Reiki. A complementary therapy for nursing practice

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2001 Apr;39(4):42-9. doi: 10.3928/0279-3695-20010401-13.


1. Reiki is an ancient healing art involving the gentle laying on of hands. It can be practiced anytime and anywhere. 2. Reiki can be used as a complementary treatment to medical protocols. 3. Hand positions customarily correspond to the body's endocrine and lymphatic systems and major organs, focusing on seven main chakras. 4. More research investigating the effects of Reiki on persons with psychiatric and medical disorders is necessary.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Directories as Topic
  • Education, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychophysiology
  • Therapeutic Touch / methods
  • Therapeutic Touch / nursing*