How Reiki Can Treat Depression
About 400 million people across the world suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. Typical depression symptoms include hopelessness, loss of appetite, social isolation, inability to concentrate, mood swings, anxiety, and change in sleep patterns. Depression makes patients feel hopeless, lonely, and even suicidal. It can affect the person's relationships with their friends and family.
Therapy and antidepressants are the two most common treatments for patients suffering from depression. Unfortunately, these solutions can be incredibly costly and may not always be effective. Therapy is often a slow-acting solution since it can take months to notice any positive changes. Antidepressants usually have side effects like insomnia, fatigue, nausea, and weight gain.
Many people have turned to alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, naturopathy, and aromatherapy. These solutions work to varying degrees, and some patients claimed miraculous benefits. Many of these practices date back thousands of years ago, often originating in ancient times.
Reiki is one such alternative medicine and has existed for over 2,000 years. The name comes from two words: "Rei" meaning "spirit" and "ki" (or "qi") meaning "energy." Reiki was developed by a Japanese Buddhist named Mikao Usui, though the practice isn't associated with any particular religion. However, Reiki is a very spiritual practice, and many patients report that it helps get them feel connected to their faith.
Reiki is based on the idea that the human body contains an energy called qi. If someone's qi is love, they are prone to stress and sickness. Practitioners use hands-on healing to transfer their energy through their palms to the patient to promote well-being and health. However, there is also distance Reiki where the practitioner can send qi across space and time.
Many patients have found solace in Reiki treatments. One 2004 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information studied 46 participants who were split into three treatment groups: hands-on Reiki, distance Reiki, and a placebo. Patients were treated for an hour to an hour and a half each week for six weeks. Those who received Reiki treatment saw a decrease in depression and stress symptoms for up to a year after completing the study, suggesting that Reiki has long-term benefits.
A separate study conducted by Reiki practitioner Dr. Julie Motz reported that her treatment helped combat postoperative depression for those who had recently gone through heart transplants. Motz used her techniques during heart surgery to balance their energy levels. After the treatments were complete, none of the eleven patients reported depression, pain, or organ rejection.
Reiki can also be used to treat a wide variety of other conditions. A study from Hartford Hospital found that the practice help diminishes nausea by 80%, pain by 78%, anxiety during pregnancy by 94%, and insomnia by 86%. While many are still somewhat skeptical of this practice, several patients have reported dramatic benefits. Reiki can be used in conjunction with other solutions such as acupuncture, meditation, and medication. Reiki works best when administered over long periods of time. There are no adverse side effects, but Reiki shouldn't be used as a substitute for traditional treatments.