Several clinical trials are being funded by the government to investigate the efficacy of Reiki.
Details can be found in the above link.
Cleveland Clinic received 371,500 for a study involving Reiki and prostate cancer.
My favorite is the 1.8 million study at the University of Michigan studying the effect of Reiki on diabetic patients with numbness in the feet and legs.
This is an interesting endeavor. Since there is no way to test for or measure the transfer of the Reiki energy which purportedly is the basis for the healing, a controlled trial was devised.
One arm will involve treatment administered by a person claiming to have the power to heal by manipulating a undetectable energy force (the "real" Reiki master) and the other arm involves someone who claims to be someone who claims to have the power to heal by manipulating an undetectable energy force (the "fake" Reiki master). Money well spent.
Another NIH sponsored trial is the " Efficacy of distant Healing in Glioblastoma treatment". In this trial "healers"-who come from various schools of distant healing will received a photograph of the patient and will send "mental intentions for healing and well being" for one per day for three days per week. Apparently, here there is no control arm in which fake healers would pretend to send a mental intention.
Dr. Steven Barrett was quoted in a Medscape book review of an IOM report on CAM:
"Methods that are plausible should be tested with well-designed clinical trials. The rest should be discarded"
Can someone explain why the NIH is funding such trials?