If you think Reiki is “Woo Woo”, then think again. Top oncologists and heart surgeons are embracing Medical Reiki (TM) Practitioners in the operating theatre. Reiki has been integrated into the hospital setting with more than 900 hospitals offering it in Australia, the USA, UK, Ireland, Brazil, and Mexico. Reiki is offered in Children’s hospitals, Hospital Emergency Rooms, Pre-Op, Operating rooms, Post Op, Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine, and Palliative Care.
What is Reiki?
Scientists tell us that Reiki healing is a natural therapy based on the biofield or a type of energy field that “regulates everything from our cellular function to our nervous system.” *
The word Reiki (pronounced ‘ray-key’) derives from two Japanese kanji; ‘Rei’ meaning universal lifeforce or spiritual, and ‘Ki’ meaning energy. Literally translated Reiki means Universal Lifeforce or Spiritual Energy. Reiki healing energy is passed from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient by the laying of hands-on and/or off the body through Distant Reiki. A Reiki Practitioner must study and receive a sacred attunement, by a Reiki Master Teacher whose training lineage can be traced back to the founder of Reiki, Mikao Usui Sensi.
Reiki energy healing has successfully been used during surgery and on broken bones. There are a number of Theatre nurses who provide this. One of these informed the professional association, Australian Reiki Connection, that after one surgery the surgeon said to her “I don’t know what you do, I don’t want to know but I want you to keep doing it”.
Reiki in Australian Hospitals
As of 2020, Reiki is used as a complement to traditional medicine in 6 Australian hospitals.
Perth’s biggest hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital. Cancer Care and the Health Minister for Perth opened the Complementary Health Clinic in July 2019. Other hospitals providing Reiki as complementary therapy include;
- Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA
- St. John of God Subiaco Hospital Bunbury Clinic, WA
- Albany Hospital, WA
- J. W. While Palliative Care Unit, Tasmania
- The Mater, North Sydney
Reiki in US Hospitals
Reiki has been integrated into the hospital setting with more than 800 hospitals offering it in the USA, including but not limited to:
- The Cleveland Clinic
- Brigham & Women’s Hospital
- Spaulding Rehab
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Johns Hopkins,
- The Children’s Hospital, Boston
- The Mayo Clinic.*
According to Medical Reiki Works, Reiki used in hospital Emergency Rooms, Pre-Op, Operating Room, Post Op, Oncology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, and Internal Medicine. Reiki Master practitioners undergo specific training to equip them with the skills and knowledge required in the medical setting.
Medical teams describe the benefits of Reiki include: – Stress Reduction – Relaxation – Pain Reduction – Muscle Tension Reduction – Nausea Reduction – Sleep Improvement – Acceleration of Healing.
The Cleveland Clinic utilizes Reiki for the following conditions: cancer, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, psychological illnesses, chronic pain, digestive problems, and stress-related diseases.*
The Cleveland Clinic claims the benefits of Reiki include the following: – Initiates the feeling of security, peace, and wellness – Brings a peaceful, deep relaxation – Reduces stress – Stimulates the body’s immune system – Stimulates tissue and bone healing after injury or surgery – Supports the well-being of the client who is receiving medical treatments.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital states: “Our data, based on feedback from patients, family members and staff members who received Reiki sessions, as well as outside research, show that Reiki promotes relaxation, relieves stress and anxiety, reduces pain and fatigue, and improves the overall quality of life.”
A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT showed that Reiki patients had: – Need for less anesthesia – Less bleeding during surgery – Used fewer pain medications – Shorter stays in the hospital.
Reiki in UK Hospitals
Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust is one of the charities that have worked closely with University Hospital London and have placed more than 35 medical Reiki practitioners in the following Hospitals across the UK;
• University College Hospital, London
• Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
• Princess Alexandra Hospital, Epping
• Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
• Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
• Wigan NHS Trust, Wigan
• St Josephs Hospice, London
• Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, Carlisle
• St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston and Barrow in Furness NHS Trust
• St Johns Hospice, Lancaster
• Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
• Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol
• Rowcroft Hospice
• Torquay, The Lister Hospital, Stevenage**
Reiki in Clinical Trials
There have been a number of clinical trials by various hospitals and Reiki lead organisations. With continued research into the field of main-body health and evidence-based complementary therapies. This is ever-evolving across different nations. In the UK; “The House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology report on the use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAM) stated the following in relation to therapies within Group 2 – which includes Reiki & Spiritual Healing; “We are satisfied that many therapies listed in our Group 2 give help and comfort to many patients when used in a complementary sense to support conventional medical care”
“In relieving stress, in alleviating side effects (for example of various forms of anti-cancer therapy) and in giving succour to the elderly and in palliative care they often fulfill an important role”.”
In the United States of America, Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD, Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Surgical Oncology, and Director of Breast Cancer Services at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, the clinical arm of the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center, invites Medical Reiki practitioners in the operating theatre during surgery.
Dr. Feldman witnessed that his first patient receiving Reiki in O.R. “healed quickly; she had less blood loss during surgery, a shorter hospital stays and faster healing without the need for pain medication.”
Dr. Sheldon Marc Feldman, MD, will conduct the study of the efficacy of Reiki as a complementary therapy with breast cancer patients and is planned for 2020.
Thanks to the hospitals that embrace positive support for their patients with natural therapies as a complement to traditional medicine, patients are showing that Reiki can assist in the recovery of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body.
Writer: Samantha Avery, Reiki Master Teacher, Wellness Speaker. Samantha facilitates Reiki Healings online and in-person and provides professional Reiki training courses for all levels: Beginner, Reiki Practitioner, Reiki Master and Reiki Teacher training. Learn more
Medical Reiki Resources:
Reiki in NHS (Video)
Sam Buxton Sunflower Trust
University College Hospital London in 2013.
Cancer Research UK
Pancreatic Cancer UK
IMAGE SOURCE: www.MedicalReikiWorks.org
* Medical Reiki Works www.medicalreikiworks.com
** ‘Biofield Science and Healing: History, Terminology, and Concepts’ by Beverly Rubik, PhD, corresponding author David Muehsam, Ph.D., Richard Hammerschlag Ph.D., and Shamini Jain, Ph.D.