Dr. Mehmet Oz in his recent show discussed different healing modalities, one of which is Reiki.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is Spiritually Guided energy. Reiki can be defined as a miraculous and sacred energy of the universe. Reiki is the name of the energy that is used by Usui Sensei for the cosmic/universal energy.

Rei: Spiritually Guided, God's Love or Light, miraculous, mysterious, sacred. Rei guides the ki, the second Japanese character in the word Reiki and stands for life energy.

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique that utilizes deep relaxation to calm the mind, reduce stress, relax the body, and ease the spirit. Reiki can be combined with other healing modalities.Reiki is a healing technique that utilizes deep relaxation to calm the mind, reduce stress, relax the body, and ease the spirit. Reiki can be combined with other healing modalities.

Key Points

* People use Reiki 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.

* Reiki has historically been practiced as a form of self-care. Increasingly, it is also provided by health care professinals in a variety of clinical settings.

* People do not need a special backkground to learn how to perform Reiki.

* Scientific research is under way to learn more about how Reiki may work, its possible effects on health, and diseases and conditions for which it may be helpful.


Reiki is based on the idea that there is a universal (or source) energy that supports the body's innate healing abilities. Practitioners seek to access this energy, allowing it to flow to the body and facilitate healing.

Reiki is generally practiced as a form of self-care. Reiki can be received from someone else and may be offered in a variety of health care settings, including medical offices, hospitals, and clinics. It can be practiced on its own or along with other CAM therapies or conventional medical treatments.


According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey of CAM use by Americans, more than 1.2 million adults had used an energy healing therapy, such as Reiki, in the previous year. The survey also found that approximately 161,000 children had used an energy healing therapy in the previous year.

Benefits of Reiki:

Stress reduction
Improve overall health and well-being : physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual
Promotes qualities of loving, caring, compassion, trusting, peace, serenity
Ease pain and discomfort
Strengthens the immune system
An intelligent energy that goes to the greatest need
Effects and Safety

* Clients may experience a deep state of relaxation during a Reiki session. They might also feel warm, tingly, sleepy, or refreshed.

Reiki appears to be generally safe, and no serious side effects have been reported.


*No specific background or credentials are needed to receive training. However, Reiki must be learned from an experienced Reiki Teacher/Master. Reiki practitioners' training and expertise vary. Increasingly, many people who seek training are licensed health care professionals.

If You Are Thinking About Using Reiki

* Do not use Reiki as a replacement for proven coonventional care or postpone seeing a doctor about a medical problem.

* Find out about Reiki practitioner's background, including training and expertise treating clients.

* Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use to ensure coordinated and safe care.

Characteristics of Reiki - Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei
*Once you are initiated into Reiki, Reiki healing ability willbe all yours for the rest of your life.
*No specific training and experience are needed.
*Reiki energy will flow of its own accord (You cannot direct or manipulate it).
*No conscious focusing (a mind concentration) is necessary.
*A Reiki practitioner is not in danger of taking on other's negative stuff (energies).
*Reiki is a very compatible with other modalities of healing.

*Reiki can work on all beings (humans, animals and plants), and works on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
*Reiki is not a belief system (religion) at all.
*Reiki, the love, harmony and power to heal of the universe, does help and guide you to develop your spiritual growth, for Reiki Ryoho is a spiritual path and practice.

Dr . Mehmet Oz, a noted cardiovascular surgeon and director of the Complementary Care Center at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City combined comlementary and alternative treatments such as yoga, aromatherapy, hypnosis, energy healing-reiki, music therapy, acupuncture, and visual imagery into his surgery practice at the Complementary Care Unit of New York City's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Check out Julie Motz book "Hands of Life"
A self-described "energy healer," Motz used her personal interpretation of therapies based on reiki, acupuncture, and ayurvedism to work with noted Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center cardiac surgeon Mehmet Oz in treating patients undergoing procedures including heart transplants and coronary bypass. In clear, expressive writing, she presents case studies and tips for tapping one's own healing energy.Source:

Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei, one of my Reiki Teachers
NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) http://www.nccam.nih.gov/

Link to Dr. Oz's Reiki Video

Author's Bio: 

Lilia V. Marquez, RN, BSN, CCRN, RMT, IARP, CH, CHHC
Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse
Holistic Nurse, Amma Therapeutic Massage Therapist
Usui Reiki Ryoho Reiki Master/ Teacher
Registered Reiki Master Teacher, IARP
(International Association of Reiki Professionals)
Registered Karuna Reiki® Master, ICRT
(International Center for Reiki Training)
Komyo Reiki Kai “Shihan” Teacher
NGH Certified Consulting Hypnotist
Holistic Health Counselor
Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

Komyo Reiki Kai New York