University of Huddersfield research project claims that Reiki can improve the quality of life for cancer patients by lowering their levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue. The findings are to be presented at a major conference and larger-scale research could follow.
The project was conducted by Serena McCluskey, a Senior Research Fellow and professor Marilynne Kirshbaum. They were joined by Maxine Stead, who has an academic background in psychosocial oncology research and is now the owner of a holistic health spa in Huddersfield.
She is herself a practitioner of Reiki, a Japanese technique in which the hands of a healer are said to release positive energy. There is scientific controversy over Reiki, but the researchers were purely concerned with its potential to bring about improvements in wellbeing. Read more @