BALTIMORE (AP) - At one of the nation’s top trauma hospitals, a nurse circles a patient’s bed, humming and waving her arms as if shooing evil spirits. Another woman rubs a quartz bowl with a wand, making tunes that mix with the beeping monitors and hissing respirator keeping the man alive.
They are doing Reiki therapy, which claims to heal through invisible energy fields. The anesthesia chief, Dr. Richard Dutton, calls it “mystical mumbo jumbo.” Still, he’s a fan.
“It’s self-hypnosis” that can help patients relax, he said. “If you tell yourself you have less pain, you actually do have less pain.”
It does not bother me if a nurse waves her arms around like an idiot in front of a sick person, but I don’t believe that any tax funds should go to alt med. I think it is all a fraud. Things like chiropractic and homeopathy are pure pseudosciences. I don’t think hospitals should get involved in despensing alt meds. because it sends the message that these meds. have the backing of science and can help a person.
I really doubt that quartz has any healing power. Prayer would be a better supplement than any alt. med mentioned abovie to healing. They seem like a destraction from anything that CAN really help.