Reiki is becoming increasingly integrated into traditional medical care as a powerful adjunct to healing and promoting well-being in patients. It is gentle, comforting, and non-traumatic, and is easily integrated into an overall wellness and lifestyle plan. Whether you are looking to improve mild health concerns, reduce stress, or dealing with more significant health challenges, Reiki is a profound and effective method for healing on a multi-layered and holistic level: mind, body, and spirit.
Recent data from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus shows conclusive evidence of the biological benefits of Reiki from lowered stress response, blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate.
Some of the benefits include:
Promoting emotional healing and spiritual growth
Reiki is becoming widely used in hospitals and clinics as an adjunct to traditional care, as it promotes peace and well being in patients. Reiki supports emotional growth and calm in practitioners and patients; yielding increased mental clarity, capacity for love and empathy, and emotional well-being.
Relieving symptoms of various cancers
Reiki does not claim a cure for cancer, but has demonstrated value as a component of supportive cancer care and is being introduced in a range of clinical settings, including integrative oncology.
In a study published in the Integrative Cancer Therapy Journal, consecutive Reiki treatments in various cancer patients offered significant relief from anxiety, pain, and fatigue, and contributed to greater overall well-being.
Supporting relaxation and stress relief
Reiki is designed to trigger the body’s relaxation response and reduce stress, which aids the immune system in fighting illness. Stress contributes to many illnesses, and stress reduction and relaxation are proven benefits of Reiki treatments.
Providing relief from chronic pain, anxiety, and depression
Research shows that Reiki helps support mental health and reduces the symptoms of anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, and chronic pain.
- Shore (2004) followed patients being treated for mild depression and stress. After six weeks of treatment and for up to a year afterward, those who had received Reiki showed both immediate and long-term improvements in depression, stress and hopelessness. In a small study, complete elimination of typical postoperative depression was seen in heart surgery patients given Reiki during surgery (Motz, 1998).
- Pain often causes depression and anxiety. Reducing difficult-to-treat chronic pain can have a substantial effect on psychological well-being. Some studies have found Reiki to be effective for pain, anxiety and depression relief. However, their design or conclusions are unclear as to whether Reiki’s emotional benefits were a result of pain reduction or a separate phenomenon. Nonetheless, research demonstrated Reiki’s positive results for both pain and anxiety or depression.
- Dressing and Sing (1998) found that among cancer patients, Reiki brought about significant levels of pain relief, anxiety and depression reduction, improvements in sleep quality, relaxation and general well-being. This effect was stronger in men than women. These benefits remained when checked after three months.
- Among abdominal hysterectomy patients, Reiki helped reduce pain and anxiety, particularly in a preoperative setting (Vitale and O’Conner, 1998).
Healing inflammation and infections
Due to its stress-relieving effect, Reiki can boost the immune system to more effectively heal and reduce infections and inflammation in the body.
A Reiki study done at the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, showed that Reiki has a measurable effect on the immune system. This study examined the effect of Reiki on the white blood cell counts of volunteers who were randomized into three groups—those who received Reiki, those who relaxed, and those who neither received Reiki or relaxation. Blood was drawn for examination before the treatment, immediately after treatment, and four hours after treatment.The study shows that Reiki enhanced the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells in those who received Reiki. Because this was a small preliminary study, the results provide the basis for further study of the ability of Reiki to make healthy improvements in those that receive it.
Sources: cleanprogram.com, psychcentral.com, reiki.org