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Does reiki work for pain?


    Reiki is a form of energy healing that has gained popularity among an increasing number of patients in the field of pain management. It is commonly employed as a health approach often used alongside more conventional medical care. While traditional Western medicine does not encompass Reiki within its purview large healthcare facilities like the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio have incorporated this practice into their treatment offerings. Developed in Japan during the century Reiki involves the use of healing energy to promote well being. Notably institutions such as the University of Washington Medicine in Seattle and Rochester Minnesota also. Utilize Reiki, as part of their healthcare services.According to Dr. Kenneth Martay, an anesthetist at UW Medicine in Seattle Reiki is a technique that originated in Japan and involves transferring energy from one person to another. At the University of Washington Medical Centers Bioenergy Treatment Service, where Dr. Martay practices they utilize the art of Reiki. While it is commonly practiced through hands on contact it’s important to note that remote applications are also possible.

    The International Association of Reiki Professionals describes a Reiki session as commencing either at the head or feet with light or minimal physical touch. In fact sometimes the practitioners hands remain an inches above the clients body. The aim of such a session is to facilitate the flow of energy throughout the body thereby encouraging the bodys capacity to heal itself.

    Dr. Martay acknowledges that the exact mechanics behind Reikis effectiveness are still unknown. However he firmly believes that it possesses the potential to benefit individuals. He emphasizes that its effectiveness varies on a person, to person basis and heavily depends on each patient.Dr. Lacy explains that addressing pain can be a complex task requiring consideration of various factors. She emphasizes that Reiki, an complementary therapy can be used alongside Western medicine to alleviate different forms of pain including chronic pain. According to her the effectiveness of Reiki is not consistent in research evidence but is generally considered safe by the University of Earl Bakken E. Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing in Minneapolis without any reported adverse effects.

    Dr. Lacy states, “As practitioners our role is to provide treatment and observe its outcomes. In my opinion the individual undergoing treatment plays a role in their own healing process.” This perspective highlights the belief that the person being treated has a role in their own healing journey.

    Regarding pain specifically Dr. Lacy acknowledges its multifaceted nature involving both physical and psychological aspects. She mentions that two of the brains five pain centers are located within the system, which is situated in the brains center. This understanding emphasizes the complexity of pain and highlights the need for comprehensive approaches that address both physiological and psychological aspects.

    It is essential to remember that while Reiki can be considered as part of pain management strategies it is always advisable to consult with healthcare professionals for a treatment plan and to discuss the integration of complementary therapies, like Reiki.Is there evidence for the use of Reiki in treating pain?

    According to a study published in October 2017 by the Review of Authors Beginning with Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine there is some evidence supporting the benefits of Reiki in alleviating chronic pain. The study suggests that Reiki may stimulate the vagus nerve, which activates the nervous system responsible for regulating mood, digestion, heart rate and pain sensation.

    The authors of the review analyzed two studies that examined the use of Reiki as a treatment, for acute or chronic conditions.They reached the conclusion that there is evidence supporting the effectiveness of reiki beyond a placebo effect. This implies that the mindset associated with reiki can lead to enhancements in the healing process. The research studies were conducted both in Japan and the United States. Based on Martays experience reiki can be effective in certain instances; however its effectiveness may not always align with the patients initial expectations. Instead it tends to address the needs perceived by the patients body. Martay shares an example “We had a patient who complained about knee pain resulting from arthritis during their visit to our clinic. Although their knees didn’t witness any improvement despite participating in sessions, alongside physical rehabilitation surprisingly their long standing issue of constipation vanished. The patient attributed at some of this improvement to reiki.” Martay emphasizes that during a reiki session the body may redirect the channeled energy to an area than initially intended by the individual seeking treatment.

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