Reiki as Supplementary Therapy for Cancer Patients

Reiki is a light-touch therapy that can be beneficial for people with a variety of conditions, including those battling cancer.

Reiki works with the vital energy flowing through the body – this is the same life-force energy called qi in Chinese medicine, and prana in Ayurvedic medicine.

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The word “Reiki” combines the Japanese words Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and Ki which is “life force energy.” During Reiki treatment the patient feels a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around the body. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. (Click to enlarge.)

As a reiki practitioner, I place my hands on various parts of a person’s body during a session and allow the energy in the body to flow and rebalance as needed.

I think of Reiki as somewhat like acupuncture but without needles – instead of stimulating meridians with needles to help energy flow through the body, I am using my hands to balance the body’s energy.

People experience this treatment as a warmth and tingling, or more broadly as feelings of peace and well-being. It can help to decrease pain, headaches, tension, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, and can help boost the immune system, accelerate healing, and promote sleep.

Reiki is now offered to many cancer patients in major hospitals such as the Stanford Cancer Care Center and Kaiser. It is a wonderful, gentle treatment that can help decrease the stress and side-effects from conventional cancer treatments.

Cancer patients I have worked with feel extremely relaxed after treatment, often falling asleep during the session, and many have noted a decrease in their pain. In a hospital setting, it can give patients some repose from the often chaotic environment surrounding them, and allow them some restful healing time.

Reiki is a wonderful, gentle treatment that has no side-effects and can help decrease stress and promote rest and sleep, a vital part of healing for everyone. Reiki can thus be another fantastic tool to complement the other treatments cancer patients are receiving, and to assist in the overall healing process.

– Dr. Corrine

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