Can Reiki Help My Immune System?

Can Reiki Help My Immune System?

The short answer is an unequivocal yes.

But how exactly does it help and why? Before we even go into how Reiki impacts the immune system, let’s first take a look at the immune system itself. We can start with a question: where is it? Can you point to your immune system?

The Immune System In The Human Body

If you are asked where your respiratory, circulatory, digestive or nervous system is, chances are you’d know exactly where to point.

The immune system is different; it doesn’t occupy a specific location in your body the way those systems do. It is more a matter of optimised and synchronized functioning of different body parts, housed largely in the digestive system. Seventy percent of immune cells reside in the gut, which starts at your mouth and ends at your bottom.

The immune system is involved both in prevention – barriers such as skin, tears and acids help keep foreign substances out – and in fighting off invaders that breach those barriers. Like your body’s other systems, the immune system functions best when you’re balanced and healthy, as demonstrated by the fact that 90% of the people who died from COVID-19 had pre-existing medical conditions, most often metabolic syndrome.

The Immune System’s Dilemma

It is clear that the best way to support the immune system is to stay healthy.

Here’s where a little dilemma occurs. We need our immune system to stay healthy and yet we also need to stay healthy to have an optimum immune system.

This is where regular Reiki healing comes into play.

Reiki healing evokes a balancing, self-healing response from deep within your system. That means even when unusual, prolonged stresses such as pandemics happen (or more common stressors such as surgery or accidents), you’re more likely to be resilient – to stay balanced and healthy or recover faster – when you get regular Reiki sessions.

Let’s take a quick look at the immune system so that we can better appreciate how Reiki can help.

An Overview of The Immune System

The immune system has two main parts, the innate and the adaptive.

Cells of the Immune System
Cells of the Immune System

The innate immune system is your first responder. Its response is immediate and nonspecific, attacking any foreign substance.

Your adaptive immune system kicks in a little bit slower. as It needs to learn more about the invader and targets pathogens with specific, complex strategies – hence the name “adaptive”.

It iss also responsible for balancing your inflammatory response so you don’t suffer from runaway inflammation, the worst of which; a cytokine storm; can be lethal. And the adaptive immune system can confer long term immunity or at least help you be better prepared to address a repeat pathogen.

The Tell-Tale Signs

How do you know your immune system is working?

Redness, swelling, and/or heat or fever are all common signs your immune system is on the job. And there’s another important indication that you might ignore, thinking you have to keep calm and carry on.

Have you ever felt tired for no apparent reason? Fatigue could be a sign your immune system is engaged.

If so, instead of pushing through, working against your body because you have something important to do, you’d be wiser to prioritise rest, helping your immune system do its job. That’s also a good time to get some Reiki.

If you support your immune system when it’s rising to the occasion, it’s possible you can avoid getting sick, or at least have a milder illness. When the going gets tough, the tough get Reiki.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the difference good health can make in an individual’s ability to fight off pathogens. People who are infected have a wide range of experiences, from no symptoms at all to getting so sick they need to be hospitalised. While there may be many reasons for that, host immunity is clearly an important factor.

What Affects The Immunity?

Literally everything!

Let’s look at some of the factors that you can control.

For example, how you feel, your psycho-spiritual state, affects your immune system. That’s because your psycho-spiritual state has bio-chemical correlates. If you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones, including cortisol – which suppresses immunity. Sustained high levels of cortisol contribute to insomnia and encourages the body to hold fat and lipids.

Reiki helps you feel calm and peaceful, which supports balanced functioning of your immune system. And by lowering your baseline stress each day, daily-self Reiki by practitioners helps one stay balanced and steady throughout the day. That makes the difference between you responding to a challenge creatively and successfully, or reacting and making the situation worse.

Feeling grateful is good for your immune system. So is experiencing social support and feeling benevolent toward others, genuinely caring about people. For Reiki practitioners, the daily engagement and meditation of the Five Reiki Principles help us connect with these perspectives:

Just for today
I will let go of anger

Just for today
I will let go of worry

Just for today
I will be grateful

Just for today
I will do my work honestly

Just for today
I will be kind to all

How you live your life, your daily habits, affects your immunity. Do you keep a reasonable schedule and sleep well? Improved sleep is a common and early response to Reiki healing.

Are you moving enough—walking, dancing, yoga, bike-riding, running, even stretching several times a day makes a difference. When you feel good, when you’re not anxious and overwhelmed, when you’re pain-free, you’re more likely to feel like moving.

Everything you eat, and your ability to digest it affects your immune system. Have you noticed belly gurgles  or increased salivation when you practice Reiki? That’s your digestive system engaging!

More Is Not Necessarily Better

While people often speak of boosting your immune system, here’s why more is not necessarily better.

You want a balanced immune system that is part of vibrant health. What you don’t want is an inadequate immune response, or an uncontrolled immune response (as in a cytokine storm), and not an inappropriate self-directed immune response, as is seen autoimmunity (which results in conditions like psoriasis amongst others).

That is why natural immune supports are generally better than manufactured chemical supplements, ie. turmeric vs curcumin. While turmeric and other naturally sourced herbs and foods are known to be anti-inflammatory, they’re also really balancing. They help the body address inflammation rather than attacking it directly as a pharmaceutical product would.

Balance is a primary value in natural, traditional health care. Everyday, we want to help the body restore balance so it can digest, detoxify and self-heal. That is why almost all traditional health care methods – Acupuncture, Guasha, Moxibution, Reiki healing (and that’s just to name a few) – have balance as their primary focus.

Immunity is complex and fluid, but the simple facts are your immune system is tied to your overall health and well-being, and there’s much you can do to keep your immune system humming, including Reiki healing. When you receive or practice Reiki, you feel better, function better, and make better choices, ones that help you stay happy and healthy. It’s that simple.