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Reiki is commonly known as palm healing or hands-on-healing. In this ancient tradition of a healing practice, practitioners channelize the internal energy by placing their hands gently on or above a person. It is believed that this energy balances the body’s innate or natural healing abilities, and thereby facilitates the healing process.

The word reiki has originated from two Japanese words: ‘Rei’ means the higher power and ‘Ki’ means life force energy. Japanese believe that there is an unseen “life force energy” that flows through us and it is the reason for our existence. If the life force energy is low then we tend to fall sick or be stressed, whereas if it is high then we are healthy and remain in good spirits.


Reiki was discovered and developed in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist, Dr. Mikao Usui. During his lifetime, he trained several students and taught them the principles of reiki to achieve the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual balance.

Principles of Dr. Mikao Usui

How it is Performed?

Reiki is categorized in two levels:

  • Physical level
  • Mental level

Physical level: The transmission of reiki energy occurs through physical contact when the therapist gently places his hand on or just above the patient.

Mental level: With the help of reiki symbols, energy is channelized into the patient’s body.

Reiki Symbols

Symbol 1

Symbol Primary Use Purpose
The primary use of this symbol is to increase Reiki power. It draws energy from around you and focuses it to a particular point
  • To clean the negative energies
  • To empower other reiki symbols

Symbol 2

Symbol Primary Use Purpose
It is used mainly for mental or emotional healing and also relaxes the mind
  • Helps in removing addictions
  • Healing of post-traumas
  • Balances left and right brain

Symbol 3

Symbol Primary Use Purpose
It is known as Distant Healing Symbol (DHS)
  • It is used to send reiki energy to anyone over a distance. It can heal the disease even if a person is far away from you. It is considered as a most useful and powerful symbol

Symbol 4

Symbol Primary Use Purpose
It is known as balancing and unblocking symbol
  • It helps in unblocking the energy channels and thus allow the proper flow of energy

Symbol 5

Symbol Primary Use Purpose
It is the most powerful symbol and is only used by the reiki masters
  • It is used to heal the soul
  • It helps to provide enlightenment and peace

Use in the United States

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (a comprehensive survey of the use of complementary health practices by Americans), more than 1.2 million adults had used Reiki in the previous year.

Side Effects and Risks

Reiki appears to be generally safe, and no serious side effects have been reported.

Training, Licensing, and Certification

No licensing, professional standards, or formal regulation exists for the practice of Reiki. There are many different forms of Reiki, and no special background or credentials are needed to receive training.


Consult your health care provider before supplementing or replacing your conventional therapy with reiki.


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