Reiki is increasingly used and treasured in hospitals, particularly in the US and the UK.
Below is a video which explains the use and some of the benefits of Reiki from the perspective of hospital staff.
They consider Reiki to be a “light-touch, energy-based therapy that reduces stress and increases relaxation for better health”. It shows how Reiki is touching the lives of cancer patients at the Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center.
Note: due to age restrictions placed on this video, it can only be viewed on youtube:
While Reiki benefits exceed those mentioned, the fact that Reiki is welcomed in the hospital as a complementary care is a major step forwards in Western medical care.
This particular hospital offers Reiki therapy to patients and their caretakers as part of its ‘Living Well with Cancer’ program.
The hospital produced this video in 2009, whereby it presents Reiki practitioners as volunteers. However, its website shows us that Reiki gained prominence as a complementary practice. In the last 10 years, it became so respected and successful, that in 2016, the healthcare group opened a Centre for Integrative Medicine (https://www.medstarhealth.org/services/integrative-medicine).
The hospital states that “Reiki is one of the fastest growing forms of energy work used in hospitals today, and complements standard medical treatment. It is successfully used for symptom management including anxiety, negative thinking, pain, sleeplessness, nausea and fatigue.
Reiki generally induces a profound state of relaxation. Research indicates that when the patient is relaxed, the body’s innate healing abilities are awakened.”
Reiki treatment is currently performed by specially-trained Cancer Institute personnel perform the treatments. Cost is now $45/session.
For more information on Reiki in the hospital, contact the Washington Hospital Center.
photo credit: Washit