This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Reiki should not be regarded as a substitute for conventional medical care. However, many practitioners and patients have found the therapy to be an effective adjunct treatment for relieving the pain of such chronic diseases as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. A small preliminary study showed that Reiki was useful as an adjunct to opioid therapy in the management of pain.
Because it is noninvasive, Reiki may also help to treat conditions where touching the body could be painful--in severe burn cases or in those recovering from surgery, for example.
By clearing energy blockages and helping a person feel more invigorated, Reiki may also relieve depression and other emotional problems. In addition it has been found to be useful in reducing stress in those being treated for cancer and AIDS.