Reiki gaining popularity among alternative therapies

By Debbie Nicholson (edited by Susan Noss)

Reiki is a form of energy medicine promoting healing and overall health

Reiki uses spiritually-guided life force energy to promote healing of one’s mind, body and soul.

Many people who do not understand Reiki or even acknowledge alternative therapies scoff at the idea that something which is not conventional such as drugs or surgery simply can not work. Even among those non-believers a curiosity grows as some conventional treatments cease to work and still have many in pain and discomfort.

Reiki had come to light as a Japanese form of alternative medicine. Then came the 1970’s, and this form of healing began to be adopted by many practitioners around the world. Reiki is comprised of two Japanese words Rei which means God’s wisdom or the Higher Intelligence that guides the creation and functioning of the universe and  Ki, which is the non-physical energy that animates all living things. Ki is flowing in everything that is alive including plants, animals and humans.

Reiki is a particular type of energy work in which healing is performed by the practitioner, who channels the life force of energy through themselves to the patient. The patient is fully clothed and dependent upon the practitioner’s healing method there is either no touch or very little touch. Practitioner will place their hands in various positions dependent on the area to be healed.

Reiki, just like many other alternative therapies treat the body as a whole including mind, emotions and spirit.

Reiki has numerous healing benefits including:

It speeds up the body’s own natural healing ability

Decreases blood pressure

Supports the immune system

There have been a few studies conducted on Reiki:

In one study, chronically ill patients with Pain, Anxiety and Depression in received Reiki Healing. The study consisted of 120 patients followed for one year. Among the complaints from patients were headaches, cancer, heart disease, hypertension and asthma. The conclusion of the study showed that Reiki had significantly decreased  anxiety, pain and depression. The study was published in Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1: 1998.

In another study conducted by Integrative Cancer Therapies, it was determined among the two groups of colon cancer patients, the group receiving Reiki once daily had shown less fatigue and higher quality of life in comparison to those that did not receive Reiki.

Reiki sessions can cost an average from $55.00 and up. Check for Reiki practitioners who belong to an association, work in an alternative setting or come recommended through friends or family.  To see if you will feel comfortable with them, either stop by their office or talk with them on the phone.




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