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Reiki and Epilepsy

Article by Angie Webster

Since I began on my path with Reiki, I have become very interested in learning about its benefits for neurological disorders. I suffered with different types of epileptic seizures and the related issues for 20 years and noticed that once I was attuned to Reiki and practicing daily self Reiki, the neurological issues reduced significantly. I went from having migraines and twitching every day to very rarely having these issues at all. Now if I get a migraine, it’s mild instead of debilitating. I have only had one seizure-like episode in 6 years. At one time, I was having some type of seizure nearly every day and even at my best, I rarely went more than a year or so without an episode.

In researching Reiki and epilepsy, I found that a great many people with epilepsy have tried Reiki and found that their seizures were either greatly reduced or stopped completely after having treatments. There are reports from adults as well as from parents of children who say that they obtained relief from large numbers of seizures after a series of Reiki treatments. Most of them had a series of treatments, usually over the course of a few months.

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I also found reports from Reiki practitioners who have had results using Reiki on epilepsy sufferers. I found it interesting that a common suggestion among Reiki practitioners who use this to treat epilepsy is to treat the feet first, instead of the head. This is the same suggestion that I noticed when researching using Reiki with those who suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health disorders. In fact, it seems that in treating any issue where the patient may tend to be ungrounded or have an excess of activity in the head, it is often suggested to start in the feet and work up, rather than the traditional method. I do recognize that starting at the Earth Star and Root chakra often works best for me personally, during my Reiki self healing, as my head area often feels too active at the beginning of a treatment and I can’t settle in as well. The energy can feel too much in that area until I have calmed my energy down and grounded.

I found one scientific research study that used a Reiki type healing method and meditation to test 15 patients with epilepsy against a control group. These patients had refractory seizures, which means that their seizures were could no longer be controlled by any medications, despite the fact that they were taking them properly. None of the patients had any other major health issues. After undergoing 3 months of Reiki type hands on healing and daily meditation, they all showed a significant reduction in seizures. The researchers concluded that further studies were warranted in this area.

Based on this research, both scientific and experiential, it seems that Reiki does help with epilepsy for a large number of people. Personally, I find that I benefit from having a Reiki session or two from someone else now and then, in addition to my daily self Reiki. I also notice that I have more issues when I skip days with self Reiki, so I have learned not to do that.

I will continue to look into the ways Reiki can benefit neurological conditions. As I find out more, I will share it.

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[1] http://www.neurologyindia.com/article.asp?issn=0028-3886;year=2003;volume=51;issue=2;spage=211;epage=214;aulast=Kumar

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Angie Webster
Angie Webster

Angie Webster is a Reiki Master Teacher and author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She also teaches classes and workshops about Reiki and spiritual growth. She works often with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Infinite Reiki, Infinite Healing: How Energy Medicine Healed my Life and What It Can do for Yours. Reiki and a healthy lifestyle contributed to her healing after a 20-year struggle with neurological and chronic pain issues. She comes out the other side with a new perspective on life and now seeks to empower others, guiding them back to their own innate healing abilities. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.thinkific.com, https://www.facebook.com/HolisticSpirituality, http://www.serenityenergyhealing.com/

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  • Ashwini Chubé November 1, 2014, 3:44 pm

    Dear Angie,
    Many many thanks for this wonderful article.
    I am really grateful to you. My father is undergoing treatment for Epilepsy and reiki energy has been providing a highly beneficial healing to him
    I really loved the way you mentioned about the root chakra to be healed for grounding.
    I recently became a reiki master and have been giving healing sessions to my Dad.
    I will definitely give healing as mentioned by you in the above article
    Thanks once again and have a blessed day
    Best Regards
    Ash

  • Angie Webster November 1, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Ash, That’s so wonderful that you are able to help your father in this way. I am glad Reiki has been helping him. Thank you for sharing that with us. Blessings.

  • Sandrine Seguin November 27, 2014, 12:01 pm

    Dear Angie,

    Thank you for your article on epilepsy, I haven’t had any clients with epilepsy but I might in the future and i would have been a bit worried as to how to approach it, your article makes it very clear. It’s also very interesting to hear about treating the root chakra before the head when there is problems of depression,anxiety,’ busy head’ in order to ground the client and because the head is so busy that it is difficult to relax. I know for example that having feet massage is very relaxing mentally and people tend to ‘drift away’ quite easily.

    Regards,
    Sandrine

  • Hani AlMuradi December 1, 2014, 8:08 am

    Hello and thanks for your article
    I treated one case of Epilepsy she was a lady of 40 years old and tried all the Possible medications for a period of about 15 years . then when i started using REIKI And PRANIC healing Together it took five sessions separated on 10 days after that she felt very good and she never had this Problem Again since 2010 this means four Years.
    thank you again
    Bless you
    Hani

  • Soumya December 24, 2014, 5:52 am

    Dear Angie,

    thanks a ton for the article. I have 6 yr old daughter who was(recently stopped) suffering from myoclonic jerks- a type of epilepsy. From past 6 yrs she had been under different medications, steroid based tablets but no improvement. Infact it hindered her mental growth. I was introduced to Reiki last year and have completed my Reiki 2 and practicing it. Since Reiki started flowing into my life, guidance was intuited spontaneously. I am so thankful to Reiki and my Reiki master who ended suffering. Now my daughter does not get seizures(which she used to get 20 to 30 jerks per day), no medication, no tensed EEG,MRI scans, no lab tests, no injection, only happy Reiking :). She is improving day by day.
    I suggest all parents of specially challenged children to learn Reiki and see miracles.

    Thanks once again Angie!!
    Love& Light to you.

    • Angie Webster December 24, 2014, 4:15 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story. I am so happy your daughter is doing so much better! It is also my hope that parents of children with challenges and health issues would learn Reiki, to help them and their children. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Tamara March 4, 2015, 6:51 pm

    Yes thank you for the article. I’m just starting my reiki course and find this information very inspiring as I am an MS survivor although I have not had any major episodes in years I still have balance and fatque issues and I am excited to see the results of reiki for them

  • Ann Athanasatos April 22, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this article!!! I have recently started healing my sister who suffers from a severe case of RSD, and bi-polar disorder. I was drawn to start at her feet, now I know why. Thanks again!!! ❤

  • Karishma July 8, 2015, 7:00 am

    Hi Angie,

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring account of healing epilepsy through Reiki. It makes me even more confident as I (gingerly) try to start a healing practice after my Reiki training. Reading the comments above also make me more hopeful. All the best!

  • Tatyana September 1, 2015, 11:02 pm

    Dear Angie,
    I was wondering, if I want to help a girl reduce her seizures, what would you suggest of she cannot stay entirely still and cannot understand what she needs to do in order to receive Reiki? It is very helpful to know that I need to start with her feet! Thank you so much for this detail!
    Tatyana

    • Angie Webster September 1, 2015, 11:55 pm

      Tatyana,
      There are a few things you could try. The first is to try offering her Reiki on her terms. For example, if she can only sit for a few minutes, then make the treatment very short. A treatment need not be an hour long to be effective and children are very sensitive to energy, so it will be well received. Sometimes we need to follow their lead. You can also try offering her something fun to do while you give her Reiki from nearby, such as letting her color or play with her favorite toys while you sit close by and send Reiki. Another choice is to send her Reiki from a distance as she rests or sleeps. Remember that she really doesn’t need to do anything in order to receive Reiki, as it will flow to her as it is needed. Blessings to you.

  • Angela March 21, 2016, 8:30 pm

    Thank you so much for your article and insights! My 21 yr old son has epilepsy with his first seizure at age 18. I have recently completed my Level 2 training and have wanted to start sessions with him. I’m still unsure of myself and don’t practice daily so, I feel that I am not ready to help him as well as I could. It is great to read your article and know that starting at the feet is preferable. He speaks of having a busy mind also so hopefully Reiki can help him once I get started.
    Thanks again, Angela

  • gunavardhini April 3, 2016, 8:15 pm

    Hi angela my6 year old daughter is suffering from epilepsy gets 3 to 4’episodes per month. I learnt reiki 4 years back but not practicing . can I give reiki to my daughter or should get activated again by a guru and then to start giving reiki to my daughter kindly reply

    • Serenity Energy Healing April 4, 2016, 5:25 pm

      You don’t have to be re-attuned to begin using Reiki again. If you start doing daily self- Reiki again, the energy will be there. It is important to use daily self -Reiki, and no to only use it for healing others, so I highly recommend this practice. It will replenish you and it will keep you in tune with the energy, as well. Feel free to use Reiki on your daughter as soon as you wish to.

  • Vaibhav May 10, 2016, 7:04 am

    Dear Angie,
    Thank you very much for this very very informative and helpful article. I really appreciate it. It has just come at right moment. If i may ask you would you please describe how can i heal depression n anxiety with reiki?

    Thanks. 🙂

    • Angie Webster May 11, 2016, 4:53 pm

      Hello! I’m glad you found the article helpful. For depression and anxiety, using Reiki daily is a self Reiki practice is very helpful, if you are attuned. If not, or if treating a client, you can work with them using a standard Reiki treatment. I suggest starting at the feet first to ground some of the excess energy that tends to be at the head in clients with these issues. The Sei He Ki symbols should be used liberally in any area that feels blocked or full of static. This will help to bring balance. I also suggest using methods like EFT and flower essence therapy for those with depression and anxiety. These are both very helpful to bring balance to the system and to emotional energies and they work very well in combination with Reiki. If you are not trained in these methods, you can refer to a practitioner who can work with you using these methods along with Reiki for the best results.

      • Vaibhav May 19, 2016, 11:04 am

        Sometimes I feel so much process going on in my brain, feeling so much activity, tremendous amount of energy resulting restlessness and racing thoughts. I tried several times to slower down activity in my brain by giving reiki to Third Eye and Crown chakras, but ultimately ended with excessive amount of energy and headache. So I feel there must be some other areas in the body that is needed reiki rather than the above mentioned chakras, which ultimately can cause slow down the brain activity.

        Would you please advice me on which body points I should give reiki when this happens and how long?

        Thanks 🙂

        • Angie Webster May 19, 2016, 1:25 pm

          Yes, as mentioned above, it is best to start the Reiki treatment at the feet in these situations. Progress up the body, starting from the feet, rather than down starting from the head. If it is still uncomfortable to treat when you reach the head, skip treating the head altogether. The energy will balance itself through the rest of the body. It is best to treat in a balanced way, rather than focusing only on one hand position, such as only treating the third eye and crown. Often, when we feel excess energy in an area, we actually need to balance another area, rather than treat the area that is overloaded. In this case, the feet.

          As far as length of time in each position, please don’t get hung up on a specific length of time. While most teachers offer 3 minutes as a guideline, you should go by what feels right for you. When the energy begins to ebb away and feels complete in a position, move on to the next one, no matter how long it has been. Allow yourself to relax and soak up the Reiki, rather than focus on the clock and timing the length of time spent on a position. You will know when it’s time to move. Trust yourself. If it feels like you need to move on, move. If you feel like you want more in that area, stay. If something feels uncomfortable, stop treating it.

          • Vaibhav May 19, 2016, 1:39 pm

            Thank You very much for such help 🙂

          • Vaibhav May 20, 2016, 4:17 am

            …and also would you please describe when we move upwards from the feet to the head, what are next points after feet that we should give reiki to?

          • Angie Webster May 20, 2016, 4:27 pm

            Reverse the order of the typical Reiki hand positions, so that you are working from the bottom up, rather than the top down. So–feet, knees, root, pelvis, upper belly, heart, throat, and the various positions of the head. However, rather than relying on prescribed hand positions in a specific order, it is always best to listen to your own body and intuition when doing self Reiki. There may be times when it feels more appropriate to you to treat the feet and then the head, or the feet and then the heart, or the feet and then the belly. Do what feels best to you each time, and don’t feel afraid to experiment. You won’t do harm and if something feels uncomfortable or inappropriate for you, simply stop and change hand positions.

          • Vaibhav May 22, 2016, 11:27 am

            Thank You so much Angie 🙂

  • Puja June 6, 2016, 11:55 am

    Hello Angie. My daughter is 14-1/2 ,from last 6 months she had 5 seizures .on 3rd June she had 2 intense seizures in span of 2 hours luckily I found ur page hoping I can help her having healthy life… I m not a reiki healer plz guide me how to proceed

    • Angie Webster June 8, 2016, 6:55 pm

      Hi Puja,
      Of course, good medical care is important with seizures, so seek proper attention through her doctor. If you would like to include Reiki as part of her treatment and care, begin by taking her to a Reiki practitioner or having a distant Reiki session done if that isn’t possible. This will help her to see how Reiki feels and if it is something she wants to continue with. While she will probably feel relaxed and peaceful after the first session, and Reiki will have begun to balance her energy, it is recommended that she have several sessions over a period of time for this. Your Reiki practitioner will be able to make a recommendation after the first session.
      If she tries Reiki and it is helpful to your daughter, I recommend that you and your daughter consider becoming attuned to Reiki so that she can be treated every day and any other time she feels the need for balance.

  • Puja June 9, 2016, 4:31 am

    Thank you so much I m proceeding towards it ???????????????? divine blessings to u

  • Atul Sharma,the Reiki master and teacher September 19, 2016, 9:29 am

    Thanks for this useful book

  • KITCat December 6, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this! My child has epilepsy and I’ve always wondered if Reiki would work. Could you source your findings? I’d love to be able to use your post as a reputable avenue for my seizure group, but I see no documentation or bibliography of your sources! Thanks so much!!

    • Angie Webster January 3, 2017, 9:54 pm

      Hello. There is a footnote at the end of the article with a link to the research study I sited in the article. I wish you the best with your child!

  • Lumina Trail December 9, 2016, 5:45 pm

    Thank you for this article, Reiki truly is amazing!

  • Anand Singh April 21, 2017, 10:48 am

    I have read all the comments. But some of the comments matches with me. I am a reiki healer yes or not; how can I know? My first question is it because my reiki teacher doesn’t meet with me. I have tried number of times to her. So I feel some times Yoga and Reiki teacher both are fraudy and and Bad Person.
    I have learned Reiki from them near about 4 years ago. I have started Reiki for my sister and one boy.
    Both was suffering from epilepsy. After 8 months I have started to get epilepsy fits.
    Before this I was suffering from number of problems as following:
    PILES
    HYDROCYLE
    INFECTION IN SPERMS
    SIN BONE LEFT LEFT INJURY
    LEFT HAND TISSUE INJURY
    AND MANY PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS WHICH ARE VERY LONG.
    Please help me !
    My name is Anand Singh.
    My mobile phone number is +917275753515.
    My address is 115,Navsheel dham, Bithoor Road,
    Kalyanpur, Kanpur, U.P, Pin-208017, India.

    • Angie Webster Healing April 21, 2017, 4:09 pm

      Hello Anand,
      Regarding your question about whether you are a Reiki practitioner or not–if you have taken Reiki training and been attuned to Reiki, then you are able to practice Reiki. Make regular use of Reiki by doing daily self Reiki treatments, as this is what helps you to better understand Reiki and allows you to work on your own healing.

      If you were trained four years ago, then your Reiki teacher has no requirement to meet with you any longer. Your training was completed long ago. Now it is up to you to practice with Reiki by doing daily self treatments and working with the Reiki meditations. If you are interested in continuing your training and you don’t feel you resonate with this teacher, then you can choose a different one for further training.

      Regarding your medical and emotional issues, you will need to seek medical attention and counseling. Reiki is not a tool for medical diagnosis or medical treatment. It is a support tool to be used in conjunction with medical help and counseling, where appropriate.

  • Lynette June 2, 2017, 9:45 pm

    Hi Annie I have leve 2 Reiki, I not done a lot of distant healing but I know some one who son has Autism and is constantly having seizures not responding to medication. Would I be able to help doing distant healing, and because it not best to start with head how would I go about helping

  • Justine June 29, 2017, 4:28 pm

    Hi Master Angie,

    I am Justine here from Malaysia. Just came across this article as I am finding so info on Reiki to help the epilepsy patient. I had my Reiki level 2 attunement last Dec.

    My son, 10 years old, had his 1st epilepsy fitting in last Oct. Since then, he is under medication till now. Since his fitting, I did Reiki healing on him but only upper body, especially head area as I read book that was saying epilepsy related to crown chakra. But on and off. For your info, his epilepsy fitting happen only in last Oct.

    Last 2 weeks, after a medical check up and EEG test on my 2nd son, 6 years old, he is having absence seizures and he also starts his medication now.

    Since last few months, I started to guide my kids, including my 3 years old daughter to meditate daily from 1 min to 5 mins now. Just recently, we missed the daily meditation. Meditate on and off recently 😫😫😫. And for the Reiki healing, I started with drawing CKR on my both palms. SHK on their head (as I read some books saying that epilepsy related to the crown chakra). After the healing, I will then seal it with CKR.

    After reading your article, I find that this article is very helpful but I have some questions here.
    I read that we should start the healing from the feet.
    Do I need to do the full body Reiki Healing?
    Can I use the distant healing instead as I do not want to touch on them when they sleep?
    How long will be each area and how long is the session (advisable)?
    I need to do the healing separately for both my sons right?
    What other things I need to take note on?

    Looking forward to hear from you. I believe that this article will help. Thank you so much! 🙏🙏🙏

    • Angie Webster Healing July 8, 2017, 7:27 pm

      Hi Justine, It isn’t absolutely necessary to do a full body healing every day. You could do a short session daily and do a full session once a week. You could do a distant session from across the room, next to the bed, or from another room. Don’t worry very much about the length of time you stay in each position. Rather, pay more attention to your own intuition, the children’s response and the results. With children, it is also good to adjust the length of hands on sessions and only work as long as they are willing to allow it. Let them be comfortable and work with them, rather than trying to force them to lie still or to remain in certain positions. Also, listen to them when they tell you how something feels and adjust the treatment accordingly. It is best to do the sessions separately for your sons so that you can see how each of them is responding individually.

  • Pragati November 14, 2017, 12:53 am

    Hello Angie,

    I am Pragati. I need to ask one a few questions:

    Can we have reiki to treat?

    1. Parents with health issues & depression(staying very far)?

    2. Improve relationship between two sisters staying miles apart?

    3. Rectifying behaviour of a father in law for the wife n daughter in law?

    Do you recommend to learn reiki or get spmeone to give reiki?

    Awaiting response.

    Thanks,
    Pragati

    PS: You can also respond at my email id.

  • Anilkumar Chandrasekharan December 13, 2017, 7:03 am

    Dear Angie,
    Thank you for your thoughts on Epilepsy. I have been treating a boy of 14 years old for the last one month, for epilepsy. Your article is definitely a new chapter for me. Thank you.
    I would like to read your opinion and suggestions about a situation where I have an appointment with a patient, next week, who is having a peculiar problem which I never treated before. He is a boy of 15 years old (standard X). His school principal called me and spoke to me about him, that there are some changes happening in him. In physical, mental and emotional ways, he is showing some signs of gender change. His friends treat him as a girl, and he prefers girls company. His body structure also started changing. His father is no more and he is looked after by his mother for the past five years.
    Please put your thoughts on this matter ,ie ,what is scope of Reiki and how this can be treated etc.
    I love your articles and the way you present them. May God bless you..thank you.

    Warm regards.

    • Angie Webster Healing December 15, 2017, 12:02 am

      I invite you to consider that this needs no treatment at all. It is actually not an uncommon thing for gender to not be as specifically defined as we might believe, despite the fact that we are determined to be either male or female at birth.

      The truth is, in all cases, Reiki should be used to support the overall well-being of the whole person. That means accepting them just as they are and right where they are, rather than seeing a client as sick, broken or in need. All too often, Reiki is used to “fix” something that we perceive as being wrong, when we are simply meant to hold the space of loving support and acceptance as Reiki flows and generates the greatest balance and peace for that person. By focusing on what we perceive as a person’s flaw, illness or fault, we may be missing the point.

      Simply treat this young person with love and respect, allowing Reiki to flow. Be open hearted and connect from a space of love, with no expectations whatsoever. You may be surprised at how much both you and this young person learn and benefit from your session together when you practice this way.

  • Kiran May 20, 2018, 12:48 pm

    Thanks for ur information.. ON EPILEPSY
    WE HAVE TO GIVE MORE REIKI ON ROOT CHKRA

  • Jill August 17, 2018, 9:32 pm

    I am a Reiki Practitioner who suffered with epilepsy from the age of 12, I could never become controlled with normal medication, after just 1 session I felt a difference in my health. I practice self healing every day.. I still take medication but have few side effects I am now driving and live a much better rewarding life. Living proof reiki works with Epilepsy.

  • Claire November 11, 2018, 8:21 pm

    This is really interesting as my son has epilespy and his seziures have been difficult to control with medication. Thank you for sharing.

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