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Effects of Reiki on Autonomic Activity Early After Acute Coronary Syndrome
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Rachel S.C. Friedman, Matthew M. Burg, Pamela Miles, Forrester Lee, and Rachel Lampert
J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.
2010;56;995

In the above study, published in one of the most prestitigious peer reviewed conventional medical journals, patients who receive 20 minutes a day  Reiki treatment within three days after suffering a heart attack showed improved mood and heart rate variability (HRV).

Let’s take a look at what this means in nontechnical language.
Reiki treatment given in an acute cardiac care setting significantly improved mood and HRV within 72 hours after a heart attack.  A heart attack is a stressful event which, like other stressful events, also causes a stress response.
A stressed body is less resilient, less able to cope with more stress. This means a patient who has just had a heart attack has a higher risk of having another one. Doctors are well aware of this dangerous cycle, and helping the body recover its resilience is a primary goal in cardiac care.  That’s why standard hospital care after a heart attack includes beta blockers, drugs that help the body recover its resilience. But beta blockers work slowly, and some...