Reiki- Complete Nonsense or Credible Healing Art?
By Crystle Logan BS, LMT, BCTMB, RMH
In our increasingly sick modern American culture, illness and disease are becoming more prevalent. In response to our dire health dilemma, Americans are witnessing the return of holistic healthcare modalities, as many people turn to ancient natural treatment methods to improve their health and wellbeing.
Reiki is one such modality with promising results. Reiki is NOT a religious belief. Reiki is an ancient hands on Japanese healing art. Reiki traditions maintain that we all have an ability to tap into an unseen healing force, often called Qi, Chi, prana, or simply "life force energy". Practitioners of Reiki study and practice these ancient techniques, gently channeling the healing energy to their subjects.
The premise behind Reiki is that we are surrounded with an etheric energy body. Inevitably, there are still those people who claim that the human energy field is a bunch of bologna, clinging to the age old belief that if it can't be seen it doesn't exist. However, the existence of the human biofield has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health since 2004! In a 2015 article published by Global Health Med, the biofield is described as "a field of energy and information, both putative and subtle, that regulates the homeodynamic function of living organisms and may play a substantial role in understanding and guiding health processes." Our scientific understanding of such a field is finally beginning to prove what our ancestors knew- that energy is real and our connection to the unseen is stronger than we know.
Through programs like the Touchstone Process, a peer reviewed method of analyzing research on Reiki programs in hospitals and clinics in the US, we now have actual case studies showing the benefits of Reiki. In an article published by UCLA health in 2014, they reported that "The Touchstone Process has evaluated 25 test studies that appeared in peer-review journals evaluating the merits of Reiki Treatments. Taking into consideration only the most rigorously controlled studies, the team reported that 83% showed moderate to strong evidence in support of Reiki as a viable, therapeutic healing modality." The studies further found that Reiki reduced stress, reduced pain levels, reduced anxiety and depression, and encouraging the body's natural state of homeostasis, improving immune system functioning and healing ability.
With so much scientific evidence now backing what ancient wisdom has taught us, it is now time for us to take our own healing into our own hands, literally and figuratively! Because Reiki is gentle, non invasive, and complementary to other therapies, it should be considered as a viable option for those seeking holistic alternatives to traditional western medicine.
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