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A research study at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., indicates that Reiki improved patient sleep by 86%, reduced pain by 78%, reduced nausea by 80% and reduced anxiety during pregnancy by 94%. Additionally, a survey of nurses found that Reiki in hospitals helps patients heal faster with less pain, reduces stress and improves negative attitudes, improves appetite and reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other medical procedures.
Many have sought Reiki treatment or training realizing that balancing their systems can help them to cope better with a wide range of health conditions, including:
Integrative health care often brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to health care and wellness—often including mental, emotional, functional, spiritual, social, and community aspects—and treating the whole person rather than, for example, one organ system. It aims for well-coordinated care between different providers and institutions.
Cancer treatment centres with integrative health care programs may offer services such as acupuncture and meditation to help manage symptoms and side effects for patients who are receiving conventional cancer treatment.
In recent years, the popularity of alternative treatments as a whole has grown dramatically in Canada. According to research conducted by Insights West, as many as 10% of people surveyed reported having tried reiki at some point during their lives. The majority of those Canadians who reported having tried Reiki viewed the treatment positively and found it to be effective. This research also shows that more Canadians are calling for the inclusion of alternative treatments like Reiki as a standard healthcare option.
Several institutions have conducted studies to determine whether using Reiki in hospitals is a beneficial treatment for patients who have been hospitalized. One such study that focused on Canadian hospitals was published in the Journal of Palliative Care in 2013. The study found that providing patients with reiki treatment led to lower levels of discomfort, restlessness, anxiety, and pain. Reiki treatment was also associated with mood improvements. The study ultimately concluded that reiki was a valuable addition to the treatment options offered at the hospital.
According to a 2012 national survey, many Americans—more than 30 percent of adults and about 12 percent of children—use health care approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practice. When describing these approaches, people often use “alternative” and “complementary” interchangeably, but the two terms refer to different concepts:
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