Reiki for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by gapsych, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Nov;14(9):1115-22.

    Reiki for the treatment of fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial.
    Assefi N, Bogart A, Goldberg J, Buchwald D.

    Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

    OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic pain condition for which patients frequently use complementary and alternative medicine, including Reiki. Our objective was to determine whether Reiki is beneficial as an adjunctive fibromyalgia treatment.

    DESIGN: This was a factorial designed, randomized, sham-controlled trial in which participants, data collection staff, and data analysts were blinded to treatment group.

    SETTING/LOCATION: The study setting was private medical offices in the Seattle, Washington metropolitan area.

    SUBJECTS: The subjects were comprised 100 adults with fibromyalgia.

    INTERVENTION: Four (4) groups received twice-weekly treatment for 8 weeks by either a Reiki master or actor randomized to use direct touch or no touch (distant therapy).

    OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was subjective pain as measured by visual analog scale at weeks 4, 8, and 20 (3 months following end of treatment). Secondary outcomes were physical and mental functioning, medication use, and health provider visits. Participant blinding and adverse effects were ascertained by self-report. Improvement between groups was examined in an intention-to-treat analysis.

    RESULTS: Neither Reiki nor touch had any effect on pain or any of the secondary outcomes. All outcome measures were nearly identical among the 4 treatment groups during the course of the trial.

    CONCLUSION: Neither Reiki nor touch improved the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Energy medicine modalities such as Reiki should be rigorously studied
  2. gongee

    gongee New Member

    I must be one of the rare ones that have been helped by this because I have had quite a few Reiki treatments and if I could afford them, I would have one every day.
    At first, I didn't believe that it would do as they said, but boy was I proved wrong. The best relaxation and pain reduction I have ever had and the more often I got them the longer the good effects remained. To me, it was better than acupunture, which is also great. I just can't afford either one at this time.

  3. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I think any hands on therapy such as massage would help. I thought with Reiki you do not touch the body.

    However, if you feel better, do it. Just remember a lot of it is the placebo effect and magical thinking combined with relaxation which can help.

    Hopefully Reiki is not covered by insurance since it is not science based medicine. If it contains massage, that is another story.

    Reiki is based on a flawed theory. It is pseudoscience.

    If you think something will work, it will probably give you short term relief. Just like the long hot bath I just took which relaxed me. Nothing more, nothing less.