Another quick post tied to a news article.
There is a Japanese hands on healing technique called Reiki that is all based on energy. It has seen alot of growth recently. (Because proponents says it reduces stress and anxiety) So much growth that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops banned the practice in Catholic hospitals because they see it as neither faith (Catholicism) or Medicine.
While I was reading the article, I kept thinking about the placebo effect – if you think it’ll work then the odds increase that it will. And to my surprise the Globe got a quote from a director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is ambivalent. Guess the jury is still out: the question remains whether the healing associated from Reiki comes from the science or the placebo effect.
The last quote is awesome though. The women who had a Reiki clinic associated with a Catholic Hospital says “Galileo was denounced by the Catholic Church. I don’t mind being in his company.’’ She still practices upon request.
So my response to the Catholic bishops: don’t knock it until you try it.