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What Is the Basis of Reiki as an Alternative Therapy

Chitrangada has a keen interest in alternative therapies. As a parent and teacher, she shares her real-life experiences with readers.

The therapeutic hand: Reiki therapy

The therapeutic hand: Reiki therapy

A Case Study: The Reiki Therapy Cured, One of My Close Relative.

About ten years ago, one of my close relative was sick with a life threatening ailment, and multiple complications, which led to hospitalization as well.

It took her more than two months to recover from the ailment.

The whole period was traumatic for her, and after Reiki treatment, It was a second life for her.

Although, she was declared clinically fit, she did not feel well.

She was always anxious, fearful, restless, tense, and could not sleep.

The doctors said that the problem was now more mental, than physical.

The body had recovered from the illness, but the mind was still fearful.

The fear of what could have happened, made her restless and when she looked at her kids, the fear gripped her even more.

Because, during her illness her family also suffered along with her, especially the small children.

It is a normal phenomenon, that after a major and prolonged illness, the fear of what could have happened, grips the patient.

Reiki for mental healing

Reiki for mental healing

Reiki Therapy Worked And She Felt Better, And Better

Then, someone suggested her to undergo Reiki treatment, by a qualified Reiki practitioner, and it worked.

Right after the first session, she started feeling better.

She felt peaceful, and mellow and she had not felt like that, since a long time.

In the subsequent sessions, she was feeling even better.

Now, she was getting peaceful sleep, and she was relaxed and felt positive.

Reiki treatment session, source: You tube

What is Reiki Therapy all about? Is it effective?

’Reiki' denotes 'Universal Life Energy'.

In this therapy, the energy flows from the practitioner's hands, towards the body of the person, who is taking the treatment.

Then, that energy is utilized to heal the skin, organs, and the immune system.

This helps the body to get rid of the toxins.

Placing the hands upon, or just above the body, can help to remove the energy blocks. In other words, it soothes and calms the person.

This also helps to create a feeling of deep relaxation.

'Reiki' is an alternative therapy, which is now much popular to bring positive changes to mental and physical health.

It has also been found to help in the process of self discovery.

Healing by the Reiki therapy

Healing by the Reiki therapy

What are Reiki symbols?

Reiki Symbols are the means of focusing the attention, to connect with the specific healing frequencies. Using different symbols, boosts up the energy.

At the Master level of the Reiki therapy, the practioner has to learn as to, how to use Special Sacred Reiki Symbols and words, for the purpose of healing and protection. The Reiki symbols are named as follows:

1. CHO KU RAY or "The Power Symbol"

The main use of this Symbol is to increase Reiki power. It draws Energy from around, and focuses it where it is needed.

This is an all purpose symbol and can be used for anything, anywhere.

For example, for on the spot treatments, to cleanse negative energies, for Spiritual protection, on food, water, medicine, herbs, In sick rooms and hospitals, to seal energies after the treatment and others.

If can also be used to bring energy to self.

2. SEI HEI KI orThe mental-emotional symbol.

The purpose of this symbol is mental and emotional healing and to provide calmness to the mind. It is good for Psychic protection, Cleansing, In meditations to activate Kundalini, to balance the right and left brain, to remove addictions, for healing past traumas, to clear emotional blockages, to remove negative energies and bad vibrations, to restore emotional balance and harmony.

3. HON SHA ZE SHO NEN or The Distance Symbol :

The God in Me, greets the God in you, to promote enlightenment and peace

This is the Distant Healing Symbol and it is used to send Reiki over distance and time (past, present, future), to anyone and anything.

4. TAM-A-RA-SHA or The Balanicg Factor:

To balance and to unblock the energy chakra centres, so that the energy can flow smoothly, this symbol is used.

It also helps to reduce or dissipate the pain.

5. DAI KO MY or The Master symbol

This is the most powerful symbol in the Reiki therapy.

This symbol is used to heal the soul, because it deals with the soul, and our spiritual self. It heals the diseases, and illness, and attempts to eliminate the root cause.

It helps to provide peace and enlightenment.

Reference: https://www.reiki-for-holistic-health.com/reikisymbols.html

Regarding Reiki training, source: You tube

Quotes:

"A healer's power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”

― Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Nature--The Healer!

Nature--The Healer!

What Is The Basis of Reiki as an Alternative Therapy?

  • Reiki combines the utilization of the life force, which is present in all living beings. It‘s the combination of warmth, reassurance, and healing power of :human touch..
  • It is also popularly called as, 'hands-on-healing technique' The universal life force is everywhere, unlimited, abundant, and available to everyone. Moreover, it is environment friendly and cost effective, suitable for everyone.
  • To work as a Reiki practitioner, it is more important to be dedicated than to be greatly skilled. Since the practitioner has to use his/her specific energy to help in the healing process. Reiki fills the practitioners with vital force that fuels their own healing system, enabling it to work more efficiently to heal others.
  • Healing is considered on all levels--mind, emotions, body, spirit. Because a lack of harmony on any level or a discord between levels may cause imbalance.

Reiki therapy is spiritual, but not religious:

Reiki does not belong to any particular religion. People of different faith, and culture are initiated into it, and benefit from it.

In the fast paced life, people have lost the link to their own spirituality, and therefore the connection to the "supreme or higher self" is also lost.

The loss of this natural, and also necessary link has caused many problems that people encounter everyday.

Reiki helps to reconnect with the 'Supreme' and helps in self discovery.

Quotes:

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.

-----Bobby Fischer

To Sum Up:

To answer the question, whether Reiki is effective as an alternative therapy--Yes, it can, and it has in many cases.

Though, it does not mean that it will be effective in every case. Faith is important for such treatments to work, by both the patient and the practitioner.

The Reiki practitioner needs to be trained and attuned by a master. Reiki practitioners have to undergo three degrees or levels of training.

Many masters and training centers are devoted for Reiki treatment training and it’s not so difficult as well.

This is a self help therapy, as one can initiate treatment to self as well.

Reiki may not make huge changes in a person’s life, but it will change him/her as a person, with positive thoughts, during stressful times in life.

Reiki also helps with insights, to meet the challenges of life and helps to lead a fulfilling life.

Remember: Alternative therapies are no substitute for medical treatments of diseases/ ailments.

Chitrangada Sharan

More useful reads and reference links

http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiki

http://reikihealingfoundation.net/

https://www.reiki-for-holistic-health.com/reikisymbols.html

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you believe in Alternative therapies? Please share your views in the Comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 10, 2020:

Thank you Manju Lata, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article.

Good to know further benefits of Reiki, through your feedback.

Thank you for commenting.

Manju lata from Ambala City on March 09, 2020:

Reiki can heal those diseases that have no treatment through allopathy.This treatment is done through universe energies.This healing is very effective.By doing reiki I have healed myself.Doctors have told me your bones are so weak inspite of taking medicines you can't be cured.But by doing reiki without taking any medicine I am Ok.Now I can do my house hold work very well without taking any medicine.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 10, 2017:

Good to see you Sonam reading this article and good to know that your Taiji is a Reiki practitioner.

Yes Reiki is a very effective Alternative therapy.

Blessings and love!

Sonam kansal on October 10, 2017:

My Taiji is a Reiki Practitioner here in US and we have seen it doing wonders. It is definitely a very effective therapy!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2015:

Thank you MizBejabbars, for your kind visit and comments!

Its good to know that you are a Reiki practitioner yourself. Of course you must be knowing much more than me. And I appreciate you for sharing your valuable comments and experiences.

I was really very much impressed by the healing impact it had on some of my friends and relatives and just wanted to share what they felt about this wonderful therapy.

And yes I have heard about the 'distance Reiki' as well. Amazing to hear how it really works.

Many thanks for your insightful comments. I am sure those reading it would benefit from your experiences regarding this beautiful healing alternative therapy.

Thank you!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 26, 2015:

Chitrangada, this article interested me because I am a Reike practitioner, although I still lack one level to get the Masters level. I got interested in this after I was in a city bus rollover that broke a vertebra in my back. A friend at work had her first level training and asked me if I would let her work on the pain in my back. Her hand was so warm and soothing that I immediately got interested and involved. The symbols take a lot of memorizing, so as soon as I can get back to the “books” so to speak, I want to finish my training.

There is only one statement here that I think is incorrect, and that the patient must have faith that it will work. A patient can be a skeptic, like I was at first, and still benefit, or he or she can refuse permission for a treatment. A practitioner can send “distance Reike” to a person in need and without that person’s knowledge. This is sent on the soul level and, in this case, the soul may give permission and the person benefits without the conscious mind ever knowing. However, if the soul refuses permission, the person does not receive the treatment sent.

Reike is always done in the spirit of love and is a beautiful healing process.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2015:

Thank you Thelma Alberts, for sharing your experience here! It will help those who read this hub and they would like to try this therapy for their well being.

I have seen many people around me who have got positive results by trying this effective therapy for physical and mental healing.

Sorry to respond late to your comments as somehow I did not get any notification about it.

Thanks once again for voting up and sharing!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 10, 2015:

I was tried once by a practicioner who was the wife of my former boss. I had backache at that time when I was working and she offered me her help. She was learning Reiki at that time. She put her hands above my naked back in our office and I felt the energy coming from her hands that went to my back. She was not touching me but I felt the warmth of her hands. I was surprised as I have not experienced that before and her Reiki was helping me then. Thanks for reminding me that feelings. Voted this up and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2015:

Thank you Mary, for your kind and positive comments!

Reiki is really very much beneficial and I am happy to learn that more and more people are benefiting from it.

Thank you so much for the votes, share and pin!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 01, 2015:

My friend I told you about (when I first read this Hub) is practicing Reiki and is seeing many people benefit from his work.

It is certainly a fascinating subject, and I'll all for using this method rather than pain medications.

Would like to share this great Hub here and on Google+, and will Pin to my health board.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 09, 2015:

Thank you aviannovice, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I agree with your views. The faulty lifestyle has led to many diseases in human beings. Best way to improve situation is to go back to Nature and that is possible by alternative natural healing methods.

I believe in these alternative therapies and since they don't have side effects, there is no harm in trying them along with other clinical methods of treatment.

Thanks for your comments and support!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on March 08, 2015:

Remember in the old days, how people used to feel that osteopathic hospitals were not real medicine? People seem to feel in many ways that alternative medicine, like natural healing is not good, either, but they speak for themselves, in my opinion. I have learned never to discount something that you do not understand.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 27, 2015:

Thank you Peggy W, for your kind visit and comments!

I am glad you liked the information about Reiki therapy. Yes it can work for some, if they believe in it. I have seen its positive results and there is no harm in trying it as an alternative therapy.

Thanks for sharing the hub!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2015:

I am happy that your relative got positive results from the Reiki therapy. Although I was not familiar with Reiki other than hearing the word, it is good to know that it is an alternative therapy that can help people. Will share this. People can do more research to see if it is something that they wish to explore.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2015:

Thanks AudreyHowitt, for reading and commenting!

Even I got interested in this alternative therapy, when I saw people getting positive results from it.

Glad you liked the hub!

Audrey Howitt from California on February 12, 2015:

So interesting! I know people who swear by this--but I have never tried it--I am very interested in it

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 04, 2015:

Thank you Nell, for reading and commenting!

Yes, even I have seen people getting positive results from this treatment. Its all about human psychology. Glad you liked this.

Thanks for voting up!

Nell Rose from England on February 03, 2015:

Hi, I remember a girl at work doing Reiki in the dinner hour for anybody who felt stiff from sitting at their desks, I remember one girl saying how lovely and soothing it was, great hub Chitrangada, voted up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 03, 2015:

Thank you tobusiness, for your insightful comments!

Glad you liked this information. Appreciate your kind visit and support!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on February 02, 2015:

I have heard about this therapy, anything that can channel the power of nature to help heal the mind and body needs exploring. Now that I have read you article I have a better understanding of Reiki therapy. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub, nicely done.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2015:

Thank you Samprita, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Glad you liked this hub. How nice that you being a doctor, is endorsing that the healing touch can give positive results in the treatment of a patient.

Thank you so much for sharing your opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2015:

Thank you poetryman6969, for your kind visit and comments!

I agree, most of these alternative therapies can be effective, only if people believe, they will. Its all a matter of faith, trust and human psychology.

And sometimes when the medicines fail, there is no harm in trying them, if there is no side effect.

Thanks for sharing your views!

Dr. Samprita Sahu from Indore, India on February 02, 2015:

Nice hub Chitrangada. Quite informative!!! I am a doctor myself but even I believe that sometimes a healing touch could do wonders when even the medications fail....

poetryman6969 on February 01, 2015:

I think a lot of alternative medicine could rely on the placebo effect. However, as long as nobody is losing his life fortune or doing something actively dangerous, I have no problem with it. If it works and does not harm, why not?

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2015:

Thank you denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and comments!

I am glad this hub was informative to you as another method of alternative therapy. Ultimate purpose is to provide healing, by whatever method.

Thanks for sharing your opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting! And I agree that these treatments can have a positive effect, only if we believe in them. It is all psychological.

Thanks!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on January 27, 2015:

This sounds very interesting. I had not heard of this type of healing before. I have used a number of alternative healing techniques in the past, including acupuncture, kineseology, and herbal remedies. I believe that there are many ways we can heal, and when we are open to new things, we allow ourselves the opportunity to heal more quickly.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 27, 2015:

Reiki does heal but we should believe in it,, informative and useful hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you MsDora, for reading and commenting!

Glad you found this hub informative. Appreciate your visit!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Travmaj, for reading and commenting!

Glad you liked this hub and good to know that you find this alternative therapy useful and effective.

Appreciate your positive feedback!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you heidithorne, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

How nice that this alternative therapy is having positive impact on some people, as your friend informed you!

In ancient times when modern medicines were not discovered, these alternative therapies must have been very popular then for treatment of people.

Thank you for appreciating and voting up! Glad you liked it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you AliciaC, for reading and appreciating the hub!

I am glad you found this interesting and yes it does work as well. Appreciate you for stopping by and sharing your opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Lady Guinevere, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

Appreciate your views and although alternative therapies are no substitute for medicines, I do believe that they are effective and do work. Though it depends on the individual's belief and conviction.

Thank you for appreciation!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you May Hyatt, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

Yes, I have heard that this alternative therapy is used to treat home pets as well.

Thanks for appreciating and voting up! Glad you liked it!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you mbwalz, for your kind visit and insightful comments!

Yes, Reiki treatment had a positive impact on my relative. Actually her problem was noticed when she was discharged from the hospital. She wanted to get discharged as soon as possible to be with her children and I don't know whether that hospital had that facility as you mentioned above.

Even I heard about this treatment then only and I am grateful to this alternative therapy which I believe has a psychological effect on the disturbed mind.

Again its important to note that it may not have the same effect on everyone and cannot be a replacement for medicines.

Thanks for throwing some more light on this therapy!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you CatherineGiordano, for your kind visit and comments!

I agree with your views that if someone cares for you, their affectionate touch can work and heal in a magical way, something which even the medicines can fail to do. May be Reiki also works on the same principles.

I do believe in alternative therapies and have seen them working. Medicines can cure the disease of the body but the human mind is mysterious and you never know what suits it.

At the same time it is important to mention that it may work for some and may not be as effective for others, who do not believe in these alternative therapies.

Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Ana Koulouris, for reading the hub and appreciating!

Reiki practitioners claim that Reiki benefits are unlimited and can be used to induce a healing effect. They claim that anyone can gain access to this energy by means of an attunement process carried out by a Reiki Master, which has three to four degrees or levels of training. There are many certified Reiki teachers as well as books available for this. You may find the information online as well.

Thanks for the support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you billybuc, for your kind visit and support!

I am glad this hub informed you something about Reiki, as alternative therapy. I do believe in such therapies much more than medications.

Thanks for reading!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Jodah, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

You are right sometimes these alternative therapies work when medication fails. Since medicines cure the body and not the mind or the psyche.

Thanks for appreciation and support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Ericdierker, for your kind visit and positive comments!

Glad that you liked this hub. I do believe in alternative therapies and have seen people responding positively to them.

Thanks for your support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you B.Leekley, for your kind visit and comments!

I hope Reiki is beneficial to you. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2015:

Thank you Devika, for your kind comments!

Glad you liked this hub. I agree with you that these alternative treatments work if the person believes in them and it may work for some and may not be effective for others.

Thanks again for your support!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 24, 2015:

Something for me to investigate. This is new information to me. Thank you for sharing.

Travmaj on January 24, 2015:

Yes, I've used Reiki on occasions and found it most beneficial. Thanks or this informative hub.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on January 24, 2015:

This is a fascinating healing modality that I'd like to try sometime. A friend of mine was becoming a Reiki practitioner and the stories, even from her training experience, were amazing. Thanks for sharing the information! Voted up, useful and interesting!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 23, 2015:

This is an interesting hub. I find Reiki very intriguing, however it works. Thanks for sharing the information.

Debra Allen from West By God on January 23, 2015:

Yes, I do believe that they work. There is still some stgmatism with all this alternative treatments. The US has made belief that none of them work or that they are very dangerous in favor of Chemical Pharmaceuticals. Such a shame. I am glad that your friend got healed.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 23, 2015:

I have a friend whose dog was attacked by another dog, and after having surgery from the Vet. the dog still would not eat and was very listless. My friend is a Reiki practitioner, and after performing Reiki on his dog several times, I saw a big difference in the dog.

You included a great video on this subject.

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

MaryBeth Walz from Maine on January 23, 2015:

I'm so glad your relative was helped. I'm surprised that they didn't offer her Reiki in the hospital while she was there. Many nurses are trained and often volunteers are available for in-room visits.

Reiki is very hard to explain as the mechanism of action is unknown. I have had very good results with clients, but the healing comes from the client and not me. It helps the body relax, taking it from the stressful cortisol fueled sympathetic nervous system - which is where sleeping and anxiety are located - to the parasympathetic nervous system where healing is enabled. I tell clients that it induces a similar state of deep meditation without the "work" or learning to meditate. No claims should be made except that: it can help digestion, relaxation, and sleep problems. No other studies have been done and claims other than those can be misleading. All other things are anecdotal.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 23, 2015:

I had heard of Reiki, but I didn't know much about it. Has it been tested for the placebo effect? Someone caring for you and touching you can heal all by itself without any special technique. I think some alternative therapies work some of the time. If someone gets benefit, placebo or no, it has worked for them.

Ana Koulouris from Chicago, IL on January 23, 2015:

I enjoyed your article! How does one go about becoming initiated as a practitioner of Reiki? How long does the process take?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 23, 2015:

I knew nothing about this so thank you for the education. I am a believer in alternative therapies.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Many alternative therapies work where mainstream medicine etc does not. Often it requires the mind to truly believe in their effectiveness but they can have a real positive effect and promote healing. This was an interesting hub on "Reiki." Thanks for sharing Chitrangada.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 23, 2015:

This is a great overview of Reiki. We really must develop ourselves to be more in tune with these alternative therapies. This hub will help people do that indeed.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on January 23, 2015:

Maybe sometime I will give Reiki a try.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2015:

Interesting! Reiki and other alternatives are helpful to individuals. It all depends on what one believes to be helpful. Some people react differently to certain treatments as to alternative healing.

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