Reiki & Lupus

What is lupus? Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Reiki is a healing energy that comes from your higher power, the Source, or the Universal Energy. Reiki can help lupus patients with pain. Why do therapists think Reiki is the best healing method for chronic pain? Reiki is non-obtrusive. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Sometimes, when someone is in extreme pain (especially with a Lupus or Fibromyalgia flare) they can’t stand for their skin or body to be touched in any way. It just hurts too badly.

Reiki is also complete in its healing. It is a holistic healing. Reiki will help with your physical pain, and even the causes of that pain; it will also help heal your mind, your emotions, and your spirit (which in turn helps heal your pain). Everyone who has described the pain of Lupus say it is quite severe much of the time. There is aching, swelling of the joints, muscle pain, cramping, and burning that doesn’t go away for long periods of time. Your skin develops rashes, itches and burns. Of course with all of this going on, you can’t get any sleep, and that causes fatigue which leads to depression, which is a large factor in keeping you in a cycle of pain. Reiki helps with all those areas.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that lupus patients can use. It has been effective in helping lupus associated pain and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Pain from lupus erythematosus can be excruciating. Reiki does not require that the therapist touch the patient at all, thereby avoiding causing additional pain. With Reiki, the practitioner can hold his or her hands over the patient’s body or in some cases do the Reiki session over the phone with the same effects. Reiki has been shown to help relieve pain, improve sleep, and alleviate accompanying depression and anxiety that are common with these conditions.

Anyone with a chronic illness, disease, condition or know someone with it should learn Reiki to help themselves or others with their pain, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety, or other symptoms. Reiki is excellent for these areas, but also many more. There’s absolutely nothing that Reiki cannot help heal. People with some specific religious beliefs may not understand what Reiki is, how it works, or how in the world it is going to help them. Reiki is not attached to specific religious beliefs; it is a natural form of healing with no pain medication or procedures which is why many may question it. If treatment is successful, then it should minimize lupus patients’ need for high doses of pain medication. It should also improve their quality of life. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from Reiki.