Reiki (sometimes mispronounced as /rejˌiki/, it is properly pronounced /reːki/) is a pseudoscientific therapy based on the following beliefs:
- there is a universal and inexhaustible spiritual “energy” which can be used for healing purposes
- through an attunement process carried out by a Reiki Master, any person can gain access to this “energy”
- this “energy” will flow through the Reiki Master’s hands when he/she places his/her hands near the patient
- this “energy” has human-like intelligence
- as this “energy” is intelligent, there is no need for diagnosis. This “energy” will automatically judge the disease and will heal the patient.
It can be dangerous, or even life-threatening, if someone avoids evidence-based medicine and relies upon Reiki for treatment.
Keep Reading: Reiki – RationalWiki.
This is very funny stuff.
Have you every marveled at the “woo-words” (definition HERE) and pseudoscientific language used by new age thinkers and practitioners of alternative therapies?
For example, here is the definiton of “Power-Potential Vibration Levels“:
Power-Potential Vibration Levels (PPV) believes that our general health is fundamentally linked to the state of the brain and the hands. It believes that if something is wrong with the brain, there is a problem with the nervous system. The PPV practitioner views the brain as the backbone of human health: misalignments of the hands causes pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the brain, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments. The therapy can take the energy that is in the brow, metabolize it, and return it to you in a more usable form. On average PPV-therapy can take anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years. Sessions typically take 10 minutes and take place every one to two weeks PPV can be very helpful for skin itching, nerve damage, emphysema and toxicity.
Sounds very fancy shmancy, new agey, crystal-energy-chakra-like. Doesn’t it?
Problem is, this is randomly generated new age gobble-dee-gook courtesy of a site called “the official inspiration generator for alternative medicine.”
As the creator of the site explains:
This experiment was started from the observation that alternative therapies are typically using vague, almost absurd description. You will find that an alternative therapy often
- refers to the age of the therapy (older = better)
- refers to far away/mysterious countries (oriental is preferred)
- has a very broad reach (it is useful for everything)
- has a vague number of sessions and session duration
- links itself to a recognized science
- refers to authorative figures (“Dr.” and “MD”)
I have put all of these observations in the ‘generator’.
Take a walk on over to the official inspiration generator for alternative medicine, click the button and have a laugh reading the latest new age sounding horse poop.
Very funny stuff.