Reiki lends a hand to sick people

About Reiki

Reiki, the most precious gift Gods left to mortals, is an ancient healing method. Its origins go back to 19th century having a Japanese founder, Mikao Usui. Dr Usui, who some people claim was a philosopher while others call him a doctor. He spent many yeas searching to understand how numerous great healers of the world religions have been able to heal using the universal life force, the universe energy. The understanding of healing came to the parent of traditional Reiki, after and extended period of fasting and meditation on Mt Kori-yama.

After observing the healing successes with Reiki, Usui opened a clinic where Mrs Takata the master who brought Reiki into the West, learned the traditional Reiki that is taught in western countries nowadays.

Reiki means universal -Rei energy –ki. It can also be interpreted as spiritual power. Reiki is a holistic therapy that addresses the body, mind and spirit going beyond symptoms to treat the root cause. Hence, the main purpose of this ancient healing method is to rebalance the energy within the body. It cannot be misused (although there is some debate among various Reiki masters about that) and it comes in the quantity needed by the person receiving Reiki healing. The practitioner, who does the healing session, needs to be attuned to Reiki energy.

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The Reiki healing session

Usually a full body healing session can take between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes healing points on both front and back of the body, treating the body as a whole.

The receiver of the treatment will always be fully clothed but preferably wearing loose, comfortable clothing and no jewelry.

A Reiki practitioner would usually use some relaxing music as Reiki healing is by its nature inducing of a meditative state. Some practitioners also have music with a 3 minute bell which helps time the healing. It is a good practice to give healing to various positions on the body, known as Reiki healing points, for at least 3 minutes. This ensures the whole body receives an uniform amount of energy and no parts are left put.

Reiki uses

What is Reiki useful for? Because of the very relaxing nature of this healing method, it is always recommended for all types of stress or stressful situations. Thus it can help some people feel deeply relaxed while relieving emotional stress and tension. Chronic conditions as well as life threatening conditions place a lot of stress on people. For this reason, it is a great complementary therapeutic method for chronic conditions.

As people might have a hard time coping with the circumstances, Reiki may help with coping in difficult situations.

Overall it is known to improve the patient’s wellbeing and to relieve stress and tension. Research indicates can play an important role in combating pain, anxiety and depression.

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Reiki safety

The touch of the universal energy is very soft and supporting for the whole body no matter if it is done on the receiver’s body or on the person’s aura.

It cannot interfere or interact with medication or other natural remedies that the receiver might take because the only element someone is going to swallow in a Reiki session is water. Water is to be drunk both at the beginning and at the end of the session. The water is ingested to help the body to process and clear the toxins released through rebalancing the chakras.

Because the Reiki healing session is dealing with energy rebalance within the body’s chakras and meridians, therefore it cannot interfere with conventional treatment, it has no contraindications and appears to be safe to use along with conventional medical care.

One cannot get too much Reiki. The energy goes at the spot where it is most needed therefore it cannot be an excess of energy.

There is no evidence that Reiki can have any negative side effects. It actually seems to increase medical treatment benefits by supporting the body as a whole, restoring the energy within the chakras and the meridians. People with a wellbeing state are more likely to go for the full medical treatment, therefore to put the condition in remission or even to cure it.

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Some Reiki research outcome in a nutshell

Since late 90s a number of studies and trials have been completed about Reiki usefulness in improving quality of life for chronically or critically ill patients.

Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine published in 1998 a research about “Effects of Reiki on pain and selected affective and personality variables of chronically ill patients”. At the end of the 10 biweekly Reiki sessions, there was recorded a significantly reduced pain, depression and anxiety. Moreover, the follow up at three moths demonstrated that Reiki treatments have a lasting effect6.

One research done in 2003 into reducing cancer’s patients’ pain 3 concluded that there is evidence Reiki might improve quality of life and also improve pain management in people receiving chemo.

Similarly, a pilot crossover trial of Reiki versus rest for treating cancer related fatigue was performed in 2007.  The group of patients receiving Reiki was compared with the group who rest for one hour a day, the timeframe required to receive a full body Reiki treatment. The results of the trial showed significant change in all areas pre and post treatment in the Reiki group and no significant change in the resting group. The benefits of Reiki treatment where associated to anxiety, fatigue and pain and they appeared to last longer than 7 days after the last session was carried out.

Also, a study on the “Effects of Reiki Therapy on Pain and Anxiety in Patients Attending a Day Oncology and Infusion Services Unit” 4 , was published in October 2011 in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. It pointed once again to the relaxation effects of the Reiki sessions. The anxiety score decreased greatly after four sessions and general improvement in wellbeing, pain relief and sleep quality were the quoted by the participants receiving Reiki.

Similarly, there is another study done on “Integrative Reiki for Cancer patients” appeared in Integrative Cancer Therapies in 2014 5 which concluded that Reiki treatment significantly reduced distress, anxiety, depression pain and fatigue in patients who received Reiki healing. A high percentage of participants liked the Reiki session and considered it helpful.

Likewise, other research studies showed reduction in anxiety, pain and depression in people receiving Reiki treatment.

In addition, research on Reiki treatments for patients with adrenal fatigue or burnout syndrome, confirmed reduction in patients’ sympathetic activity and increase in body temperature as well as a relaxation effect.

A research study completed by Hartford Hospital in Connecticut US point to improved patients sleep, reduction in pain and nausea and massive reduction in anxiety during pregnancy 7.

An Australian research from Solaris centre in Perth, reports on complementary therapies including Reiki. The report shows improvement in quality of life and symptom control for touch based complementary therapy on cancer patients8.

In a nutshell, so far Reiki treatments emerge as favorable in:

  • Reduction of anxiety and depression induced by medical procedures in chronic conditions
  • Alleviate pain and inducing better pain relief together with the medical treatment
  • Reduction of stress by promoting relaxation
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Reduction of fatigue in cancer patients
  • Overall wellbeing elevation in Reiki practitioners

Although the research completed to date was conducted in small groups and shows some variability, there is promising indication that Reiki treatment is useful as a complementary therapy in chronic conditions. It can help lower the stress, promote relaxation and reduce pain in patients.

What’s next?

USA today reported in a 2007 article that 15% of the US hospitals offer Reiki sessions as a regular part of their patient services 1. More and more prestigious hospitals in US and around the world started to recognize the value in adding complementary therapies to the medical protocol. Countries like US, Australia, Germany, and Switzerland introduced Reiki therapy in some of the hospitals. There is still a long way until the day you can be offered energy therapy in addition to the conventional treatment in just about every major hospital. However, more people than ever are looking into touch therapies as an adjuvant to conventional medication or surgery.

According to some sources, a survey conducted in 2007 in US, indicated that in the year before more than 1 million adults and more than 150,000 children received energy healing like Reiki.2

One interesting aspect to be noted in the research on Reiki, is that it shows very positive promise in enhancing wellbeing when self done. That means, anyone can learn Reiki 1, the beginner stage and benefit greatly from self treating every day.

The studies had done up to now point to Reiki as a potentially excellent ally for chronic pain relief, management of stress, anxiety and depression reduction. There is indeed a need for larger studies but no one can count on them happening soon. Because Reiki energy cannot be encapsulated in a pill and patented to get millions of dollars profit. Thus, you are left with the choice: to give it a try and believe the small research trials done so far or to turn your head and walk away on your other choice path. Either way it will be your choice.

NOTE: I do provide well researched information which I hope is helpful for the reader. My texts include a few affiliate links which if you hit and buy I get a small commission. I make al the efforts to hand pick the best offers for my readers.

Light and blessings

Elena

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