Meditation techniques tripled in US Hospitals since 2000.
Here’s good news.
Kevin O’Reilly reports in American Medical News, how patient and community demand has resulted in a tripling of the number of hospitals adopting massage, meditation and Reiki since 2000.
The popularity of massage, guided imagery, meditation and Healing Touch/Reiki were specifically mentioned as growing at record speed.
The piece states that 42% of the 714 hospitals surveyed said they provided these therapies, and executives listed patient demand as the top criterion in choosing which to offer. In 2000, just 14% of hospitals said they provided these services.
Tripled In US Hospitals
The number of hospitals offering complementary and alternative medical services has tripled since 2000, driven principally by patient demand for low-risk therapies such as massage, meditation, and the “healing touch” practice known as Reiki.
Forty-two percent of the 714 hospitals surveyed said they provide unconventional therapies, and executives listed patient demand as the top criterion in choosing which therapies to offer, according to a report released in September by the American Hospital Assn.’s Health Forum and the Samueli Institute, a think tank that supports alternative medicine. In 2000, just 14% of hospitals told AHA researchers that they provided complementary therapies.
“They are responding to the needs of their patients and the communities they are serving, while trying to differentiate themselves in the marketplace,” said Sita Ananth, a Samueli Institute researcher who wrote the report. “These hospitals are really trying to see how they can address the needs of the person as a whole — mind, body and spirit.
I think it’s just great that 42% of US hospitals are now offering really low-risk, low-cost, high value healing methods like massage, meditation and Reiki. The fact that meditation techniques tripled in US hospitals over the last decade shows great progress.
But that also means that 58% do not yet offer these simple healing methods.
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