Imagine being a Western trained and oriented science professor and deciding to study energy healing. Imagine further that you approach the study from a skeptical position, pretty sure that you will find no effects of the Reiki. Gloria A. Gronowicz, a professor of surgery at University of Connecticut - New Haven, holding a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University, was in this exact position when she took on a 3 year long study financed by the National Institutes of Health center for complementary and alternative medicine, and published in the Journal of Orthopedic Research. Her research focused on bone cells, specifically human bones affected by bone cancer.
Studying people is difficult, because the presence of a person could raise the patient’s spirits and ease his pain. So Gronowicz used cells in discarded bone chips, and from skin and tendons.
The cell cultures received two 10-minute treatments a week for two weeks.
One set of treatments was performed by people trained in reiki. The other set was carried out by untrained people.
When all of the hand waving was done, Gronowicz examined the cells.
The results showed that reiki had no effect on bone cancer cells, but that the process improved bone cell growth by a statistically significant percent. Skin and tendon cells also grew under the reiki regimen.
“We saw a dose-response curve,” Gronowicz said, an effect noted in tests of drugs and other conventional therapies.”The practice of energy medicine has been around for thousands of years,” she said. Most previous studies of reiki were small and “under-powered,” but did show a slight effect, she said.
Not surprisingly, other researchers seem to be steering clear of this work. Professor Gronowicz is actively looking for a research physicist now to work with her studying biofields and biofield healing.
“Are there receptors? There must be a biofield that affects health. Maybe I’ve lost it, but what if it’s true? That would represent a whole new avenue of medical treatment,” Gronowicz said.
Gronowicz has spent 25 years researching bones, and has published about 50 papers. The reiki paper has prompted doubt and scorn among some scientists, but she is not worried.
“I feel like I ought to be doing risky science at this point in my career. Science requires risks. I would urge others to do the same tests,” she said.
“I would like to spend the rest of my career working on this,” she said.
It is sad that in this day and age people are still shying away from anything Reiki or energy healing related. Reiki works people!