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Reiki in Practice for Pain and Anxiety Management

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

Reiki is a complimentary therapy and can be used alongside standard medical practice to treat many different kinds of pain including chronic pain, which is also linked to depression, anxiety and other health problems. This is why more and more people are opting for complimentary health and wellbeing offerings such as Reiki, Reflexology, Massage and Acupressure to help manage pain.

Reiki is a form of energy healing which is becoming more and more popular. In America for instance it is being used in major health care clinics and hospitals MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Texas; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York; Mayo Clinic Minnesota; Where MD Anderson Cancer Centre is ranked number 1 and their integrative Medicine Centre provides holistic treatments where the mental, spiritual and emotional needs of the patient is provided.

The practice of Reiki in the UK has been brought to St. Georges Hospital, London via the award-winning charity 'Full Circle Fund Therapies' which relies on integrative medicine to improve the quality of life in patients undergoing western medical treatment. FCFT mission is to introduce, evaluate and research Reiki in clinical practice via the 'Connecting Reiki with Medicine' project to explore the benefits of Reiki. University Colleges London Hospitals NHS and Cambridge University also offer Reiki to cancer patients in the UK.

In hospitals Reiki has been shown to be very beneficial. For example Reiki has been used pre-surgery to decrease the levels of anxiety felt and do decrease the level of pain felt pre and post-surgery, minimising the need for pain relief medications. Patience who receive Reiki tend to spend less time in hospital.

Reiki has also been known to be extremely effective in the care of patients with cancer and more than one study has shown that Reiki is invaluable in reducing pain, muscle tension, fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety that are made worse by the chemotherapy and tend to occur alongside the disease.

In Hospices and end of life care Reiki is particularly effective, where patience particularly enjoys the gentle and peaceful effects of the Reiki treatment as well and the comforting contact form the practitioner. Relief is also experienced from the feelings of pain, anxiety and fear. Reiki provides comfort and a sense of calm enhancing the quality of life in the final days.

As a daily practitioner of Reiki and within my own practice I have found Reiki to be very effective with reducing pain in myself and clients. Common issues treated have been lower back pain, headaches, joint pain as well as emotional pain/blockage. Clients have reported a marked improvement in as little time as the same day as receiving their Reiki treatment, reporting reduced pain, much improved quality of sleep and a general sense of calm/wellbeing.

Please feel free to share your views and/or experiences with Reiki in this area...


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