Reiki & Veterans

Empowering veterans with Reiki

BootI am very proud to have served and loved the life the Army provided. The journey came with much adventure, friendship, and accomplishment as well as many struggles and obstacles. I can relate to the stressors service members and dual military couples experience while raising a family. Like many other service members, I have been on both sides of deployment. The soldier who deployed and the family member at home taking care of the children while their spouse is away.

Military life can be extremely demanding,  fast paced, and has its unique challenges which, for many, means high physical and emotional stress all the time. Often we don’t realize the level of stress we are experiencing because it has become our norm until our bodies try to slow us down through exhaustion, anxiety, pain or illness. My response to the stressors created significant health challenges. The pain and exhaustion I experienced became the catalyst to opening my heart and mind to other methods of healing. After experiencing the wonderful benefits of Reiki for myself and family, it became my goal to bring this wonderful technique to other veterans and their families. – Judy

Information on how Reiki is being used to help Veterans

Clinical Report on the ​Effects of Integrative PTSD Treatment in a Military Health Setting by Salvatore Libretto, Lara Hilton, Sandi Gordon and Weimin Zhang, Samueli Institute and Jerry Wesch, Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program, Foot Hood 
The Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program (Reset), an innovative intensive outpatient behavioral health program at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas provided integrative care for active-duty service members for the treatment of  PTSD symptoms from 2008-2015. The Reset protocol combined trauma-focused behavioral health techniques with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities including acupuncture, massage, Reiki, reflexology, and yoga.  Outcome analysis by year indicates steady improvements in treatment gains for these major outcomes over time. Reset demonstrated promise for reducing symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression through its integrative approach combining traditional and trauma=focused psychological therapy with CAM treatments.

Integrative Care for Acute Combat-Induced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Joe C. Chang, MAOM, DiplOM, LAc
Current trends for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have involved the integration of CAM modalities (i.e., acupuncture, reiki,
 yoga) into standard Western treatments through evidence-based research. This is evident in military medicine, where positive primary and secondary outcomes have enabled the integration of CAM modalities with standard treatment protocols (i.e., cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy) in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. The integration of CAM into the military healthcare system has been a success mainly through evidence-based research and public relations exposure. But the key to integrative medicine will be the support of CAM through continued evidence-based research.

Reiki and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Healing the Soul by Kathie Lipinski, RN, MSN, CH

Reiki for Veterans? Military and VA Testing Already Using Ancient Touch Therapy

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