Reiki is an environmentally friendly form of treatment because it does not use any tools except a practitioner’s hands and therefore it does not create any waste. Reiki is the art of laying on of hands in order to heal and it originated in Japan.
Tadao Yamaguchi, a Reiki teacher and environmental activist, made the following statement:
“Reiki can improve the global environment. Medical waste generated in the treatment of infectious diseases alone amounts to 120-30 tons per 100 000 people per year. In total, annually in Japan, 150 000 tons of such waste is generated. If every household had at least one Reiki practitioner curing half of the illnesses at home the amount of medical waste would be greatly reduced – by roughly 75 000 tons.”
From: Light on the origins of Reiki, by Tadao Yamaguchi, 2007.
‘During the past few decades, science has begun to prove what ancient myth and religion has always espoused. That there may be such a thing as a life force. Frontier scientists all over the globe have produced extraordinary evidence to show that an energy field connects everything in the universe, and we ourselves are part of this…’ (Lynne McTaggart, The Field).
Reiki is not very well known in South Africa because during the apartheid era, anything metaphysical that could interfere with the dogmatic view of the day was banned or viewed with extreme prejudice. While South Africa was falling behind, Reiki practices were springing up internationally and today this practice is being combined with integrative medicine on a global platform. One of the guiding principles within integrative medicine is to use therapies that have some high quality evidence to support them.¹
What is Reiki?
Reiki is the ancient art of ‘laying on of hands’ in order to heal, and it originated in Japan.² The word Reiki consists of two parts: Rei and Ki. Rei is translated as Universal Life Force Energy and Ki as Life Force Energy.³ It is taught in Reiki that our life force energy is connected to a universal life force energy.
In some scientific fields the life force energy is referred to as the Human Energy System (H.E.S).⁵ There has been an interest in the H.E.S since ancient times and with the latest advances in technology scientists and quantum theorists have made some amazing discoveries.
Scientists at The HeartMath Institute in California have clearly demonstrated through hundreds of quantified studies, that we are electromagnetic and that our H.E.S is connected to the earth’s magnetic field through our hearts.⁶
Another scientist Dr. Wever at the Max Plank Institute in Leipzig studied the Circadian Rhythms of man. The day and night cycle that is ingrained in all of life. After several studies he reached the conclusion that the frequency of earth is the frequency of all life on earth.⁹
A Nobel Prize winner Luc Montagnier also made an extraordinary discovery, but first there is a fundamental law in science that states that all life comes from life and that life can only exist where life has existed before. The mechanisms described to the creation of life were immaterial like sperm and egg and cell division. Montagnier discovered that the actual mechanism behind life is electromagnetic. 
How does it work?
Scientists have proven that we have an electro-magnetic energy system. The Reiki philosophy states that we are whole beings who have a body, mind and spirit. When there is a disturbance on any of these levels, the flow of life force becomes disrupted and an imbalance or block is created in the H.E.S. (Human Energy System).
This happens because the life force is responsive to thoughts and feelings:⁴̛ ⁶̛ ¹¹ our thoughts release bi-photon light emissions, which get carried over in to the H.E.S and become attached there.¹² If not treated, these blocks manifest in the physical body as disease ̶ either chronically or temporarily.
When a Reiki practitioner lays his/her hands on a client, the practitioner connects with earth’s electromagnetic field and draws the energy up through their bodies into their hands, transmitting the universal life force energy in to the client’s H.E.S.⁵̛ ⁶ Reiki heals by flowing through the affected parts, charging it with electromagnetic energy.
Studies have confirmed that Reiki practitioners do emit life force energy from their hands. Two scientists at the Biofield Centre at the University of Arizona, found fluctuations in the pulsations of the magnetic field around Reiki healers hands.⁶ They also asked healers to use intention and mentally channel energy through their hands ̶ they were astonished at the breathtakingly clear stream of light flowing from the healers’ fingers.⁶
Studies show positive effect
The benefits of Reiki in the medical profession in the USA have gained so much recognition that 75 hospitals in the USA prescribe Reiki in their integrative medicine treatment programmes.¹³ Nurses are even sent to become Reiki practitioners.¹² In Australia it is common for patients to bring their Reiki practitioners along to the hospitals.²
A study in the USA on hysterectomies found that Reiki reduced patient recovery time and that doctors spent between 10 to 20 minutes less time in the operating rooms.¹³ This is because Reiki is very effective in reducing stress and tension in the body.
The Brownes Cancer Support Centre in Australia undertook a study to test the effects of Reiki on cancer patients and ‘concluded that there was an overall improvement in both quality of life and symptom distress scores for patients who received Reiki.’⁴
A heart Surgeon from Australia worked with a Reiki practitioner on his heart transplant patients. None of them had the usual post-operative depression and his bypass patients had no post-operative pain or leg weakness.² The transplant patients experienced no sign of tissue rejection.²
One clinical study tested the effects of Reiki on human blood levels and concluded that Reiki had a measurable physiological effect: ‘Some individuals found that their blood levels went up while others went down, which is consistent with the concept that Reiki is balancing for each individual.’²
Another clinical study tested Reiki’s effect on pain, anxiety and depression on chronically ill patients. The conclusion was that Reiki had significant effects on lowering anxiety, pain and depression.²
Reiki is a natural, holistic, complementary healing therapy that gently balances your life energies. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual ills, restoring and maintaining peace, health and general well-being.
For a professional skilled practitioner in your area, please visit www.reikiassociation.co.za.
- The South African Society of Integrative Medicine c2013
- Stiene, B, Stiene, F. The Reiki Sourcebook. Completely Revised Edition. USA: O Books; 2008.
- Reiki Association of South Africa c2013
- McTaggart, L. The Field. LONDON: Harper Collins Publishers; 2001.
- Brennan, B.A . Hands of Light. A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field. USA: Bantam Books; 1988.
- McTaggart, L. The Intention Experiment. LONDON: Harper Collins Publishers; 2008.
- Institute of Heartmath c2013
- Braden, G. The Divine Matrix. Bridging, Time, Space, Miracles, and Believe. USA: Hay House; 2010.
- Documentary: Resonance-Beings of Frequency, researched and written by James Russel
- Gregg Braden – Institute of Heartmath
- Lynn McTaggart on ‘Intention’ at the panel discussion for The Living Matrix Movie.
- The International Centre for Reiki Training c1990-2013.