What is Reiki? And how do you pronounce it?

According to the International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki, pronounced ray-KEE, is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. A practitioner places their hands on or directly above the client to promote overall health and well-being.

Reiki is also used by people who are seeking relief from disease-related symptoms and the side effects of conventional medical treatments, but it is not used to diagnose or treat specific illnesses.

Scientific research is under way to learn more about how Reiki may work, possible effects on health and diseases, and conditions for which it may be helpful. It is not recommended to use Reiki as an alternative therapy to any proven conventional treatment or care, but it is encouraged as a complementary therapy. You should discuss Reiki and any other complementary practices you use with your health care provider to help ensure coordinated and safe care.

You should also find about the Reiki practitioner’s background, including training and experience treating clients before scheduling an appointment.

For more information, contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, at (225) 927-2273, cbritton@cancerservices.org, or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.

ä Internet Resources:

Reiki: An Introduction – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/reiki

International Center for Reiki Training

http://reiki.org

This column is presented as a service by Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, a United Way affiliate.