Mission Statement

The Center for Reiki Research is dedicated to gaining acceptance for the practice of Reiki by the medical community by persistently using rigorous professional and scientific methods. This goal is meaningful to us because those in hospitals or clinics are often people who have the greatest need for the therapeutic value Reiki can offer. In order to maintain our high standards and to achieve our purpose in a healthy and mutually supportive way we focus on the use of Reiki energy and principles in all our activities, both within our group and with all those with whom we work and interact.

Ongoing Activities

  • We maintain a list of published peer-reviewed research involving Reiki and provide critically reviewed summaries of each study.

  • We provide a list of over 60 hospitals, medical clinics and hospice programs in which Reiki is offered to patients as a standard part of patient care and we include a detailed description of each program.

  • We conduct rigorous Reiki research studies and publish the results.

  • We encourage others to conduct rigorous Reiki research studies by providing research guidelines and information about the current state of Reiki research. A branch of the CRR also provides a research consultation service.

  • To educate the public and the scientific communities about the current state of Reiki research and provide seminars to train people in the introduction of Reiki into medical settings.

CRR Accomplishments

The following is a list of projects that have been accomplished by the Center for Reiki Research.

Reiki in Hospitals List
A list of hospital Reiki programs that includes a detailed, hospital approved description of each program.

Reiki In Hospitals Workshop
We produce a Reiki in Hospitals Workshop in which participants are shown how to introduce, operate and maintain a Reiki program within a medical setting.

The Touchstone Process
Its development and implementation which includes a list and critical summarization of all Reiki studies published in peer reviewed journals listed in PubMed, Cochrane Collection and Medline. The Touchstone Process is continually updated to keep it current.

Reiki In Hospitals Power Point Presentation
A Power Point presentation that explains Reiki to hospital staff is now available. It includes a description of Reiki, how a hospital Reiki program works, its benefits to patients and hospital staff, a list of prominent hospitals that have programs and the research studies that support the therapeutic value of Reiki.

Grant Secured
We have received a grant to support a rigorously designed trial Reiki study in collaboration with Abington Memorial Hospital, a nationally recognized magnet hospital. The purpose of the study is to determine the therapeutic value of Reiki for orthopedic patients in a clinical context. As of February, 2013, this study is in it's final stage.

Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Baldwin, A.L., Vitale, A.T., Brownell, E., Scicinski, J., Kearns, M., Rand. W.L. (2010). The Touchstone Process: An ongoing critical evaluation of Reiki in the scientific literature, Holistic Nursing Practice, 24(5), 260-276

Vitale, A.T. (2011). Introduction for "Reiki at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, a Magnet Hospital: Mega R. Mease is interviewed by William Lee Rand, Holistic Nursing Practice, 25(5), 231-232 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a8611

Rand, W.L. (2011). Reiki at University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, a Magnet Hospital: Mega R. Mease is Interviewed by William Lee Rand, Holistic Nursing Practice, 25(5), 233-237 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31822a0291s.

Research Staff

William Lee Rand

Natalie Dyer, Ph.D.

Ann Baldwin, Ph.D.

Harold Bob, M.D.

Ann Thompson M.A.
Resident Agent

Jennifer DiBenedetto,
Member at Large

Robin Fuerst, PharmD
Member at Large

Nikki Ward
Member at Large

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