Reiki & Oncology
Hospitals Provide Reiki for Their Patients
Reiki is now being used for patient care at most hospitals in Boston and is growing across the U.S., the U.K., and in hospitals throughout the world, to augment conventional therapy and reduce a patients’ time in the hospital and need for medication (especially pain-relieving medication). In a hospital setting, Reiki is often described by patients as promoting relaxation, stress and pain relief, and accelerated recovery.
Scientific evidence has shown that Reiki can minimize patients' symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Research carried out at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, revealed that Reiki:
Hospitals and clinics across the U.S. and Australia acknowledge Reiki as a meaningful way to improve patient care. Refer to the document at the bottom of this page for an extensive listing of hospitals in the United States offering Reiki.
As we all know, cancer patients experience many stressors (i.e. anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, nausea, fatigue, etc.) that can undermine the function of the immune system and interfere with healing. Reiki assists patients in controlling or eliminating these stressors both in the hospital and in their continued recovery after leaving the hospital.
My Experience with Cancer Patients
As a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), I have been treating cancer patients for over 10 years in hospitals, private practice and in clinical settings. I have treated many patients at the Dana Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center as a member of their Reiki team and my experience has been that the vast majority experience relief from the symptoms causing them discomfort and many are asleep within 5 to 10 minutes after I place my hands on them - even if they began the session in pain.
If you have cancer, you know that symptoms can originate from the chemo, radiation, or the cancer itself and they can range anywhere from nausea to extreme pain. You also know relief is a wonderful thing. Many of my oncology patients tell me the Reiki treatment helped reduce their pain, anxiety, stress or nausea. Although I cannot legally state anything more, nor can I guarantee any particular result, I can say that for many patients, it helps.
Cancer patients are always welcome to come see me in my Brookline office or to schedule a Hospital Visit. I continue to hold this population near and dear to my heart! Their courage and ability to heal never ceases to amaze me. Wishing you all peace, blessings and complete healing always, in all ways...
How Reiki Helps Cancer Patients
Reiki has recently become a popular complementary therapy for cancer patients everywhere. Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that, in addition to promoting relaxation among patients, Reiki can also be used to encourage healing and provide other benefits. In fact, some studies have even explored the effect of Reiki on patients who are undergoing cancer treatment concurrently. These studies have found that Reiki may enhance these treatments and offer a number of benefits to patients as they deal with the symptoms and stresses of cancer.
For cancer patients, Reiki may be able to help reduce pain associated with the progression of the disease. It can also reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms patients commonly experience during cancer treatment, such as anxiety, weakness and nausea. Furthermore, Reiki can also improve the patient’s emotional health and outlook, which may increase the patient’s ability and willingness to comply with physician’s instructions and adhere to treatment protocols.
For more information, visit The International Association For Reiki Proessionals here iarp.org/how-reiki-helps-cancer-patients/
According to the American Cancer Society, a research study recently showed that patients undergoing Reiki treatments during cancer reported less pain overall. These patients still took the same amount of pain medication, but they reported feeling better when Reiki was part of their treatment regimen. Penn Medicine reports that another study conducted by the Abramson Cancer Center’s Integrative Oncology Initiative showed that Reiki can provide many benefits to patients when performed in conjunction with traditional treatments, including a reduction in patients’ perceptions of pain, decreased stress levels, reduced anxiety and increased relaxation.
For more information on research visit The Center For Reiki Research here www.centerforreikiresearch.org/
The American Cancer Society states that there are a number of patient reports supporting the effectiveness of Reiki with regard to refreshing the spirit and improving an individual’s sense of well-being. Many cancer patients who utilized Reiki have also reported less nausea and vomiting after Reiki sessions taken during cancer treatment.
In a recent article, Penn Medicine described the anecdotal experiences of one Reiki patient: Joan Pouch. Pouch was in the middle of treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer when she began using Reiki to help her cope with the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of treatment. According to Pouch, Reiki sessions relaxed her. Pouch also said that Reiki sessions helped to restore her sense of mental and physical balance. In fact, Pouch found the treatments so beneficial that she later became a Reiki practitioner.