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Alternative Medicine Treatments

An introduction to some complementary and alternative approaches that can help heal the body, mind and soul.

For generations, people have been exploring a variety of approaches  to treat the physical, emotional, nutritional and biological effects of  illness. In Western societies the practice of medicine mostly relies on  therapies that typically undergo rigorous testing for safety and  effectiveness before they are accepted into mainstream use. But there  are many practices and products that are used around the world that  while unproven by Western standards, have provided reassurances and  relief of discomfort and distress for centuries.

In many cultures these are considered traditional medicine. In the  West, we call these approaches complementary and alternative (CAM)  treatments. They can be used in combination with conventional Western  medical therapies such as medications, surgery and other standard  procedures (complementary medicine) or alone (alternative medicine).   

Recently, the practice of integrative medicine is gaining  popularity and many mainstream medical practitioners now fully embrace  and trust some of the better-studied alternative approaches, such as  acupuncture, as a highly effective treatment.   

Why CAM? 

People who use CAM treatments do so for a variety of reasons.  Mostly they are used to accompany conventional care to improve general  health and wellbeing. They are also used when conventional therapies for  illnesses fall short or have failed. Still, others forgo conventional  therapies altogether because they do not want to experience their  potential side effects. And some prefer alternative therapies because  conventional treatments do not align with their personal or spiritual  philosophies.   

Whatever the reasons, CAM therapies can bring comfort, control  and calm to the people who use them. Nearly 40% of adults have used CAM  therapies at some point in their life, mostly for back and neck  problems, headaches, insomnia, colds, joint pain, anxiety, depression  and cancer relief.   

Types of CAM therapies 

  • Practitioner-based body manipulation - acupuncture, Reiki, massage, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation
  • Natural products (nonvitamin, nonmineral) - herbs, fish oil/omega 3,  glucosamine, St. John's wort, echinacea, ginseng, ginkgo biloba,  garlic, flaxseed, chondroitin, coenzyme Q-10, ginger
  • Breath work - deep breathing exercises, meditation
  • Relaxation Techniques - guided imagery, progressive relation
  • Body movement - yoga, Qi gong and Tai chi
  • Diet-based therapies - macrobiotic, vegetarian

Here are some of Dr. Oz's favorite CAM therapies that energize, sooth and support the body, mind and spirit.   


Reiki is another popular energy healing therapy, which is  typically performed by a trained Reiki master. Here the practitioner's  light touch on, or slightly above, specific areas of the body is used to  balance the flow of energy throughout the body. The laying on of hands  on the head, face, neck, chest, abdomen and back delivers varying  degrees of natural vibrational "heated" energy as needed, to strengthen  the body to heal itself. Reiki can also be self-administered.   

Special note: Because a CAM therapy is natural it doesn't mean it  is necessarily safe, or safer than conventional treatments. Beware of  unrealistic advertising claims that sometime accompany CAM products and  always select an experienced practitioner to perform body manipulations.  Let all the practitioners - CAM and Western - involved with your care  to know about each of the therapies you are taking or undergoing as some  may interfere with the effectiveness of other treatments.                                         


Dr. OZ Endorses Reiki

We all know Dr. Oz. He is an amazing conventional doctor who helps America on the path to better health.  In this wonderful video he shares that his wife is a REIKI Master.  He also explains how REIKI assists individuals on their path as a complementary form of alternative healing. Enjoy!!

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What Is Reiki?

Reiki  is a Japanese healing modality which was developed in 1920 and brought  to the United States in 1937 by Hawayo Takato.  Reiki is the channeling of the primal life force energy through the Reiki Master to the client. A Reiki treatment allows stress to be released and thus and promotes healing in the mind, body & spirit. Although it is not a replacement for medical or psychological treatments, it complements traditional methods. Please discuss with your doctor the addition of Reiki to your health  treatments.

Who receives Reiki?

According to the Center for Reiki Research, "a study done in 2007 by the National  Health Interview Survey indicates that 1.2 million adults and 161,000  children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. According to the American Hospital  Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki  as part of hospital services."

What may I experience?

Reiki may be done in person or from a distance. Either way, the client is fully clothed and the energy is passed without touching the client. A calm and relaxing feeling is often experienced by the client. Each session is as unique as the person who is receiving it.

How will it benefit me?

Reiki is a powerful yet subtle energy modality that can support improvements in the mind/body & spirit.  
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  1. What is Reiki?
  2. What happens in a Reiki session
  3. Health benefits
  4. Becoming a Reiki practitioner
  5. Reiki's healing power: What is the evidence?
  6. Where can I get Reiki?

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy commonly referred to as  energy healing. It emerged in Japan in the late 1800's and is said to  involve the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner's palms  to their patient.

Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms. Advocates say it works with the energy fields around the body.

Some controversy surrounds Reiki, because it is hard to prove its  effectiveness through scientific means. However, many people who receive  Reiki say it works, and its popularity is increasing. A Google search  for the term currently returns no less than 68,900,000 results.

A 2007 survey shows that, in the United States (U.S.), 1.2 million adults tried Reiki or a similar therapy at least once in the previous year. Over 60 hospitals are believed to offer Reiki services to patients.

Fast facts on Reiki 

Here are some key points about Reiki. More detail is in the main article.

  • Reiki is a form of energy therapy.
  • Despite skepticism in some circles, it is growing in popularity.
  • It involves the transfer of energy by laying on hands.
  • Reiki's advocates say it can treat many conditions and emotional states.
  • Small studies show that Reiki can slightly reduce pain, but no studies have shown that it is effective in treating any diseases.
  • Some hospitals in America and Europe offer Reiki, but insurance rarely covers it.

What is Reiki?

 In Reiki, the practitioner transfers energy by placing their hands over or on the patient.  

The word "Reiki" means "mysterious atmosphere,  miraculous sign." It comes from the Japanese words "rei" (universal) and  "ki" (life energy). Reiki is a type of energy healing.

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Energy healing targets the energy fields around the body.

According to practitioners, energy can stagnate in the body where  there has been physical injury or possibly emotional pain. In time,  these energy blocks can cause illness.

Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture  or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body, say  practitioners, can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and  reduce other symptoms of illness.

Reiki has been around for thousands of years. Its current form was first developed  in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui, who reportedly taught  2,000 people the Reiki method during his lifetime. The practice spread  to the U.S. through Hawaii in the 1940s, and then to Europe in the  1980s.

It is commonly referred to as palm healing or hands-on healing.


What happens in a Reiki session?

Reiki is best held in a peaceful setting, but it  can be carried out anywhere. The patient will sit in a comfortable chair  or lie on a table, fully clothed. There may or may not be music,  depending on the patient's preference.

The practitioner places their hands lightly on or over specific areas  of the head, limbs, and torso using different hand shapes, for between 2  and 5 minutes. The hands can be placed over 20 different areas of the  body.

If there is a particular injury, such as a burn, the hands may be held just above the wound.

While the practitioner holds their hands lightly on or over the body,  the transfer of energy takes place. During this time, the  practitioner's hands may be warm and tingling. Each hand position is  held until the practitioner senses that the energy has stopped flowing.

When the practitioner feels that the heat, or energy, in their hands  has abated, they will remove their hands and may place them over a  different area of the body.

Some Reiki techniques

The techniques involved have names such as:

  • centering
  • clearing
  • beaming
  • extracting harmful energies
  • infusing
  • smoothing and raking the aura

Some Reiki practitioners will use crystals and chakra healing wands,  because they find these can enable healing or protect a home from  negative energy.  

However, Annie Harrington, Chair of the Reiki Federation of the United Kingdom (U.K.), told Medical News Today:

"Reiki relies on no other instruments  beyond the practitioner. We do not use crystals, powders or wands as a  general rule. However, one of the benefits of Reiki healing is distance  healing (where Reiki is sent over several miles) then, many  practitioners will use crystals to assist with the energy vibrations."

Sessions can last between 15 and 90 minutes.  The number of sessions will vary, depending on what a client wishes to  accomplish. Some clients prefer to have one session while others have a  series of sessions to work on a particular issue.

Health benefits

According to practitioners, the healing effects are mediated by  channeling the universal energy known as qi, pronounced "chi." In India,  this is known as "prana." This is the same energy involved in tai chi  exercise. It is the life force energy that some believe surrounds all of  us.

This energy is said to permeate the body. Reiki experts point out  that, while this energy is not measurable by modern scientific  techniques, it can be felt by many who tune in to it.

Reiki is alleged to aid relaxation, assist in the body's natural  healing processes, and develop emotional, mental, and spiritual  well-being.

It is also said to induce deep relaxation, help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and improve overall wellbeing.

People who receive Reiki describe it as "intensely relaxing."

Conditions that Reiki has been used to help treat include:

According to the University of Minnesota, patients who have undergone a Reiki session may say:  

  • "I feel very refreshed and seem to be thinking more clearly."
  • "I think I fell asleep."
  • "I can't believe how hot your hands got!"
  • "I feel more relaxed than even after a massage."
  • "My headache is gone."

Cancer patients who have Reiki say they feel better after. This may be because  it helps them relax. Another reason, according to Cancer Research U.K.  could be that the therapist spends time with them and touches them. This  has a soothing effect on patients who may be overwhelmed by invasive  therapy, fear, and stress.

Individuals report different experiences. Some say that the  practitioner's hands become hot, others report cooling hands and some  people feel pulsating waves. The most common reports are of a release of  stress and deep relaxation.

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