Biofield Therapy and PTSD

A 2013 study on regular-force members of the Canadian Forces revealed “nearly 17% of respondents had experienced symptoms in the previous 12 months consistent with at least one of a half-dozen disorders” (Pedwell, 2014, August 11). “Roughly five per cent reported having experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety” (ibid). In the U.S. the Department of Veterans Affairs suggest up to 18% of OEF/OIF veterans “are likely to have PTSD after they return. In addition to PTSD, OEF/OIF service members are at risk for other mental health problems. Although studies vary widely in terms of methods used, estimates of depression in returning troops range from 3% to 25%” (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2015).

A study of rescue workers showed a world-wide prevalence of PTSD to run at 10% (Berger et. al., 2012). A U.K. study on emergency ambulance workers found the rate of PTSD closer to 22% (Bennett et. al., 2004).

Research on Reiki is suggestive of the positive effects of biofield therapy on lessening anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2010-2016) lists anxiety reduction as one of the main treatments for PTSD (as a part of other therapies). While no one therapy will work for everyone, Reiki is gentle and non-invasive, and its positive effects are being demonstrated through current research.


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