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do doctors believe in reiki?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Little Support: A 2008 review of randomised clinical trials concluded that "the evidence is insufficient to suggest that reiki is an effective treatment for any condition. The american cancer society and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine have also found that there is no scientific evidence supporting claims that reiki is effective in the treatment of any illness. Source: wikipedia.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, some do: There may be a difference between using reiki as primary treatment for a condition, and using it for symptomatic relief of anxiety, pain, and other problems that accompany medical conditions. There are multiple studies of the latter kind, including in cancer patients. One: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23221065 patients in this cancer center benefited, and their doctors wrote up results.

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