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Recent Reiki Articles
and Doctors Encouraging the Use of Reiki"
By Jack Bleeker
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 donít 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
Institute of Health operates a NationalCenter for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine, researching complementary therapies and then
recommending proven ones for integration into cancer programs nationwide,
including those associated with mesothelioma
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
1990's 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
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. It is also believed to improve immune function.
With continuous positive reactions
from many cancer patients, prestigious cancer centers like MemorialSloan-KetteringCancerCenter
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-HitchcockMedicalCenter,
Columbia Presbyterian, the YaleCenter, and CancerTreatmentCenters
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.
NationalCenter for Complementary and Alternative
for Integrative Oncology (www.integrativeonc.org