Integrated Reiki Therapy for the Treatment and Management of Psychosomatic Disorders: A Pilot Study

Balkrishna, Acharya and Katiyar, Prashant and Chauhan, Muskan and Upreti, Jaya and Arya, Vedpriya (2024) Integrated Reiki Therapy for the Treatment and Management of Psychosomatic Disorders: A Pilot Study. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medical Research, 25 (1). pp. 10-17. ISSN 2456-6276

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Background: The escalating prevalence of stress and anxiety disorders has emerged as a pronounced public health concern, exerting a profound impact on the global well-being of individuals. Despite its increasing recognition, empirical investigations into the precise application of Reiki therapy for stress and anxiety disorders remain scant.

Primary Study Objective: This pilot study aims to fill this critical void by delving into the potential benefits of Reiki therapy as a complementary intervention for the treatment and management of stress and anxiety.

Methods: In this observational study, 31 volunteers self-reporting stress, anxiety, or psychological disorders were enrolled according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) was assessed using the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) Questionnaire for anxiety and depression. Pre- and post-treatment HRQoL scores were meticulously compared, and the significance of the disparities in these scores was meticulously computed.

Setting: The study was conducted at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

Results: Analysis was restricted to volunteers who completed the 3-day Reiki sessions. Strikingly, statistically significant enhancements were discerned across all outcome measures, encompassing positive affect, negative affect, pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being (P<0.0001).

Conclusion: The constancy and extensive scope of these improvements suggest that Reiki therapy may not only address specific symptoms but also contribute significantly to a predominant escalation of mental and physical health.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Opene Prints > Medical Science
Depositing User: Managing Editor
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2024 13:12
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2024 13:12

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