Hospitalized patients requesting or referred to the healing arts team received either a massage or reiki session and completed pre- and post-therapy symptom questionnaires.Differences between pre- and post-sessions in pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being were recorded using an 11-point Likert scale.
Patients reported symptom relief with both reiki and massage therapy.
Immediate symptom relief was similar for cancer and non-cancer patients for both reiki and massage therapy and did not vary based on age, gender, length of session, and baseline symptoms.
The authors concluded that reiki and massage clinically provide similar improvements in pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being while reiki improved fatigue and anxiety more than massage therapy in a heterogeneous hospitalized patient population.
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Reiki today refers two related concepts: a specific type of energy/life force (Reiki), and the healing system that utilizes this spiritual energy (Reiki Ryoho).
Reiki Ryoho emerged in 1922 in Japan as a result of the spiritual studies and ascetic practices of Usui Mikao (1865-1926).
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