Treatments & Therapies

Reiki – Treatment, Effects & Risks


Reiki, the universal life energy, is contained in all living things. If a person gets sick, his body shows energy deficits. He develops symptoms that can be treated with a Reiki application. The energy introduction belongs to the field of holistic energy work and is offered today by many alternative practitioners as well as in spa clinics and wellness centers.

What is Reiki?

In Reiki treatment, the user serves only as a channel for the transmission of Reiki to the patient (client). According to the teachings of Reiki, every form of illness arises from energetic blockages and energy deficits. The universal life energy cannot flow unhindered.

Certain areas of the body are thus energetically undersupplied. It comes to complaints on cells, organs and entire body regions. Through Reiki, the blockage is dissolved on the subtle level. The discomfort and pain disappear. The treatment, in which body, mind and soul are understood as a unity, does not require a conventional diagnosis and assumes that Reiki automatically finds the place in the energetically ill body where it is urgently needed.

Reiki works independently of the patient’s mental state. It has a positive effect on people who are open to him and willing to make the necessary changes in their lives. The health-promoting effect is further enhanced if the Reiki practitioner has a high sensitivity. Scientific studies on the effectiveness of Reiki treatment have not yielded any clear results to date. With the help of Reiki, the trained user can even treat himself, animals and plants.

Function, impact & goals

In Reiki, a distinction is made between the short treatment for acute health disorders and whole-body treatments. They are usually carried out for severe chronic diseases and very stressful complaints.Short treatments last up to 30 minutes each. In the case of full treatments, the client must expect a treatment duration of up to one and a half hours. He is in a relaxed position on a mat on the floor. He is clothed because the universal energy can naturally penetrate his body through clothing. The Reiki practitioner determines by 15-minute laying on of hands on his forehead, in which energetic state his chakras (energy centers) are. Then he puts his hand on the other chakras and transfers the energy to them. Alternatively, the Reiki practitioner can hold his hand a few centimeters above the body. Then the client lies down on the front so that the back of the body can be treated energetically.

From the individual chakras, the strengthening and healing universal energy is also transmitted to other parts of the body. According to Mikao Usui, the discoverer of Reiki, the Reiki practitioner may even gently caress, pat and massage the client’s body. This is decided by the practitioner according to the patient’s need.

The Reiki treatment affects all subtle levels. The harmonization of the mental and emotional state promotes the physical healing process. However, the client should expect the occurrence of the first aggravation effect. In the case of acute disorders, it is therefore advisable to carry out the treatment for 4 days in a row so that healing occurs.

The initial aggravation is merely proof that the treatment is effective and the body is ready to respond to it. In the case of severe psychological stress, there may initially be an emotional boost. He also shows that the supplied energy causes changes. It is generally active 5 to 7 days after treatment. For chronic and severe complaints, several applications are necessary.

On a mental-spiritual level, the universal life energy causes the following: reduction of stress and fears, promotion of relaxation, increase of concentration and learning ability, harmonization and intensification of emotional life, letting go of negative and obstructive thought structures, promotion of inner strength and serenity, strengthening of creativity, mental flexibility, intuition, promotion of cognitive processes (self-knowledge, recognition of one’s own Life task), development of the mental and spiritual potential, possibly promotion of spiritual abilities.

Depressive moods and eating disorders are also positively influenced by Reiki. Treatment should not be used in the presence of neuroses and psychosis. On a physical level, Reiki causes a permanent strengthening of the immune system and can thus bring about healing successes in diseases such as neurodermatitisallergiesasthmarheumatism and osteoarthritis. Spontaneous cures of cancer have also been observed. It has an anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and wounds healing, strengthens the nerves and balances the hormonal imbalance of thyroid hormones. In addition, the treatment has a detoxifying, spasmodic and shock-relieving effect.

Risks, side effects & dangers

People who undergo Reiki treatment do not run any health risk. In extreme cases, it does not work for them. If they are in medical, naturopathic or psychotherapeutic treatment at the time of application, they should definitely continue it: Reiki supports them in their health-promoting effect even more.

However, because of the awareness-raising meditative effect, pain and anesthesia medications may be reduced in effectiveness. The Reiki client should absolutely refrain from the simultaneous use of crystals, as they can severely disturb the healing process because of their energy-storing properties. A special feature is the so-called water Reiki, a Reiki treatment that is carried out in warm water.

Lisa Newlon
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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.