Reiki & Multiple Sclerosis

Research into Reiki And Multiple Sclerosis


MS Studies

There are 85,000 Multiple Sclerosis patients in the UK. It is believed to be an auto immune disease destroying the protective myelin sheath around the nerves. This results in some or all of the following symptoms: – Lethargy, depression, cognitive (memory) problems, motor problems, pain, fatigue, urine problems, bowel problems, and difficulty in walking.

The only real treatment for this is Beta interferon. However this is extremely expensive (9,000 – 12,000) per patient per year, it is not available to all people with Multiple Sclerosis as it is believed to be less effective in some groups.

In 2002 it was decided that due to the wide range of symptoms involved in M.S. and the lack of freely available therapy that Reiki would be offered free of charge to 13 people who wished to be part of the case studies to investigate the effects of Reiki on a wide variety of symptoms. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Medway, Sittingbourne and an open minded GP from Dartford referred 13 patients for us to treat. Following advice from Dr Chong Consultant Neurologist at Medway Hospital, Kent, certain measuring devices were used to ascertain the effects of Reiki on a weekly basis prior to each treatment session.

At each weekly session a visual scale was given by the patient and recorded. (0 = no problems 10 = the most severe possible). Where able to, the patient was asked to walk 10 meters and this was timed. Each patient was seen for 1.5 hrs once a week for 12 weeks. At the beginning and end of each patients case study, the SF36 questionnaire was completed by the patient. This was used to evaluate the effects of the Reiki treatment.

Summary of Results of the 13 Case Studies

All patients improved in at least 3 of their measured parameters. The following are average percentage reductions:

90.2% Reduction of Lethargy
87% Reduction of Depression
78.7% Reduction of Cognitive Problems
75.3% Reduction of Motor Problems
73.5% Reduction of Pain
70.2% Reduction of Fatigue
69.1% Reduction of Urine Problems
62.8% Reduction of Bowel Problems
38% Reduction in Walking Time

An Example of the Results in the form of a Graph is as Follows

(9 patients suffered with depression hence 9 lines on the chart, 

10 people suffered with pain, therefore there are 10 lines on the depression chart)

It can clearly be seen that all patients symptoms were reduced over the treatment period. (Weekly graphs are also available for those who are interested on request). They show that there is change in symptoms on a weekly basis but a significant reduction in symptoms after session 3, 7, 10 and 12. Some of those who have had this intensive 12 week Reiki treatment appear to have maintained the improvement in their symptoms, even 9 months after the conclusion of any treatment. Others have symptoms returning after 6 8 weeks. This indicates the need for a monthly top up program to be put in place to maintain the benefits gained. Sadly this has not been possible for many of those in the case studies due to financial constraints.

An Investigation into the Effects of Reiki On the Symptoms of M.E.


The M.E. Society was contacted to ask if any of their members would be interested in taking part in our case studies. A letter was sent out to the members of Medway Maidstone and Sittingbourne. Although we were hoping for at least 12 people to take part we eventually had 11 people who were recruited. (One of whom dropped out after one session.) The Reiki Research Foundation made no charge for this work.


The Reiki practitioner spoke to each potential recruit to explain what Reiki involves. They agreed that they would have a Reiki treatment once a week for up to 12 weeks. They signed a consent form where they declared any past medical history, stressful events, medical GP and Consultant if applicable and medication taken. It was explained that there was no guarantee as to whether Reiki would help their M.E. symptoms. Each client was treated for one hour each week.


Those recruited varied in age from 35 years to 60 years old, and had a minimum of 6 treatment sessions and a maximum of 10 sessions. The reduced sessions were due to late recruitment and the Christmas Holiday Period.

Six sessions Cases 8 and 10
Seven sessions Cases 1, 3 and 9
Nine sessions Cases 2, 4, 5, and 7
Ten sessions Case 6 This lady eliminated all her symptoms.

Not all the symptoms measured were present in everybody, hence some graphs show more cases than others.

7 out of 10 cases had a reduction in Fatigue (70%)9 out of 10 had a reduction in pain (90%)4 out of 6 had a reduction in Urinary symptoms (66%)
3 out of 5 had a reduction in Bowel symptoms (60%)
5 out of 10 had a reduction in depression (50%)
6 out of 10 had reduction in Lethargy (60%)
8 out of 10 had a reduction in Motor Problems (80%)
3 out of 7 had a reduction in Symptoms in their arms (42%)
5 out of 7 had a reduction of Symptoms in their legs (71%)

Dizziness, Anger, Sleeplessness and Stomach Pains were reduced in those who complained of these symptoms.

Shared with permission from The Reiki Research Foundation.

Recommend Reading - Managing Multiple Sclerosis Naturally

This is a totally revised and updated edition of the first book to offer a holistic approach to slowing the progression of MS.

• Provides guidance on special diets and nutritional supplements, exercise, alternative therapies, and the effects of negative and positive thoughts on MS

• Explains how to reduce toxic overload from mercury and chemicals

• Includes life wisdom and coping strategies from others who suffer with MS

Judy Graham is an inspiration. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was just 26 years old, 35 years later Judy Graham is still walking, working, and has successfully birthed and raised a son who is now an adult. In this totally revised and updated edition of her groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis, first published in 1984, she shares the natural treatments that have helped her and many others with MS stabilize or even reverse the condition.

Beginning with the effects of diet, she explains that many people with MS have been eating the wrong foods and shows which foods are “good” and “bad,” how to recognize food sensitivities, and how to correct nutritional deficiencies using dietary supplements. She also looks at reducing the body’s toxic overload, whether from mercury amalgam fillings, chemicals, or medications. She presents the exercises with proven benefits for MS she has found most reliable and appropriate, such as yoga, pilates, and t’ai chi, and explores alternative therapies that provide relief and support to the body’s efforts to control MS, including acupuncture, reflexology, shiatsu, reiki, and ayurveda.

Most important are the insights she provides on the effects of negative thoughts on MS. She demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can actually slow down or even reverse the progression of this disease. 

Judy Graham is living proof that, as devastating as a diagnosis of MS is, life can still be lived to its fullest.

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