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Energy Healing Commonly Used in Hospitals

Approximately 50% of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), of which "energy healing" is among the top ten most frequently used, according to a recent report.

The March Issue of "Complements", a newsletter released by the Center of Integrative Medicine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT reports on energy healing and its use in the hospital setting.

The author, Alice Moore, RN, BS, and Reiki Master, reports that even though energy healing may seem like a new form of therapy for patient's ailments, it is actually an ancient practice that is only recently becoming validated by modern science and research. According to the article, "research has shown that these therapies (often called mind-body-spirit techniques) can help decrease anxiety, diminish pain, strengthen the immune system, and accelerate healing, whether by simply inducing the "relaxation response" (and reversing the "stress response" and subsequent impacts on the body, illness, and disease) or, by more complex mechanisms."

In 1997 Women's Health Services at Hartford Hospital began to implement Reiki Healing Touch in the gynecological surgery inpatient unit. The author reports that "After the tremendous success of this program, the formal Integrative Medicine Program (at Hartford Hospital) was developed in 2000 incorporating Reiki Pilot Programs (along with massage, guided imagery, acupuncture, and ART for Healing), on the cardiology, orthopedic, oncology, and palliative care units as well as in the outpatient cancer care center."

Source: http://www.harthosp.org/IntMed/pdf/Complements-Mar-2005.pdf

By Laura Stevens
Mutton Fish Point Productions
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