Reiki is a complementary therapy that works by harnessing the body’s natural healing energy to restore balance and harmony. It is not intended to replace conventional medicine but to work alongside it to give the best possible outcome for the individual.
Those experiencing chronic conditions may find themselves confounded by our struggling healthcare system with its limited resources.
When it comes to our health and wellbeing, one size does not fit all, and for many people including Reiki alongside their prescribed treatment offers them effective relief from their symptoms.
An integrated approach
Much research has been conducted into the benefits of complementary therapies such as Reiki, and there is a growing movement towards adopting an ‘integrated approach’ to healthcare.
The integrated approach advocates a whole new perspective on healthcare – instead of treating only the disease and its symptoms, we create a healing toolkit based on the needs of the whole person.
Choosing to include Reiki in your personal healing toolkit is an option for you if you are looking for a more holistic approach to your healthcare.
Science and spirit working together
Professor Dr David Peters is Clinical Director at the University of Westminster’s School of Life Sciences.
He conducts research into the role of non-pharmaceutical treatments in mainstream medicine and the role of integrated practitioners, writing or editing six books on the subject.
He says: “Different diseases need different kinds of approaches and modern medicine is not diversifying, we should be embracing holistic medicine as one of the tools to help meet the challenges facing us as the moment.”
A perfect combination
The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust funds Reiki healing for cancer patients in twelve NHS hospitals and hospices across the country, including University College London Hospital, St John’s Hospice Lancaster and Addenbrookes Cambridge.
After working alongside Reiki practitioners, Stephen Rowley Lead Cancer Nurse at University College London Hospital said:
"Make no mistake; whilst more intensive and longer lasting cancer treatments improve cancer survival rates, chemotherapy and radiotherapy still have the potential to debilitate patients physically and mentally.
The challenge for us is to better support patients during their cancer journey. Nowadays, we have never been as well armed or informed to counter the negative side-effects of cancer treatments by using the positive effects of complementary therapies alongside conventional medicine. It’s a perfect combination.
We are striving towards providing this model of care to all our cancer patients rather than to just a few – and to pave the road towards making the UCLH model a NHS standard."
If you would like to learn more about Reiki, complementary therapies and the integrated approach to healthcare, here are some places to start:
The NHS Healer: how my son’s life inspired a healing journey
Angie Buxton-King (Link)
Healing between Spirit and Medicine
Dr Larry Dossey (Link)
House of Lords report on complementary medicine (2000)
Cure: A Journey into the science of mind over body
Jo Marchant (Link)
Key note speech: Beyond Peak Medicine, Balens Conference, NEC, Birmingham (2016)
Prof Dr David Peters
Centre for Reiki Research
Led by William Lee Rand – Reiki practitioner and researcher (Link)