Reiki as a Complementary Medicine

Firstly, this article isn’t about replacing modern medicine with Reiki. Instead it has been written to understand how Reiki as a complementary medicine works side-by-side with modern medicine by alleviating stress in the body and reducing the side effects of hard-hitting treatments.

Reiki itself is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve physical manipulation, ingestion of substances or applications of medical apparatus. This I believe is one of the main aspects as to why Reiki as a complementary medicine is so successful. When a patient receives standard medical treatment the sensations of being poked and prodded, examined, discussed and treated are incredibly non-personal and invasive to a person that is already experiencing discomfort, and oftentimes, fear.

Reiki is a spiritual, vibrational healing practice that is administered in order to promote balance within the entire human system. Not only does it have many physical & spiritual benefits, it heals on a mental and, more importantly in these cases, on an emotional one.


Treating Physical ailments with Reiki

We are blessed to live in a time where modern medicine is making strides in a staggering fashion. Many cancers are treatable, bones are mended quickly, and previous life-ending diagnoses are now fully manageable. However, we also live in an age where medical centers are being seen more and more as corporate entity’s. Long-term hospital stays cost money and a patient is treated as quickly as possible to make room for the next. At times it can feel like you’re a product rather than a person, and that helps no one in times of distress.

So, how can Reiki fix this, or at least restore a feeling of being ‘cared’ for? Reiki aligns energy in the body across all levels. It is therefore fair to say that the personal touch of Reiki and attention given to a patient can also restore the balance of a clinical approach within medical institutions.

Reiki eases stress, anxiety and mild physical ailments in a recipient. Higher levels of physical issues can also be eased with long-term administration. When someone suffers from aggressive illnesses they will often times need treatments that are just as aggressive. This understandably causes physical trauma and acute side effects in a patient’s body. Using Reiki as a complementary medicine can alleviate and, in certain cases, remove side effects such as headaches, nausea and disorientation.

Reiki as a Complementary Medicine

Reiki Treats across all levels

However, it’s not just physical trauma that patients are subjected to where Reiki can have a positive impact. In the following example we can see where Reiki as a complementary medicine has huge results on people who have suffered from severe mental trauma.

The following is an extract from Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery’ by Mr P. Kennedy, a nurse and therapist who worked to heal survivors of torture in Sarajevo with Reiki.


“While working as a nurse/therapist in Sarajevo, I had the opportunity to work in an experimental situation at a center for torture survivors. This was to see if the use of Reiki would have a beneficial effect on this type of patient. It involved a rethink on traditional Reiki hand positions, music, and the general set-up of the room being used. It was a challenge, and one I was delighted to have had. The people I worked with were wonderful, and the changes in them over the period were so positive. The staff at the Center were delighted; I was delighted; but so much more importantly, the patients were delighted. The ground has now been broken and hopefully will be considered in a positive light for other traumatized patients. “


This demonstrates the power of Reiki as a complementary medicine on patients who have not only suffered trauma to their bodies, but to their minds as well.

On a related note, Mental illness is on the rise and it correlates with the fast-paced, material lives many of us now seem to live. As Reiki allows a patient to grow on a spiritual level, we understand what things in our lives are truly to be appreciated. The administration of Reiki, and growth in the spiritual areas of our bodies works in phenomenal ways to help people suffering with mental illness, particularly in tandem with a trained counsellor.

What is Reiki and how does it work?

Reiki as standard in the future?

We can see how Reiki as a complementary treatment works on Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual ailments. It is a non-invasive treatment that works in tandem and arguably boosts modern medicine. There has been much research into this and thank fully much more is currently taking place. There is much vitriol to be found online on complementary medical techniques; however there has always been a fear of the unknown and a need to scorn what is not understood. With the rise of Reiki and increased research across the world we can hope that soon using Reiki as a complementary medicine will soon be the norm, and no longer an oddity.


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