A brief introduction to Reiki…
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically (on the whole body, mind and spirit) and is not a system of religious beliefs or related to any religion. Reiki energy, (often described as “universal life energy” or “spiritual energy”) is accessed by the practitioner during a treatment and transmitted through the hands. It enhances the body’s natural healing ability and promotes wellbeing.
The purpose of a Reiki healing treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
Today, the benefits of Reiki become to be studied, and the various positive effects start to be integrated into hospitals. For example, at the Solaris Care Cancer Support Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital in Perth, Reiki is the most accessed complementary health treatment for cancer and leukaemia patients. In USA, Reiki is offered free of charge in more than 800 hospitals as a means to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain.
The great benefits of Reiki in pain reduction, stress, anxiety and depression
Until 2005, there’s never been a comprehensive list of controlled, evidence-based research that was accessible to the holistic, medical, and scientific communities. Since then, William Lee Rand, founder and president of the International Center for Reiki Training created the Center For Reiki Research and developed what is known as The Touchstone Process. This process is a peer review method for analyzing the current state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics and hospice facilities throughout the United States. The Center for Reiki Research analyzed 57 studies that took place from 1997 to 2008 and the results on both humans and stressed out lab rats showed that Reiki treatments significantly reduced stress, anxiety and depression responses. Studies on humans also show that Reiki treatments are positive in controlling pain levels, especially in chronically ill patients, or before or after an operation. Reiki also shows very good results in improving the cognition in elderly patients affected with dementia or Alzheimer disease.
Another famous study lead by the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia University Campus wanted to determine the effectiveness of Reiki healing treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This study, demonstrated that the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure.
The research are now more and more orientated on Reiki effects on cancer patients. The results are showing great outcomes on chronic fatigue, pain, anxiety, and overall quality of life for cancer patients. Reiki has a great future in front of him in relieving patients and we hope universities and hospitals will conduct more research in order to understand the great benefits of Reiki.