Thereare various types of touch therapy applied in the medical profession.Reiki touch therapy is a concept that involves strengthening theability of the body to heal by using hands. There has been anincreased usage of this therapy by many nurses in the recent years,although there is no sufficient research to prove its effectivenessin healing the body. This paper will focus on the importance of thetouch therapy to health care and the benefits it has to a patient.The reasons for choosing this treatment instead of the other typeswill be summarized.
Iprefer this energy –based touch therapy because it has a broadrange of applications in the medical field. In the last ten years,the use of this therapy has increased in psychiatric settings,operating rooms, nursing homes, emergency departments among otherareas. Despite insufficient research on how the treatment works,practitioners and nurses have reported great success in stress andpain management from their patients. Reiki relies on the energyapplied by a nurse to the body, which results in body balance andmind-body integration. There is no use of advanced technologies whichhave side effects to the body. It is a purely natural way to takecare of one’s body without using expensive equipment and medicines.Therefore, the only expenses incurred by the patient are the servicesrendered by the nurse (Demir, Can, & Celek, 2013).
Healthcaremajorly focusses on western medicine. The biggest challenge to healthcare is the application of expensive machines and drugs which havemade it expensive to the ordinary man. Some diseases such as cancerhave treatment programs that have side effects to the patient and areexpensive. Many hospitals are integrating alternative medicine intotheir programs because of the benefits to their patients. Mentalhospitals have been at the forefront of integrating touch therapy totheir programs. Most of the patients in a mental institution are inpain, depression, and stress. The methods employed to treat them arerigid and cruel. Even though patients in a psychiatric hospital canbe violent, methods can be developed to apply Reiki therapy so thatthey can be relaxed (Demir, Can, & Celek, 2013).
Studieshave been conducted to ascertain the benefits of the therapy. Sincethe treatment is not initiated by nursing, there is little researchfinding to prove its effectiveness. Healthcare is a sensitive issuebecause it concerned with the well-being of human beings. Alltreatment programs applied in western medicine have undergonethorough research and evaluation. Although Reiki has existed fromtime immemorial as a holistic treatment program that connects themind and body, minimal research has been done in the last ten years,and the results have been inconclusive. According to a recent studyconducted on rats in a lab, the animals were given Reiki treatments,and they showed positive results on stress and pain removal.Researchers and scientists have conducted human trials that havegiven excellent results. More studies are being carried out to provethe benefits of the treatment. With the continued success in thestudies, healthcare will eventually embrace the therapy and activelyuse it as a major treatment program[ CITATION Kun14 l 1033 ].
Inconclusion, Reiki is a natural way to effect healing properties tohuman beings. More research should be done to strengthen the alreadyexisting findings, which are patient based. The governments andprivate institutions should join hands to foster advancement in thisfield of medicine.
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