Reiki is reaching the Top Hospitals
by Eugenio Lepine
From the Johns Hopkins to several cancer centers, Reiki is steadily gaining presence in top medical facilities. Here is a brief view on some of them.
Up to this day is still unclear how Reiki works, but many theories are on it. At the Reiki Frequencies post is mentioned the research about this elusive healing technique. Despite this, several top medical facilities are realizing the benefits of Reiki, especially in the areas of pain control and cancer complementary care.
The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, in Maryland USA, offers Reiki to its patients “to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing”. Certainly, they don’t explain its mechanisms but have wisely adopted Reiki among acupuncture, integrative psychotherapy, and therapeutic massage.
The Mayo Clinic is ranked No. 1 at USNews.com’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll in 2017-18. This is a clear example of an integrative model, where the latest developments and technology are applied, but not neglecting the spiritual and emotional conflicts and needs that might arise during cancer treatment. Therefore, trained and level 2-certified providers of reiki or healing touch provide volunteer services, to patients at both Mayo Clinic Hospital campuses and some outpatient areas.
REIKI IN AUSTRALIAN HEALTHCARE
The MacArthur Cancer Service is located in Sydney, Australia. This Centre is rated among the 30 best technologically advanced cancer services in the world, according to Top Masters In Healthcare. Their Wellness Centre is focused on helping patients managing their own health and well-being, realizing every person has different needs and circumstances, in order to recommend the best approach and therapy. In the case of Reiki, six volunteers are running the Reiki Therapy MacArthur Cancer Therapy Centre.
Even more, the Cancer Council in New South Wales, Australia (a ramification of the national council), provides resources, information, and support among cancer patients and relatives. Here, Reiki is included in the “touch therapies” group, among polarity therapy, craniosacral and some others.
At this point, it is responsible to remember that the Cancer Council (and mainstream medical community) does not recommend the use of alternative therapies as a treatment for cancer. Only complementary therapies that have been proven to be safe to use alongside conventional cancer treatments.
Finally, to explain the reason for this trend is that a cornerstone benefit of Reiki is general well-being, which makes you more resilient and joyful, independently of which situation your life is on at this moment. When suffering a disease, it can reduce pain, shorten recovery or improve the outcome, and could be used along with a specific treatment plan studied by specialists.