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Complementary therapy (CT) is now the second biggest growth industry in Europe (after IT). Up to 20% of the UK population visit a complementary therapist each year and as much as £5 billion is spent annually on such therapies.1 In the United States this figure is $30 billion. The National Institutes of Health in the United States are keen to fund good scientific studies showing efficacy of CT, in order to “disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals”.2 Objective data gathering is all the more important as a large majority of physicians view CT very negatively.3
Five years ago we were approached by a group of Reiki therapists …