The practice of Reiki healing began in Japan during the 1920’s. Reiki therapy was brought to Hawaii, in the United States, by Hawayo Takata, in 1937. The practice is sometimes met with criticism.

It is considered a belief based system, sometimes categorized with faith healing or “laying on of hands”. With our current technology, we cannot explain why or how it works, but researchers are currently studying the health benefits of Reiki therapy and looking for a possible explanation. 홈타이

In the United States, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) provides funding for the scientific research and evaluation of health care systems and practices that fall outside of the realm of “conventional” medicine. They are currently sponsoring research concerning Reiki healing. Researchers would like to explain how Reiki (pronounced “ray-kee”) might work.

NCCAM sponsored researchers are evaluating Reiki therapy for the treatment of fibromyalgia. They are evaluating the impact of Reiki therapy on the well-being and quality of life in people with advanced AIDS. In people with prostrate cancer, they are evaluating the effects of Reiki therapy on the progression of the disease and the patient’s anxiety level. In people with diabetes, they are hoping Reiki therapy can help control blood sugar levels, improve heart function and/or relieve the pain of damaged nerves.

NCCAM is an agency of the Federal Government. They are not a “faith based” organization. Their members are scientists who have been trained to research and study complementary and alternative therapies. There goal is to provide the public and health care professionals with information concerning therapies that are safe and effective. Without evidence supporting that a therapy may be beneficial, they will not provide funding for additional research.

In other words, Reiki healing may be considered “quackery” by some, but at one time chiropractic care, massage therapy, aroma therapy, acupuncture and many other forms of treatment were criticized. Now, many of these are commonly suggested as complementary therapies.

Many hospitals use aroma therapy to help reduce recovery time after surgery. Massage and other forms of physical therapy are considered absolutely necessary for patients recovering from injuries or surgical procedures. Acupuncture and chiropractic treatments have been shown to relieve pain that cannot be successfully treated with conventional medicine.

The value of human touch cannot be overstated. Premature babies grow and thrive more quickly when they are touched, stroked and held often. The ancient practice of “laying on of hands” is now called “Therapeutic Touch” and is used in a conventional medical setting. Doctors at the Simon Fraser University in Canada have been using Therapeutic Touch for twenty years and conclude that it is a “safe and beneficial intervention for cancer patients”.

 

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