Reiki for Immune Deficiency
Immune deficiency, also called immunodeficiency, refers to the condition under which the body’s defense system is compromised. The immune deficient person is unable to fight infection and disease as effectively as a healthy person. Different forms of immune deficiency exist, and these illnesses can be debilitating. Reiki is a form of natural energy healing that has been helpful in addressing symptoms of many medical conditions, including many which are considered forms of immune deficiency.
How is Reiki Used to Treat Immune Deficiency?
Reiki has been successfully used with various immune deficiency disorders, or diseases in which the immune system has become compromised, including HIV/AIDS, lupus, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Reiki is often recommended to people with HIV/AIDS because it is purported to enhance immune function. While there is no conclusive medical evidence to suggest that Reiki helps HIV/AIDS patients, there is also no evidence that it is harmful. Reiki is said to reduce stress, increase energy levels, and help improve chronic health problems. One double blind study of 20 patients with advanced AIDS who received Reiki healing found that patients who received the therapy experienced significantly fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations, fewer days in the hospital, fewer new AIDS-defining illnesses and significantly lower severity of disease than those who did not.
Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pain from lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis can be excruciating. Reiki does not require that the therapist touch the patient at all, thereby avoiding causing additional pain. With Reiki, the practitioner can hold his or her hands over the patient’s body, or in some cases even do the Reiki session over the telephone with the same effects. Reiki has been shown to help relieve pain, improve sleep, and alleviate accompanying depression and anxiety that are common with these conditions.
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Energy therapies such as Reiki have been useful in improving health in those with diabetes. There may be the possibility that Reiki can help facilitate normal glycemic levels. As a caution, Reiki should be accompanied by appropriate blood glucose monitoring when blood glucose levels become lower as pain and discomfort decrease.
Some cancer patients claim that Reiki has helped with pain management, relaxation, and side effects of chemotherapy treatment like nausea and stomach upset. Reiki may only be used an a complementary therapy for treatment severe health conditions like cancer.
No matter what the immune deficiency is, people experiencing one of these conditions may benefit from Reiki. There are countless reports of people experiencing benefit following Reiki, including better mental clarity, deep relaxation, improved sleep and appetite, lowered heart rate, a general feeling of improved wellbeing, and an acceleration of the healing process in some situations.
What is Reiki?
Reiki, pronounced “ray-key,” is a holistic, natural, hands-on energy healing system that was developed in Japan. The actual word is derived from rei, meaning “free passage” or “transcendental spirit,” and ki, meaning “vital life-force energy” or “universal life energy.”
Reiki involves the transfer of energy from practitioner to client to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the balancing of energy. Reiki uses specific techniques for restoring and balancing the natural life-force energy within the body. Reiki energy healing has several basic benefits, including promoting deep relaxation, breaking up energy blockages, and detoxifying the system. A client might also experience warmth, tingling, sleepiness, refreshment, and/or the easing of one or more symptoms after treatment.
What is Immune Deficiency?
The immune system enables the body to fight off illness and infection on a daily basis. Immune deficiency can be considered a condition where the body’s defense system is compromised, causing it to be less resilient when faced with foreign invading cells. A number of illnesses fall under the category of immune deficiency, including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), diabetes mellitus (Type 1), and autoimmune disorders where the body’s own immune system attacks tissues (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few). Additionally, people can experience immune deficiency due to life situations, such as cancer patients and the elderly.
Is Reiki Safe?
Reiki appears to be a generally safe form of healing, with no reports of serious side effects. At times, Reiki patients have reported a temporary intensification of the presenting symptoms before relief is felt.
Sometimes a Reiki client experiences what practitioners call a “cleansing crisis.” The person may have symptoms such as a feeling of weakness or tiredness, a headache, or a stomachache. Reiki practitioners believe that these are effects of the body releasing toxins. They advise the client on how to deal with such symptoms if they occur, such as getting more rest, drinking plenty of water, or eating a lighter diet.
Reiki is not considered a replacement for conventional care. Recipients of Reiki are advised not to delay the time it takes to see a doctor about a medical problem.
About.com has a page on cancer and Reiki.
Bella Online has an article on Reiki and AIDS.
Diabetes Spectrum has an article on Diabetes mellitus and Reiki.
Healingwell.com has an article on Reiki and Lupus.
Holistic Online offers a Reiki Infocenter: http://holisticonline.com/reiki/hol_reiki_home.htm
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers “An Introduction to Reiki”.
ReikiinHospitals.org has information on the use of Reiki with conventional care.