Updated: Aug 14, 2022
Why people with cancer use Reiki
Some people with cancer may use energy therapy alongside their treatment, as a complementary therapy. Practitioners say that it can:
help you to feel deeply relaxed
help you cope with demanding situations
relieve emotional stress and tension
help to improve overall wellbeing
Some people with cancer say they feel better after using energy therapies such as reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person and touches them. After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting. Reiki is sometimes used in palliative care, especially in hospices.
Some people say that reiki has helped to control side effects of their cancer treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness. They also say that it helps them cope better with their cancer and its treatment. But it’s important to bear in mind that while reiki may help you to cope with your symptoms or side effects, it is not able to treat your cancer.
A word of caution
Remember that reiki cannot cure your cancer.
It is a complementary therapy that aims to help support you during your cancer treatment and help with your general wellbeing.
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