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Round up: Health and Well Being. Reiki in the News, Stress, and More.

Scott K

IN THE NEWSI love the wave of new information coming out in studies lately. Understanding and advances in all parts of our lives including alternative treatment methods and complimentary energy practices like Reiki. Here is a small handful of articles that have jumped into my life the last week with some terrific news.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study.Vital Signs

“New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Campus conducted one of the first studies ever performed to determine the effectiveness of Reiki treatments on the autonomic nervous system. This “blind, random study” included a Reiki treatment group, a “sham” treatment group and a “control” group. The testing began with all participants at “baseline” autonomic nervous systems levels. The results within the Reiki treatment group showed a lowering of these levels including heart rate, respiration and blood pressure. These positive results led the team to recommend further, larger studies to look at the biological effects of Reiki treatment.

It’s interesting to note that Columbia/Presbyterian was one of the first hospitals to offer Reiki as part of their Integrative Medicine Program (CIMP). The now famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz brought tremendous attention to Reiki when he invited Reiki practitioners to treat patients during open heart surgeries and heart transplant operations. Dr. Oz is often quoted as saying, “Reiki has become a sought-after healing art among patients and mainstream medical professionals.”


Reiki Passes Tests with Flying Colors

There have been many other controlled studies submitted to peer-journals and to The Touchstone Process for review. Ailments and disorders that tested favorably to Reiki treatment include:

  1. Post operative pain after tooth extraction
  2. Cognition in elderly, related to dementia/Alzheimers
  3. Pre-operative relaxation and post-op pain
  4. Pain in chronically ill patients
  5. Depression and stress
  6. Well-being in Reiki practitioners

As of 2009, The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality.

Only one study proved solidly negative and that was for the treatment of fibromyalgia-associated pain levels. As is the case with conventional drug treatments, not all therapies prove to be effective.”

Read the full article at Green Lotus.

Fashion Icon Donna Karen Launches Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program at UCLA:

“In partnership with Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, the UCLA Health System will be offering a unique Eastern healing program designed to enhance the care of patients. The program will include:

Training of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff members in holistic practices to encourage optimal healing.

Introduction of Eastern healing modalities to patients, including yoga therapy (breath awareness, in-bed movement and guided meditation); Reiki (a Japanese vibrational energy therapy facilitated by light touch, on or slightly off the body, that balances the human biofield); essential oil therapy; nutrition; and contemplative care.

“UCLA Health System has a long tradition of integrating holistic health care techniques with traditional medical care,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor for health sciences. “We are grateful to Ms. Karan for bringing her vision of holistic healing to our patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. It fits in perfectly with our mission of treating the whole patient rather than just a particular illness. We feel fortunate to partner with Donna on her vision of combining the very best in Western medicine with Eastern healing therapy techniques that enhance the patient’s health and well-being.”

Full Article at

Podcast from Sounds True: Reiki as a Spiritual Path:

“Tami Simon speaks with Bronwen Stiene, who teaches the system of Reiki in Asia, North America, and Europe, and cofounded Australia’s International House of Reiki with her husband, Frans. Bronwen is the author of four books, including The Reiki Sourcebook and The Japanese Art of Reiki, and with Sounds True has created the audio program Reiki Meditations for Self-Healing. In this episode, Tami speaks with Bronwen about some of the central myths surrounding the practice of Reiki, the importance of grounding, how Reiki works when used with animals, and what Reiki has to teach us about opening right now to whatever is needed most in our lives. (62 minutes) Listen Now via iTunes.

Two interesting articles via Huffington post.

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.

“The only choice we really have is how we’re going to respond to feeling vulnerable. And contrary to popular belief, our shields don’t protect us. They simply keep us from being seen, heard, and known.

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the past decade and experienced firsthand over the last year, it’s this: Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose.

Even if letting ourselves be seen and opening ourselves up to judgment or disappointment feels terrifying, the alternatives are worse: Choosing to feel nothing — numbing. Choosing to perfect, perform, and please our way out of vulnerability. Choosing rage, cruelty, or criticism. Choosing shame and blame. Like most of you reading this, I have some experience with all of these alternatives, and they all lead to same thing: disengagement and disconnection.

One of my favorite quotes is from theologian Howard Thurman. He writes, “Don’t ask what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” Vulnerability is not easy, but it’s the surest sign that we’ve come alive.”

Full video available at

John Tsilimparis: Creating a Healthier, Happier You:

“The kind of separateness we are discussing here does not mean indifference or isolation from others, and it does not mean avoiding intimate relationships either. The power of separateness comes in the form of a human connectedness that values the treasured spaces that exist between us and others. When we are not striving for this identity, we are allowing for that “space” to be compromised, and we begin to lose ourselves. In other words, the power in the separateness lies in our ability to stay intellectually differentiated from others regarding ideas, thoughts and feelings and in our ability to stand alone amidst the chaos that surrounds us. And, when things get a little heated and there is conflict that puts that “space” in jeopardy, to learn how to hold that centeredness and stick to our guns without having to fire them.

However, for most people, it feels like a daunting task to alter their way of relating and begin defining personal boundaries, especially with family members for fear of disapproval and/or fear of abandonment.

To assist in harnessing this power of separateness, we must learn how to communicate this respectfully to others. The boundary or the line of distinction being drawn that we are ushering in can appear to many as being uncaring or cold. So, we must introduce this way of being human discretely. One of the best ways to deliver this separateness is through “Assertive Communication.”

Full blog post at the Huffington Post.


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