Reiki Improves Heart Attack Outcomes, Yale Study Confirms

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Researchers from Yale University's School of Medicine have contributed compelling evidence supporting Reiki, a Japanese technique for relaxation, as a safe adjunct therapy in the days following a heart at- tack.

Although published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology more than a decade ago, in September 2010, this groundbreaking study laid the groundwork for a path to legitimizing energy work among the conventional medical estab- lishment.

hink energy healing is "woo-woo"? A study out of Yale University shows that Reiki may provide benefits to

When an individual suffers a cardiac ar- rest, the largest predictor of a successful outcome is heart rate variability. Heart rate variability (HRV) is the time between heart beats, a key indicator of overall health, signaling both the patient's cardiovascular fitness and how well their body is handling the stress of being unwell.

Heart rate variability reflects the interplay between the autonomic nervous system (ANS), responsible for unconscious pro- cesses within your body such as heartbeat and respiration, and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), responsible for functions like sleep and digestion. Within a conventional hospital setting, this read- ing is often done with an EKG, or electro- cardiogram, machine.

When a patient experiences a myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, the sudden loss of blood flow to the heart can damage or destroy cardiac tissue and impair functioning of the ANS, an effect that is detected in the patient's HRV readings.

Factors related to the PNS, such as how well a patient is resting and digesting food, also affect heart rate, making HRV highly reflective of the patient's likelihood of a successful recovery.

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Reiki is a simple and easily learned prac- tice of "laying on hands" with the intent to heal. Practitioners tap into universal life force energy, which is inherent in the cos- mos, and transfer it to the patient by serv- ing as an energy conduit. Performed in conjunction with Reiki-trained nurses on cardiac units at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, participants in this study

In this randomized controlled study, re- searchers explored the viability of Reiki as a nonpharmacologic adjunct therapy to improve HRV and long-term prognosis for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). ACS is a blanket diagnosis for a range of conditions related to sudden re- duced blood flow to the heart, thus heart attack is a symptom of ACS.

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