Both Reiki Therapy and Acupuncture are forms of natural healing, also known as alternative medicine, that can provide pain relief, stress reduction and a sense of healthiness and well being. But which therapy works best? Here’s the comparison of the two:
What Is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is all about the proper tuning of a body’s life force. Practitioners of Reiki believe that someone who has had their life force – or Ki – disrupted can suffer from a variety of problems. Those medical issues can be dealt with by manipulating the Ki. In fact, that is the biggest difference between acupuncture and Reiki. Reiki healers don’t use any instruments to heal their patients. They draw upon the energy of the universe and channel that energy through their hands into the bodies of their patients. By channeling the energy into their patient, they are able to realign their Ki and encourage their bodies to heal.
There are a number of ailments that can be helped by the use of Reiki, and the treatments vary by the Reiki master. The most common uses are for relaxation and stress reduction, as well as helping with an overall sense of illness and fatigue.
Becoming a Reiki master can require a fair amount of training, which includes progressing through several layers of “attunement.” Students everything from how to call up the universe’s life force to the best ways to heal a patient with emotional or other mental problems. Reiki healing has become a much more mainstream approach and the wife of famed TV clinician Dr. Oz is a Reiki practitioner. There have also been recent studies that showed nurses who were proficient in Reiki were able to help cancer patients thrive during their very difficult chemotherapy treatments.
What Is Acupuncture?
There are many forms of acupuncture, some more spiritually based than others. But generally, acupuncture involves the use of needles to unblock a person’s Ki. The needles are very fine, about the thickness of a human hair, and are inserted into specific points on the body. The goal is to manipulate the body’s balance and energy to help the person’s Ki flow correctly. This physical and emotional rebalancing can cure a wide variety of ailments, ranging from an overall feeling of malaise to specific pains and injuries. Some acupuncture practitioners also practice ear acupuncture, which is used to help control a variety of addictions from drugs and alcohol to overeating.
Which One Works Better?
While both acupuncture and Reiki have their place in the healing process, Reiki taps into the energy of the universe to help the healing process. Overall, Reiki is considered a more “gentle” form of treatment and one that is better suited to honing in on very specific ailments. It is also a more non-invasive procedure that might be more appropriate for patients who are uncomfortable with the use of needles in therapy, no matter how thin they might be. While some practitioners offer therapy regimes that include both Reiki and Acupuncture, if you’re going to pick just one method, Reiki is the best choice for most patients.
Alex Akselrod | Intuitive Healer
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