Reiki The Alternatives to Drug Therapy
"Look deep, deep into nature, and then You will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein
Natural healing has been around for eons, It was most likely used by the cavemen shamans. However written records indicate that most of the great civilizations have used it in one form or another. It has been dismissed more than once as superstition with the advent of modern western medicine; however it has maintained its presence in folk medicine. A strike against it is that in those traditions, healing was always enrobed with lots of rituals and guarded secrets. Conversely with the over influx of pharmaceutical drug that carries along a panoply of side effects more and more people are turning to the alternative remedy that do not have dangerous chemicals. With this new age movement natural therapies are becoming more main stream.
The prospects of these methodologies are very striking because they are noninvasive and leave no harmful traces inside the human body. The cost is definitely another big factor as there are no expensive medicines to buy, and as previously mention no ingestion or injection of noxious substance into the body. On the other side, the practitioner do not need much of any specialized equipment, as with most modality of natural healing, specially with energy healing it can be done anywhere and at any time. Restriction to become a provider is only dependent to one’s dedication to learn, and willingness to help those who are in need and are looking for an altered way to ease their afflictions.
As more and more people are turning to alternative medicine, name as Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Native American healing practices, Naturopathic medicine, Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine are finding their way to the everyday vocabulary. These alternative healing systems are very complex and to be proficient at any one of them, someone needs years of study and training.
Then we have the “mind and body” healing art which encompass such therapy as: Art therapy, Dance therapy, Guided imagery, Humor therapy and Hypnotherapy. In these methods emphasis are on the mind. They use the mind to bring about behavioral changes leading to healing. Though gentle there is a big involvement in time and the patient has a lot of personal work to do also. Parallel to the body-mind method we have the body manipulation technique whereby part of the body is manipulated to restore the flow of energy. In this classification we have body work like Acupressure, Chiropractic, Feldenkrais Method, Massage therapy, Reflexology and so forth.
The one healing practice that is becoming the stellar of alternative medicine is energy medicine. It involves the use of the life force energy to recalibrate and balance the body. Since our body is homeostasis once harmony is restored the body heals itself. One of the most popular energy therapies is Reiki.
Rediscovered by a Japanese Dr. Usui in the early 20th century, Reiki has gain popularity since its introduction in the west. It is widely used in hospital as an effective allopathic alternative. The beauty of this modality is that it can be practice by any one. It does not take a long time to learn and even a beginner can heal someone. As an alternative treatment option, it is not presume or force the recipient to give up any treatment / medicine that they have been receiving for their ailments. It is a supplementary method designed to help, augment and accelerate the healing process. It promotes calm, well-being, and a sense of peace. A marked reduction in emotional stress, and worriedness, which are side effect of Reiki, are the catalyst needed to put someone on the road to recovery. In a sense it can be called the great harmonizer as all this energy does is restore and maintain balance.