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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
Reiki 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.
A reiki 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.
People use reiki to
decrease pain, ease muscle tension, speed healing, and improve sleep.
Reiki 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.
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.
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June 29, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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