Reiki is an alternative therapy from Japan that uses energy as a medium for healing. This therapy is believed to have many benefits, ranging from relieving pain, reducing stress to supporting cancer treatment.
Reiki comes from 2 words in Japanese, namely rei, which means the universe, and ki, which means the flow of energy in living things. Literally, reiki can be defined as the energy that the universe has. This therapy was created by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1922 as an alternative therapy to complement modern medicine.
How is Reiki Done?
Reiki therapy aims to increase energy in a person. Reiki has a philosophy that someone who has low energy will be more easily stressed or sick. However, if they have high energy, the person will feel healthier and happier.
When starting a treatment session, the reiki therapist will ask the patient to lie down on the bed. After that, the patient will be asked to relax and calm down. If necessary, the therapist will play soft notes to make the patient feel more relaxed.
Furthermore, the Reiki therapist will place his hand on the patient's body or a few centimeters above the patient's body to channel energy. Therapy usually starts from the head, then works its way down to the feet. However, the focus of therapy can also be on certain body areas, especially those with problems.
The energy channeled aims to change and balance the energy in the body. This energy is believed to stimulate the body's ability to heal naturally, reduce pain, and restore physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual conditions.
In addition to channeling energy from the hands, the Reiki therapist will also use crystal stones during the treatment session. Crystals are thought to have a calming effect and aid in healing, although there is no research to support this practice.
Crystals are usually placed on or around the patient's body. During the therapy session, the patient will feel a warm or cold sensation, tingling sensation, or even feel nothing. This therapy usually lasts 20–60 minutes.
Health Benefits of Reiki
Reiki therapy is claimed to provide several health benefits. The following are some of the benefits that can be obtained:
1. Provides a relaxing effect
One of the well-known benefits of reiki is that it provides a sense of calm and relaxation. Research shows that alternative reiki therapy reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and normalizes heart rates in often anxious people.
2. Reducing pain
Some studies suggest that Reiki therapy can relieve pain in people who suffer from certain diseases, such as cancer, pinched nerves, and muscle pain, as well as in people who have recently had surgery.
The study also states that reiki benefits as a pain reliever; it seems almost as effective as giving painkillers.
3. Relieve anxiety and depression symptoms
Reiki therapy has also been widely used as part of alternative therapies to treat psychological disorders, such as anxiety disorders and depression.
Research states that depressed patients who undergo reiki therapy can feel calmer, less anxious, and easily get excited again to carry out activities.
However, reiki therapy has not been used as the main therapy to treat mental disorders such as anxiety disorders and depression. To overcome this condition, patients still need to get treatment from a doctor, such as psychotherapy and drugs.
4. Relieve the side effects of chemotherapy
In Japan and several other countries, reiki therapy has been widely used as an additional treatment method for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This is because Reiki therapy can make patients feel calmer while undergoing chemotherapy.
Cancer patients undergoing reiki therapy also appear to experience fewer chemotherapy side effects.
In addition to the benefits above, reiki therapy is often used to relieve headaches, insomnia, and nausea. However, further research is still needed to determine the effectiveness of reiki therapy in overcoming this condition.
Reiki therapy is also believed to increase endurance, overcome fatigue, and accelerate the body's natural healing when experiencing injuries or illnesses.
Unfortunately, these benefits of reiki have only been limited to small-scale studies. Until now, the effectiveness and benefits of reiki therapy to treat certain conditions or diseases are also unclear and still need further investigation.
It should also be remembered that reiki therapy is not an alternative medicine to treat disease, but therapy complements or additions to support the success of the doctor's medical treatment.
If you suffer from a disease and want to use reiki as a complementary therapy, you are advised to consult with your doctor first to ensure its safety according to your condition.