Thursday, April 22, 2010

More Cancer Centers and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki

I recently received the following article from the editor of www.mesothelioma.com, who suggested that I share this with my audience. Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive form of cancer, and it is very hard on the body. Energy healing, like Reiki, has been shown to be helpful for these patients in a number of ways. In my practice I've worked with many cancer patients myself, so I know how energy work can help. But of course, it is always nice to see how what I do has the backing by some heavy-hitters out there, like the Society of Integrative Oncology, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It's nice to know that scientific research is finally coming up with the data that many healers have always known intuitively.

This article is typical of what is showing up in the press, as more allopathic medicine embraces the benefits of energy healing. For me, it's exciting because it shows how energy healing is becoming more integrated with traditional medicine. With an integrative approach, patients can get the best of both worlds. It's good information for anyone wanting to know what options are available, when dealing with cancer. Enjoy!

More Cancer Centers and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki

By Jack Bleeker, April 2010

With groups like the Society of Integrative Oncology, a multi-disciplinary organization of professionals, touting the advantages of complementary cancer treatment and recovery, new methodologies, including Reiki are gaining in popularity. More and more cancer centers and oncologists are beginning to recognize the benefits that these treatments – once dismissed with a snicker by those “in-the-know” – are providing for those who just don’t know where to turn to address issues like the pain and stress associated with cancer and its conventional treatments.

Complementary therapies - not to be confused with “alternative” therapies, which are unproven treatments – have gradually made their way to the forefront of cancer care as well-known oncologists who are lauded experts in their field begin to promote these supportive treatments as a natural part of cancer care. Even the National Institutes of Health operates a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researching complementary therapies and then recommending proven ones for integration into cancer programs nationwide, including those associated with mesothelioma cancer.

Lately, the ancient form of spiritual healing known as Reiki (pronounced Ray-kee) has earned plenty of attention as a potential complementary therapy for all kinds of cancer, including mesothelioma. Rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, Reiki was “rediscovered” in the early 20th century and became particularly popular in the late 1990s as Reiki Masters began to teach non-Buddhists that life energy flows through all persons, this technique strives to increase the life force energy of a sick individual, therefore helping him achieve better health and happiness.

Like many complementary therapies, Reiki takes a holistic approach – treating mind, body, and spirit – and is safe and natural. Many cancer patients who have tried it note an overall feeling of peace, relaxation, and well-being when the treatment is complete. Totally non-invasive, Reiki therapy involves the laying of hands on the fully-clothed patient by the Reiki practitioner. His/her hands travel through 12 different positions, staying in each place for about 5 minutes for a total of about an hour per treatment. The feeling of invigoration or tranquility results from the fact that Reiki causes the body's molecules to vibrate at a higher intensity, hence, dissolving energy blockages that lead to disharmony and disease, Reiki masters note. This assists in controlling pain, easing stress, or lessening side effects of traditional treatments like chemotherapy, including nausea and other debilitating problems for mesothelioma cancer patients. It is also believed to improve immune function.

With continuous positive reactions from many cancer patients, prestigious cancer centers like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offer Reiki classes for cancer patients, including Sloan Kettering mesothelioma patients on a regular basis as well as in-service classes for their hospital staff. Other well-known hospitals to jump on the Reiki bandwagon include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian, the Yale Center, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The list continues to grow as patients use tools like the internet to advertise their positive reactions to this ancient healing art, enticing others to give it a try.

References:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (www.nccam.nih.gov)
Society for Integrative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org)
Chemocare.com (www.chemocare.com/complementary_medicine.asp)
The International Center for Reiki Training (www.reiki.org)
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (www.mskcc.org)

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Adele Wang
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