Samantha lost her husband to cancer two years ago, and ever since she’s been experiencing an on and off episodes of depression that really affected her way of life. “There were days that I cannot move because I am so sad,” Sam recounts.

Sam already tried going to a psychologist and was referred to a psychiatrist for medications. She also joined a support group for loved ones survived by cancer, but still, she was feeling the same with no reported improvement. “So far, the thought of killing myself has not come yet, but I’m no longer confident as the day pass by.” This was her perspective three months ago when she was not yet referred by a friend to try Reiki as an alternative treatment for her depression. Jane, her best friend since high school, encouraged her to try Reiki for the first time to manage and control her depressed emotions.

“Sam needs help in so many ways, but all that she is doing now are just not working out for her. She needs to step up and regain her life once more for the sake of her three young children who still need their mom beside them”, Jane stated.

Reiki as an alternative treatment

Reiki is an ancient Japanese treatment that promotes physical and emotional healing through the use of energy fields via “hands-on” and “hands-off” methods. There are several research studies about the traditional medicine claiming that healing is most likely to occur if the individual submits for Reiki treatment.


In the case of Samantha, she goes to her Reiki sessions three times a week. She reported feeling relieved and “light in emotions” after each session. Her Reiki practitioner has also given her some coaching sessions on how to deal with her depressed days.

Special considerations

There are certain points that one should take note if Reiki is taken into consideration as treatment method:

  1. Never stop traditional treatments. When Jane encouraged Sam to take Reiki treatments, she emphasized that her traditional treatments should be continued as well. Reiki is more effective when used in conjunction with ongoing medical treatments.
  2. Inform your treating doctor that you are taking Reiki sessions. Alternative therapies have scientific evidence of providing healing and most of these are accepted by western medicine. It is imperative that you should not keep this as a secret from your doctor. You need to know the professional medical opinion of your doctor before doing it.
  3. It will take several sessions before you can achieve improvement. One session may be helpful, but it is highly recommended that multiple and ongoing sessions should be observed in order to reach optimum improvement.
  4. Consult a trained or certified Reiki practitioner. In order to receive authentic Reiki treatment, it should be delivered by persons who are trained and certified in Reiki. Try to search for a practitioner in your area or locate one in the Reiki website of International Association of Reiki Professionals.

Effects of Reiki

Three months ago, Samantha complained of insomnia, anorexia, feelings of hopelessness and desperation. She neglected her duties of being a mom to her three daughters because of severe depression. After going to Reiki sessions, in conjunction with her psychiatrist’s medical evaluation, Sam is now a picture of wellness and high-spirited woman.


“Reiki changed my life 360-degree turn. I don’t know what will become of me if Jane hasn’t introduced to start taking Reiki sessions.”

Effects of Reiki may vary from each individual. This treatment may not work for some, while others are confident to testify that they have recovered from depression just like Samantha.