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By Eugenio Lepine
We don’t know yet how it works. And yet, Reiki is trending among the Integrative and Complementary Therapies programs of so many hospitals. Several top medical facilities are realizing the benefits of Reiki, especially in the areas of pain control and cancer complementary care. In 2014, The Washington Post stated that: “more than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals”
The Mayo Clinic is ranking No. 1 at USNews.com’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll in 2019-20. This is a clear example of an integrative model, where the latest developments and technology are applied, but not neglecting the spiritual and emotional conflicts and needs that might arise during cancer treatment.
Their Integrative Healing Enhancement Volunteering Program, along with the Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, has a long-range of well being and healing services, in which Reiki is included.
MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Reiki is offered at the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center, through the HOPES Program. This Hospital is considered by many as the No. 1 on the East Coast. It expands all over the Boston area, and it’s a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, as well as being the performer of the largest hospital-based research program, which takes place across more than 30 departments.
The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, in Maryland USA, offers Reiki to its patients “to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing“. Certainly, they don’t explain its mechanisms but have wisely adopted Reiki among acupuncture, integrative psychotherapy, and therapeutic massage.
This facility is acknowledged as one of the top medical centers in the USA and also the world. It’s ranking No. 4 in the 2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, and No. 2 at a Newsweek’s article from 2019. In this hospital, several complementary therapies and treatments are included at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus, such as Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, Reiki, Yoga, Chiropractic Services, and many more.
Considered the 2nd best hospital in Connecticut, it’s also rated as high performing in 6 adult specialties and 5 procedures and conditions. It’s a general medical and surgical facility, as well as a teaching hospital. Specially trained Reiki Volunteers give free Reiki sessions throughout the main hospital, the Harry Gray Cancer Center, the Dialysis Unit, and the Brownstone Outpatient Clinic. Patients may request a session through their nurse or physician.
ABRAMSON CANCER CENTER
In 1973, the University of Pennsylvania established a cancer center to serve as the focus and stimulus for all cancer-related activities at the University. In 2002 it was renamed as the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Reiki Therapy is available for any type of patient, either for the ones that are given infusions or also for those receiving treatments in the Radiation Oncology department. This therapy is available at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.
This one is a referent in advanced technologies, such as image-guided radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and shaped-beam radiation. Despite the aggressive technologic approach, the Center for Healthy Living offers a wide selection of complementary therapies and activities like acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, reiki, yoga, and much more.
NORTHWEST HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER
Located in Seattle, this clinical facility published a pdf file in which includes a long list of the cancer care services they provide, the list is a clever combination of top technology at the beginning, and biofield therapies and spiritual needs at the end of it.
This has just been the tip of the iceberg.
Reiki is also practiced at many other award-winning, and high-performing hospitals, such as the following:
REIKI IN AUSTRALIAN HEALTHCARE
The Cancer Council in New South Wales, Australia (which is a ramification of the national council), provides resources, information, and support among cancer patients and relatives. They have displayed a very informative PDF file called Understanding Complementary Therapies, where Reiki is one of several energy therapies displayed.
The Solaris Cancer Care is a leading Western Australian cancer support service provider, which promotes the concept of wellness for people at all stages of their cancer experience, this is why they have teamed up with the International Institute for Reiki Training (IIRT) and the Reiki Association (WA), and created the Reiki Community Clinic, to provide Reiki as a service to their members.
REIKI IN LATIN AMERICA AND EUROPE
Federal laws regarding support towards Complementary and Alternative Therapies have been discussed and sometimes approved. This is the case of Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
And in Europe, the UK has the benefit of selected Trusts and Foundations that work diligently, and introduce energy healers into NHS Hospitals. Portugal and Spain (not so much Madrid but Barcelona compensates) have something to say about it as well.
At this point, it’s responsible to remember that we do not recommend the use of Reiki or alternative therapies as the only therapeutic approach. I recommend the use of complementary therapies that have been proven to be safe to use alongside conventional treatments. Particularly, I recommend Reiki therapy, as it’s my area of expertise, and I have witnessed many of its positive effects for health.
Finally, to explain the reason for this trend, is that a cornerstone benefit of Reiki is general well-being and improvement, relaxation, and immune system optimization, among so many others. This makes you more resilient and joyful, independently of which situation your life is on at this moment. When suffering a disease, it can reduce pain, shorten recovery, and even improve the outcome. Also, it’s quite easy to couple with any treatment plan that was designed by an expert.