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Shibumi Scientific Reiki Research Team

There are two arenas of research that Shibumi aims to be involved in: scientific and historical research. Shibumi is supporting both and has two “crack” teams working on providing information that will ultimately support the practice of the system of Reiki.

The Shibumi Scientific Reiki Research Team, comprised of Shibumi members and headed by Trish Edwards, has been created to find out more about scientific research into the system of Reiki.

This team is collecting research from around the world into the system of Reiki. Their aim is to collate available information, define what research would benefit the system of Reiki and support the development of such research.

If you would like to donate funds to our research teams please do so through the big red button on the right hand side. Shibumi International Reiki Association is an Exempt, Non-Profit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3), Public Charity status 509(a)(2), and eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.

Team Leader

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Trish Edwards is a Reiki teacher and practitioner living and practicing in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Trish began her Reiki practice with an independent Western Reiki teacher in 2000. She became a teacher of Western Reiki in 2004, and began teaching and practicing Japanese Reiki exclusively in 2008.

Trish is passionate about understanding more about the many benefits of Reiki as a personal practice and as a complementary therapy. She believes that the study of Reiki with widely accepted statistical and scientific methodology will support the growing acceptance of Reiki as a valuable therapy in integrative care, and as an invaluable personal practice for balance, healing and growth.

Trish also works as a technical writer, delivering technical instructions for drinking water and wastewater testing and treatment in several languages for distribution around the globe. She holds degrees in natural resources education and in physics. She also teaches Hatha yoga.

Reiki Research

Below you will find copies of published research into the system of Reiki (and related practices that have been undertaken in the past) and their conclusions.

  • 2009 April, Reiki, Fatigue and Cancer (Pilot), Kathy L.Tsang, BA,Linda E.Carlson, PhD,CPsych,and Karin Olson,RN,PhD, Canada, published by University of Western Ontario in Sage Publications.
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  • 2008 February, A Systematic Review of the Use of Reiki in Health Care, Sandy Herron-Marx, Femke Price-Knol, Barbara Burden, Carolyn Hicks. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. February 2008, 14(1): 37-42. doi:10.1089/act.2008.14108.
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  • 2006 Jan/Feb, In Vitro Effect of Reiki Treatment on Bacterial Cultures: Role of Experimental Context and Practitioner Well-Being
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  • 2004 August, SCGH Brownes Cancer Support Centre, Patient Care Report, Australia
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  • 2002, Effect of Reiki Treatments on Functional Recovery in Patients in Poststroke Rehabilitation: A Pilot Study, Samuel C. Shiflett, Sangeetha Nayak, Champa Bid, Pamela Miles, Sandra Agostinelli. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2002, 8(6): 755-763. doi:10.1089/10755530260511766.
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  • 1989, Reiki Healing: A Physiologic Perspective, Journal of Holistic Nursing, Vol. 7, No. 1, 47-54 (1989) DOI: 10.1177/089801018900700109
  • According to this paper published in The International Journal of Clinical Research in 2008 more research is required - a good reason for more research to be undertaken.

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  • Important: Shibumi supports research into the system of Reiki that does not harm animals. There has in the recent past been research undertaken to measure the effectiveness of energy work that harms animals in the process. Shibumi will not support any research into the system of Reiki that utilizes animals.

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      • “‘Three thousand realms in one mind’. This is the idea that the action of one’s mind in a single instant contains ‘three thousand realms’, or the entire universe, and therefore if our mind acts it can affect the entire cosmos.”

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