For a few years now it seems the world of ‘natural healing’ and alternative means, in general, have been gaining popularity. This even being something happening in some hospitals as peculiar as it may sound.
According to PBS.org, hospitals affiliated with Yale, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and other ‘top medical research centers’ are offering ‘energy healing’ to help treat things like multiple sclerosis and even acupuncture for things like infertility. Now, Reiki for those who do not know is basically energy healing in itself. It seems in recent times there are lots of hospitals and medical facilities opening up to the idea of ‘energy healing.’ To see an example of this kind of ‘healing’ please check out the video below before moving forward.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction that works to promote healing within. It is a very simple method that is easy for just about anyone to do and is carried out by ‘laying on hands’ and works with our ‘life force energies.’ When we build these energies up properly and allow them to ‘flow’ we are going to be happier and healthier overall or so it seems things go in accordance with the Reiki standard.
According to Reiki.org clinics across the US are beginning to accept this as a meaningful and cost-effective way to ‘improve patient care.’ The Center for Reiki Research notes that there are currently 76 medical clinics and hospice programs where Reiki is being offered as part of ‘standard care.’ It seems hospitals are so much more likely to accept things like Reiki because of how accessible it is and how much better it seems to make people feel with or without scientific backing.
The IARP wrote as follows in regards to the recent rise in this kind of ‘treatment’ or ‘care’ in clinical settings:
Reiki is increasingly finding its way into institutional settings, from hospitals to hospices, and the push appears to be coming from patients as well as clinical practitioners.
Reiki is now one of the top three complementary in-patient therapies in U.S. hospitals, according to an AHA survey. Massage therapy takes first place, with 37% of hospital patients requesting it. Number two is music and art therapy at 25%, and a very close third is “healing touch therapies” at 25%, which included Reiki and Therapeutic Touch.
Hospitals are responding, discovering for themselves the many benefits Reiki can offer. “As our health care system challenges institutions to offer high-quality but cost-effective service, Reiki is being recognized as an important tool to maximize patient care and minimize recovery time,” according to Libby Barnett and Maggie Babb, co-authors of Reiki Energy Medicine: Bringing Healing Touch into Home, Hospital and Hospice.
For example, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York not only offers Reiki therapy to patients but also teaches Reiki once a month, inviting the patients’ caregivers, the patients themselves, and the general public to learn it. “Patients love it,” says Simone Zappa, RN, an administrator in the Integrative Medicine Department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. “And they love it because it works.”
According to an International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP) study of “America’s Best Hospitals” (the top 25 ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2002), 60% of them had formal or informal Reiki programs in place. All hospitals using Reiki said that they believed Reiki to be at least somewhat beneficial for patients, and 67% said they believed Reiki to be highly beneficial.
There is no denying that there are some benefits to this kind of thing. While we do not necessarily understand things as well as we would like to reiki seems to be here to stay and is improving the lives of those who are taking part in it. For more information on this topic please check out the video below. What do you think about this kind of thing happening in a hospital setting?