What is Reiki?

Reiki is a traditional, Japanese form of therapy that is also known as a type of energy healing. It involves the transfer of energy from the practitioner’s hands to their patient.

The word Reiki translates into mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign. It comes from the two Japanese words rei (universal) and ki (life energy). 

This technique aims to alter energy fields around the body by helping with the flow of energy and removing any blocks that may be causing pain or illness in the person. 

What is PTSD?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in individuals who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event— such as a serious accident, natural disaster, combat/war, rape, or physical abuse (or the threat of any of these). 

This ultimately leads the person afflicted to deal with many negative feelings and thoughts related to their trauma. Many PTSD patients become perpetually afraid, angry, depressed, detached, and in a constant state of fight-or-flight. Additionally, they experience flashbacks and nightmares that can last for years and years after the traumatic incident. 

PTSD deeply disrupts a patient’s energy flow, due to the trauma that becomes trapped and rooted in their mind, body, and spirit. Unfortunately, the longer that trauma is trapped in the body in this way, the more havoc it will create on a person’s path toward healing. The trauma settles in the body and psyche as an all-encompassing shadow and can eventually take over one’s entire life. This leads to an inability to connect with friends, family, and new acquaintances. 

PTSD and Reiki

According to research conducted at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, healing touch—including Reiki— helps decrease depression and other PTSD-related symptoms in returning active-duty soldiers when complemented with other, more conventional forms of PTSD treatment. 

Soldiers who received this energy healing therapy, along with other treatment, experienced greater gains psychologically than those who received only the standard treatment. 

This study provides a great deal of hope for the power that energy healing therapy holds in becoming more credible and utilized in healing psychological trauma.