From Avalaura for DC Spiritual Living Examiner:

For thousands of years people have used holistic or alternative medicine for mind, body, and spirit health. Ancient cultures relied on tools in nature such as herbs, food, crystals and hands on healing for their health and well being.

However in modern times, these practices have been overlooked in Western medicine due to lack of research and scientific evidence even though many holistic therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, qi gong and yoga are commonly utilized in the East.  The National Institutes of Health reports that 36% of adults reported using CAM (complimentary or alternative medicine) in some form, however some people are still hesitant to try holistic or CAM therapies without the endorsement of their doctors.
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While the medical field is slowly beginning to embrace CAM therapies, some doctors like Dr. Oz are paving the way for the integration of CAM therapies with traditional Western medicine. One CAM therapy Dr. Oz endorsed on “The Dr. Oz Show” which aired January 6, 2010 is reiki, a form of energy healing or laying on of hands.

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a simple and effective form of hands on healing that uses Universal Life Energy to help dissolve problems in the body, mind, and spirit. It is a natural approach to healing that is safe, gentle and non-invasive.

Ancient cultures, including the Japanese, Chinese, Indians, and Egyptians believed that life energy flows through the body, which deeply affects our body, mind and emotions.

Current research strongly suggests that energy does extend throughout and beyond the physical body. Disruptions or imbalances in its flow result in physical, mental and emotional illnesses. Reiki addresses these imbalances to support overall health and well-being.

Reiki is useful in releasing energy blockages, and returning the body to its natural, balanced state. Reiki produces a feeling of total relaxation and well-being, and provides pain reduction and rapid physical healing.

10 reasons why people use reiki
1) Release physical pain
2) Relaxation and stress relief
3) Remove energy blockages
4) Comfort from chronic or incurable disease
5) Facilitate spiritual, mental and emotional growth
6) Sense of joy and peace of mind
7) Improve sleep
8 ) Increase physical energy
9) Release uncomfortable emotions
10)Maintain overall health and wellbeing
Reiki is a wonderfully versatile form of healing. It is now being performed in hospitals, hospice, spas and wellness centers across the country. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional medicine.  For example, people receive reiki before and or after a surgery for best results. It can be done directly or by distance. You can also learn to do reiki for yourself by taking a training course from a reiki master. Try reiki for yourself and find out all the ways it can enhance your life.
For more information about reiki or to receive information about reiki training at Avalaura’s Healing Center in College Park, MD visit the website here.
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