Reiki treatment is safe when used with common sense, to support and not replace medical care.
There are no known medical contraindications to Reiki practice, no time when it is inappropriate. That is a huge statement, and a very important one, so let’s examine it carefully.
Reiki practice is balancing
Reiki practice is balancing to the individual’s system. The more balanced a system is, the less stressed it is. The less stressed the system is, the more resilient it is, and the more efficiently it self-heals.
Reiki practice encourages the receiver’s system to regain balance and thus optimizes self-healing. Reiki treatment supports and does not override the body’s natural process of self-healing.
When Reiki practice is used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for someone with a medical diagnosis, the Reiki treatment does not address the disease or any symptom directly. Rather, Reiki treatment encourages the person’s system toward balance so that the person is better able to address both the disease, and the side effects of medical treatment.
Reiki treatment supports the person undergoing medical treatment, and does not interfere with the processes involved in the medical treatment.
Reiki treatment delivery
Besides looking at the treatment itself, health care also looks at how a treatment is delivered, meaning how it gets to the patient.
It is conceivable, for example, that there might be reasons why a treatment that might help a patient cannot be safely delivered to that patient. For example, some cancer patients who could theoretically be helped by massage might be too fragile to be able to safely receive massage, or there might be limitations as to what parts of the body could be safely massaged (perhaps hands and feet only).
Reiki treatment is most often delivered through light, non-invasive contact. The Reiki practitioner’s hand can also hover just above the body. In a quarantine situation, the Reiki practitioner offers treatment while wearing gloves and whatever protective clothing the hospital requires.
Since Reiki touch is non-manipulative (or non-contact), it carries no contraindications.
The delivery of Reiki treatment involves no substances. The receiver is not asked to swallow anything, nor is any substance applied to the skin. There is nothing material involved in Reiki practice that could interfere with medical care or impact the receiver’s health.
Therefore, from a conventional healthcare perspective, there are no known medical contraindications, no time when Reiki practice is unsafe.
Use common sense
It is always safe to offer Reiki treatment, as long as you are also taking care of whatever else is needed. For example, in an emergency, you can place a Reiki hand on the victim while calling 911.
Reiki practice is not a replacement for needed conventional medical care, but used sensibly, Reiki treatment can be a valuable resource that can help improve health care outcomes.
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