cancer treatment

Reiki Helps Cancer Patient Handle Treatments

I read a fabulous and inspiring article recently about a cancer patient in Boston, Kelley Tuthill, who credits Reiki and Acupuncture with helping her through tough chemotherapy treatments.

Says Tuthill,

Most of us can wrap our brains around the fact that if we go and get a massage, we’re going to feel better. But it’s harder to understand how Reiki could work; it’s basically described as a practitioner using her hands to give you peace, comfort, and energy. I was definitely skeptical, but Susan was amazing. I would go in there feeling nervous and anxious about things, and I would come out a transformed person. She had such a way about her, and helped me to feel more relaxed, more balanced, more positive. She would put her hands on my bald head and say, “I feel like you have good energy.” That meant a lot to me, because I felt very nervous about how I was doing physically, and it was reassuring to hear somebody say I had positive energy left in my battered body, even when I didn’t feel like I did. There was something about her touch that was very powerful.

I was having acupuncture on Fridays, so I started getting Reiki on Monday mornings before my toughest chemo treatment, Adriamycin and cytoxan. There were so many invasive things happening, but this was an hour where I could just go hide in there with Susan and have a little peace. It was the one part of my Dana-Farber treatment where I was choosing what to do. Usually you have to get a CAT scan, or you have to get a certain treatment, but this was something just for me. It empowered me to say, “I’m going to take this next hour and do this for myself.” It’s going to help me in ways that only I know about and only I can experience.

Reiki is effective - it works!

Reiki Improved Quality of Life In Cancer Patients

A recent Australian study, soon to be presented at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting in Melbourne, has shown a 14% reduction in symptoms distress along with improvements in pain, fatigue, nausea, appetite, sleep and breathing in 1244 cancer patients who obtained alternative therapies in addition to conventional cancer treatments.

Some of the therapies included aromatherapy, reiki, meditation and chi breathing.

Dr. David Joske, head researcher and Head of Hematology at Charles Gairdner Hospital stated that the research has shown beneficial effects that alternative therapies can have on cancer patients. However, it is too soon to know if these therapies have an essential effect or just give a placebo effect. Dr. Joske also remarks that he has witnessed a more positive attitude in his own patients.

Professor Bruce Mann, COSA President, stated that the conclusions were interesting. The suggestion that alternative therapies may add to patients having a more positive approach to conventional treatments is welcome and deserves further examination.