There are many different kinds of natural therapy which offer various different advantages to particular people under particular circumstances. Reiki is just one such treatment option that is based on ancient Chinese practices, and which has no known side effects.
The basic ideas involve in Reiki are based on the ancient Chinese belief in Qi. Qi here is believed to be the ‘lifeforce’ of all living things, and is thought to originate in our ‘dan tien’ just below our solar plexus, and to then travel around our body via chakras. This Qi is then able to provide us with energy and to help us to recover from various problems, but when we get a ‘blockage’ in one of our chakras and our Qi is unable to flow freely, this can cause a build up of ‘bad Qi’ which can cause a range of health problems.
Now many people don’t understand the concepts of Qi, however they have nevertheless been demonstrated in many other settings. For instance, the well known practice of acupuncture also relies on Qi and the idea of chakras and uses small needles in acupuncture points in order to clear those blockages and allow the free flow of Qi.
Perhaps the most visceral and impressive demonstrations of Qi however come from the Shaolin monks who baffle science by hardening parts of their body through their control over Qi, and then use those body parts to smash through concrete slabs and to bend spears. Of course it’s not recommended that you try any of those things, and that’s certainly not what Reiki is about – however this nevertheless acts as a very impressive demonstration of Qi and shows just how effective it can be.
The idea of Reiki however is very different and much more gentle.
Here the idea is for a practitioner to ‘channel’ their good Qi into the body of the patient in order to clear ‘bad’ Qi and to help them heal. To do this they will normally rub their hands together and then hold them over the site of the injury or illness on the afflicted patient. Using concentration and visualization they will then aim to transfer that Qi into the patient who will often report feeling a slight tingling sensation.
This is a method that can be affective for some individuals under certain circumstances, though rigorous studies have yet to be carried out. Whether it is a result of placebo effect or something more is up to the patient – but if you have struggled to find a treatment that works for you then this has no side effects and no associated dangers so it’s certainly worth a try and you may be among those who find it effective.
However it’s important to note that you should not forego seeing your doctor in cases of serious illnesses. Always see your GP first and use alternative methods as a supplementary treatment on top of the recommended course of action that you are given. This way you will hopefully benefit from both aspects and enjoy a speedy improvement.