Depending on the practitioner you approach, the “woo factor” of the Reiki treatment you receive may vary widely….and that’s a good thing; you may like and want added spiritual elements such as chakra clearing or angel invocations, or you may not. Because Reiki is based on initiatory attunements rather than academic certifications, with each practitioner following his or her individual practice and calling to build on that initiation, each practice is unique, and it’s important to talk with your practitioner to learn about his or her approach.
So this makes it….challenging…for Reiki practitioners to enter the mainstream medical world, which is based on standardized protocols with proven, demonstrable, objective results. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates such as Pamela Miles, William Lee Rand, and others, conventional medicine is waking up to the effectiveness of Reiki.
In fact, Reiki is now being offered as a supplement to mainstream practice at 76 hospitals and major medical systems in the U.S. and abroad…institutions such as:
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University
- Yale New Haven Hospital
These medical papers and others document research that has been done on the use of Reiki in medical environments…
Miles P. Reiki for Support of Cancer Patients. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine. Fall 2007;22(2):20-26.
Miles P. Reiki Vibrational Healing. Interview with Bonnie Horrigan. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(4):74-83.
Miles P. Preliminary report on the use of Reiki for HIV-related pain and anxiety. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):36.
Schiller R. Reiki: A Starting Point for Integrative Medicine. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2003;9(2):20-21.
Miles P. Is there any significant experience with using Reiki in the hospital or ER setting and any literature to support this use? Explore (NY). 2005 Sep;1(5):414.
Miles P. Living in Relation to Mystery: Addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit. Advances in Mind Body Medicine. 2003 Summer;19(2):30-1.