Reiki for ADHD

Reiki for ADHD

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Have you ever heard of Reiki? (It’s pronounced ray key.)

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing. The practitioner connects your energy to Divine energy (whatever your definition of that is) and helps to rebalance and realign the energy in your body.

I know. It sounds very woo woo, but really it isn’t. It’s been around for almost a hundred years and first started in Japan by a Japanese doctor. It was brought to the United States after World War II. You can read more here.

Reiki has been compared to massage therapy, although the practitioner in Reiki does not always touch you. Most work is done close to your body without touching it, although at times the therapist may lay their hands on you.

Most people who experience a Reiki session report being very relaxed and calm afterwards.


Reiki for ADHD

A number of people who have ADHD have tried Reiki as an alternative treatment for their ADHD with positive results. Most find that they are able to concentrate and focus for several days after a treatment. In addition, they don’t experience all those monkeys in their brain chattering away.

There are no formal studies that have been done on the effects of Reiki on ADHD symptoms, but I personally believe that it’s worth a try.

I have Celiac disease, which means my body reacts violently and painfully if I ingest gluten. It takes about 12 – 24 hours to recover.

Once, several years ago, I accidentally ate something that I thought might have had gluten in it because I started getting the familiar stomach ache. I found an online Reiki group that claimed to do energy healing from a distance.

With nothing to lose, I made a request and then promptly forgot about it.

An hour or two later, I realized that I felt completely fine. No trace of any discomfort.

Was it Reiki? Was it my imagination?

Who knows?

I’m convinced it was the Reiki and if I ever get a chance, I’m going to try it for my ADHD.

By the way, Reiki is good for a lot of things, both mental and physical.

You can often find practitioners by visiting health food stores or places that offer traditional massage. The cost is typically what you would pay for a massage; in my experience, that’s about $1.00 an hour.

You can also do a search online for practitioners or search this site.

What do you think?

Would you give Reiki a try?

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Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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  1. Dear Brenda,

    I’m so glad to see you are encouraging Reiki, I have had great success with it for my own severe ADHD symptoms as well as for eliminating my chronic asthma completely in about 5 months. My hyperactivity and unwillingness to focus had developed as a result of having overdosed on asthma inhalers (stimulants) during severe asthma attacks. I strongly advise all ADHD women to learn Usui Reiki (this version worked for me) to give themselves self-treatments every day twice a day like I have done. Everyone can learn Reiki according to the Japanese Reiki Master Mikao Usui, who had such great success at healing the emperor of Japan at that time that the emperor supported Usui to open hundreds of Reiki sanatoriums in Japan. these Reiki sanatoriums are still operational today, they produce great Japanese Reiki masters and i learned Reiki from one of them in Hawaii 15 years ago.

    The key with success at Reiki is to be persistent at it every day consistently for a few months. Anyone can feel the Reiki energy as either a tingling or heat from a good Reiki Master immediately, but it takes a month or two of practice to hone one’s own ability to direct the Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy), and takes a few months for chronic illnesses to heal. This, in my experience, is more than well worth spending to acquire the invaluable skill of being able to help oneself and one’s family drug free. I wanted to share all this with you.

    Fortunately, I never got on addictive ADHD drugs as my research showed me that these stimulants induce hyper-alertness by increasing the levels of the stress hormone noradrenaline, also called norepinephrine, as explained in this article This is why these drugs often cause panic disorder, mania, overwhelming fatigue due to adrenal gland failure, heart attacks, and many other stress-related disorders in the long-run. Mayo Clinic staff summarizes that “the long-term activation of the stress-response system – and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones [in our case noradrenaline] – can disrupt almost all your body’s processes.”( I feel so sad for the millions of children whose parents listen to only drug pushing psychiatrists compromised by corrupt insurance laws as this New York Times article explains:

    I wish this comment may help at least one parent at a time find a natural and beneficial ADHD cure such as Reiki which will not destroy their children’s mental and physical equilibrium in the long-run. Also, it is not true any more than there is no peer-reviewed research on Reiki, If anyone is interested, I can email them references to 42 peer-reviewed studies on how Reiki has been demonstrated to reverse the side effects of ADHD drugs such as heart problems, hypertension, anxiety, depression and more. Some of this research is summarized here:

    Asli Theobald, M.S., Turkish investigative journalist currently residing in the U.S.

  2. I have been thinking about learning Reiki for a long time. There is a practitioner in my area – surprisingly since I live in such a rural area. Do you know of any worthwhile resources online?

    Thank you for sharing such valuable information!

  3. Thank you for being so open minded to harmless alternatives to the addictive and abusable Schedule II substances recommended in the West for ADHD!

    Here is a resource many use which helps locate local Reiki teachers:

    In finding the right Reiki teacher, I would like to explain that I have personally had profound benefits from ‘Usui Reiki’, but have seen that people who learn offshoots of this original way of doing Reiki are not as happy with their results. For example, ‘Mariel Reiki’ does not seem to work as far as I have seen and heard from people who have tried it (correct me if i am wrong). There are many Reiki teachers who promote their own versions of Reiki claiming it works “much better” or “faster” than the original version which seems too simplistic to them. This lures many people into learning these offshoots which unnecessarily complicate the best way to let the mind stay relaxed to let the Reiki energy flow, which I was taught by Reiki Master Shalandra Abbey. This lady is someone I know who still teaches Reiki but is located in Kauai, Hawaii. People who cannot afford a vacation to Hawaii unfortunately need to do their own research to find local Reiki Masters who do not just teach something like Reiki, but understand and respect the original Japanese version. You can always request a ‘mini treatment’ from the teacher you find to see how competent he or she is. This should let you experience how the Reiki energy (Universal Life-force Energy) flows and is often felt either as heat or a tingling vibration. Almost all Reiki teachers offer these mini treatments for free. The teacher should also be able to produce a legitimate Usui Reiki Master’s certificate upon your request. Best of luck and sincerely – Asli Theobald