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Would Nurses benefit from learning Reiki?

Updated on August 10, 2013

Reiki symbol ~ Cho-ku-rei


Benefits of Reiki for Patients

Professionals in the medical community are becoming more aware of the benefits of Reiki treatments for their patients. As of 2007,15% of American hospitals offer Reikias part of their services.

Most medical professionals are educated around the physical body, its skeletal, organ and circulation systems. There is another component to the human body which is the energy body or ‘auric field’ which is the energy that surrounds the body providing protection. This auric field acts as antennae for the body alerting it to possible danger and other environmental hazards as well as picking up loving and positive energy from others. When a patient is hospitalized, the energy body can pick up on all kinds of different energies that exist in a hospital environment. A Reiki treatment can keep the energy moving and add vitality to the energy body preventing some of the energetic ‘clutter’ from entering into the patient’s auric field and slowing the healing process.

For example, after surgery applying a Reiki treatment can enhance the patient’s ability to heal. When an invasive procedure is performed on a human body, the energy body is also affected. As a result the energy body can form a block or ‘scar tissue’ if you will, around the wounded area which prevents the natural flow of life force through the body. Energy has to move and where there is no movement, illness can occur. Applying a post-surgical Reiki treatment can remove these blocks and keep the energy moving through the energy body boosting the body’s ability to heal itself. The Reiki treatment can also close the area where the body was operated on keeping other energies from entering within the energy body.

When the life force of a body has a blockage or multiple of blockages, patients experience more anxiety, pain and depression. Being in the hospital is frightening for some which contributes to their feelings of angst. Nurses who are able to apply a Reiki treatment for a patient can assist in relieving the angst and keeping the patient calm during their hospital stay.

Reiki can benefit the families of patients.

Reiki not only benefits patients themselves but the families as well.  Family members can experience just as much anxiety and frustration as the patient being treated, especially parents of small children who are hospitalized.  A pediatric nurse can assist a frightened parent and apply a brief Reiki treatment to keep the energy flowing, allowing the parent to feel more relaxed and calm about the situation. 

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Nurses can apply Reiki treatments to themselves.

A great deal of a hospital nurse’s daily routine includes direct contact with patients through touch, speaking, and listening.  Reiki is a great tool for a medical professional as being attuned to Reiki can enhance their intuitive abilities allowing them to see beyond what a patient is saying and what their physical symptoms are expressing. 

Working in an environment where one is treating the ill and infirm can drain a person of their own vital energy if they are not taking care of their own health.  There is so much expected of them from the patients, the patients’ families and the doctors.  Nurses spend so much of their day giving their energy to others that oftentimes there is little left for themselves.  It is no surprise that there is a high burn out rate for nurses especially those that work in the hospital setting.    Being attuned to Reiki can allow the nurses to give themselves treatments keeping their own energy flowing and raising their own vibrations.  A nurse must give themselves nurturing and keep their own physical health in order to have something to give to their patients.  Reiki assists in replenishing energy depletion that can result from being a care taker. 


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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      You are so right that nurses should be trained to use Reiki, on themselves as well as their patients, for all the reasons you mention above. For far too long, Western medicine has poo-pooed techniques and procedures commonly (and successfully) used in Eastern cultures for centuries. Glad to know that at least some of these techniques are finding their way into "modern" medicine!

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      Lorri Woodmansee 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      'It is ESPECIALLY helpful after surgery as our bodies do not understand they are being violated and cut upon with an intention toward healing.'

      Thank you for this additional insight. You're right, it would make sense that the body would assume the surgery is a violation since it resembles an aggressive act. Great thing for me to keep in mind!!

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      Lori Rosen 6 years ago

      I think all who care for patients should be trained in Reiki or at the very least the Healing Touch modality. It is useful both for the patient who heals quicker and easier, with less pain and infection AND the healthcare provider who can use these methods on themselves to prevent burnout, impatience and general bad attitude from the extensive workload placed upon them. Its a beautiful practice that connects us to one another deeply and when do we need to feel that more than when our bodies have been weakend by illness or injury. It is ESPECIALLY helpful after surgery as our bodies do not understand they are being violated and cut upon with an intention toward healing. I was a Respiratory Therapist for 10 years and while not trained in Reiki I would use Meditative Breathing techniques to help my patients fight the panic that breathing problems can cause. I am now a Meditation Instructor with a special interest in Medical Meditation. I enjoyed your article very much and opportunity to comment upon it. Thank you. By the way, my daughter's name is Lily....very beautiful.