How effective are touch therapies (Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki) in relieving acute and chronic pain?
The major limitation of the review is the small number of studies and insufficient data, although the evidence that does exist supports the use of touch therapies in pain relief. The lack of sufficient data means the results are inconclusive.
Pain is a global public health problem, affecting the lives of large numbers of patients and their families. Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and Reiki have been found to relieve pain, but some reviews have suggested there is insufficient evidence to support their use.