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Use of Reiki in Hospitals

Reiki, a spiritual healing technique, has started gaining acceptance and credibility in the medical setups all across the globe. In nearly all countries, it is becoming a part of standard patient care. It has been reported that 15% of U.S. Hospitals have adopted Reiki practice to support their routine medical procedures for various beneficial effects like:

  • To relieve pain
  • Relaxing the patient during surgeries and other treatment procedures
  • Assuring faster patient recovery
  • Reducing the need of medications, etc

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In 2009, Catholic Bishops restricted Catholic Hospitals and institutes from practicing Reiki due to some religious concerns. But still it is being offered by many hospitals, clinics, and medical institutes as supportive treatment that runs parallel to their medical treatments. Due to its increasing patient acceptance, many specialists, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in U.S. hospitals have started taking Reiki training. Now this technique is just not limited to implementation but researches are also being conducted to prove its significance and vitality in medicine and the positive part it can play in hospitals.

With time the list of US hospitals offering Reiki services is expanding and includes many well renowned hospitals of the country. At these hospitals the sessions are conducted by their own medical staff and according to them they found it really advantageous for patient’s health and they not only believe in the therapeutic effects of this technique, but also support its growth and acceptance as an established healing method all across America. Below are a few hospitals that have been offering Reiki services for many years (note, the complete list contains many, many other hospitals):

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital:

It is ranked as sixth best US hospital. They are providing Reiki treatment at Columbia University Medical Center, to the patients going under cardiac and thoracic surgeries and are also researching on it.

  • Portsmouth Regional Hospital:

Reiki services are offered to patients admitted in Surgical Service Department and has been reported to produce relaxation and profound healing.

  • The California Pacific Medical Center:

The doctors providing Reiki at this clinic claimed its usefulness in both acute and chronic diseases and are also conducting research to make insurance companies realize the viability of this healing technique.

  • Duke Integrative Medicine, North Carolina:

It is enlisted among the top 10 health care organizations of the country. They are offering Reiki services as they believe in focusing medical care to health oriented practice and have found it helpful in achieving their objectives.

At hospitals, this technique has demonstrated positive results in the course of therapy for not only minor but also major pathologies, like cancer. Reiki has been reported to reduce the chemotherapeutic side effects besides helping with pain management and relieving stress. Implementation of Reiki in hospital settings on one hand has provided us with effective means of treatment at lower cost, while on the other, it is promoting it as a therapeutic modality.

Beyond any doubt, Reiki is proving to be a huge asset for hospitals, as well as other healthcare facilities that might open the door to endless possibilities of using Reiki within these facilities.

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  • Gayla June 22, 2013, 1:02 am

    And not one link or quote to resources to back the information, and that makes this an irresponsible article.

  • Emmy June 22, 2013, 5:31 am

    I am in Australia and after reading the comment above, I googled New York Presbyterian Hospital and put Reiki into the websites search engine. I found quite a few articles including this one http://childrensnyp.org/mschony/integrative-medicine.html another article also quotes:
    “The mission of the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian is to provide integrative therapies that help to lessen the side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; evaluate the safety and potential interactions of complementary therapies with conventional treatments for childhood cancer; and disseminate reputable information on complementary therapies to the parents of children with cancer and the health care professionals involved in their care. Integrative therapies include exercise, massage, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, aromatherapy, acupressure, reflexology and Reiki therapy.” For more information, patients may call (866) NYP-NEWS.

    • Reiki Rays June 26, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Gayla: good points :).
      Emmy: thank you :).

      Love and Light!

  • tracy November 17, 2013, 1:08 am

    That’s it? Just 4 Hospitals? Out of all of the Hospitals all around the world? That is not a good number!

    • Myrna November 28, 2014, 11:33 pm

      There are also hospitals in Canada that now have it available

    • Graham Perrins July 26, 2016, 9:25 pm

      Over 20 in the Uk now including Great Ormond Street. Spirit tells us that we are all capable of channeling the light to ourselves and others by raising our vibration whilst in the relaxed state of meditation. No special training needed. We are all aspects of God, the children of God, Spititual angelic beings and before the changed vibration millions of years ago that caused the natural connection to God Light to be lost, all we needed to sustain us was this Light of Creation, which carries Love, Harmony, Peace and HEALING ENERGY. Our soul resides in our heart, the God within, and from our heart mind we get our emotions, intuition and the Light. Google http://www.josephspeaks.com for full explanation from Spirit. I meditate daily and channel light…..raising my vibration to now receive visual communications from Spirt and I have totally cleared up my Angina and osteoarthritis in my knees. I have had no aches or pains now for over two years. My doctor understands this because he is a Buddhist but has to offer conventional treatments because that is what society expects and his boses. Hope this helps.

  • Diana November 17, 2013, 2:03 am

    Tracy, You nee to reread the article. It says that this is only a few hospitals that use Reiki but there are many more on the complete list.

  • maria hayman September 24, 2014, 7:34 am

    As a retired Senior Nurse and Reiki Master with lead responsibility for integrating Complementary Therapies within the multi- site NHS Trust I worked for! Reiki was one therapy that we introduced successfully. Initially, we had problems using the word Spiritual which appeared to cause confusion in the minds of some of the physicians. We overcame this by referring to Reiki as a form of healing for the whole body, mental emotional and spiritual, which seemed to be better accepted. Even though it was regarded sceptically, it was the therapy that had the greatest feedback from patients and clients in terms of how they felt afterwards. Many referred to feeling a burden had been lifted, clarity of thoughts obtained and sleep was of better quality. As a result blood pressure readings were lowered, pain relief and anti-depressants reduced and above all patients generally felt a whole lot better.

  • Lisa September 24, 2014, 7:52 am

    Are any hospitals in Australia doing this yet?

    • Rach December 30, 2014, 7:08 am

      I believe there is in WA, and some of the hospices in Vic.

  • Kathy September 24, 2014, 2:30 pm

    This is a nice intro to Reiki in the Hospital setting. There are in fact about 700 hospitals and medical centers in the U.S.with some form of reiki being practiced. These are not all “organized programs” and often involve on-call settings. But all reiki is welcome, right? Here in San Diego, CA, USA, I am one of the coordinators of the Reiki component of the Integrative Healing program at Sharp Memorial Hospital. We have 32 Reiki Volunteers that work in the hospital 7 days a week and we see 400-450 patients a month.
    We very much love relieving pain, anxiety and putting our patients to sleep! Reiki On!

  • www.facebook.com September 27, 2014, 5:41 am

    Hi there to all, how is all, I think every one
    is getting more from this web site, and your views are pleasant in favor of new people.

  • Linda December 30, 2014, 4:05 am

    I actually use to volunteer at a local hospital offering Reiki on the Stroke and Oncology units once a week. They also offered Reiki on the Ortho floor. The patients loved it. I always got positive feedback from the patients I gave treatments to. It was Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township, MI. I also did Healing Touch on the ortho floor of Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe MI. about ten years ago. I am a retired nurse.

  • Jo December 30, 2014, 10:21 am

    I have been a volunteer at The repatriation hospital at Daw House hospice for over 8 years and reiki has been in practice during that time and longer
    The complementary Care unit has a number of reiki practitioners as well as other modalities in use to assist clients and their carers

    • Samara February 2, 2015, 1:07 pm

      Hi Jo! Can you tell me more or give me any links? I’m in Adelaide and would love to volunteer myself to do reiki.
      Thank you!

      • No February 2, 2015, 11:57 pm

        Give the Repatriation hospital a call and ask for the Complementary Care Dept coordinator.
        To my knowledge our practitioners currently have other modalities as well as reiki. Eg massage, kinesiology etc but give them a call

  • Teri March 9, 2015, 1:05 pm

    There is a group called Healing Hands or Helping Hands that is in Albany Medical Center, in Albany, New York. It is wonderful, I have major Chronic back pain, and I had had female surgery done, so between the surgical pain, and that, exacerbating the back pain, a nurse came in and asked if I would be interested in trying this, I said ABSOLUTELY. My daughter is a Master in Reiki and I receive Reiki and Massage from a Massage Therapist/Reiki Master. My daughter is super in doing it, but she has issues with working on me, so I go elsewhere. Reiki has HELPED me so much. The back pain is an issue I may never get over, but it has helped many other issues in my life. I had gotten out of having it done, but things started up again so I’m back into it on a weekly basis and things are getting better. I so SUPPORT Reiki and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to every one I know and see. I now am looking into learning Reiki, not only for my self but to try and help people like I have been helped.

    • Sundari April 14, 2015, 11:51 am

      Dear all I a reiki practitioner for the past 2 and half decades. I have sent healing and personally gone to hospitals to heal critical patients . I am a professor of psychology and strongly vouch for the use of reiki in hospitals. It is experiential and cannot be measured. Many things in life cannot be measured and quantified I am sure , for eg happiness.

  • Michelle October 9, 2015, 7:32 am

    I wanted to tell my story……….. a few years ago my son was in a coma the doctors took me into a room to tell me my son was dead and only the machines were keeping him breathing and there was nothing they could do and wanted permission to turn the machines off ……. as you can imagine i was devastated and refused. I went to my sons bedside and began channelling reiki, after a short while my sons fingers began twitching then his eyes i called for the nurses they tried to say it was a body reaction. My son is alive and kicking thanks to REIKI namaste xxxxxx

  • Margie December 9, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Hi I am a reiki master who does patient reiki
    At community hospital in toms river for 3 months. I find it very rewarding and healing for both the patients and myself.
    I also offer free reiki for anyone in brick nj.

    • Samara December 10, 2015, 6:21 am

      Lovely! I’d like to know when reiki will be recognised in south australia/australian hospitals? And on private health insurance for people so they can claim!

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