Animals & Reiki – Excerpt Psychology Today

My friend and student who is an Equine Bodyworker and Reiki practitioner shared this piece on Reiki and animals a few weeks ago.

Reiki for Animals: The Power of Peace to Heal
Our Trixie, at home being cute. :)
How meditating with animals helps us find healing, even in difficult situations.

Are there scientific studies that assess its effectiveness for individuals of different species and for different conditions?

Physiologically, Reiki has been shown to be effective in activating the parasympathetic nervous system. Two scientific studies were also conducted with rats and produced clear, objective evidence of a benefit of Reiki for stress reduction, however, I personally find these studies unethical (inducing stress to prove you can reduce stress).

For human patients with chronic health conditions, Reiki has been found to be more effective than placebo for reducing pain and anxiety, depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life. Reiki should be regarded as a complement (not an alternative) to conventional medicine and other therapies. (See “Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy” for more details about 13 peer-reviewed scientific studies of Reiki from 1998-2016.)

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