Treating Alzheimer’s disease with Reiki
April 14, 2009
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for more than half of all organically caused memory loss and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the aged following heart disease, cancer and stroke. It is a disorder of the brain, causing damage to brain tissue over a period of time. Alzheimer’s causes a global loss of intellectual abilities, which is severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. The initial symptoms are subtle; the person may show signs of personality change, memory loss, poor judgment, have less initiative, be unable to learn new things, have mood swings or become easily agitated.
As the disease progresses, the victim gradually develops speech and language problems, movement and coordination difficulties, total confusion and disorientation and will ultimately rely completely on a caregiver for daily functioning.
In my experience as a Gerontologist, Administrator and caregiver of a six-bed Alzheimer’s care home, I provided Reiki treatments to my Alzheimer’s residents with great success. I used a technique called “Validation therapy” by Naomi Feil 1 in combination with Reiki, which provided the best results for eliminating many difficult Alzheimer’s behaviors.
I was able to reduce and or eliminate behaviors using Reiki and Validation therapy: wandering, paranoia, and pacing. The Reiki improved my residents’ lucidity or “moments of clarity.”
One resident I’ll call Mary was in the 4th stage of Alzheimer’s and suffered from symptoms including severe agitation, anxiety and restlessness and she could not sit down long enough to eat her meals. She had lost weight, become frail, malnourished and underweight by the time she arrived at my care home.
We would follow Mary around with nutritional supplements in a glass trying to get her to drink out of a straw. About this time Mary’s pacing activity increased until I began giving her Reiki treatments. Then she would sit perfectly still while she was fed.
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This was a great improvement and was a tremendous help in maintaining her weight and keeping her physical health from declining. We know once Alzheimer’s patients’ physical health begins to deteriorate their overall condition generally deteriorates much more rapidly, making them at risk of being patients who end up in a convalescent nursing hospital in the fetal position.
The successful results I obtained using Reiki with my Alzheimer’s residents led me to add nutritional and holistic remedies to create a whole body, mind and spirit program that allows us to reverse and hold Alzheimer’s disease in remission.
Currently, I am the Executive Director of “The Integrated Alzheimer’s Research Group” (IARG) an affiliate of the International Humanities Center a non-profit public charity exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 [C] (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, working to obtain funding to continue our research. I am a Senior Care Consultant and provide Care Plans for seniors as well as Reiki treatments and classes to the public.
We have had great success in reversing and /or halting Alzheimer’s disease in a select number of patients by providing Reiki and an environment that enables the Alzheimer patient to maintain a higher functioning by use of, diet correction, supplementation, and detoxification remedies conducted by a naturopathic doctor and nutritionist. We have created a model for Residential Care Homes for the Elderly that provides a care plan to reverse disease in their Alzheimer’s patients and hold the disease in remission.
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