4 November , 2017
How Reiki Helps Cancer Patients
Reiki, a stress reduction and relaxation technique, has become a subject
of curiosity for cancer patients everywhere. Studies and anecdotal
evidence has shown that, in addition to promoting relaxation among
patients, Reiki can also be used to encourage healing and provide other
benefits. In fact, some studies have even explored the effect of Reiki
on patients who are undergoing cancer treatment concurrently. These
studies have found that, although Reiki is not a substitute for other
cancer treatments, it may enhance these treatments and offer a number of
benefits to patients as they deal with the symptoms and stresses of cancer.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese practice with a name meaning “universal life
energy.” This technique is based on the idea that the practitioner can
encourage the flow and free circulation of the client’s own spiritual
energy through touch or close proximity. Reiki was largely brought to
the west from Japan in the late 1930s by Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Over time,
Takata passed her knowledge on to others, and the technique spread
throughout the western world.
During a Reiki session, I will gently touch the patient lightly with
both hands in specific hand positions or hold my hands slightly above
the patient. Reiki sessions typically last for approximately 30 to 45
mins. During the session, The treatment is completely non-invasive and
requires no tissue manipulation or painful pressure.
How Does it Work?
People who practice Reiki understand that pain and illness in the body
are exemplified by blocked energy pathways. The goal of Reiki treatments
is to strengthen the flow of energy through these blocked or disturbed
pathways, thus decreasing pain and enhancing the body’s natural ability
to fight illnesses and heal itself.
For cancer patients, Reiki may be able to help reduce pain associated
with the progression of the disease. It can also reduce some of the
uncomfortable symptoms patients commonly experience during cancer
treatment, such as anxiety, weakness and nausea. Furthermore, Reiki can
also improve the patient’s emotional health and outlook, which may
increase the patient’s ability and willingness to comply with
physician’s instructions and adhere to treatment protocols.