Reiki receivers say they have?
  4. How long have Reiki receivers had their condition before choosing to start a Reiki treatment?
  5. What do Reiki receivers experience during a Reiki session?
  6. Do some Reiki receivers feel worse after their first Reiki session?
  7. How many sessions make a Reiki treatment?
  8. What progress is made towards the healing goal of the Reiki receivers?
  9. Does unexpected ‘healing’ take place?

The Reiki practitioners who form the basis of this study are vetted and agree procedures to be used, before any of their data is included in this study. The data collected constitutes the whole of each Reiki practitioner’s practice. The data collected is standardised by the form in which it is collected and processed. The pooled data is processed in the way appropriate for the sample size. As this is an ongoing research project the data and information derived is updated on a periodic basis.

The period over which the present data refers to is January 1997 to December 2003 inclusive.

Reliability and Interpretation of Findings
Medical and related disciplines often have research findings based on very small samples. This limits their usefulness to others. The sample upon which some of the present results are based is relatively small. As such, care should be taken when interpreting these findings. Listed below are some general guidelines as to how to view results based on small samples.

1. Less than 10: Of interest only. Not statistically reliable. No real basis for any prediction.2. 10 to 49: Of limited use. Limited statistical reliability. Small basis for prediction. Likely to show a wide variation.

3. 50 to 99: Of some use. Increased, though limited, statistical reliability as numbers move toward 100. Perhaps a fair basis for prediction.

4.99+: Useful. Shows some statistical reliability. A reasonable basis for prediction the reliability of which increasing with increased data.

5. 999+: Very useful. Good statistical reliability. A generally good basis for prediction of which the reliability increases further with increased data.

General Findings

Who chose to have a Reiki treatment?
When considering the total sample it can be seen that a Reiki receiver is more than twice as likely to be female than male and probably be aged between 18 and 59.

Sample 237
Male 32.5
Female 67.5
Below 18 yrs 5.5
18 – 60 yrs 65.0
Above 60 yrs 28.3

Did the Reiki receivers return from a previous treatment for the same or different condition?
In this sample 66.1% of the Reiki receivers are new to the Reiki practitioner. Of the remaining receivers (33.9%), 25.3% returned for more treatment of the same condition while 8.9% returned for a new condition.