Embody Magazine Spring 2015 and UK Reiki Federation Magazine
A university of Huddersfield research project claims that Reiki can improve the quality of life for cancer patients by lowering their levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue. The findings are to be presented at a major conference (British Psychosocial Oncology Society) and larger scale research could follow.
The project was named An Exploratory Study of Reiki Experiences in Women Living with Cancer and it was conducted by Dr Serena McCluskey, Senior Research Fellow in the University Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research and Professor Marilynne Kirshbourne. They were joined by Dr Maxine Stead who has an academic background in psychosocial oncology research.
Over the course of a year the researchers conducted interviews with 10 women who had received Reiki therapy at 2 hospices in the local area. they discovered benefits such as a release of emotional strain and a clearing of the mind from cancer and feelings of inner peace and relaxation. The benefits could last as long as a fortnight.
The researchers plan to publish their findings and also hope to expand their work.