What Is Reiki Healing?

By Rosita Tanza

Reiki is a natural form of energy healing by hand placement on the body or by distance treatment, used in complementary and alternative medicine.


Reiki was rediscovered in 1922 by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Buddhist Christian schoolmaster in Japan. He was questioned by his students as to how Jesus (the original reiki healer) was able to heal. After 21 days of fasting and meditating on Mt. Kurama in Japan, he received the energy for healing and the knowledge to use it. Upon his return from the mountain, Dr. Usui created a dojo (school) to teach this method of healing, without cost.


The original reiki, called holy healing energy by Dr. Usui, does not use symbols, chakras nor crystals to heal. Several variations have been created decades after Dr. Usui's death, with New Age and Indian Pranic influences.


Reiki uses the body's natural ability to self-heal. Healing across distance is possible.

Expert Insight

Reiki should only be used for healing. It is not a massage, and should not be used as such. Reiki heals organic, not genetic conditions, but it can alleviate many genetic symptoms. It is possible for reiki healers to drain their energy if it is overused.


Never cease a present course of conventional treatment. Always visit a medical practitioner when using reiki, to confirm healing.