What is Reiki?

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Question from Anna: Can you explain Reiki, and would it help with the side effects I am having with Femara, i.e., still joints?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. Reiki is a Japanese form of energy therapy. It is an ancient tradition passed down from generation to generation that utilizes universal energy that is channeled from the practitioner to the recipient, and may be beneficial in helping to alleviate side effects from cancer treatments. It is considered a form of complementary medicine and, as such, is meant to work in concert with standard Western medical therapy. There are some medications that have side effects that, regardless of what additional Eastern medicine modalities, may not be alleviated. Certainly Reiki or massage or potentially acupuncture are all forms of complementary medicine that could be used to help treat the side effects of the Femara (chemical name: letrozole). As the drug Femara is a very important therapy in the treatment of breast cancer, being able to tolerate the medication by utilizing Eastern medicine modalities is certainly something to be tried.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Open for Your Questions featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions covering a wide variety of issues relating to breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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