Reiki for Cancer Patients

We all know how diagnosis can affect the physical and emotional, and mental health of the patient. It is not just a patient but also his immediate family, so it is crucial to reach out to professionals and support groups. Benefits of Biofield Therapies recognized many times in medical publications, most recently in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.

Any cancer patient is now able to receive Reiki treatment in a hospital or cancer center. The benefits of these treatments are no longer questioned. To be clear, Reiki is not a substitute for traditional cancer treatments but is an integrative or complementary energy therapy that works with the human biofield. Patients and their families should consider Reiki as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan.

Many times our diagnosis is a wake-up call. It informs us that something in our diet, lifestyle, or environment contributed to or triggered our illness. To heal, we must make changes. Many centuries ago, Hippocrates said that we could only heal when we give up things that made us sick. Now is the time to re-evaluate our diet, our social atmosphere, with what kind of people we interact daily. We need to analyze the surrounding for environmental toxins. Our body wants to heal and have the ability to do this; our role and goal to remove the obstacles.

"In today's oncology world, we are discussing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgical intervention; we are also talking about the physical and emotional side effects of long-term treatments. Complementary therapies in cancer care are on the rise and have broken through some previously defined barriers. I have had some very effective and powerful experience with one such alternative therapy, Reiki, in treating the side effects and emotional aspects of cancer with my oncology patients." Kristen Nicastro, RN, BSN, OCN. Oncology Nursing News (February 27, 2018)

I want to summarize some benefits of Reiki treatment and add some of my own experiences. Reiki increases, balances, and restores energy flow in the patient's body, enhancing the body's natural ability to heal itself and minimizes the side effects of aggressive treatments. It can be performed on cancer patients during any time following their diagnosis. I worked with patients just after receiving their diagnosis, helping control their anxiety and stress, bringing relaxation and calming effects.

Reiki helps switch from Sympathetic to Parasympathetic central nervous system response that makes treatment more effective. It also helps with patients' emotional and mental health. I have a client who requested a distance session during his cancer treatment to help control his anxiety. For many patients, Reiki sessions reduce serious side effects that include nausea, constipation, and fatigue. My clients report that they were finally able to have a full night's sleep after a Reiki session. I also found that Reiki is a very useful pain management tool that could minimize the need for pain medicine. Sessions also benefit patients in remission or with a poor prognosis.

I firmly believe that anyone treating you should hold a minimum of a Level 2 Reiki certification. You can visit my blog post, "How to Choose a Reiki Practitioner," for more information.

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

With love and light,


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