[BPSDB]Homeopathy is not the only magic now considered a Skill for Health. So is Reiki:-
The Reiki Dec08 pdf states that Reiki “…was developed by Mikao Usui in Japan in the early twentieth century”. So you can ignore the claims that it is an ancient healing art. The Introduction continues:-
“Reiki is a natural healing energy that works on every level, not just the physical, and promotes the body’s regenerative self healing ability”
The usual woo misuse of the word “energy” and of course no evidence is offered for the claim about promoting the body’s own healing ability.
“Reiki is … used holistically to restore balance in mind body and spirit”
Let me remind you this is Skills for Health we are talking about here, endorsing this mumbo-jumbo as fact.
Among the “skills” a Reiki practitioner is expected to have are delivering healing by:-
“a) hands on the body
“b) hands near the body
“c) from a distance”
Just to be clear, touching and hand-waving are meant to be medical treatments. “c)” is particularly good. It means the practitioner can just claim to have done the requisite hand-waving without actually seeing you. For a supposed code of professional
conduct this does rather leave the door open to the potential defrauding of clients.
In “Knowledge and Understanding” the practitioner must know about person to person attunement/initiation, Reiki energy (or “flow”) and his her teacher’s lineage to Mikao Usui. This last smacks of proving that you have learned from approved orthodox sources and not some heretic. This stress given to “who you learned from” rather than “what you learned” clearly identifies Reiki as a religious rather than scientific practice. The other requirements emphasise the magical thinking that underpins Reiki.
I will say one thing in this document’s favour though. The practitioner needs to recognise “red flag symptoms (ie conditions requiring immediate medical aid and/or notifiable diseases)”. It’s not much but at least there is a vague recogntion of limits to what their practice can achieve, which puts them one up on the