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Reiki and Gut Health

Modern medicine recognizes the significant impact of our gut health on our overall well-being, including brain function. Our gut is often referred to as "the other brain" due to its complex nervous system and crucial role in regulating digestion, immune function, chronic illnesses, and mental health. The gut microbiome, composed of bacteria, fungi, yeast, and viruses, is essential for synthesizing vitamins, enzymes, and hormones. Astonishingly, around 100 trillion microbes reside in the human body, mostly in the gut, forming the microbiome. This microbiome plays a vital role in supporting our immune system and producing "happy" hormones like serotonin and mood stabilizers like GABA.


So, how does Reiki fit into the picture of gut health? Reiki practitioners and clinics often emphasize that Reiki reduces stress and promotes relaxation. Stress and emotional factors significantly impact gut health, leading to conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). By transforming the central nervous system responses from the sympathetic (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state, Reiki helps mitigate the effects of stress on the digestive system, promoting better digestion and gut function.


A damaged microbiome can create energetic imbalances across the gastrointestinal tract. Reiki helps regulate energy flow, energy that also delivers information that affects us on a cellular level, such as repairing cells in the lining of our digestive system. A Reiki practitioner works with the biofield, the subtle energy field that surrounds and permeates our body. Our body, every organ, and every cell are in constant communication with this field. By restoring this energy flow, Reiki helps repair a damaged microbiome.


It is well-established in the medical community that prolonged stress contributes to the redirection of blood flow away from the digestive organs. Stress leads to inflammation, compromises immune function, and creates imbalances in gut bacteria—all of which contribute to digestive discomfort. A Reiki session can minimize digestive discomfort and pain. The benefits of the sessions extend beyond pain relief, amplifying our body's ability to self-heal and empowering us as individuals. Participating in Reiki sessions is a proactive step towards improving one's condition, giving individuals a greater sense of control over their health and life in general.


Reiki improves gut-brain communication and restores gut-brain coherence by balancing energy flow in our body. There is two-way communication between them, and by improving this communication, we increase our healing abilities. Reiki is often described as a spiritual practice, and it is. However, our spirit and our body are interconnected, each affecting the other. A healthy body supports a healthy spirit, and a healthy spirit supports a healthy body.


Incorporating Reiki into Your Digestive Wellness Practice.

Here are three ways to incorporate Reiki into your digestive wellness routine:

  • Find a Reiki Practitioner: Look for a Reiki practitioner who specializes in energy healing for digestive issues.

  • Learn Self-Reiki Techniques: Learn simple Self-Reiki techniques to perform at home. Seek guidance from an experienced practitioner.

  • Practice Mindful Eating: Make mindful eating a practice with every meal, bringing awareness and gratitude to the process of nourishing your body.



Approach Reiki and other forms of energy medicine with an open mind and work with qualified practitioners who understand both the principles of Reiki and the complexities of gut health. While Reiki will not directly restore a microbiome damaged by antibiotics, a mono-diet, environment, or stress, it creates a solid foundation for recovery. Always consult with a professional about necessary changes in your diet to restore balance in your microbiome.


Disclosure: The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. Always consult with a qualified health professional.


With love,


June 1, 2024

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