Is Reiki Real or Simply a Placebo Affect

Reiki, is rooted in Japanese healing practices which have existed and been passed down since antiquity. The word “Rei,” in Japanese means universal, while the word ‘ki,’ means simply life energy. The premise behind Reiki is that a practitioner can channel abundant life energy to restore the balance and energy in a patient, therefore restoring health and wellbeing.

According to early holistic practices, when the human body becomes sick – the energy transmitted from the point of illness (or pain) is blocked off and must be restored to restore well being. So, essentially, Reiki practitioners utilize a number of different techniques to find these energy blockages, and then use the healing modality to stream life energy (ki) through their hands to parts of the body that need restoration and healing.

Estimates suggest that in the United States alone, around 1 million people have had Reiki sessions. Additionally healing centers that involve Reiki are beginning to pop-up, in mainstream hospitals and are often used to help people deal with pain and other health issues. As chiropractic, care continues to breakdown barriers into an accepted form of ‘medical’ treatment, so do many energy-healing techniques such as Reiki and acupressure.

But is Reiki for real? Is it truly possible for people to work magic in the department of human health and healing through the visualization and utilization of energy that invisibly exists? Does Reiki work to truly heal, or is what these people experiencing quite simply a suggestion of mind over matter – otherwise known as the placebo effect?

Over the years, there have been many studies done trying to earnestly answer this exact question.
Every study, whether done at the prominent Johns Hopkins University or by a team of doctors in Australia seem to come to the same conclusion. Yes, Reiki can work to heal the body. Many people, after being studied have had drastic health changes after Reiki treatments that seemed to improve their health. Additionally, a wide array of scientific studies and testing modules have hooked up Reiki patients to monitoring equipment which indicated healthy drops in blood pressure and lowered heart rates after sessions, leading doctors to believe that it does have a positive reaction on stress and emotional distress found within the human body.

And yet, these studies also show that there are millions of people who walk away from Reiki sessions with nothing. In the end, science has bowed to the possibility of Reiki working wonders on the human body, while remaining vague about whether it is for real or not?

Another Reiki study done at the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, showed that “Reiki has a measurable effect on the immune system!” The study examined white blood cells counts for people that were divided into three groups. One group received Reiki while another group simply spent time in a relaxed state. The third group neither relaxed nor got Reiki. Blood for the purpose of this scientific study was drawn before treatment, immediately after and then again several hours later. In the patients that received Reiki, white blood cells counts at both intervals were greatly improved – as opposed to those of the others, whose white blood cell counts remained the same.

Since Reiki is considered ‘energy healing,’ you would also have to consider the quantum physics behind the claims that Reiki is a valid form of healing. The Institute of Reiki Research says that,
“String theory (which says ALL living things (and matter) are made of minute fibers of immeasurable energy) is the first mathematically sound theory that reconciles the world of the infinitesimally small, with the world we know at large. It unites Einstein’s Theory of Relativity with quantum physics and offers a potential explanation for the Big Bang.”

This essentially translates into the theory that human beings are made up of these tiny strings of energy in every singular cell, and that in order for health and wellbeing to be in order – the energy must remain undisturbed. When a disturbance occurs – simply harnessing more strings of infinitesimally small energy, metaphysically available to all ‘matter’ in the universe simply ‘fixes’ the problem. If you are having a hard time grasping this idealism, think about the connections of an electrical current. If the cord is kinked, the appliance shorts out. Unkink the cord, and you have power again.

Debating the truth about Reiki would also not be complete without ‘harnessing the energy,’ from physicians who feel that they are in the ‘real’ business of healing people. One prominent doctor who speaks outwardly and often about holistic healing, says this.

“In 1922 Mikao Usui (JSG) fasted on a mountaintop in Japan and “received” the revelation of reiki. In other words, he made it up. Of course, the concept of qi was not foreign to Japanese culture, so it’s not like he made up the very idea of life energy, just the entire system of so-called energy healing. Still, life energy as a concept is a horrid anachronism, dating back to a time before we understood biology. There is no such thing as “life energy”. Since it is immeasurable, unobservable, and exerts no measurable effects, it is almost by definition non-existent”.

And of course, psychologists have long believed in the power of mind over matter. Believing MAKES it real, and the placebo effect theory of Reiki is born. Even outside of Reiki healing, major medical studies have found that when patients expect positive results from procedures or healing modalities, they normally receive positive results. So, when people believe in Reiki – (or ghosts, or UFO’s or miracles), they are simply creating the openness in their psyche to make it real for them. And for them, Reiki is real and Reiki works.

In conclusion – the truth is that Reiki works for some people and doesn’t for others. The reasons why are inconclusive and while the studies in Reiki’s favor are certainly creating a buzz about connecting with our innate being to heal ourselves, the beauty of Reiki, will certainly always be in the eyes of the beholder.

  • domsdos
    Posted at 18:18h, 19 May Reply

    Reiki is bullshit, subjected to the clinical trial of ANY pharmacetical drug it would fail!

  • Leonaed
    Posted at 01:33h, 30 May Reply

    You should never promote something that you can not clearly explain and prove.
    Nikola Tesla stated, To understand the Universe
    “Think Energy, Frequency & Vibration”.
    So how do you promote and explain this something that you call Reiki and “Prove” It. That is what we have to do when trying to understand and explain as to what is the system called Reiki and then how do we prove it.
    So lets get rid of all of the mystery and created mystique that has surrounded this System of Reiki and look at what it really is.
    Understanding as to what it really is and to offer some “Proof” is not easy as there are many who make claims that are not supportive with any logic.
    There are 2 questions that should be asked about the System called Reiki and they are;
    “What Reiki really is” and “Why is it so”.
    For information contact Leonard Thomas email
    Web Site or Phone 02 9586 2427

  • Pym Reehal
    Posted at 06:06h, 30 May Reply

    I was in a shopping mall and had a revelation that reiki is bullshit. And behold I have millions of followers that believe the same

    • Leonard
      Posted at 17:45h, 26 February Reply

      You should stand as a politician or should you say polluted;

  • Nikhil Rathor
    Posted at 06:25h, 19 November Reply

    iv found so many lost items of mine through reiki, keys, documents , my wallet !!! It does work

  • maria
    Posted at 01:56h, 23 November Reply

    domsdos, do not act like you know all, science cannot answer everything
    Leonaed just because you cant explain something with logic, doesnot mean it doesnot work
    you 2 please behave mature and learn to accept the truth, in your arrogance you believe only the false

    • Leonard
      Posted at 17:48h, 26 February Reply

      That is one opinion another opinion may say that the sky is falling, maybe only chicken little can answer that;

  • Lisa Peckford
    Posted at 12:29h, 02 December Reply

    It’s always the nonbelievers who seem infused with anger when discussing anything they don’t understand. Where does the anger come from? If you don’t believe, why does it invoke so much annoyance? Reiki could help you with that! Clear that frustration

  • Jams
    Posted at 00:35h, 11 January Reply

    I agree with Maria and Lisa.

    We take years to learn and understand mathematics, biology, physics… from school to college and then we agree on certain things. So if we haven’t learned about Reiki, it doesn’t mean it’s placebo. Spend some years learning about it and then come up with your findings.

    We see successful complex surgeries by doctors as proof but sometimes even simple surgeries have failed. So proof is not everything.

    Personally, I feel Reiki is like believing in God. You know some unknown force is there (helping you out) but being highly intellectual, you don’t easily accept it and run behind the proof 🙂

  • Leonard
    Posted at 19:00h, 08 February Reply

    Is there more to Reiki than you are told. YES.
    Don’t confuse the Reiki system with the Gifts that you were born with.
    You may be aware of those Gifts from early in life or they may appear much later, some reject them all the time, but they are Spiritual and reside within the 5th dimension.
    However the System that is called Reiki is a Creation, a something that is created by the use of the Energy/ Frequency & Vibration of Language or Symbols which when written as sentences are applied through the Physical 3rd dimensional into the Mental/ Emotional body the 4th dimension.
    The system of Reiki exists within Levels and Grades.
    The current method of teaching works with 3 levels but nobody is aware that that Teaching is of a lower grade, there is no combining between the 3rd & 4th dimensions, there is no warmth or Heat at the Crown which is the test that indicates that the two dimensions are connected.
    We have to remember that the system is really designed to work with our living energy.
    There are no short cuts to combining the two dimensions. It is a process that is applied during an Attunement and the test, the looking for the Warmth/ Heat or just not being able to enter the Crown suggests the connection to the higher grade.

  • Pym Reehal
    Posted at 04:01h, 02 August Reply

    Take a good look at reiki practioners. They look like losers who find importance in their belief that they can help others while relieving them of money. All they are doing is operating a pyramid sales scheme. Fools

  • Laura
    Posted at 16:18h, 05 July Reply

    If you have never used your arm before, don’t expect to pick up something heavy with it straight away. Reiki is a muscle that needs to be “activated” and then used, strengthened. If you are receiving Reiki, don’t lay there thinking it’s not real because you are fighting it. You don’t have to lay there believing it is real either, just let your mind go blank and see what happens, you will be amazed! I was a skeptic as I never had Reiki before but then I thought I would try it and learn it to see for myself it is “real” or not, so I completed my Level 1 Reiki, I had nothing to loose, only 2 days and £125. During the course I had an amazing experience along with another lady who did it with me. I’ve been practicing Reiki on myself since which has been 5 days now and even though I haven’t had the same intense experiences as I had during the course, I know it’s working. I have no trouble sleeping when in fact before the course I would lay in bed for hours trying to get off to sleep, I take no pain killers now whereas before I was having at least 2 neurofen Plus, 4 paracetamol and 2 Co-codamol tables a day for the last 10 years due to my back problems. I have damaged my liver from taking so many painkillers. I’m just a regular, down to earth woman with a full time job, a 6 year old son and a lovely husband who looks forward to chilling in front of the TV after a long day. I know Reiki is real, you just have to be open minded, if it wasn’t, I couldn’t stand the pain of having no painkillers.

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