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6th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 20-22, 2024 | Paris, France

Traditional Medicine 2024

Pamela Miles

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2024 - Pamela Miles
Reiki Master, United States
Title : Reiki practice, a bridge between traditional & conventional medicine


Reiki is a spiritual practice that originated in Japan in the 1920s, was brought to the United States in the 30s, and has subsequently spread around the globe, albeit with many, mostly unacknowledged changes. Reiki practice is increasingly offered in major academic medical centers in the USA — including prestigious institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System — without sufficient evidence to support it.
How did this unique inclusion come about, and what can other healthcare systems glean from this unusual situation?
We’ll review the published research, and detail why most studies are inconclusive. Additionally, we’ll clarify what research is needed, why it isn’t being done (and won’t be done in the future), and what are the particular challenges of researching the benefits of Reiki practice.
We’ll also discuss a plausible, non-phenomenal model for the mechanism of action that respects the spiritual roots of the practice and aligns with contemporary neuroscience.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • How Reiki practice seamlessly fills gaps in conventional care and can support patients, families, and staff 
  • How Reiki practice can improve outcomes without compromising traditional or conventional protocols
  • Summary of existing Reiki research
  • Why most Reiki research is poor quality, what are the hurdles, and how can we do better
  • How to identify qualified, credible Reiki practitioners and prepare them for collaboration


On the strength of her program teaching Reiki to clients at New York City’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in the 90s, Pamela Miles was tapped to create the first ever hospital Reiki program at NYC’s Beth Israel Medical Center. She’s since collaborated on various projects with academic medical centers including Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and taught Reiki at Yale University School of Medicine. Ms. Miles has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, including the preeminent Journal of the American College of Cardiology and brought her expertise to corporate outlets such as Google and Unilever. She’s the author of the only Reiki book written for the mainstream public and healthcare industry, REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide.