Reiki means "universal life energy"
and is an ancient healing method that manipulates energy flow in the body.
Reiki practitioners believe there is an energy force in and around the body.
They believe that there is a flow of energy between the reiki practitioner and
the receiver of the treatment. It is thought that reiki releases energy flows
and allows the body's own natural healing ability to work.
focuses on seven main energy centers, called chakras, in your body. The energy
should flow freely through your chakras in order for you to be spiritually,
physically, and mentally healthy. Practitioners believe that if energy paths
are blocked, you may feel ill or weak or have pain.
treatment session usually lasts an hour. The reiki practitioner puts his or her
hands over or on your body at certain chakras. Most reiki practitioners
recommend more than one session.
What is reiki used for?
People use reiki to decrease
pain, ease muscle tension, speed healing, and improve sleep.
is sometimes used to help people who suffer from pain or discomfort from cancer
or other diseases. But reiki is not used as a treatment for cancer or any other
disease. Some people who have undergone chemotherapy treatment said they felt
better and had less nausea after undergoing a reiki session. Research is
ongoing to determine any benefits of reiki.
Is reiki safe?
Many people who receive reiki say
they experience a refreshed spirit, better healing, and an increase in general
No scientific studies have proved whether reiki is
effective for treating any type of disease. But some health professionals
believe it may be useful in helping reduce stress and anxiety.
Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you
are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional
medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical
treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy.
Other Works Consulted
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Coughlin P (2002). Reiki: The Usui system of natural
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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