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Reiki - CAM for mental health and self-healing

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Western medicine is a system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation or surgery. At places like L.A.'s UCLA Medical System and Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Western medicine is administered with extraordinary skill and extreme care. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) focuses on prevention and secondarily disease. A recent L.A. Times article reports CAM therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments will be offered in an integrative health and healing center slated to begin construction in early 2012 at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' West L.A. campus. Reiki (a CAM therapy), strives to maintain a balance through the body by stimulating a constant, smooth-flowing Qi energy. It's a simple, affordable, readily accessible therapy for today's complex mental and physical health concerns. It is easily learned and can be self-administered or performed by a certified practitioner. Here are a few ways Reiki supports mental and, subsequently, physical well being.

Reiki for addiction: According to National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "drug addiction shares many features with other chronic illnesses, including a tendency to run in families (heritability), an onset and course that is influenced by environmental conditions and behavior, and the ability to respond to appropriate treatment, which may include long-term lifestyle modification." Addicts can learn Reiki for themselves or receive Reiki therapy from a practitioner to support and encourage self-healing with clarity of thought and choices made from a position of authentic empowerment. It can improve results of mental health therapies and counseling without causing interference.

Reiki for loss and grief: Loss occurs on many different levels. Losing a home, ending a love relationship, job loss or a severed friendship can lead to prolonged depression and anxiety that can block recovery. Reiki can help relieve the urge to hold onto people, places, things and past events that no longer serve a positive need.

Reiki and Veterans: U.S. veterans are plagued by PTSD, suicidal thoughts, sexual trauma, depression and other remnants of wartime service. Vets can be taught to self-heal using Reiki, making it avaiilable to them at all times. They can access Reiki in the moment, as they feel fear, anxiety or depression building inside. Reiki's gentle relaxation and mind clearing benefits may see someone through a crisis long enough for them to reach out for the help they need before causing harm to themselves or others.

Distance Reiki: Get Reiki from any practitioner in the world. Just as all living beings are connected, so is the vital energy that surrounds each individual. Like prayer, healing energy can be sent, received and felt anywhere in the world.

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