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Recently when I was working out at the gym, I saw the back of a t-shirt that read, “Results Never Lie.” It made me think of the results I have heard discussed by my patients repeatedly in my practice for 22 years. Reiki shows real results for managing chronic pain.
Reiki is an ancient Japanese touch therapy that is similar to massage. A qualified Reiki practitioner can help bring relief to your chronic pain by laying on hands on specific parts of your body or by positioning their hands slightly above your body.
In alternative medicine, Reiki is a treatment in which healing energy is channeled from the practitioner to the patient to enhance energy and reduce stress, pain, and fatigue. Practitioners say that it works by opening up a channel between healer and patient to transfer energy — a Reiki healer restores the body both physically and mentally.
During a Reiki session, muscles are relaxed, and energy flow is unblocked. This helps reduce physical tension and pain. Anxiety and stress also are reduced, helping to unblock and release emotional pain. Although you may not be completely pain-free, you feel relaxed, refreshed, and better able to cope with your condition.
Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of Reiki. In a recent study from Michigan, researchers found that Reiki helps reduce the intensity of pain in patients, including cancer patients. In other studies, Reiki has shown to relieve pain in a broad spectrum of patients, and Reiki reduced anxiety and depression in patients, too.
Another benefit of Reiki is that it is a non-invasive treatment, and no serious side effects or risks have been identified with Reiki treatments.
If you experience chronic pain or know someone who does, make an appointment with me to find out more about the benefits of Reiki. Experience the healing benefits of Reiki for yourself.
As you learned last week, vitamin D deficiency is linked to physical illnesses. Here is another study that supports this:
A study conducted at the University of Hawaii found that low vitamin D intake may be associated with risk of stroke. The study involved 8,006 Japanese-American men, ages 45-68 years at the start (1965-1968) who were followed for over 34 years (the study ended in 1999). The study found that vitamin D deficiency may be tied to increased risk of stroke. The results suggest that low dietary vitamin D intake may be an independent risk factor for stroke.
Vitamin D deficiency is a serious health risk for you. Make an appointment with me today to discuss your vitamin D level, and to learn about supplements and dietary changes you can add to ensure you have high enough levels in your body.
There are many causes of physical illness, including cancer, but not all illnesses are physical problems. Many times emotions, unresolved issues, mental thoughts and beliefs play a significant role in the manifestation of physical symptoms and illnesses, including cancer! While it is extremely important to address the underlying emotional and spiritual culprits for your physical symptoms, there is something else to help.
Vitamin D, our super vitamin, can offset possible physical predispositions we have. Here is a summary of one research study that supports the importance of vitamin D:
In a study done in Pakistan, researchers studied the vitamin D levels in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. They found that in a case-control study involving 90 breast cancer patients and 90 age-matched female controls with a mean age of 46 years, vitamin D deficiency was found in 95.6% of breast cancer patients (mean vitamin D was 9.3 ng/mL) as compared to 77% of controls (mean vitamin D was 14.9 ng/mL). Tumor characteristics were not associated with vitamin D level. Breast cancer patients who were premenopausal had a mean serum vitamin D level of 10.5 ng/mL, as compared to 13.5 ng/mL among post-menopausal breast cancer patients. The normal blood levels of vitamin D range is 30-100. The authors of the study conclude, “Invariably almost all patients with breast cancer were vitamin D deficient.”
Are you vitamin D deficient? Read next week’s entry to learn about more studies linking vitamin D deficiency to physical illnesses, and learn how you can improve your vitamin D levels.
Source:"Vitamin D deficiency in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients," Imtiaz S, Siddiqui N, et al, Indian J Endocrinol Metab, 2012 May; 16(3): 409-13. (Address: Department of Medical Oncology, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan
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