Alternative Treatments for AD/HD
Reiki - the Universal Life Force
Reiki is purported to be an ancient Asian healing method. I qualify it by saying purported because practitioners credit the discovery of Reiki to Dr. Mikao Usui, who lived from 1865 until 1926. Obviously, then, Reiki can't be that old, if its original practitioner was alive less than 100 years ago. Dr. Usui and his followers would say that he did not create this healing mechanism, but instead merely discovered it. Further, they would say that the energy that does the healing is as old as the universe. Reiki is two Japanese words. Rei is translated into Universal, while Ki (sometimes spelled Chi) is translated into Life Force. Without this Universal Life Force, there would be no energy to fuel all living creatures.
So what does this have to do with ADHD? A lot. I have a son who is nine years old, and he was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of four. Even at that precious age, traditional western doctors began prescribing medications like Concerta, Abilify, Trazadone and others to manage his symptoms. My wife and I fully expect that he will be on some type of medication for the rest of his life, and we are OK with that.
However, even today we saw evidence that medication and counseling alone are not enough to manage this boy when he goes into one of his rage states. This is where Reiki comes in.
A few years ago, when my son was receiving services from the Children's ACT Team from a local counseling organization, his clinician asked us if we had ever considered energy therapy. The simple answer was no, because we had never heard of the concept. However, at that point we were willing to try anything.
There are many different types of energy healing. After receiving treatment from the ACT Team, I decided that I wanted to learn more about energy healing. I'm not a psychologist or any kind of psychiatric professional. My degrees are in journalism and mass communications. So there were some modalities that were not available to me. Then I was turned towards Reiki.
You do not have to have a medical degree to practice Reiki. True Reiki practitioners do not claim to be healing - we are merely a conduit through which the Universal Life Force flows. By channeling the energy through the chakras in a person's aura, we are able to direct energy to areas of the body that are in need of healing. It is the energy, which I believe originates with God, that does the healing.
I cannot explain why or how this mystical approach to healing works. All I know is that it does. I have seen how my son has responded to a simple session, and I have experienced healing myself. If you read other hubs of mine, you'll find that I, too, have been an energy patient. In fact, the opening chapter of Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon came to me in the form of a vision I received during a rather tumultuous energy healing session.
Armageddon is the first in a series of books in various stages of development, which I collectively call the Universal Life Force Series. Reiki has had a profound effect on me personally, and I invite anyone to check it out. As I said, there are many modalities, but they all involve using energy as a means to heal.
Responsible Reiki practitioners will never tell you that you should replace your family physician with a Reiki practitioner. However, used in conjunction with other traditional forms of therapy, it can produce amazing results.
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