Alternative or Complementary Care
I think we have to be really careful when it comes to using labels for Reiki. Each time I see a book about Reiki placed in the Alternative Medicine section, I get a little anxious. I don’t see Reiki as an alternative medicine. I don’t think that when it comes to our health that Reiki or any like methods should wholly replace conventional medicine. In fact, I believe that Reiki is probably best used in conjunction with your current health care system.
Both practices have their strengths. Conventional medicine is great for acute care. Essentially, address the pain and take care of the immediate symptoms. Reiki, on the other hand, works well as a way to get to the heart of the problem. It implores the client to learn and grow from the experience. Used together, these two methodologies allow the client to address the current issue and then explore the experience in more depth.