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Using Reiki to Support Cancer Patients  
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Cancer is such a powerful and frightening illness - its effects are both physical and emotional, affecting not only the patient, but their family and friends also. Reiki, as we know, has such an impact on a person`s sense of well-being,
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I have seen the devastating physical and emotional effects of cancer, but I have also seen the power of hope, determination, positive thinking and the strength of the Human Spirit.
Patients with cancer at various stages of the illness, from the earliest diagnosis, to the terminal stage can all benefit from the centering effect of Reiki.  
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Patients with Cancer: building a supportive relationship with Reiki
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It is particularly helpful to discuss with the cancer patient their feelings about lose of control over their lives. Being passive goes against our usual Survival instinct.  This can lead to an extra element of depression :negative feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and a weakening of the belief and resolve to survive. Cancer patients being taught to use Reiki helps address this problem.
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A negative state of mind inhibits and suppresses the body's own healing responses. All Doctors would agree that treatment of cancer is enhanced by the attitude of the patient. The use of Reiki helps a patient`s sense of self muster inner resources.
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.Aspects of the patient`s emotional and physical life should be discussed with the patient. Patients with a focus on how they can have input into their cancer treatment gives an element of vitality  to the prognosis that only the patient can provide. 
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Using Reiki for Cancer Patients
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Naturally a cancer patient could be given a Reiki Treatment. I would also always offer the opportunity to give them a Reiki Attunement and teach them how to self treat. This is wonderfully empowering for the cancer patient.   

Mesothelioma

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs or abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos. In over 30% of all mesothelioma cases, asbestos exposure happened during military service. Veterans from all branches of service are at risk, with the most common being the United States Navy and the Marines. There are a variety of mesothelioma treatments available, as well as doctors in the VA system who are capable of treating it.

Mesothelioma

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Reiki Supports Nurses in a Deeper Awareness

 

Reiki training enhances this ability to "know" or "sense" things or be more aware of subtle signs. It helps one to become more aware of the emotional or spiritual component of dis-ease that the nurse can share with the client to gain understanding or insight.

This insight fits with the nurses’ role of helping a person to understand
and learn more about their health or illness and to provide guidance to change
behaviour and increase awareness
 As nurses’ roles continue to change and expand, Reiki is there to assist in their professional development. Reiki assists nurses in caring for themselves
and restores their energies so they can continue to give of themselves in their role as health care advocates.

Nurses who practice Reiki are in the unique position to combine both Reiki and their strong  medical knowledge to  help clients and improve the health care system.
 

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Emergency room nurses use Reiki to calm patients down quickly and to be more open to treatment. They find that Reiki also calms down family members.

Dr. Nancy Eos explains in her book "Reiki and Medicine" how she uses Reiki to help her decide which person needs to be seen first (triage).

Home care nurses use Reiki in physical and psychological assessments, changing dressings, paper work, health care teaching and working with family members.

Recovery room nurses report using Reiki over the incision site of painful areas and find patients have an easier time waking up or recovering from anaesthesia and surgical trauma.

Nurses in private practice tell me how Reiki enhances their hypnotherapy skills, guided imagery exercises, their work in Labour and Delivery, and massage sessions, etc

Others give their patients Reiki while taking their blood pressure or pulse. The patient’s often reply that they feel "something special" or feel more relaxed.

It is amazing what just a few minutes of Reiki can do.
 

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
                   Mahatma Gandhi(1869-1948)