Reiki for Anxiety

Reiki for Anxiety

An anxiety disorder can have a profound effect on your daily life. Work or school, social experiences, hobbies, and relationships are all affected in various ways. Many of us spend years trying different medications, natural remedies, and countless other things trying to gain control over our anxiety. One method that is gaining attention is reiki for anxiety.

The use of reiki for anxiety is rather controversial. Based on the concept of chakras, or energy centers, it is often referred to as reiki massage. This isn’t entirely accurate, as massage generally involves forceful and prolonged physical contact and the kneading of muscles. Reiki for anxiety may use any combination of light tapping, gentle touch, blowing, and even just looking at certain parts of the body. There are even practitioners who claim that they can heal from a distance without seeing the patient.

The principle behind reiki for anxiety is the transfer of life force or energy. Practitioners believe that healing energy is passed from them to the patient. A type of spiritual healing, reiki is looked upon skeptically by the medical community but believed in whole-heartedly by its practitioners and other advocates.

There is no scientific evidence that reiki for anxiety is effective. However, there is no indication that it is harmful and many people have claimed to experience a significant decrease in anxiety and improvement in other health situations. Reiki for anxiety may bring a sense of calm, relax the mind and body, and help you to cope with anxiety.

As someone who has battled anxiety for over 16 years, I know that most of us will try anything to gain control over our fears. Reiki for anxiety can be an effective addition to your treatment plan. Many who have tried reiki for anxiety feel that it is quite helpful. However, various studies have found that there are no physical effects in most cases and the use of reiki for any purpose is medically unfounded.

Reiki for anxiety should be used in conjunction with other methods of treatment. It may provide significant benefits, but there are no proven results. A serious danger of using reiki for anxiety or any medical condition is that the patient might choose not to use medically proven therapies as well. For many physical ailments, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you continue to use proven treatments. For conditions such as anxiety where many treatment methods and symptoms are emotional and psychological, it is more likely to be effective.

Speak openly with your doctor and discuss whether reiki for anxiety is acceptable for you. Most people with anxiety can find some benefit, as the quiet relaxation is good for anxiety even if the healing energy principle is ineffective. In addition, the placebo effect is often a factor in the results. If you believe that something will help, it often does, even if there is no medical reason for it.

Don’t ignore the advice of your doctor. Like any method of treatment, reiki for anxiety may not be enough on its own if you have a severe condition. Extreme cases of anxiety can be crippling, and you must take advantage of a combination of treatment options. No single option is going to be 100% effective for everyone.

While I definitely recommend that you consider reiki for anxiety, remember that, like all ways of dealing with anxiety, it should only be a part of your treatment. Used in combination with lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, or medication, it can contribute positively to your anxiety management.