Reiki For Cancer Patients

 Reiki For Cancer Patients
Reiki Helps Patients Diagnosed with Cancer and Other Life Threatening Illnesses
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, they say
“Reiki has become a ‘go to’ therapy to help patients overcome anxiety, physical pain, sleeplessness, and all kinds of stresses.

Receiving the diagnosis of cancer or other life threatning illness IS a life changing and traumatic event. We often feel unprepared, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, frightened, exhausted, overstressed, and physically unwell as we move from diagnosis, through surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation and the occurring side effects, and anticipation and uncertainty about the future. Every part of us is affected.

Reiki treatments offer an oasis in the midst of the storm. Cancer patients who receive Reiki report feeling more relaxed, a decrease in stress and anxiety, a decrease in side effects of chemo, better sleep and improved sense of well-being. Reiki nourishes you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.   Reiki is Energy Medicine

I was Director of the Reiki Program at the Cancer Center of Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, MD. and one of the Reiki practitioners.
Please scroll down to read what Miri’s patients wrote about how much they benefited from Reiki treatments.

Reiki is a complementary/integrative energy-based therapy, recognized by NIH and the American Cancer Society.

During a Reiki session, the patient remains fully clothed and receives Reiki while lying in their hospital bed, at the Infusion Center, or while sitting in a chair – we meet you where you are. The practitioner gently places their hands in different appropriate positions on or slightly above the body.  For most of us, gentle touch is soothing and calming –  allowing the stress, tension, pain, emotional turmoil and busy mind to all calm down.  Patients report feeling more comfortable, nourished, cared for, calmer, clearer and have a greater sense of well being.

The availability of Reiki is quickly increasing in many hospitals and cancer centers (over 800) in large and small hospitals throughout the country including Harvard affiliates – Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Womens’ (at The Brigham “Reiki has become a ‘go to’ therapy to help patients overcome anxiety, physical pain, sleeplessness, and all kinds of stresses,“) and The Zakim Cancer Center;  Columbia Presbyterian and Sloan-Kettering Memorial in New York City;  John Hopkins,  Yale, Univ of Penn in PA and many more … because patients, nurses and doctors are reporting very positive benefits and are asking for Reiki!   Reiki is one of the top three complementary modalities asked for in hospitals today.

What Miri’s patients shared about How Reiki Helped them-Frederick Cancer Center, Frederick MD in 2008 

Patient 1 “Reiki during my chemotherapy infusion 
Dear Miri – THANK YOU, THANK YOU for coming to visit me during my chemotherapy treatment today.  I came home afterwards, laid down on the couch and peacefully slept for 2 hours!  I haven’t done that until today, and I KNOW that it is because you shared Reiki with me.  Usually the steroids keep me a little hyper and mentally uncomfortable for a few days. Even with the cramped and busy conditions of the IV Therapy Center, I could feel a strong, peaceful feeling coming through your hands. Again, Thank You!”

Patient 2 “My Reiki time with Miri was a time of escape from the realities of cancer treatments. Reiki offered me release from a scarred body with limits, from a body with pain. Reiki gifted me with a return to a youthful state of health, optimism and hope. The very first time I had a session with Miri – I experienced a big release of the emotional baggage I had been carrying.”

Patient 3 “This is my first time back in 3 weeks. I have not gone this long without Reiki since I began last March. I noticed a big difference in my symptoms since I have been without Reiki. My hand and foot syndrome from my Doxil treatment is bad now – very painful. This was not the case during the aftermath of my last treatment when I received Reiki throughout my Doxil treatment. Then I had NO symptoms. …having Reiki available here (in addition to your chemo) makes it feel like the whole Cancer Center is working towards your health in every way and that your emotional needs are valued and addressed.” M.A.

Patient 4” Thank God for Reiki”
For me, being diagnosed with breast cancer was as if:  “One day I was taking a beautiful hike in Colorado.  I was enjoying my life on a sunny day.  But suddenly I stumbled and fell into the raging Colorado River.  I tried to swim and keep my head above the water; but, the swift rapids kept carrying me downstream towards places unknown and scary.  I bounced off of rocks and was sucked under the water.  I kept reaching for the riverbank; but, I could not climb out of that river!”

Everything happens so fast after a positive cancer diagnosis.  Before the patient can digest the lotus2
news it is necessary to complete more tests, endure a surgery or two, then meet with more new doctors and discuss a frightening treatment plan.  My head was spinning and although everyone was telling me that I could do this and that I would be all right, fear and anxiety was taking control.

The Reiki Practitioners who offer their skills at the Cancer Center reached out to me and pulled me out of that raging, scary river.

I remember the first time I walked into my first Reiki session. I really did not know what to expect; but, I could feel sincere warmth and comfort from the Reiki staff. I believe that the human touch is very powerful; and by laying warm, caring hands on me, Miri and the other Reiki Practitioners immediately helped me to relax. The fearful messages that were in my mind were replaced with “Peace,” “Hope,” “Calm,” “Health.”

After that first Reiki session, I knew that I had discovered something that was good for me.  In fact, during that next week I noticed that as I did my daily household chores…. I found myself “humming” some of my favorite songs.  I hadn’t hummed in years!  And later after the second Reiki session, I started sleeping and resting more peacefully at night and felt genuinely better about my entire self.

I am now continuing my chemotherapy treatments in a more calm and peaceful manner. And, I have done this without any of the usually prescribed anxiety drugs. I have learned how to take deep breaths and calm myself naturally. The more Reiki sessions that I have and the more I practice relaxing, the easier it is to remain in a peaceful state of mind. 

I would like to offer my complete support for the Reiki program at the Cancer Treatment Center. It is a necessary and vital part of the entire cancer support group. Any patient who is open to try Reiki will find a gentle, non-invasive and practical healing therapy. Reiki is restoring the balance to my body, my mind and my soul.  Thank you. K.F. Frederick, MD

The following BENEFITS have been noted by patients, doctors, nurses at the Cancer Center in Frederick, MD.

  • Increased energy, less fatigue
  • Decreased pain, anxiety, stress and depression
  • Support for faster healing after surgery and medical procedures
  • Calming of the mind and balancing of the emotions
  • Reduction in side effects/discomforts of chemo and radiation therapies including nausea/vomiting, fatigue, skin eruptions, anxiety
  • Improved sleep
  • A feeling of being cared for, cared about and nurtured
  • Increased feelings of well-being, empowerment, inner strength, clarity


Reiki has no known negative side-effects and can be used in conjunction with all medical treatments

I have offered Reiki to patients at different stages of their treatment and have also been invited to give patients Reiki during their chemotherapy. I have also offered Reiki to patients pre and post surgery to support their surgery and their healing.

If you or a loved one has been given a diagnosis of cancer and are interested in more information about receiving Reiki, please click here to contact Miri.