My late grandmother broke her arm when she was over 70 years old as she missed a step and fell down the stairs at home. She was admitted to a hospital and stayed there for a few days, and she was in a lot of pain.
Because of her age, the broken arm didn’t heal quickly either. I was around six years old, and every time I visited her in the hospital, I gently stroke my hand over her cast and desperately wished I could somehow ease her pain.
In many ways, my dream has come true. I did discover reiki and it has helped me to help others to ease their pain, offer healing and relaxation.
The great news is that reiki is now recognized by many medical institutions and offered as an alternative treatment and spiritual care in hospitals and hospices. In the US, over 60 hospitals offer reiki to their patients, and over 800 hospitals give reiki education to their students. (Washington Post article on Reiki goes mainstream, May 16, 2014)
Doctors and nurses are exploring alternative ways to ease patients’ pain and help them relax, in order to enhance their immune system so they can recover better. There is a great video on youtube of a surgeon, Dr Sheldon Feldman on Reiki and Surgery.
Maybe it’s more simple than that
Have you seen the movie “Patch Adams” with Robin Williams? In the movie, the intern Patch when visiting patients with his class, raises his hand and asks the professor (doctor) what the name of the patient is. But the professor (doctor) can’t answer…
Doctors and nurses are usually extremely busy administering medical treatments, with focus on a disease and curing symptoms.
Reiki and other alternative healing are more holistic and they touch the patients not only on physical but also on psychological and spiritual levels.
It’s the human touch
If you are lying in the hospital bed surrounded by medical devices, a warm pair of hands on your head or your stomach could mean a lot and may find a lot of comfort. It is that human touch and the sense of caring which facilitate the healing process, because you become more relaxed and better rested.
If you’ve had a child, you know that babies sleep better in your arms than on his own in a bed. If she has scraped her knee, you can blow on it, and the pain goes away.
Perhaps our human needs are rather simple, and love and care can heal a lot of illnesses, and it compliments the mainstream medicine.
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