Understanding If Reiki Is Right For You

While Reiki can help you if you’re seeking relief from medical ailments, understanding if Reiki is right for you requires a consultation with your doctor. Most medical professionals consider the treatment as supplement to traditional medical practices, but many acknowledge the benefits it can provide to patients.

Asking Your Doctor About Reiki
If you think Reiki may help alleviate your symptoms, ask your doctor to refer you to a qualified professional. Reiki isn’t formally regulated by any governmental organization, and your doctor will likely be the best source for a recommendation.

Medical professionals usually recommend patients use Reiki:

  • As an additional, alternative treatment with proven medications and practices
  • To help ailments heal faster
  • To help reduce the stress that accompanies medical procedures.
  • Many medical professionals are certified to practice Reiki, so you may be able to find a traditionally trained and certified doctor who can serve as your Reiki practitioner.

    What Can Reiki Treat?
    Since the affects of Reiki aren’t conclusive, many health professionals recommend the therapy solely as a stress-reduction treatment. Research has shown Reiki can alleviate symptoms of, and in some cases cure, ailments such as:

  • Bruises
  • Cancer
  • Cuts
  • Hypertension
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stress-related ailments
  • The side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Ongoing studies are currently exploring the relationship of Reiki in the treatment of AIDS and type 2 diabetes.

    Can a Doctor Use Reiki to Cure Diseases?
    Studies attempting to deduce the effects of Reiki produce wide-ranging results. Some researchers have concluded that the effects of the energy treatment are completely psychosomatic (in the patient’s mind), while others find measurable results. Other research has shown that Reiki treatment helps test animals maintain a healthy heart rate under stress.

    Researchers found that roughly 75 percent of patients saw significant therapeutic effects from using Reiki (van der Vaart, 2009). However, other studies have found the benefits of Reiki didn’t outweigh taking placebos.

    Without a definitive conclusion, Reiki remains most commonly recommended as supplemental treatment to be used with more traditional medicines. Reiki classes are offered all over the world, which adds to the unreliability of statistics.

    If you’re skeptical, studying the scientific findings on Reiki can help you better understand the complexities of assessing Reiki’s benefits.