Reiki Therapy


What is it?

Reiki therapy is a type of energy therapy in which “universal life energy” is channeled to the patient through touch and positive intention.

Reiki originated from Buddhist monks. “Rei” means “universal spirit” and “ki” means “life energy.” Reiki is called an energy medicine therapy because practitioners believe that it can improve the flow and balance of energy. It is believed that energy imbalances or disturbances result in disease.

People use Reiki therapy for pain, stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Is it effective?

Effective for …

There is interest in using Reiki therapy for a number of purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

Is there concern for the safety of its use?

Reiki therapy likely safe. There’s no reason to expect safety concerns. But it shouldn’t be used in place of standard treatments or therapies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if Reiki therapy is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. But there’s no reason to expect safety concerns.

Are there any drug interactions?

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Are there any interactions with herbs and supplements?

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Are there any interactions with food?

There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?

Reiki therapy involves a practitioner placing their hands on or very near a person’s body. Through touch, the Reiki practitioner attempts to transmit or deliver energy. The Reiki practitioner uses 12-15 different hand positions and keeps them in place for 2-5 minutes. Sessions often last for 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Reiki practitioners are largely unregulated in North America. In some states, Reiki practitioners must also be licensed massage therapists. There is no consistent standard for training in Reiki therapy. But most schools recognize three or four levels of expertise. Training for each level takes 1-2 days. Talk to your physician or other healthcare professional to learn more about how Reiki therapy is used for specific conditions.

By what other names is the product known?

Bioenergy Therapy, Biofield Energy Therapy, Buddhist Reiki, Énergie Universelle de Vie, Energy Health, Energy Medicine, Energy Work, Healing Touch, Japanese Reiki, Médecine Énergétique, Ray-kee, Reiki, Reiki Japonais, Reiki Therapie, Reiki Touch Therapy, Terapia Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Thérapie Manuelle Énergétique, Thérapie par le Toucher, Touch Therapy, Toucher Guérisseur, Toucher Thérapeutique, Universal Life Energy.

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