A 2013 paper published called ‘Inegrative Cancer Therapies’ revealed very good results for cancer patients receiving reiki treatment.
They claimed to observe more than 50% decrease in distress (from 3.80 to 1.55), anxiety (from 4.05 to 1.44), depression (from 2.54 to 1.10), pain (from 2.58 to 1.21), and fatigue (from 4.80 to 2.30). They found 176 (82.6%) of participants liked the Reiki session, 176 (82.6%) found the Reiki session helpful, 157 (73.7%) plan to continue using Reiki, and 175 (82.2%) would recommend Reiki to others. Individuals reported that Reiki induced relaxation and enhanced spiritual well-being.
They concluded that a volunteer program shows promise as a component of supportive care for cancer patients. More research is needed to evaluate and understand the impact that Reiki may have for patients, caregivers, and staff whose lives have been affected by cancer.
This proves to me that Reiki is not simply a relaxation technique, but a valuable and worthwhile treatment for anyone suffering with serious illnesses or depression.