Reiki can be an invaluable healing therapy for men and woman suffering from the physical pain and emotional stress of cancer. Many anecdotal reports and testimonials from cancer patients reveal a link between Reiki and an increased sense of general well-being. Reiki’s powers can improve a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional health while refreshing the spirit. This is good news for cancer patients everywhere.
According to the American Cancer Society, many cancer treatment programs now offer Reiki to patients in cancer treatment or recovery. Reiki is thought to promote relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, and reduce pain, nausea, and fatigue. It can be extremely beneficial therapy for patients, whether they are at home, in hospitals, or in cancer treatment centers.
Sometimes known as the Usui system of Reiki, Reiki healing, or distant Reiki, the practice is a form of energy healing. The ancient Japanese therapy is based on the belief that universal life energy (known as qi, ki, or ch’i) can heal the spirit. This spiritual healing releases the body’s natural healing powers to promote overall health. Reiki restores balance to the spirit, mind, and body, and is practiced by using various techniques.
Modern Reiki has its roots in ancient Tibet. A Buddhist named Mikao Usui discovered this form of energy healing in the early 1900s. During his travels and research, Dr. Usui found ancient texts that revealed the healing power of universal life energy.
Today’s trained practitioners do not use Reiki to diagnose, treat, or cure cancer. Rather, they deliver the therapy as a means of raising the amount of universal life energy in and around a patient. They believe that cancer and other chronic illnesses develop when energy paths are blocked. An increased flow of energy will ease tension, decrease pain, promote healing, improve sleep, and enhance life.
While no hard and fast scientific evidence exists for Reiki’s power to treat cancer, clinical research suggests that the energy therapy can help patients cope better with the negative side effects of traditional cancer treatment. When used as an integrative therapy with conventional medicine, Reiki has remarkable benefits.
Reiki is just as effective for the man battling late-stage lung cancer as for the woman who just discovered breast lumps. Even patients with pancreatic cancer or a critical mesothelioma prognosis can reap Reiki’s benefits. Once recent study showed that Reiki reduced anxiety in men with prostate cancer. Patients suffering the ill effects of leukemia, mesothelioma, and other malignancies can expect the same results
Standard medical treatment for cancer is known to cause mental anguish and physical pain that can beat patients down. Reiki therapy enhances natural healing by reducing these cancer-related stresses, fears, anxieties, and the physical symptoms of pain, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting, and fatigue. Ultimately, Reiki helps cancer patients relax so they can better deal with the emotional and physical burdens of cancer.