Although there is still much debate over the validity and research continues...many people tout the benefits.
Modern pharmacology has it's benefits but it's not the only treatment option available nor should it be the only one you use. Alternative treatments and therapies are growing in popularity as many people seek other ways to manage their pain. Western medicine meets Eastern medicine.
Many alternative therapies like Mediation, Yoga, Reiki, Massage, Aromatherapy and many others, have been found to be helpful when used alone or in combination with modern medicine. Have you explored any of the alternative options yet? If you haven't...I hope you will. Pills are not our only option.
Today I'd like to share some information about Reiki. Now please keep in mind that this is not all there is to know about Reiki but it is an overview to get you started.
Explore your options...you have more than you think.
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 session.
What is reiki used for?
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.
Is reiki safe?
Many people 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 is produced and provided by the National CancerInstitute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
Last Updated: June 11, 2013
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