Researchers believe that there is a case for Reiki being added to the roster of complementary therapies

Due to more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, people are living longer with cancer and it is now often classed as a long-term condition.  In fact a new study shows that at least half of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives.

A University of Huddersfield research project claims that Reiki can improve the quality of life for cancer patients by lowering their levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue. The findings are to be presented at a major conference and larger-scale research could follow.

“Patients don’t go into the hospital or see consultants as frequently, so they often look at things outside of normal medical treatment to help them cope with the effects of living with the disease, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain,” said Dr McCluskey.

As a result of the study they have concluded that

“Reiki could be a beneficial tool in the self-management of quality of life issues for women with cancer”.

The team now believes that there is a case for Reiki being added to the roster of complementary therapies that are available via the NHS.

“The benefits could last for as long as a fortnight, said Dr Stead. “It really gave them an escape from what they were going through. They were often undergoing a lot of treatment, and the Reiki was a respite and seemed to help them cope. It got them out of their blackness.”

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