Reiki is one of a range of therapies that are known as 'Complementary Heathcare'.
These therapies are used alongside conventional medicine.
Common uses of complementary healthcare include improving quality of life
for those living with chronic conditions or in palliative care; post-surgical care;
and helping anxious patients to complete orthodox treatments and procedures
that may have unpleasant side effects, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Working alongside conventional medicine,
complementary healthcare methods are often used
to help support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms,
to ease or alter a patient's perception of pain, and to support patients
through periods of anxiety and fear, associated with their illness.
Complementary therapies can help to empower an individual
to manage and cope with their condition and its associated symptoms.
Some therapies may also help to prevent conditions or symptoms from escalating.
The principal purpose of most complementary therapies is to produce a therapeutic effect
additional to that offered by other medical or pharmacological interventions.