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.
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
What is reiki used for?
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?
who receive reiki say they experience a refreshed spirit, better healing, and an increase
in general well-being.
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.
This information does not replace the advice of a doctor.
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