Dr. Andrew Weil reports in the April 2006 issue of “Self Healing” several medical uses of Reiki that show promise. Arthritis and other chronic pain patients report an increase in comfort, and massage helps to increase their joint mobility. Cancer patients may have reduced side effects such as fatigue and nausea, and massage can help them through relaxation, easing stagnation, stimulating the immune system and reducing scar tissue. Diabetics may have a reduced need for insulin, and massage may reduce their cardiovascular and nerve system risk factors. Depressed people report less hopelessness and massage can reduce their stress by connecting to a sense of wholeness. For more information, Dr. Weil suggests “Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide” by Pamela Miles (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006) and ReikiInMedicine.org. Libby Barnet and Maggie Chambers report that nurses find Reiki to be effective when standard procedures have not worked (“Reiki Energy Medicine,” Healing Arts Press, 1996.
Half of the patients in the Wilkinson investigation reported the primary benefit of the
massages had been emotional, and being able to talk about their fears and worries to
someone who understood was a great help.
Gayle MacDonald, “Medicine Hands,” Findhorn Press,1999