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Reiki Doesn't Work For Diabetic Neuropathy


May 25, 2007

Reiki is an alternative therapy in which practitioners use gestures in the air, purportedly to channel and manipulate energy from the universe.  This energy then theoretically flows through their palms, healing patients by restoring order to their unbalanced vital energy.In a recent study published in Diabetes Care, however, the energy did not seem to be flowing.

207 patients with type 2 diabetes and painful diabetic neuropathy were studied in a twelve-week, semi-double-blind, placebo controlled trial. They were divided into three equal groups:  Reiki; mock-Reiki (in which actors were trained to mimic Reiki movements); and usual care. Although pain in the Reiki and mock-Reiki groups improved initially, by the end of the study there were no differences in pain among the three groups. However, those who received mock-Reiki and Reiki were able to walk twelve percent farther than before. The researchers attributed this to the simple fact that they had received sustained attention from caregivers; just having been the focus of interest had made them feel a little bit better.

Source:  Diabetes Care
Reuters


Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Nerve Care (Neuropathy), Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues



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Posted by Anonymous on 26 November 2007

"However, those who received mock-Reiki and Reiki were able to walk twelve percent farther than before. The researchers attributed this to the simple fact that they had received sustained attention from caregivers; just having been the focus of interest had made them feel a little bit better."

Why even test an alternative treatment if you're going to write it off in the end no matter what?

Posted by Anonymous on 26 November 2011

Why would anyone write this article, the obvious attitude here is very closed minded. The human body is energy flow, weather it's the flow of blood to organs, the pumping heart, it's a fine tuned mechanism, that even the best doctors are still baffled about. There is no reason why Reiki wouldn't help relieve certain pains, ailments being we work energy everyday, that's common sense. I do know a lot of medical professionals are intimidated by natural remedies that "worked" for centuries before the healthcare industries took control by lining their pockets, off of insurance. Truth be know Medical training does not prepare Doctors to be know all's. A Reiki practitioner is trained to work universal energy, unseen energy like the static flow of hair raising on our arms. That energy is valid, and with trained manipulation this energy can be moved to help clear the body of blocked energy. A blood clot, blood flow,tendons, tight muscles all can be released through energy movement. Doctors hook people up to machines that vibrate and release energy. There is no difference other than the cost. Reiki on average is affordable, where Mechanical treatments are so expensive, 100.00 to 1,000.00's it has to be charged to insurance and so many average people can not afford help.Reiki is affordable healthcare that has "worked" for ages. Why are so many medical facilities so intimidated when you took an oath to help, heal, save lives. Not to be judgmental of others. This article is a farce.


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