Reiki to help overcome eating disorders

For most people, it may come as a great surprise that that act of therapeutic healing can assist in the overcoming of eating disorders. From compulsive eating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia, Reiki has been shown to be a very effective supplementary treatment to help combat these mental illnesses.


Those who suffer with eating disorders tend to eat very little or too much. The condition often appears during teenage years or during the early years of adulthood. Any sort of eating disorders can have serious effects on your health and mental wellbeing. They affect your immune system, self-confidence, nervous system, perception of the self, social relationships and general behaviour in day to day life.


Reiki can be used to eliminate the negative emotions people with eating disorders associate with eating. The practitioner will strive to clear out the negative energy within the body and replace it with positive universal life force energy. Using Reiki will rebalance the first, or root, chakra which is located at the base of the spine. This particular chakra controls food addictions or obsessions. When it is out of balance, people can often feel that it is difficult to accept their bodies and feel lack of energy, sometimes accompanied by depression and anxiety.


Something to think about when undergoing Reiki treatment for eating disorders is what it means to be ‘nourished’. Nourishment in scientifically terms means providing sustenance to your body through food. On the other hand, to feel spiritually nourished is an entirely different concept. By providing your body, mind and soul with the right type of spiritual healing, Reiki will help to nourish you and allow you to feel better emotionally and mentally, rather than just focusing on the physical.


A course of treatment will increase both your confidence and self esteem by dealing with underlying emotions, such as guilt and resentment. The Reiki practitioner will use the holistic healing to remove any blockages in the flow of your energy, as well as any worry or stress. The deep state of relaxation reached during sessions will promote healthiness and an increased desire to look after the body properly. Once you start to feel more positively, patients find they feel encouraged to make a lifestyle change and overcome their disorder, so they can live life to the fullest.


Reiki is great for complimenting or treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). However, the most important thing to remember is that Reiki can only do so much to help heal the body. When undergoing Reiki treatment, you must be committed and motivated to help heal yourself or else the therapy will not work to the greatest effect.


Using Reiki on yourself or having regular Reiki sessions is very effective in helping to relax the body and relieve and negative thoughts and emotions. It can be a wonderful coping mechanism for eating disorders and provide support outside of the sessions to help eating disorder suffers to gain control of their illness and make changes which can have position health benefits.