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Healing Chronic Conditions through Reiki

Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master

All of us have stories of “quick” healings with using Reiki. Usually, these immediate healings occur when Reiki is applied soon after a minor injury, or when the emotional issue is related to a current event.

Typically, a client with a chronic condition does not experience an immediate healing. One hour of Reiki generally does not take away a condition that has been a part of the client’s life for months, or years – although miracles are always a possibility. Chronic conditions are complex, emanating within a person’s whole being. While a condition may be centered in one physical area of the body, its effect spreads throughout the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual components of the person.

My own healing journey demonstrates this reality. I was a toddler when stricken with the polio virus. My legs and feet were greatly affected; my lower limbs are still atrophied and I continue to walk with a limp. It was 45 years from the onset of polio to the day I had my first Reiki experience, as a client. What brought me to the session was severe chronic fatigue, a common symptom of post-polio syndrome. The fatigue started to leave my body during that first session, and within a few sessions, it was gone and has not returned (14 years later). What I did not realize then was this was only the first step in my healing journey.

What has happened over the past 14 years is truly amazing. Many “minor” physical improvements, release of emotional blockages and spiritual healings have changed my life. The physical improvements build on one another. One evening while using Reiki, I felt a shift in my hip joints; it felt like someone reached into the socket and turned the bones. I immediately walked around and felt the difference in my gait. The following day, I felt the muscles in my hips and thighs become a little sore, as they were being used in a slightly different way. The limp improved a little bit – again. These small improvements are still happening.

Healing Chronic Conditions through Reiki

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Emotionally, new memories arise, often as a result of something that happened that day. One snowy day, a fear of falling in an unplowed parking lot overwhelmed me. Certainly, I have had many falls over the years, especially on snow and ice. I realized I was feeling the fears I had after one especially bad fall, when I was a young mother. Over the next few weeks, I intentionally used Reiki to release many fears embedded in my memory. Now, I have a healthy, and realistic, respect towards icy sidewalks – not to be feared, but to be faced with caution, and reassurance. I ask for protection when walking on a treacherous path.

The spiritual healing is what truly fills my soul! Growing up as that little girl who was so different from other children, unable to run and play sports, was not easy. I felt “less than” others, and became a high achiever in the things I could do. I became an excellent student and a good listener; I had many good friends. My husband and I were brought together and continue to have a blessed marriage and family. But, deep inside, I still felt less than whole. The Reiki healing energies have healed this old belief. Now, I know that I am unconditionally loved – just as all people are unconditionally loved by the Divine Spirit. Feeling connected to the One is beautiful indeed.

My chronic condition continues to be a part of my life. By using Reiki every day of my life, the healing continues. Recently, I have been concentrating on my little feet, listening to my Guidance. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night, and my feet were vibrating, strongly. What new miracles does the Divine have in store for me?… And, for you?

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Deborah Lloyd
Deborah Lloyd

Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner, providing Reiki sessions and training in Asheville, NC. Deborah is the author of two books, 22 Messages from the Archangels; and, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. She is also one of the co-authors of Reiki 101: 101 Answers for Your Reiki Questions. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, deb@deblloydhealing.com and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)

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  • sagar July 29, 2015, 4:01 am

    Thank you for sharing and wish you All the Very Best! 🙂

  • sneh July 29, 2015, 11:34 am

    truly inspiring

  • Deborah Lloyd July 29, 2015, 9:31 pm

    Sagar and Sneh,

    I greatly appreciate your kind comments! Thank you for reading this article.


  • Shwetha July 30, 2015, 2:26 am

    Another great article from you! And much needed. Thank you 🙂

    • Deborah Lloyd July 30, 2015, 10:48 pm


      Thanks so much for your kind words.

      With appreciation,

  • Kathy July 31, 2015, 2:16 am

    Thank you so much for sharing . My beautiful father was stricken by the polio virus when he was 6 months old & later suffered from post polio syndrome … My only wish was that I had learned of reiki before he transitioned ❤️ Sending you love .

    • Deborah Lloyd August 4, 2015, 1:20 pm


      Thank you for sharing about your father. The post-polio syndrome is affecting so many people. I believe your father is now receiving the loving, healing energies on the other side.

      Many blessings to you,

  • Nivedita August 5, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience otherwise I get impatient sometimes whenever I don’t get results immediately.

  • Deborah Lloyd August 8, 2015, 2:46 pm


    Thanks for your comment. I have learned that there are reasons why we do not get the results we request. Sometimes, we still need to hold onto a situation as we have not learned the life lesson. Or, we may not be ready to accept the changes an improvement brings. What we know to be true is that Reiki always works, in some way, although it may not be seen or felt for some time. Reiki and prayer are very similar in this way!

    Blessings to you,

  • Carolan Ivey September 8, 2015, 1:05 am

    Your journey isn’t unlike mine. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 5 in 1964, my childhood paralleled yours – not able to be as active as other kids my age. My world revolved around the library and books, books, books. It’s no wonder I eventually became a writer. 🙂

    I discovered Reiki around 1997, before my first hip replacement. My teacher attuned me to level 1 just before surgery, which in retrospect probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part, as I as going through a healing crisis while recovering from major surgery.

    As I moved through the levels, eventually achieving Usui M/T and Karuna M/T, it dawned on me that though I still have RA, other kinds of healing – maybe more important the physical – were taking place.

    The body I have, flawed as it is, is merely a vessel for the mind, spirit, and emotions carried within it. If you’re whole in spirit, the body doesn’t have to be perfect. 🙂

  • Amudhan September 8, 2015, 4:37 am

    Truly inspiring

  • Cathy September 8, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Beautiful story Deborah. Wishing you continued steps toward potential full recovery. Anything is possible. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Deborah Lloyd September 13, 2015, 9:50 pm

    Carolan, Amudhan, and Cathy,

    I so appreciate your sharing your story, Carolan. Like you, the spiritual healing has been the most beneficial.

    Amudhan and Cathy, Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Many blessings, Deborah

  • Veronica September 18, 2015, 8:26 pm

    Inspiring honest. Thank you

    • Deborah Lloyd September 19, 2015, 12:36 pm

      Thank you, Veronica. I appreciate your kindness, Deborah

  • Patti Leach September 29, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Wonderful article-very inspiring. I believe it will help to “reenergize” me in my practice of Reiki, which is something I need right now.

    • Deborah Lloyd September 30, 2015, 9:37 pm


      Thank you for your comment. I often have the same experience as you described. Just when I need a little boost or reminder, it seems I come across an article, or hear a comment…. those amazing synchronicities!

      Have a blessed day,

  • Hari Menon November 28, 2015, 2:15 pm

    Hi Deborah, truely inspiring post. Im a heart patient who had undergone bypass surgery 9 years ago at the age of 38. Though I am fine today, I would like to prevent it occurring again when I get older. After my surgery I took Reiki attunement mainly to reduce sugery related pains. Do you think I can prevent a further episode of heart disease through Reiki? If what kind of Reiki treatment would you suggest? Thanks and have a nice Thanks Giving weekend.


    • Deborah Lloyd November 28, 2015, 9:23 pm

      Dear Hari,

      It sounds as if you have had an amazing recovery. Any kind of Reiki treatment would be helpful in preventing further heart disease, as well as any healthy changes the health care professionals recommend to you. While Reiki does not guarantee perfect health, it will certainly help you to find a calming balance in your life.

      Many blessings to you,

    • Beena George May 25, 2016, 5:56 am

      Dear Hari, pls dont be worried of your disease. You had a problem and it is gone. Be very positive. You know my uncle had bypass surgery 20 years back at the age of 62 and still he is healthy. Please follow the instructions of the doc and leave everything else to the God! Stay happy and blessed!

      • Deborah Lloyd May 28, 2016, 11:56 am

        Beena George,

        Thank you for sharing that the article helped you. I too have had the experience of finding just the right article or book to give me insight when I needed it.

        Blessings to you,


  • Lakshmi December 23, 2015, 3:33 pm

    It was beautiful to listen to you.
    And I feel deeply grateful..and my heart feels rested. I was reminded of so many lovely ways of looking at life. I have been attuned to Reiki and have experienced healing.
    May you remain blessed.

    • Deborah Lloyd December 24, 2015, 10:43 pm


      Thank you for your kind words. Many blessings to you!


  • Silvia March 12, 2016, 12:29 am

    Very confirming!

  • Beena George May 25, 2016, 5:51 am

    Hello dear, thank you so much for such an inspiring story. I truly believe it is the reply to my doubts i have been having in mind for some weeks now. Now i feel very much inspired. Stay blessed and be a blessing to many. Lots of love & light.

  • keya patel July 7, 2016, 6:07 am

    i m suffering from paralysis too….and i m having wonderful experiences of reiki healing….m always thankful to reiki…..thank you…..love and light

    • Deborah Lloyd July 7, 2016, 10:01 pm

      Hello Beena and Keya,

      Thanks to both of you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with all of us. It is greatly appreciated.

      Many blessings,

  • Linda Rae Mays February 10, 2017, 4:59 pm


    Thank you so much for this beautiful and very insightful article. I have recently been reflecting on my own situation which is mirrored in this article. As I explained to a friend just yesterday, I wish and hope for personal miraculous healing, but meantime I need my self-reiki treatments daily for my physical and spiritual maintenance and gradual healing.

    I was not crippled as you were as a child, but I had asthma and was always (except one time, which I still remember) chosen last to be on the teams every day in P.E. It was awful. I would have been your friend and had some understanding about how you felt.

    Linda Rae

    • Deborah Lloyd February 11, 2017, 12:53 pm

      Linda Rae,

      Thank you for your comments and sharing some of your story….it seems each of us has some challenges and struggles in life. I hope Reiki will assist you in your healing journey.

      Many blessings to you,

  • Aisha February 13, 2019, 9:31 am

    Thank you very much for sharing. I am pleased to see reiki helped with your chronic condition. It has also improved my chronic bipolar disorder; and my medication has been decreased dramatically since I was first attuned to reiki… With blessings…

  • Sreekantha K S June 8, 2019, 7:25 am

    Excellent & Inspiring Article, May I’ve your Email I’D, I needed some Guidance from you

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