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