Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reiki and The Military???

As a Reiki Practitioner for the last 8 years, I have experienced the transformative effects that energy medicine has had on my clients emotional and physical wellbeing. Although the results of the treatments were often amazing, many people had not heard of nor experienced Reiki before.
Well, what a difference a few years can make. Take for instance these quotes:

• “The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine.”
Mehmet Oz, M.D. (one of the most respected surgeons in the U.S. and the Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
• “In every culture and in every tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” Albert-Szent-Gydrgyl, Nobel Laureate in Medicine

These are recent examples of individuals in conventional medicine, and the more traditional disciplines, who are publically recognizing the importance of BioTherapy or energy medicine as a healing discipline.
In addtion, Reiki is recognized by the World Health Organization and many hospitals and cancer centers have already enhanced their own services by including Reiki as part of their extended range of services. ‘According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services.'^^ They go on to state that,‘The popularity of Reiki in hospitals had been largely driven by requests from patients and by nurses and doctors who have experienced its value.'^

So, I guess I really should not have done a double take, when I saw this article on
the use of Reiki in the military.
"The United States Army unveiled a $4 million program to mend the psyches of returning veterans through Reiki and other bioenergies [] The Department of Veterans Affairs uses Reiki in their Hepatitis C treatment program. Fort Bliss’ Warrior Resilience program — the same one Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey believes should be replicated throughout the military — uses it as one tool to help soldiers strengthen and recover following combat." In fact, Military OneSource's Health Library says Reiki can increase wellness and "treat diseases of all types."

These findings put a whole new meaning on the phrase..."if it's good enough for the military, it's good enough for me."
Yet, no matter how many organizations and doctors are singing the praises of Reiki, the proof of a healing system is ultimately whether it works or not.
I'll leave the last quote to a medical doctor:
“Reiki is increasingly being incorporated into modern medicine because of one compelling reason, It works….” Larry Dossey, M.D.

Stay well and keep your energies high!!

1 comment:

Lynda Lippin said...

I think it's great that the US military is using all therapies that work to help out traumatized soldiers. It's about time!

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