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Reiki Detoxification Symptoms

Reiki, an ancient Japanese healing technique, is becoming popular day by day. This technique provides a person with “Universal Life Energy” that strengthens the immune system in order to start self healing process inside body. This process repairs your body tissues, remove toxins and impurities, and restores balance and health by cleansing the body. Every person responds to attunements differently, some people experience strangeness after Reiki session which is characterized as feeling of strong emotions and person may also experience temporary rise in symptoms. This period of signs and symptoms is called as “healing crisis” or “detoxification symptoms”.

The symptoms of detoxification appear due to faster than normal rate of toxin elimination and may vary from person to person depending on the load of the toxins in a person’s bodily system. This is a temporary condition that usually lasts for no longer than 21 days.

Symptoms may be classified as mild, moderate, and severe. Another classification can be physical and emotional.

Symptoms may be similar to those of disease for which the therapy was initiated. Following is a list of common symptoms that might be experienced in the course of detoxification:

  • Strong emotions like fury, fear, worry, irritability, sadness.
  • Mood swings
  • Development of certain type of phobias.
  • Fever, cold or flu
  • Nausea, Diarrhea.
  • Fatigue, restlessness.
  • Pains, for instance joint or muscular pain.
  • Skin reactions like itching, rashes, etc.
  • Hypotension.
  • Lack of sleep.

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The above stated symptoms are merely reactions related to the fact that the Reiki session has stimulated your immune system to start the healing process. It’s very rare that they may transform to any serious condition otherwise they soon subside as the therapy sessions continue. However, it is important for the person undergoing attunement to consult with their Reiki practitioner/master on the appearance of any kind of symptoms and keep them informed if any unusual or severe reaction appears.


The best way for management is to increase the intake of fluids especially water as soon as the session is over, because water intake helps to flush the toxins and other waste products out of the body and can speed up the cleansing.

Other ways that may be helpful to manage the symptoms are:

  • Modification in the diet and avoiding processed foods.
  • Certain meditations may help to alleviate mental and emotional stresses.
  • Express your emotions in a healthy way.
  • Avoiding negative thoughts and situations.
  • Sometimes good bowel movement relieves the symptoms as well; in that case enema can be a good option.
  • Treat yourself gently and take the rest if you feel fatigue. In fact, get plenty of rest :).
  • Spend some time in quiet and peace.

It is important that people should understand that symptoms after Reiki session are different from the symptoms that may appear as a side effect of any medication. Appearance of these reactions does not call for termination of the attunement but signifies the initiation of the healing process. Remember: If anything that would otherwise make you call a doctor appears, you should definitely call a doctor.

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  • sinhaparul February 21, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I don’t think the detoxification lasts for only 21 days in all cases. in my case it lasted much longer. however, the intensity was moderate and easy to manage. both emotional and physical issues came up.

    • Reiki Rays February 22, 2013, 5:58 pm

      Interesting, yes indeed. Many have reported shorter detox periods, but this is the first time that I hear it lasted longer :).

      Thanks for the tips!

  • Jennifer Varao June 17, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I had severe detox acne, lasted over a month. I modified my diet and gave myself Reiki 3 times a day and it went away. My teacher said she’s never seen a reaction like that before. It made sense to me though, I was full of toxic energy, negativity, and anger and it needed out.

  • Andy June 17, 2013, 11:17 pm

    My level 1 attunement was in the evening and distant, I didn’t know what to expect, the energy was very strong, didn’t sleep well and was very sick the next day, lasted up until the last couple days of the 21 day period. Without drawing this out and going into great detail, the detox was physical, emotional, social and spiritual, a complete overhaul, very difficult… no regrets 😀 My level 3 was awe inspiring, blissful and full of wonder.

  • Jim Wurden June 19, 2013, 2:14 am

    I did not have a healing crisis after my 1 and 2 Attunements. I work in a nursing home and facilitate exersice groups where I am in the middle of the circle. I am very tired and drained after the groups. I put up a sheild of Reiki enegry to try to stop the absorbtion of the stagnent enegry that flows into the circle. I take a salt bath with Tea Tree oil in it to remove the enegry from my aura. I still feel really tired and drained after the salt bath. I energize using Reiki, but it seem to keep happening. Anyone have suggestions?

    • Irene May 27, 2019, 11:21 am

      Have you tried calling on the power of crystals?

    • Amanda March 1, 2020, 10:41 pm

      I just completed level 1 Reiki certification yesterday and although a few days prior leading up the class, I was feeling a bit nauseous..after the class I had a headache & felt drained. Today I feel tired, & feelings of the start of flu like symptoms. Granted it is that time of the year, I’m hoping this goes away quickly. ♡

  • Selena Ramsay October 1, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Try grounding and protecting first thing in the morning and last thing at night, I’ve found that this practice helps to form a psychic shield, you could also introduce a smudge stick to cleanse and protect your aura, paying special attention to the chakras. You will find many exercises online, choose the ones that resonate with you, as with anything worthwhile it takes practice, time and patience. I wish you all the best on your journey love and light Selena.

  • SAM October 15, 2013, 11:53 am

    I had a 2nd degree attunement just 3 weeks before.

    But after 21 days the symptoms are still present like flu,cold and weakness.

    Im also having frequent nocturnal ejacultion in the night.
    Is this also symptom?

  • Ajay May 31, 2014, 4:49 am


    I and my wife have taken Reiki attunement together 10 days ago.
    She feels numbness in her legs, falls asleep while doing Self healing, can see the white light etc. but I can’t. I don’t feeling anything. Is it possible that Reiki doesn’t work on someone?

    • Shan December 9, 2019, 8:47 pm

      Reiki works on everyone but if you weren’t as open or receptive as your wife than that will explain the difference. It’s like your aura is closed and not as receptive. This happened to my Mother the first time. The 2nd and 3rd time she was more open and she had an amazing experience. Be open and relax, try it again. You won’t regret it.

  • Donna September 10, 2014, 6:47 am

    I had my 2nd reiki last week. First one not really any issues other than fatigue. I didn’t do any diet modification with the first one which was about 3 weeks prior to the second. This second one though has been rough. I have decided to keep a strict vegan diet and staying away from processed foods. I am also drinking a liver detox tea 3 times daily. I am currently having acne on my outer thighs and face. Also, I am fatigued. I am finding that I am having spiritual issues. I am finding myself on a heavy spiritual journey. I feel overwhelmed. I figure keeping things simple and meditating helps.

  • Aurora M Pietro April 25, 2016, 1:12 pm

    For people that have chronic Illness, can performing healing attunement, or healing sessions trigger detoxing symptoms ? I have noticed that people with chronic illness tend to have that , ofc some sessions they feel better but also several sessions they get detoxing symptoms even after getting Reiki for almost one year ….then they feel better few days later….

  • Arpie October 4, 2016, 1:33 pm

    I had my attunement 3 months ago. I had a strange rash that almost looks like a bug bite on my neck then out of nowhere, I broke out in hives that just looked super angry. It’s all ove my neck front and back. The top of my face looks like I just got injected with Botox! They look like liquid pockets of welts. I’ve had no dietary changes nor am I taking any medication. I’m not sure what’s happening here.

  • ellie590 February 11, 2017, 11:02 pm

    I have had two attunements and two nosebleeds and headaches, however one attunement I had from a different Reiki master was lovely no ill effects just warmth an d euphoria. How can this be?

    • Amanda March 1, 2020, 10:45 pm

      Be selective with the person you receive Reiki from. Although we’re just a vessel for the Universes light to flow into your body, the person whose placing their hands on you or doing the work could possibly need some work themselves. I would ground yourself before doing any Reiki, or receiving, and then sage yourself when you get home ♡

  • Heidi crumpton May 21, 2017, 7:10 pm

    I have just had reiki 3 and yesterday was day 21. I feel really low. Very emotional and for the first time in a long time I feel alone. I experienced ups and downs after my first 2 attunments and I am always a positive person. I normally make the best out of bad situations and see that bad things have happened to make me who I am today.
    I’m not sure why I’m feeling like this no matter what I do I’m still feeling low. Has anyone else experienced this?

  • Simone July 27, 2017, 3:48 pm

    I finished my second set of Reiki last week. The first day after I felt so good and happy. Then I started feeling very low, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, nausea and a heavy headache with fever. I think this is due to the intensity of the healing. I’ve been told that it’s good to feel these symptoms as it means that the healing was a success. You should just accept the feelings and let nature take it’s course. It’s all part of the healing. Love and light to all and goodluck! X

  • Amanda Grace June 8, 2018, 3:50 pm

    I received two attunements a week ago. Since then I have been very fatigued, anxious and experiencing tingling and weakness in my hands, legs and tongue.

    • rachel gates November 12, 2018, 1:04 am

      my hands tingle, but when i use wifi i feel like it does that so it is hard to know. they are tingling now, attuned yesterday to 1 and 2.

  • Sheetal Gulhati October 29, 2018, 12:46 pm

    I got attuned with Reiki 3rd level in April 2018 . I was fine for the 21 days and did my 21 day healing well . But after that I have been continuously sick , In May I got an attack of cervical neck , the a bad sinus, in June I got a stye in my eye which did not go away for a month, end of September I developed Shingles and it’s almost been a month the symptoms have not gone and I now I am feeling sick tired and flu like . I am tired of taking medications . Please help I don’t know what to do . I am doing my chakra healing 2-3 times a week and reiki box too .

  • rachel gates November 12, 2018, 1:03 am

    my face looks sunburnt and i am inside. was attuned for 1 and 2 yesterday. am now learning about what this healing crisis thing is. i am not crazy then.

  • rachel gates November 12, 2018, 1:09 am

    another question i have is that i know i am sensitive to wifi. when on my cell my hands often tingle even long after i put it away. makes me feel pretty icky and almost anxious of what it is really doing to me, and us all every day.

    after first attunement yesterday, i had no desire to even touch it. i did… as we all do. but i wonder, if attuned, can i absorb the radiation etc EVEN MORE so now??? i can’t just ask regular people this…


    and i understand tingling is part of this attunement healing. my hands are tingling now. it is confusing cus i am super tired, and in bed all day, but i can get depressed, so hard to know what is what, so i don’t even try to understand it. just leaving it.

    hahaha, see my flushed face could be menopause coming?

    cheers to all.

  • Cara Green March 17, 2019, 7:19 pm

    Hello, I had reiki 60 days ago and I have been getting worse with the attachment that turned Into inflammation all over my body fire on my arms fire on.my crown fire on my solar and back. Red rashes and no longer feel I can go on with this painful symptoms. Have you ever had anyone having real bad reiki? My reiki happened Jan 17th so it is 60 days today. Painful

    • Shan December 9, 2019, 8:54 pm

      There isn’t such a thing as bad Reiki. Reiki is a beautiful. Sacred healing energy. People have physical, and emotional reactions because of the toxicity and trauma being released in their bodies. It’s all apart of the healing journey. Peace and Love

  • Joel May 27, 2019, 8:38 pm

    Interesting read 🙂

  • Lynn December 9, 2019, 8:54 pm

    There isn’t such a thing as bad Reiki. Reiki is a beautiful. Sacred healing energy. People have physical, and emotional reactions because of the toxicity and trauma being released in their bodies. It’s all apart of the healing journey. Peace and Love

  • Robin July 10, 2020, 1:56 am

    I had my first certification and I had severe hot flashes. And once we moved in to summer. Sweating was to to much! Lots of heat just radiating threw me.

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