Reiki Is Mainstream?


As mentioned on the Reiki homepage the National Institute of Health (NIH) is looking at Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a means to integrate allopathic western medicine and traditional medicine of other cultures. Things like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the use of herbs, massage, Chiropractic, Homeopathy and Energy Medicine such as Reiki.

The advocates of CAM therapies are ecstatic that medicine is starting to seriously look at this field of health. Proponents of CAM are just as vocal as ever saying that it is the placebo effect or that there is no scientific basis to prove it works.

The exploration of CAM therapies in the United States is being driven by the consumer who is paying for these services and other healthcare out of their own wallets. We folks in Canada have a Universal Healthcare system, this means only a few CAM therapies and most modern allopathic medicine is covered.

To quote an old Red Rose tea commercial "Only in Canada you say - Pity". For this reason Canadians maybe reluctant to try or use CAM therapies when they already have free healthcare.

Insurance providers are starting to cover more CAM services this is also client driven so if there is a service you would like to see covered, call your provider and talk to them about it. The more requests they have for a popular service, builds a stronger case for them to start carrying it. Years ago they only covered the basics like: glasses, some medical prescriptions, massage therapy, orthotics, and dental services. Here too the compensation for services varied, sometimes it was 100% coverage other times it was 75% or less, it depended on who had your policy.

Over the years these quirky individuals who used the services of Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Homeopaths and others were seen as being a bit odd, now maybe not so much. Back in these early days this kind of therapy was viewed as an alternative to regular modern medicine, and most people wouldn't think of mentioning any of this to their doctor for fear of being laughed at. Even now clients are still not sharing with their Dr. - primary healthcare provider that they are using CAM therapies. Sometimes there are strong drug interactions when prescription meds and herbs are combined. Therefore, it is important for your primary healthcare provider to be advised.

CAM practitioners would like to be taken seriously and are working toward becoming part of their client's healthcare team. The times they are a'changin'.

A 2002 survey of US adults 18 years and older conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (Center for Disease Control - (CDC) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicated:74.6% had used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The most common CAM therapies used in the US in 2002 were prayer (45.2%), herbalism (18.9%), breathing meditation (11.6%), meditation (7.6%), chiropractic medicine (7.5%), yoga (5.1%), body work (5.0%), diet-based therapy (3.5%), progressive relaxation (3.0%), mega-vitamin therapy (2.8%) and visualization (2.1%)

Barnes PM, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin RL (May 2004). "Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults: United States, 2002". Advance Data (343): 1–19. PMID 15188733.

In 2006, more than one-half (54%) of Canadians reported using at least one alternative therapy in the year prior to the survey, which was a statistically significant 4 percentage point increase over the rate of use in 1997 (50%). In the 12 months prior to the 2006 survey, the most commonly used complementary and alternative medicines and therapies were massage (19%), prayer (16%), chiropractic care (15%), relaxation techniques (14%), and herbal therapies (10%).

During the latter half of 2005 and first half of 2006, Canadians spent more than $5.6 billion out of pocket on visits to providers of alternative medicine, compared to nearly $2.8 billion in 1997.

Public Policy Sources Number 87 / May 2007 page 4 as of January 2010.

Each year it seems there are more articles in print media, on the Internet and on T.V. regarding CAM therapies. Recently (06Jan10) Dr. Oz on daytime television ran a segment on 'alternative medicine' Reiki was included. Dr. Oz is married and his wife Lisa is a Reiki Master. He has even used Reiki on patients when performing cardiac surgery. Here is a You Tube link (as of January 2010)

What is Reiki? by Roberta Lee, M.D, Beth Israel Medical Center Jan. 13, 2010

It's a great way to reduce stress and it's being offered for free at Crouse Hospital. Reiki therapy promotes healing by applying treatment to various parts of the body. Andy Mattison has more on how it works.

While looking on the internet for hospitals who are offering this service to their patients this is what I discovered. This is not a complete list as Reiki is being offered in medical facilities around the world.

Below are just a few of the Hospitals across the countries that are incorporating Reiki as part of their patient services.

- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
- Marin General Hospital, Marin County, California
- Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
- Tucson Medical Center's Reiki Clinic
- California Pacific Medical Center, Northern California
- Grass Lake Medical Center
- Foote Hospital, Jackson, Michigan
- University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan
- University of Michigan Medical School, Michigan
- Various New England Hospitals
- ST Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware
- Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia (as of Oct 23 2008)

Now add some physics.

Biophysicist and cell biologist James Oschman has been looking at Energy Medicine for sometime and has contributed a couple of articles to William Rand's - International Center for Reiki Training - Reiki News Magazine

OschmanReprint2.pdf (application/pdf Object) (as of August 2009) ScienceMeasures the Human Energy Field (as of January 2010)

As Integrative Medicine as it is starting (the merging of Complementary with Allopathic) to be called evolves there are some growing pains as shown by the following articles.

J Interprof Care. 2009 Nov;23(6):655-67.
Integrative health care in a hospital setting: communication patterns between CAM and biomedical practitioners.

Soklaridis S, Kelner M, Love RL, Cassidy JD.

Centre of Research Expertise in Improved Disability Outcomes (CREIDO), University Health Network, Rehabilitation Solutions, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2S8, Canada.

Research in the area of collaboration between complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and biomedical practitioners often describes their relationships as fraught with power struggles. This paper explores communication among the various stakeholders at an integrative health clinic for artists located in a university hospital. Qualitative research methods were used, in-depth interviews and semi-structured focus groups, to facilitate the gathering of information about patterns of communication among stakeholders involved at the clinic. The findings describe the challenges to communication and integration at the clinic. The lack of communication is described as a scheduling issue, or lack of consistent presence of CAM practitioners, and a lack of formal methods of communication (patient charting). The consequences of these gaps were felt mostly by the CAM practitioners, as their scope of practice was not well understood by other practitioners. CAM practitioners stated that this had a direct effect on their confidence levels. CAM practitioners were relegated to the periphery of the hospital in their role as part-time, contract employees. Their lack of consistent presence at the clinic lead to a lack of understanding of their scope of practice, hence, a lack of referrals from other health-care practitioners, particularly those who were biomedically-oriented.

PMID: 19842959 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Acad Med. 2009 Sep;84(9):1229-34.
An evaluation of the evidence in "evidence-based" integrative medicine programs.

Marcus DM, McCullough L.

Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.

Comment in:
* Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):187.
* Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):183-4; author reply 186-7.
* Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):183; author reply 186-7.
* Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):186.
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* Acad Med. 2010 Feb;85(2):185.

Alternative therapies are popular, and information about them should be included in the curricula of health profession schools. During 2000 to 2003, the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine awarded five-year education grants to 14 health professions schools in the United States and to the American Medical Students Association Foundation. The purpose of the grants was to integrate evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into the curriculum. The authors reviewed the educational material concerning four popular CAM therapies-herbal remedies, chiropractic, acupuncture, and homeopathy-posted on the integrative medicine Web sites of the grant recipients and compared it with the best evidence available. The curricula on the integrative medicine sites were strongly biased in favor of CAM, many of the references were to poor-quality clinical trials, and they were five to six years out of date. These "evidence-based CAM" curricula, which are used all over the country, fail to meet the generally accepted standards of evidence-based medicine. By tolerating this situation, health professions schools are not meeting their educational and ethical obligations to learners, patients, or society. Because integrative medicine programs have failed to uphold educational standards, medical and nursing schools need to assume responsibility for their oversight. The authors suggest (1) appointing faculty committees to review the educational materials and therapies provided by integrative medicine programs, (2) holding integrative medicine programs' education about CAM to the same standard of evidence used for conventional treatments, and (3) providing ongoing oversight of integrative medicine education programs.

PMID: 19707062 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Disclaimer: The remedies and therapies suggested in this website are not intended to replace existing medical treatment, or to provide a diagnosis. Please consult with your Health Care Provider before using any Complementary Therapy.