Reiki as a supplement to medicine for our hospitals?

More and more nurses started giving Reiki. After a while, the demand for Reiki treatments was so great that the staff could no longer satisfy her. Patricia Alandydy becomes the official coordinator for complementary therapies. But very quickly, she was quickly overwhelmed by requests. One more person was recruited and a body of volunteers was developed. Today, volunteers who give Reiki work in the Hospital 7 days a week, from 6:30 until late in the evening.

It is at the request of patients that another hospital – the Wentworth-Douglass of Dover, NH – has also introduced Reiki as a complementary therapy.

The growing success of Reiki in these two hospitals is now being used in other settings: Concord Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Frisbee Memorial Hospital, Bennington Southwestern Medical Center, …

The keys to the success of the Reiki program

In presenting Reiki, she emphasized that the main interest is to better help patients and to answer their trust: Upon entering a hospital, a person surrenders completely. She gives up her clothes, her eating habits, her social relations, and when she enters the operating room she abandons even her consciousness. “There is no greater proof of trust than when someone surrenders to you in the operating room or anywhere in the hospital. “

The idea was to reintroduce human closeness and compassion into the patient’s experience.

By proposing it, patients have the opportunity to move from a passive attitude to a greater involvement in their own self-healing process.

Patricia introduced Reiki as a gentle, non-interventionist spiritual practice, whose relaxing effects are immediately apparent: a slower breathing creates a state of calm and general relaxation.

Adding it did not add a surplus of work for the nursing staff either.

“Reiki becomes a part of themselves, allowing them to act in awareness,” a help for themselves and their patients.

Offering treatments to doctors, allowed them to experience live: no words and sophisticated sentences, just the touch and the personal feeling.

A practice adapted to the hospital environment: the patients are dressed and / or covered, the hands being placed around the head, on the shoulders, the knees, the ankles and the feet as well as on the solar plexus and on the outside of the hips . It avoided touching bare skin, throat, chest and lower abdomen.

The US government officially recognizes Reiki as complementary medicine to traditional medicine.

At the University of Michigan Medical School, Reiki is even taught to nurses and medical staff.

At Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, accompaniment with this medicine has been proven to reduce anxiety and muscle tension, and to accelerate healing and provide a sense of urgency. welfare.

The National Center for Complementary Medicine in the United States states that Reiki represents a number of benefits and that it does not have a religious character that could interfere with the beliefs of patients.

Moreover he has no contraindication, and it is therefore impossible that he can harm the patient.

Reiki and French hospitals

In France, the USRE (the unit of care and research on the mind) at the Timone Hospital of Marseille has been interested in Reiki as a complementary therapy in the spiritual care accompanying the oncology and palliative care. In 2007, she published a report on her 3 years of activity. (Source: Vital Source, Reiki at the Hospital).

From the report : “Reiki is good, it does not seem to be in doubt, but if the research is promising, to date they can only suggest that it acts by reducing anxiety, stress, by bringing a muscle relaxation, a sense of well-being, a decrease in pain. But, what is the part of Reiki and what is the part of the practitioner, or the relationship between the practitioner and the patient? Difficult question. “

Reiki is beginning to make its way around the world to support classical medicine in the United States, Spain and even Switzerland (where it is reimbursed by social security). Hoping that the researches continue to prove its effectiveness and thus make it possible to enlarge its field of application.

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