Reiki is considered to be part of a Complementary and Integrative (CAM) healing practice. Reiki is not a substitute for other kinds of medical care but can work in conjunction with your medical doctor's treatment to relieve side effects and promote recovery. For your information:
- Reiki is being practiced in many hospitals and hospice centers
- Nurses are being trained to include Reiki as part of caring for patients
- Dentists who use Reiki during dental procedures report that patients feel calmer
Reiki increases the immunity and well-being of the patient, so any form of medical treatment is enhanced. If you are currently taking medication prescribed by a physician for an illness, you would continue to do so along with your Reiki treatments. You will be advised to check in with your physician since your Reiki sessions may alleviate symptoms, possibly prompting a reduction in your medication dosage. Reiki may help minimize adverse side effects of any medication you may be taking.
On September 22, 2012, I attended the New York Reiki Conference in New York City. At this conference, Dr. Sheldon M. Feldman was the keynote presenter. He talked how he sees first hand the benefits of Reiki, especially when treating women with breast cancer. Dr. Feldman welcomes Reiki practitioners to be in his operating room during breast surgery. Dr. Mehmet Oz does this as well. Both these doctors see the positive impact that Reiki has on healing their patients before, during, and after surgery. They report that these patients seem to be calmer, require less pain medication, and healing takes place faster.
Reiki can assist in easing the stress and discomfort associated with illnesses by improving relaxation, helping to relieve side effects, and promoting the body's own innate ability to rejuvenate. Reiki has no known medical contraindications. It is a safe and gentle practice. All Reiki sessions are totally non-invasive. There is no physical manipulation, nothing is ingested, and nothing is applied to the skin.
Reiki in Many Hospitals within the United States
- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY - This is the hospital where heart surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz, receives help from Reiki practitioners during the open-heart surgery and heart transplants. They see excellent results in the post-operative unit
- Warren Grant Magnuson Med Center, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland - The palliative care and pain unit, Reiki provided great success in alleviating pain and providing state of calmness in patients
- Reiki is currently being included as part of the medical treatment in various hospitals located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Maryland, Michigan, and Pennsylvania
Reiki helps with Mild Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Impairment
Stress, memory problems, confusion, depression, anxiety and caregiver burnout are challenges that occur in the area of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. What if Reiki treatments could give some real help to patients and caregivers? Research has shown that Reiki sessions can be effective in addressing a number of the challenges dementia patients and their caregivers face every day. Scientific validation of Reiki’s effectiveness comes from numerous studies examining a variety of types of people, problems and settings. This type of solid research has helped bring Reiki into the mainstream. Published research has shown that Reiki can help people with mild cognitive impairment or mild Alzheimer’s.
Here is what was proven in an experiment... One group of patients received four weeks of Reiki treatments; a control group received none. The Reiki recipients showed statistically significant increases in mental functioning, memory and behavior after Reiki treatments. Caregivers can administer Reiki at little or no cost, potentially reducing the need for medication and hospitalization. For more details here is the reference: Crawford, S. E., Leaver, V. W., Mahoney, S. D. Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(9), 911-913, 2006.
Research shows that Reiki also can help reduce depression and anxiety among people with chronic illnesses. Both hands-on and absentee/distance Reiki (the latter performed non-locally, without touch) were found to reduce depression significantly. Effects lasted up to a year post-treatment. Reiki can help dementia patients feel calmer and make dealing with them easier for all involved in their care.
Many nurses have added Reiki to their skills, as they are prone to burnout and compassion fatigue. Studies involving nurses’ self-care have demonstrated that Reiki can help prevent them feeling overly stressed and overwhelmed when treating patients.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias cannot be cured. People live for many years with the disease, which takes a huge toll both on them and their caregivers. As many effective tools as possible are needed to help manage the patients and their caregivers. Teaching Reiki to family members and professional dementia caregivers can help meet many needs. For both patients and caregivers they will feel increase in calmness, improved moods, increased memory capability, reduced pain, and healing when they have Reiki treatments. And the caregivers and family members benefit from learning Reiki to treat the patient and also to do Reiki on themselves.
Reiki Helps Pre-Pregnancy, During Pregnancy, and Postpartum Care
I want to share a story of a woman, who decided to try Reiki, as she was having difficulty becoming pregnant. She agreed to see if Reiki could help her situation. She had four Reiki treatments, her body was able to relax and balance itself. She called me a month later and was delighted to say that she was able to conceive. It was so amazing. She found that during her pregnancy she had a lot of nausea and back pain and decided to continue with Reiki treatments because she didn’t want to take any medication. She didn't live closeby and couldn't come in for a hands-on treatment. I sent her a number of Absentee treatments. These helped alleviate nausea and also provided relief from hip and back pain. Reiki also helped her sleep better and cope with her body and emotional changes during her pregnancy. During labor, she found Reiki helped to reduce pain from contractions and reduce anxiety during labor.
Reiki treatment is also helpful for post-partum recovery. Healing is still occurring inside a mother’s body after her baby is born, even after an easy or uncomplicated birth. Reiki treatment can help new mothers maintain well-being and emotional balance during those first weeks of adjustment. This is especially important for the percentage of women who may experience post-partum depression.
For those women who had a difficult labor, or a caesarean delivery, Reiki can help facilitate healing on physical and emotional levels. Clinical studies of Reiki treatment are demonstrating benefits for reducing anxiety and pain levels. Women recovering from surgery or birth trauma can benefit from this additional source of compassionate, palliative support. The medications used to relieve post-surgical pain often have unpleasant side effects, and the discomfort from the incision can make it difficult for women to hold or breastfeed their babies. Reiki treatments support the physical healing process, enabling women to get back on their feet sooner.
** Feel free to contact me if you are trying to become pregnant, expecting a baby, and/or would like to find out more how Reiki treatments can help with your pregnancy.
Dr. Mehmet Oz Has a Reiki Master on his TV Show
Today Reiki is becoming more mainstream because it promotes relaxation, mental calm, and the quieting of a racing mind. Many hospitals feature Reiki as part of their Integrative Medical Therapies.
For example, Dr. Mehmet Oz has worked with Julie Motz, a Reiki-trained healer, to balance patient energy during cardiothoracic surgeries at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. Motz reports that none of the 11 surgery and heart transplant patients experienced post-operative depression or organ rejection. Human touch is powerful. During troubled times, it is instinctive to take one’s hand, to hug, or to hold another close. The intention of caring brings comfort.
Dr Oz explains on his TV program that self-healing is accelerated by a relaxed mind and body. However, the spiritual discipline is not religion-based. If you take the spiritual part out of it, it’s universal energy. It permeates everything and works without us. Anyone can learn Reiki and practice treatments on themselves and others. When asked “how does Reiki work” the best answer is ‘It is not about me. I just get out of the way and let it happen.”
Dr. Oz, is a leading cardiovascular surgeon and hosts a medical TV show. On the show, in 2009, he recommended that Americans try Reiki. You may not always agree with Dr. Oz. Please realize that he doesn't make money from Reiki. He did this segment to provide a professional service and let the public know about Reiki.
Over 3 million viewers saw Reiki Master, Pamela Miles, give Reiki to an audience member who was suffering with a headache. When Pamela was doing Reiki, Dr. Oz asked the recipient if she felt anything, she replied, "Yes, my headache's going away." Dr. Oz said that "so many of the ailments that we suffer from can be treated through energy therapies, which will become much more prevalent over the next few years." I took at Reiki class with Pamela - in person. She told the class that she was a little concerned that the woman would say she felt nothing. She then remembered the Precepts (to let go of worry) and decided to just see what Reiki could do in that situation.
As you will see in this video, Dr. Oz ended his program telling the audience, "Here are three things I want you to remember from today's show. First off, try Reiki. This alternative medicine treatment can manipulate your energy and cure what ails you."
Reiki and Animals (horses, dogs, cats, etc.)
Animals are very receptive to Reiki. Pets such as dogs and cats react well to receiving Reiki. The positive response of animals to energy validates the idea that one doesn't need to believe in Reiki for it to work. We do not ask animals if they want a treatment. If they don't want a treatment they will walk away. However, most animals instinctively sense Reiki is good for them. There is no need for language or any explanations about Reiki when treating animals.
Sometimes doing an Absentee treatment is the best way to give animals a treatment. I know of someone who took the First Degree class in order to treat his dog and cat. It usually takes less time to treat pets. Animals are more relaxed and comfortable after Reiki treatments. Those with arthritis have greater mobility. Reiki helps with recurring stomach issues. It is a powerful yet gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear, and anxiety of dying animals helping to ease their transition to death.
Kentucky is called "horse country" because of the many horse farms and horse racing that takes place in this area. There are many people interested in learning Reiki to treat their horses. Reiki works on all types of animals -- larger animals as well as smaller pets.
** Reiki Master and member of The Reiki Alliance, Tobi Doering, offered to share this story about treating her dog. Here it is --
"Shortly after I learned 2nd Degree Reiki, my 2 year old male Doberman started losing his hair and was acting very listless. I took him to the vet, she took blood for tests, and determined that he was hypothyroid. She gave me a bottle of pills and told me to give him half in the morning and half in the evening for the rest of his life. I gave him ONE, and decided that there must be a better way. I went back to the vet, and asked her to show me where his thyroid was located. She showed me, but warned that “a relaxation technique couldn’t cure his thyroid.”
I began his treatment, giving him Reiki on his thyroid several times per day for a period of about two weeks, did not give him any medication, and began to notice that his hair was coming back. My daughter, who did not know that any of this was going on, commented that he was acting like he had a lot more energy and not at all lethargic like before. I continued Reiki treatments on his thyroid for another week, and only gave him overall body Reiki after that. He never had any more thyroid problems and lived a long and healthy life."