Members of the armed forces who have been deployed overseas, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, may come home wounded both physically and mentally. They can have serious bodily injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of PTSD can include insomnia, nightmares, hyperarousal, irritability, poor concentration, depression, and isolation.
The military, the Veteran’s Administration and other service organizations are seeking innovative ways to help returning military personnel deal with wounds to the body, mind, and spirit. An interdisciplinary approach which includes complementary healing modalities is being successfully implemented in many parts of the country to help veterans.
Reiki is one of the complementary therapies that is being used effectively to help veterans begin to heal as they return home to their families and communities. Reiki can elicit the relaxation response; decrease pain; calm emotions; clear the mind; and help to release trauma. Reiki is also easy to learn for self-treatment.
The following article describes a successful Reiki program for veterans in Seattle.