The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
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Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.
Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms. Advocates say it works with the energy fields around the body.
According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where there has been physical injury or emotional pain. In time, these energy blocks can cause illness.
Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, say practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.
Fast Facts on Reiki
Reiki is a form of energy therapy.
It involves the transfer of universal energy through the practitioner’s palms to their patient.
Despite skepticism in some circles, it is growing in popularity.
It involves the transfer of energy by laying on hands or placing hands above & around the body.
Reiki’s advocates say it can treat many conditions and emotional states.
Small studies show that Reiki can slightly reduce pain, but no studies have shown that it is effective in treating any diseases.