Benefits of Reiki


Reiki is a nontraditional bioenergetic system of stress relief and physical healing. During hands-on treatment, the practitioner places his or her hands in specific positions on or above the patient’s body and allows universal energy to assist in the patient’s healing. Patients usually experience relaxation and peacefulness and may feel warmth and other subtle and pleasant sensations. The treatment generally lasts from 15 to 60 minutes.


During the treatment the practitioner does not diagnose a patient and does not perform any purposeful manipulations of the patient’s energy field. The intention of the practitioner during the treatment is to be a pure conduit of healing energy. It is believed that during the treatment the patient’s body draws the necessary healing energy and distributes it according to its needs.


Reiki works to put the body back into balance. It works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. It can calm the emotions, decrease and remove physical pain, and calm the anxious mind. It also helps to cleanse the body of toxins and speed up and strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. It can make the experience of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery more tolerable.


Scientific research published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal showed that Reiki was able to accomplish a significant reduction in diastolic blood pressure and heart rate. The Complete Study of Autonomic Nervous System Changes during Reiki Treatment: A Preliminary Study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, volume 10, number six.


Another Reiki study done at the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, showed that Reiki has a measurable effect on the immune system. This study examined the benefits of using Reiki to increase the white blood cell counts of volunteers. It showed that Reiki enhanced the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells in those who received Reiki.


When Reiki treatments have been given to terminally ill cancer patients some general trends include: stabilization in which there is time to enjoy the last days of one’s life, and relief from pain, anxiety, and edema.


It is not recommended to use Reiki as a substitute for conventional therapy.


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