Reiki is practiced in some hospitals to alleviate pain, stress, and promote restful sleep, healing, and relaxation to help patients with terminal illnesses. While Reiki is not a replacement for conventional medical and surgical treatment systems, it is in fact a very effective supplementary therapy to support the healing and well being of the patient. In US many hospitals arrange for Reiki treatment from outside Reiki practitioners as per the requirements and requests of the patients. Some practitioners offer Reiki at hospitals on voluntary basis. According to Ruth E Stuettgen, an accredited Reiki practitioner of the Association of Australia Inc., there are hospitals, nursing homes, and palliative care hospices in Australia that offer Reiki treatments to patients upon request.
Reiki Training for Hospital Staff
Though the common practice is to get Reiki practitioners from outside, there is also a growing trend today to get the nursing staff trained in Reiki. In US Reiki is recognized by law under Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). This has made it possible for the hospitals to use Reiki in hospitals to help patients enjoy the benefits of Reiki. Hospitals administrations have understood the need of improved patient care and their well being. Training the hospital staff, also meet these needs. Hospital staff also benefit from learning Reiki.
Reiki for terminally ill Patients and Trauma Victims
Reiki has been found to be very effective to relieve pain and stress in people who are terminally ill and for trauma victims. Reiki is especially suitable for trauma victims who have undergone amputations and serious surgeries. Such medical procedures cause blockages in the energy fields. Major wounds and lost limbs will cause severe pain to the patients. Reiki practitioners can identify these energy blocks as well as distortions and correct them to reduce pain and make healing faster. Faster recovery, reduced pain and relaxation help bedridden patients in hospitals to a great degree.