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Reiki (霊気, /ˈreɪkiː/) is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing.

Reiki practitioners use a


technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be
transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or
physical healing.

Reiki is a pseudoscience,[1] and is used as an illustrative example of pseudoscience in scholarly texts


and academic journal articles. It is based on qi ("chi"), which practitioners say is a universal life force,
although there is no empirical evidence that such a life force exists.[2][3] Clinical research has not
shown reiki to be effective as a treatment for any medical condition.[2] There has been no proof of
the effectiveness of reiki therapy compared to placebo. An overview of reiki investigations found
that studies reporting positive effects had methodological flaws. The American Cancer Society stated
that reiki should not replace conventional cancer treatment,[4] a sentiment echoed by Cancer
Research UK[5] and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.[6]

Developed in Japan in 1922 by Mikao Usui,[1][7] it has been adapted into varying cultural traditions
across the world.