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There are many resources available to learn about Reiki. For an introduction, the Wikipedia Reiki page is informative, as is the information page of the Reiki Association.

In terms of medical research on Reiki this article by Pamela Miles from the University of Minnesota shows how the medical community is showing interest in Reiki, and its benefits.

Another great resource is the Reiki Dharma website of Frank Arjava Petter who has written and researched extensively on the subject of Reiki. A great many books exist, and below I list a few of those which I have found helpful and inspiring in my own journey.

Barbara Ann Brennan's Hands of light is for me a absolute classic, and perhaps one book that really changed my life. I read it long before I ever heard of Reiki, but when I did finally discover Reiki, I knew that I'd come home.

For a wonderful introduction to Reiki, full of amazing stories and deep wisdom :

Reiki
KRISHNI BORÄNG
Singing Dragon 2013

Other books which have inspired me in my practice :

Reiki – the Healing Touch,
First and Second degree Manual
WILLIAM LEE RAND
Vision Publications 1991 (updated edition 2011)

The spirit of Reiki
WALTER LÜBECK, FRANK ARJAVA PETTER, WILLIAM LEE RAND
Lotus Press 2001 (2009 7th printing)

Best Reiki Practices
WALTER LÜBECK & FRANK ARJAVA PETTER
Lotus Press 2003 (2nd printing 2004)

Sacred path of Reiki : Healing as a spiritual discipline.
KATALIN KODA
Llewellyn Publications 2008

Some more technical books :

Reiki Fire :
New information about the origins of the Reiki Power. A complete Manual.

FRANK ARJAVA PETTER
Lotus Press 1997 (2010, 9th printing)

Reiki : the Lagacy of Dr. Usui
FRANK ARJAVA PETTER
Lotus Press 1998 (2010 4th printing)

The Hayashi Reiki Manual
FRANK ARJAVA PETTER, TADAO YAMAGUCHI, CHUJIRO HAYASHI
Lotus Press 2003

The original Reiki Handbook of Dr. Mikao Usui
FRANK ARJAVA PETTER
FORWARD : WILLIAM LEE RAND
Lotus Press 2009

Also :

Wheels of Light : Chakras, Auras and the healing energy of the body
ROSALYN L. BRUYERE
Fireside Books, published by Simon and Schuster 1989.

Hands of Light : a guide to healing through the human energy field
BARBARA ANN BRENNAN
Bantam Books, 1988