Reiki Therapy contributes to the relief from haemodialysis symptoms.

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

#Haemodialysis is an essential procedure for patients who suffer from renal diseases. It is accompanied by effects such as low blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, and pain. Pain is a significant problem for these individuals and it is not being adequately controlled with many people describing ineffective pain management.

#Reiki is a Japanese method for relaxation and stress reduction that promotes healing. It is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can get. This modality supports overall healing and #wellbeing by moving and releasing blocks of energy in the body that are contributing to illness or symptoms and promotes mental and emotional balance. Researchers consider it ideal for individuals during haemodialysis because it is a holistic and passive #therapy that requires no movement. Reiki has been studied as an adjunct therapy for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, and quality of life with mixed results among procedural, surgical, and oncology populations.


Only a few groups of researchers have evaluated complementary therapies for pain reduction among individuals undergoing hemodialysis. Exploring the role of complementary therapies for symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and depression that can covary in chronic illness is crucial because pharmacologic therapies for these symptoms can lead to polypharmacy, a drug to drug interaction and other side effects.

A study showed that participants who got Reiki therapy had significant decreases in pain, fatigue, and depression consistent. Previous research has shown that Reiki has been linked to reduced pain in surgical and oncology populations. Reiki has also been found to reduce fatigue and depression and to improve relaxation and well-being, which are important in contributing to the overall quality of life.


Recent studies have supported the health benefits of Reiki, including improving pain and anxiety, fatigue, depression and mood, and decreasing symptoms of clinician burnout. However, these studies must be carefully interpreted due to the limited number of randomized controlled trials, lack of sham and control groups, small sample sizes, population characteristics, and variations in protocol, frequency, and duration.

Rogers’s Science of Unitary Human Beings studied the pain benefits of Reiki sessions conducted during hemodialysis. Individuals who participated, reported general relaxation feelings with Reiki. The study also demonstrated that Reiki has no side effects and is appreciated by patients.

Reiki may play a role in the multidimensional management of individuals undergoing hemodialysis and promotes the complementary therapy goal of safe, nonpharmacological interventions as adjuncts to

medical treatments.

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