Can Reiki Help With the Common Cold? (Hint: Yes!)

Folks have found ways to do amazing things like climb Mount Everest and land on the moon, yet we still don’t have a cure for the common cold. But just because you can’t cure a cold doesn’t mean you have to fall victim to the full extent of its symptoms and suffering. Reiki can help alleviate a cold’s discomfort while promoting healing and recovery.

Here’s how:

Clean the Room

Cleaning the energy in the room or home is a good idea before you begin working on the cold. Use incense, singing bowls, chanting, sage, or whatever other methods you typically find helpful.

Balance Your Chakras

Chakra Basics

Chakra Basics

Cleaning and energizing your chakras is next. Here you can enter your usual meditative state, then imagine a ray of bright, gold light entering through the top of your head. The light travels down your spine, invigorating each chakra with its respective color. While you most likely know the chakras backward and forward, here comes a quick reminder nonetheless:

  • Crown chakra: Violet
  • Third eye chakra: Indigo
  • Throat chakra: Blue
  • Heart chakra: Green
  • Solar plexus chakra: Yellow
  • Sacral chakra: Orange
  • Root chakra: Red

Continue the meditation until you feel each chakra has been opened, cleared out, energized, and is once again spinning heartily and with ease.

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Tackle the Cold

Now you can tackle the cold. Placing Reiki’s healing touch on five different areas of your body may help alleviate the symptoms associated with each area. Hold each position for at least three minutes each, longer if you feel the need.

  • Face, alongside the nose: Place your palms on either side of your nose, ensuring they cover the area from your forehead to your upper jaw.
    Helps with: Sinus issues, fatigue
  • Temples: Place a palm over each temple, with your fingertips touching the cheekbones.
    Helps with: Headaches, general cold symptoms
  • Ears: Place your palms over your ears, which are acupuncture point hotspots.
    Helps with:
    Tons of illnesses, including the cold
  • Back of the head: Place your palms on the backside of your skull, with your fingers touching the lower portion.
    Helps with: Relaxation
  • Throat: Place your palms on your throat, specifically in the area of the throat chakra.
    Helps with: Sore throat, coughing

Reiki has been likened to having “a medicine chest in your hands,” and while that’s true, there’s also no harm in supplementing your Reiki medicine chest with other cold remedies. Drinking lots of fluids helps, as does getting plenty of sleep.

A warm, saltwater gargle can bring additional relief to a scratchy throat, while a humidifier or adding moisture to the air can help unclog congestion. Eating light can also help, as it gives your body a chance to use energy for healing itself instead of digesting a heavy meal. And don’t forget one of our favorites: a cozy bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Finding a Reiki Practitioner

Not trained in Reiki yet? No problem, there are teachers in your area where you can learn Reiki techniques for yourself and your family. Click here to search for a Reiki Teacher in your area, anywhere in the world.

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**This article appeared in The Reiki Times, the official magazine of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.

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