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Reiki and Cancer

Reiki isn’t a substitute to conventional cancer treatment, but many cancer patients, who have tried Reiki, comment that their pain and feeling of tension decrease, their sleeping improves, and that they feel improvement in their well-being after cancer treatments.

It may:

  • help you to feel deeply relaxed
  • help you cope with difficult situations
  • relieve emotional stress and tension
  • help to improve overall wellbeing

There is no scientific evidence to show that Reiki can prevent, treat or cure cancer. However, many healthcare professionals accept Reiki as a complementary therapy which may help lower stress, promote relaxation and reduce pain.

Because Reiki is a non-invasive technique that causes no side effects or complications, it can be performed on cancer patients at any time following their diagnosis and throughout their treatment. Reiki might also be effective at reducing anxiety and inducing relaxation and balance among those in remission.


Cancer Research UK suggests:

“After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting.”


Reiki is a complementary therapy that aims to help support you during your cancer treatment and help with your general well being.

Please Remember Reiki cannot cure your cancer & it’s important to tell your doctor about any complementary therapy, including Reiki, you add to your treatment plan!

For further information on Reiki and Cancer visit Cancer Research UK


  • Are there any side effects for cancer patients?

    Reiki is safe for most people with cancer. There are no reports of harmful side effects.

    (Remember though it’s important to tell your doctor about any complementary therapies that you use.)

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