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.
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.
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.
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.
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