The magic touch of Reiki was once only available in a few places, namely Hawaii and Japan. Although telepathic Reiki or distance healing could be practiced anywhere and could help people or animals in other places, a visit with a Master required most people to make a long trip.
Today, the magic touch of Reiki is available in cities throughout the United States and in many other countries, including Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and parts of India and Africa.
Just the vast spread of the healing therapy is indicative of its effectiveness. Clinics and practitioners would not be in business for long if they were illusionists or charlatans. Researchers and scientists may not understand how it works, but they have theories.
Practitioners have differing viewpoints concerning the spiritual nature and origin of telepathic Reiki. Scientists are not currently delving into that area of the practice, but, in the United States, national organizations are sponsoring research into the magic touch of Reiki.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a division of the US National Institutes of Health. The Center is dedicated to investigating alternative and complementary therapies like telepathic Reiki and other forms of Reiki therapy.
Currently the Center is sponsoring research concerning the effectiveness of Reiki in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a painful condition for which there is no known cure. The Center is also investigating how the magic touch of Reiki may affect the well-being and quality of life in people with advanced AIDS.
In the area of prostate cancer, the Center is looking at the effects of Reiki on the progression of the disease. In addition, there has been some research concerning how Reiki affects anxiety in people who have prostate cancer.
In the area of diabetes, the Center is evaluating the possibility that Reiki can help control blood sugar levels, improve heart function and reduce the pain from nerve damage. Since, the magic touch of Reiki cannot currently be studied in a laboratory setting, clinical studies are necessary.
Creating scientifically well-designed studies is difficult, since a Reiki practitioner would know whether or not he or she was tapping into the universal life force energy. One aspect of scientific studies is the blinding of administrators and recipients, so that neither knows whether they are receiving an active compound or a placebo (inactive compound). In Reiki studies, blinding is nearly impossible.
The Center is not currently sponsoring research concerning telepathic Reiki or distance healing. Accepting the effectiveness of telepathic Reiki must really be a matter of faith.
Although Reiki healers come from all religions and all walks of life, they do share the common belief that there is a flow of energy in and around every living thing. Some call it ki or chi. Others call it the universal life force.