Abstract and key points
- Reiki is often classified as a form of energy healing.
- Its mechanism of action is not biologically plausible.
- The few clinical trials that have been published have shown some effects of Reiki on improving cancer related symptoms; however conclusions are limited due to methodological shortcomings of the studies.
- Reiki has not been associated with serious risks.
Reiki, a form of energy healing that originated in Japan, is a system of natural healing administered by the laying on of hands and by transferring energy from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient. It is sometimes used as a palliative or supportive treatment of cancer patients. The basic concepts of Reiki are not in line with scientific knowledge. Only few studies of Reiki have been published; most have methodological limitations and are thus not conclusive. Reiki is not believed to have the potential to cause serious direct harm.
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