Using Reiki to Support Cancer Patients
Cancer is such a powerful and frightening illness - its effects are both physical and emotional,
affecting not only the patient, but their family and friends also. Reiki, as we know, has such an impact on a person`s sense
I have seen the devastating physical and emotional effects
of cancer, but I have also seen the power of hope, determination, positive thinking and the strength of the Human Spirit.
Patients with cancer at various stages of the illness,
from the earliest diagnosis, to the terminal stage can all benefit from the centering effect of Reiki.
Patients with Cancer: building a supportive relationship with Reiki
It is particularly helpful to discuss with the cancer patient their feelings about lose of control
over their lives. Being passive goes against our usual Survival instinct. This can lead to an extra element of depression
:negative feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and a weakening of the belief and resolve to survive. Cancer patients
being taught to use Reiki helps address this problem.
negative state of mind inhibits and suppresses the body's own healing responses. All Doctors would agree that treatment
of cancer is enhanced by the attitude of the patient. The use of Reiki helps a patient`s sense of self muster inner resources.
..Aspects of the patient`s emotional and physical life should be discussed with the patient. Patients with a focus
on how they can have input into their cancer treatment gives an element of vitality to the prognosis that only
the patient can provide.
Using Reiki for Cancer Patients
Naturally a cancer patient could be given a Reiki Treatment. I would also always offer the opportunity
to give them a Reiki Attunement and teach them how to self treat. This is wonderfully empowering for the cancer patient.
This website gives some useful information concerning sleep deprivation:
Sleep and Cancer
Getting a restful
night's sleep is a challenge for many cancer patients. Pain from the cancer itself, fatigue and discomfort from chemotherapy,
and medication side effects are just a few of the things that make sleep elusive for cancer patients. Worse, not getting enough
sleep weakens the immune system and can exacerbate symptoms or negative side effects.
increasing amount of research has found links between poor sleep and several cancers. Keep reading to learn what the latest
research suggests about the connection between cancer and sleep, and how you can get better sleep if you're undergoing cancer
If you`ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, here are the most important things to know about your diagnosis
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen
that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In over 30% of all mesothelioma cases, asbestos exposure happened during military
service. Veterans from all branches of service are at risk, with the most common being the United States Navy and the Marines.
There are a variety of mesothelioma treatments available, as well as doctors in the VA system who are capable of treating
Reiki Supports Nurses in a Deeper Awareness
Reiki training enhances this ability to
"know" or "sense" things or be more aware of subtle signs. It helps one to become more aware of the emotional
or spiritual component of dis-ease that the nurse can share with the client to gain understanding or insight.
insight fits with the nurses’ role of helping a person to understand
and learn more about their health or illness
and to provide guidance to change
behaviour and increase awareness As nurses’ roles continue to change and
expand, Reiki is there to assist in their professional development. Reiki assists nurses in caring for themselves
restores their energies so they can continue to give of themselves in their role as health care advocates.
who practice Reiki are in the unique position to combine both Reiki and their strong medical knowledge
to help clients and improve the health care system.
Always a Way
Emergency room nurses use Reiki to calm patients down quickly and to be more open to treatment.
They find that Reiki also calms down family members.
Dr. Nancy Eos explains in her book "Reiki and Medicine"
how she uses Reiki to help her decide which person needs to be seen first (triage).
Home care nurses use Reiki
in physical and psychological assessments, changing dressings, paper work, health care teaching and working with family members.
Recovery room nurses report using Reiki over the incision site of painful areas and find patients have an easier time
waking up or recovering from anaesthesia and surgical trauma.
Nurses in private practice tell me how Reiki enhances
their hypnotherapy skills, guided imagery exercises, their work in Labour and Delivery, and massage sessions, etc
Others give their patients Reiki while taking their blood pressure or pulse. The patient’s often reply that they feel
"something special" or feel more relaxed.
It is amazing what just a few minutes of Reiki can do.