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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  1. 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.

    • 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. Hi
    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?

  7. Hi,

    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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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….

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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

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