Reiki and Science

According to the Reiki Research Center, Reiki is a method of stress reduction that also promotes healing. 

It is administered by laying-on hands. Lay practitioners have used it for more than 90 years, and its popularity is growing. 

A study done in 2007 by the National Health Interview Survey indicates that in the U.S.A 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services. 

Science Validates Spiritual Healing

An Interview with Daniel Benor, M.D., by William Lee Rand

In this fascinating interview Dr. Benor explains how scientific research

has demonstrated the therapeutic value of spiritual healing.

There are over 190 scientific experiments in the area of spiritual healing

and 124 of them have demonstrated valid scientific evidence

that spiritual healing works.

Dr. Benor is a researcher in the area of spiritual healing.

He is also a practicing holistic psychiatrist, and on the advisory board of many scientific journals.

He is also author of Spiritual Healing, Scientific Validation of a Healing Revolution.

The Science Behind Reiki - What Happens in a Treatment?

Independent research by Dr Robert Becker and Dr John Zimmerman 

during the 1980's investigated what happens whilst people practice therapies like Reiki.

They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver

become synchronised in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation,

but they pulse in unison with the earth's magnetic field, known as the Schuman Resonance. 

During these moments, the biomagnetic field of the practitioners' hands is 

at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current. 

Toni Bunnell (1997) suggests that the linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the 'infinite energy source' or 'universal energy field' via the Schuman Resonance.

Prof Paul Davies and Dr John Gribben in The Matter Myth (1991), discuss the quantum physics view of a 'living universe' in which everything is connected in a 'living web of interdependence'.

All of this supports the subjective experience of 'oneness' and 'expanded consciousness' related by those who regularly receive or self-treat with Reiki.

Zimmerman (1990) in the USA and Seto (1992) in Japan further investigated the large pulsating biomagnetic field that is emitted from the hands of energy practitioners whilst they work. 

They discovered that the pulses are in the same frequencies as brain waves,

and sweep up and down from 0.3 - 30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7 - 8 Hz , alpha state.

Independent medical research has shown that this range of frequencies will stimulate healing in the body, with specific frequencies being suitable for different tissues.

For example, 2 Hz encourages nerve regeneration, 7 Hz bone growth, 10Hz ligament mending, and 15 Hz capillary formation.

Physiotherapy equipment based on these principles has been designed to aid soft tissue regeneration, and ultra sound technology is commonly used to clear clogged arteries and disintegrate kidney stones. 

Also, it has been known for many years that placing an electrical coil around a fracture that refuses to mend will stimulate bone growth and repair.

Becker explains that ‘brain waves’ are not confined to the brain,

but travel throughout the body via the perineural system,

the sheaths of connective tissue surrounding all nerves.

During a treatment, these waves begin as relatively weak pulses

in the thalamus of the practitioner’s brain, and gather cumulative strength

as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body, including the hands.

The same effect is mirrored in the person receiving treatment,

and Becker suggests that it is this system, more than any other,

that regulates injury repair and system rebalance.

This highlights one of the special features of Reiki (and similar therapies),

that both practitioner and client receive the benefits of a treatment,

which makes it very efficient.

It is interesting to note that Dr Becker carried out his study 

on a world-wide array of cross-cultural subjects, and no matter what their belief systems or customs, or how opposed to each other their customs were, all tested the same. 

Part of Reiki's growing popularity is that Reiki does not impose a set of beliefs,

and can therefore be used by people of any background and faith, or none at all. 

This neutrality makes it particularly appropriate to a medical or prison setting.

- Tamisha Sabrina

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