"As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier is energy medicine." ---MEHMET OZ, MD, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, February 13, 2007
"2010....TRY REIKI" --DR. OZ
THE FOLLOWING IF FROM THE DR. OZ WEB SITE JAN. 2010
Reiki is another popular energy healing therapy, which is typically performed by a trained Reiki master. Here the practitioner's light touch on, or slightly above, specific areas of the body is used to balance the flow of energy throughout the body. The laying on of hands on the head, face, neck, chest, abdomen and back delivers varying degrees of natural vibrational "heated" energy as needed, to strengthen the body to heal itself. Reiki can also be self-administered.
Original Air Date: December 14, 2006
Are treatments that used to be considered far out—such as acupuncture, meditation and Reiki—now in? In recent years, many alternatives to traditional medicine have been gaining mainstream attention. Dr. Oz talks to Dr. Christy Mack, a leading proponent of integrative medicine, about the new frontiers of alternative medicine and the future of "mind-body medicine."
Dr. Mack is one of the founders of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. She says this first-of-its-kind medical facility is dedicated to exploring healthcare options that treat the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The center has been regarded by some to be an acknowledgment by the established medical community of the potential, although controversial, benefits of alternative therapies.
Dr. Mack is also certified as a Reiki practitioner, which is a Japanese form of alternative healing. She says that Reiki is one of the fastest growing healing modalities in the country. "Its premise is to draw from the universal energy which we use to stay healthy and to channel that through a Reiki practitioner into a client," Dr. Mack says.
Oprah and Dr. Oz
The Reiki Digest for February 14, 2007: O! Reiki makes the Radar O!
Last week, when we explored the power of focused attention, there was one effective means of focusing the attention of millions that we neglected to mention. She appeared in one of this year's Super Bowl commercials, sitting in David Letterman's lap. This week, she turned her attention to so-called alternative medicine, and that's how Reiki showed up as a tiny blip on the screen of Oprah's radar. Whether you prefer champagne or sparkling cider, it's time to break out the bubbly, because Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's most powerful lenses for focusing people's attention. It's time to celebrate!
Every author, every publicist, anybody with a cause or a product to sell dreams of being noticed by Oprah, because when she takes notice, millions of her viewers, readers, and listeners also take notice.
So when a fellow Reiki Master let me know yesterday that she'd heard Dr. Mehmet Oz mention Reiki on Oprah's show, I scheduled my television box to record the rerun of the program at 1 o'clock this morning. It's a good thing I did, because if I hadn't been able to rewind and play through the segment several times, I might have missed it entirely.
I knew Dr. Oz was aware of Reiki because months ago, a new subscriber told me that Dr. Oz had mentioned The Reiki Digest on his satellite radio program. But I didn't expect the resounding endorsement he gave to energy medicine yesterday. Here's an excerpt from Oprah's web site:
[Oprah bravely allows an acupuncturist to put needles in her hand and foot, but has to break for a commercial before getting a full treatment. After the break, she and Dr. Oz talk about acupuncture and more.]
Oz: ...But let's broaden the discussion, because it's not just about acupuncture. The reason I'm so excited and passionate about alternative medicine is because, you know, Oprah, this show is watched all over the world.
Oz: We have questions today from other continents.
Oz: So we have global media. We have global banking: you can go put your bank card in a bank machine anywhere in the world and get cash back in their currency.
Oprah: So why shouldn't there be global medicine?
Oz: And alternative medicine is the globalization of medicine.
Oprah: Are you saying that medical science is more open to alternatives?
Oz: Ironically, it's more open because we're beginning to catch up. Let's take energy as an example.
Oz: Acupuncture at its very foundation is tapping into meridians of energy we can't actually see. When I look at you out there, I actually see beams of light. That's what we're all about. It's what defines life, is energy. A cell is defined as being alive if the membrane around it separates the energy on the inside from the energy on the outside. You put those cells together, into an organ, the heart, the heart has to have energy. Those organs in the body have to give up energy. So at the end of the day, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and prayer, all deal with energy.
Oprah: I was going to ask you about prayer. This is amazing, because I've been doing this show a long time, and I would say 10 years ago, I couldn't have gotten a doctor in America to say what you just said.
Oz: As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier is energy medicine.
Oprah: Because we're all energy. Isn't that exciting? I think that's exciting. Very exciting.
From your lips to the world's ears, Oprah.
Reiki in Hospitals
Motz, Julie, 1998. "Hands of Life". New York; Bantam Books, 1998
Reiki was used in the operating room of the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. The New York Times magazine reported about the use of Reiki during open-heart surgeries and hart transplantations performed by Dr. Mehmet Oz. None of the 11 heart patients treated with Reiki by Reiki Master Julie Motz experienced the usual postoperative depression, the bypass patients had no postoperative pain or leg weakness; and the transplant patients experienced no organ rejection.
Aladydy, Patricia and Kristen Alandydy, 1999. "Using Reiki to Support Surgical Patients". Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 1999 Apr;13(4): pp. 89-91.
Surgical patients at Columbia/HCA Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, New Hampshire are given the option of a 15 minute pre- and post-surgery Reiki treatment. In 1998 more than 870 patients participated. As a result there was less use of pain medications, shorter lengths of stay, and increased patient satisfaction. This article discusses how this program was set up. Plans for the future include documentation of the benefits and the further use of complementary Therapies.
MYFOXNY.COM -- A New Jersey hospital is using an unusual treatment to help fight pain. It doesn't involve painkillers or medication or even needles....It's not a massage it is the Japanese technique Reiki...An healing Art. which involves using hand with no massage..
There is a Reiki program as well as other alternative medicine programs currently at Morristown Memorial Hospital
For more information on the Reiki program and other alternative medicine programs at Morristown Memorial Hospital go to