Reiki in the Hospital
Talk about holistic health - now nurses and nurse practitioners are
providing Reiki treatments, a spiritual stress-relief and healing
practice developed in Japan, in hospitals. "A
healing energy? Now in hospitals, Reiki musters critics and fans
an article on Syracuse.com, describes the Reiki programs at several
hospitals in New York.
What is Reiki? Developed almost 100 years ago in Japan, the practice
involves placing hands on the person being treated to channel "life
force energy" and promote wellness. It's a spiritual practice but isn't
considered a religion. And many people think it has no place in the
hospital setting, especially because there's no scientific proof of its
effectiveness. But patients surveyed at Crouse Hospital reported reduced
pain and stress after receiving Reiki treatments.
One man quoted in the article had chronic pain and received Reiki
treatments from an NP:
North has tried painkillers, but they don't help. He said he has a hard
time relaxing. North said Reiki is the only thing that eases his
anxiety. He got his first treatment in 2001 from Nancy J. Barnum, a
nurse practitioner in the VA's pain clinic.
"Within a matter of minutes after barely touching my forehead, all of a
sudden it felt like every problem just flushed out of me," North said.
"I couldn't believe it."
I found this interesting because I've received Reiki treatment myself
on several occasions, but never in a healthcare setting. Are there any
NPs readers out there providing Reiki in their practice? Do you think
it's a worthwhile endeavor? Why or why not?