In its simplest translation, Reiki is universal life energy. It is the life force energy that exists in all things. The practice of Reiki is the art and science of channeling this universal life energy in a particular pattern to heal and harmonize the mental and physical body. It works to heal the whole body, not just any one specific area. Stress, worry, and emotional upset are held in the mental and emotional bodies, blocking your energy source causing aches, pains, and disease to manifest in the physical body. Reiki or "energy work" can clear these blockages and allow life's energy force to freely flow, enhancing your own body's natural healing powers. Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle energy bodies' and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies. This is a brief synopsis of the meaning of Reiki.
After many decades of Reiki's validity being disputed and discounted, the holistic energy treatment is gaining an entirely new respect in the medical community. Initially, the very idea of the human body being surrounded by invisible life force energy was labeled absurd. The thought process is that if it is invisible, it cannot be measured by traditional research or scientific instrumentation. William Lee Rand, Founder of the International Center for Reiki Training is changing all of that. In 2005, he created a peer review method for analyzing the current state of scientific studies done on Reiki programs in hospitals, clinics, and hospice facilities throughout the United States, called the Touchstone Process.
William Lee Rand also developed the Reiki in Hospitals Website and list, which is one of the most comprehensive compilations of hospitals in the world now offering Reiki. There have never before been so many studies of Reiki in a single source.
There have been many controlled studies submitted to peer-journals and The Touchstone Process for review. All disorders that had favorable outcomes to Reiki treatments include:
pain in chronically ill patients, depression, stress, cognitive assessment in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers, pre-operative relaxation, post-operative pain, migraine relief. It was reported that 83% of the most controlled studies, showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality. In a press release dated September 15th, 2008, The American Hospital Association President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock stated, "Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing. It's one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve."
In conclusion, as Reiki continues to be a huge asset for the hospitals, The Touchstone Process reports will continue to help people see that Reiki is an effective healing modality first hand. As a Reiki practitioner, I am very passionate about it because just seeing the client's sense of wellbeing and calm after the pain has dissipated is pretty amazing. It would be fantastic if all of our healthcare systems helped us by helping our bodies facilitate the healing process the way it's supposed to. Maybe it's time to get back to the basics.
Check out some of the Research Reports and Case Studies below:
Case Studies with Fibromyalgia
Case Studies with Cancer
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