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Reiki and Multiple Sclerosis

Article by Angie Webster

I have noticed the increase in neurological and autoimmune diseases over the last decade or so. Having suffered with seizures, migraines and various autoimmune difficulties, I am particularly interested in the treatment of these types of illness. I also have family members who have suffered with stroke and dementia. Most of us have been affected by neurological and autoimmune disorders in some way during the course of our lives. When I found that a friend’s daughter had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I began researching complementary and alternative methods for treating MS. I would like to share with you some of the information I found regarding using Reiki to treat MS.

Reiki was researched for the treatment of MS in a 2002 study in the United Kingdom. Very positive results were found. It was a small group of study participants (ten in all), with patients ranging from 35 to 60 years old. They were treated with Reiki once a week, for one hour, over the course of twelve weeks. The participants were tested on motor function, cognitive function, fatigue and lethargy, emotional and mental well-being, sensation in the arms and legs, pain, and urinary and bowel problems. All the participants saw improvement in symptoms and one person was completely relieved of all symptoms.

In particular, the participants had significant decreases in pain and depression symptoms. Some of them were still noticing the relief nine months after the treatments had stopped, while others had some return of symptoms 6-8 weeks after the sessions were stopped.

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Ninety percent of the participants had a reduction of pain, eighty percent had a reduction of motor symptoms, seventy percent had a reduction of fatigue and seventy one percent noticed a reduction of the symptoms in their legs. Other areas of improvement were a reduction of urinary symptoms (66%), a reduction in bowel symptoms (60%), a reduction in lethargy (60%), and a reduction in the symptoms in the arms (42%).  All but one patient noticed a significant reduction in cognitive symptoms. That patient experienced no change in cognitive symptoms during the study. In the patients who experienced sleeplessness or dizziness, symptoms were completely relieved during the 12 week study. Those with stomach pains had a reduction of symptoms.

In another case I found during my research, a woman with MS was unable to walk. She began using Reiki and reflexology. After a year, she is completely relieved of symptoms and can walk again. She described her symptoms in this way “elastic bands of pain circling my body, weak heavy legs, impaired walking, no mobility upon rising, dropping things, blurred or double vision, severe mood swings, poor or no bladder control, back pain and swelling, impaired speech, pins and needle sensation throughout my body, and my symptoms were aggravated by heat.” You can read her story here.

I find all of this very encouraging. In many cases, patients with MS are not helped by traditional medicine alone. Even in the best of cases, traditional medicine only tries to delay the onset and worsening of symptoms. Cures and total relief of symptoms are rare with MS. Combining Reiki treatments with traditional medicine seems to have enormous benefits to MS patients.

Several studies have confirmed that Reiki reduces depression, anxiety and pain symptoms. Even if these were the only symptoms relieved with Reiki, this would be a tremendous help to MS sufferers.  Pain, depression and anxiety are believed to worsen the condition of the immune system and the ability to cope. When these things are improved, a person is better able to heal. Reiki can be a very important tool in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, relieving a number of symptoms and lessening the distress associated with the illness.

Links to discussions of the research sites: http://www.therapeuticreiki.com/blog/reiki-ms/,  http://www.thehealingpages.com/research-into-reiki-and-multiple-sclerosis

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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 teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).

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  • lambert July 25, 2013, 7:26 am

    y a t’il autre chose a faire qu’un soin complet ? Et avec quels symboles ? Usui,et ou karuna et ou shamballa ?

  • Conrado September 28, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I strongly recommend Cannabis for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Reiki and Cannabis.

  • corinne June 21, 2014, 11:44 pm

    hi i have ms,i started going to a ms therpy centre,therpys we pay for?free exercise classes for helping with mobility etc,i tried some reiki there?and now have a hour once a week,it helps me keep going,i notice syptoms if i miss a week,more,walking,balance,toilet probs etc,r much better with it,im alsp a level1 ,hopeing for level2 soon? ,i love itx

    • Angie Webster September 15, 2014, 1:38 am

      Corinne, thank you so much for sharing that! I am so glad to hear Reiki has helped you and it is good reinforcement to know that it will help others, as well.

  • zainab November 20, 2014, 10:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Reiki works wonderful.

  • Lynn Easton November 23, 2014, 2:52 am

    MS runs in both sides of my family. My grandmother on one side passed away from complications related to MS. One of my aunts (daughter to the grandmother that passed) has a difficult time with it and another aunt that has less complications from it. I will pass this information to both of them. I kind of wish they lived closer to me as I’d treat them as all I can do is send Reiki long distance at this time. Has there been any studies with use of long distance healing? I would love to see if there are more case studies and research into MS & Reiki.

    Thanks for sharing this article!!


    • Angie Webster November 25, 2014, 6:15 pm

      I don’t know of any off hand that relate directly to MS that use distant Reiki in the research process, however, many research models use distant Reiki as one of the controls to ensure the placebo effect is not what is being measured in the results. In those studies, often there is a hand on group with a trained practitioner, a hands on group with a fake practitioner who is not attuned to Reiki, and a distant Reiki group. The two groups that receive Reiki, whether hands on or distant have showed a favorable response. It at least warrants further study. Here is one interesting study on distant healing. http://www.equilibrium-e3.com/images/PDF/The_Science_Behind_Distant_Healing.pdf

  • Dr. Sunita April 19, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Yes , it can help .

  • dx April 21, 2017, 3:17 am

    Not a good idea to present such data as a percentage since the number of participants were only 10. This gives an inflated result and impression it was done scientifically using statistical research techniques. It can misguide general readers. To be near-accurate as a percentage, in my opinion will need at least 1300 participants or more plus added statistical equations to check accuracy of data.

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

      Thank you for your input. The research into the ways that Reiki can help and the benefits it can offer is new and has only recently begun to be tested for the potential benefit of further study. This was one such study. Most studies that are seeking to test for the potential benefit of further study in a new field of study don’t get much research money for large studies such as the one you suggest. However, if their results indicate the benefit of further study (as this one did) then they are often able to obtain more grant money for further study. It opens to door for more research and sheds more light on the matter than was available before. All scientific investigation must begin somewhere–usually in small ways and with simple curiosity and investigation. I hope that the research into the benefits of Reiki will expand to the scope that you describe one day. That would be wonderful and would teach us so much!

  • Wendy WIlliams December 29, 2017, 6:16 am

    My daughter was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago and during that time I have alleviated her symptoms with Reiki/Seichim treatments. Several times I have prevented severe relapses with hands on and in particular, distant healing treatments. However, her MS is getting worse and I believe Reiki/Seichim treatments have helped her immensely, but this is her life journey and I have seen during these treatments what will eventually happen to her. I have learnt to respect Reiki/Seichim and accept what a person’s life journey will be.

    • Angie Webster Healing December 29, 2017, 4:24 pm

      That is a wise way to approach life and Reiki, though it can often be challenging. Love to you and your daughter.

  • SunWisher July 21, 2018, 6:47 am

    Reiki is Amazing, I’m in Fukuoka right now looking to get in touch with a few masters of Reiki. Looking to spread this information as far as possible as I know the power already it holds for many… not just for MS but for anything. When the mood changes so does the body and how it reacts to the outside.

  • Michelle Loucher October 1, 2018, 10:05 am

    I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in October 2011, at the age of 44. I woke up one morning with numbness in my lower back and legs, I couldn’t feel my feet touching the floor. I saw my doctor and had an MRI to see if I had a disc problem, it was negative and she told me she feared MS. I was sent to a neurologist, had two more MRIs, and was told that night that I have four lesions on my spine MS. I tried every shots available but nothing worked. In 2015, my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Natural Herbal Gardens natural organic MS Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the numbness, terrible back pains, stiffness, body weakness, double vision, depression and others has subsided.

  • Michelle Loucher October 1, 2018, 10:06 am

    Visit Natural Herbal Gardens official website w w w. naturalherbalgardens . c o m This treatment is a breakthrough for all multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers, I am strong again!

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