Mainstream Medicine and Alternative Healing

October 31st, 2016  Sidonia Nightsky ©

A study done in 2007 by the National Health Interview Survey indicates that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year.  According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital services.  Reiki

Elite centers like the Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, and the University of California-San Francisco now offer acupuncture, massage, and other CAM services.  All 18 hospitals on U.S. News‘s most recent “America’s Best Hospitals” super selective Honor Roll provides CAM (complimentary alternative Medicine) of some type.  Fifteen of the 18 also belong to the three-year-old Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, 36 U.S. teaching hospitals pushing to blend CAM with traditional care.


Reiki is a very specific form of energy healing, in which hands are placed just off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands”.  Reiki can also be done “long-distance”, as a form of prayer.  According to many versions of its origin, Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese seeker of spiritual truths, brought the Reiki method of healing into human awareness in 1922 after a deep spiritual experience.  He is said to have begun teaching others after a serious earthquake hit Japan and he felt urged to spread his knowledge.

In a Reiki session, the practitioner is seeking to transmit Universal Life Energy to the client.  The intention is to create deep relaxation, to help speed healing, reduce pain, and decrease other symptoms you may be experiencing.

Since there is no regulation of Reiki practitioners in most places, you may have to do some investigating to find a qualified professional.  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our qualified Reiki practitioners or would like to make an appointment.

The Reiki practitioner goes through training, and levels receiving attunements and special symbols.  Each level allows the practitioner the ability to pass energy at a higher level.  At the level three, the practitioner receives all the symbols the Reiki Master has the ability to teach, and pass on the symbols.


What about Shamanic Healing, or the medicine man/woman, or the Midwife, or Doula’s, or the loving souls who sit with the dying hospice nurses?  All the afore mentioned practitioners now are becoming recognized in major medical hospitals as the CAM has proven worthy to blend with traditional medicine.


Many reputable practitioners have backgrounds linked to studies of their spiritual following.  The practitioners have also learned modalities related to mental health, and physical diseases.  A practitioner often knows the human muscles, glands, bones, and psychology.  Spirit guides practitioners to use energy directing to specific locations, often the cause may not be the same as medical diagnosis.  This can lead the physician on a better course of healing.  Proven cases where alternative modalities are being witnessed daily.


First the client needs a healer they trust, and faith that person is qualified and will restore their health.  Alternative practices of healing are a matter of the client’s social and cultural norms.  Alternative healing is not for everyone.

Individuals may seek shamanic healing for many different maladies.  If they are living within a shamanic culture, shamanic healing is typically part of a multidisciplinary approach used for any disease or imbalance, in partnership with physical healers, botanical medicines, changes in diet, and other therapies.

In contemporary western society, shamanic healing is unfamiliar to most non-indigenous individuals.  Despite that, people are finding their way to contemporary shamans for all types of health challenges, but especially when they are not making satisfactory improvements with conventional approaches.

Shamanistic perspective on disease

The perspective on individual disease is different in shamanism from in the conventional medical view.  In a shamanistic view:

  • Similar symptoms or diseases do not stem from the same underlying root energetic problem.
  • Community disharmony often manifests in individual illness.
  • Any illness may have a significant underlying spiritual or energetic issue, regardless of the form in which that illness manifests – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or relational.

Certain illnesses are more likely to have a spiritual component that may respond to shamanic healing techniques.  These include psychological diagnoses like depression and anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, and addictions.

Illnesses that manifest physically may still have significant spiritual underpinnings.  This is especially true for illnesses that have atypical or premature presentations, such as a degenerative illness that normally occurs in elder years occurring in a young adult.

The sense that something is “missing” or that “I haven’t been the same since…” can often be indicative of an energetic loss of some type, including soul energy loss.  Shamanic healing is often part of a multi-pronged approach to an illness, and is fully compatible with both conventional medicine and other integrative treatments, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and others.

Shamanistic healing

Shamanic healing work requires two distinct phases:

  • The accurate diagnosis of the seen and unseen energies at the root of the problem.
  • Carrying out the specific choreography of energies needed to resolve the problem.

The shaman may serve by removing energies that are inappropriately present, or by returning energies that have been lost.  This includes soul recovery to accomplish healing via the return of lost parts of the soul.

045Mainstream medicine is explainable science, and follows the laws and protocols of medical science.  Other modalities have ethics, cultural norms to respect, and do not rely on the conventions of modern medicine; these societies often rely exclusively on the practice’ of the local medicine person.

Shamanic practitioners are spiritual healers working in the spirit world of the unexplained.  There are those who are genuine, and those who are not.  This causes the fine line between the two worlds of science and unexplainable phenomena.


Choosing alternative medicine, holistic healing, is a matter left to individuals.  Most often people choose to combine their alternatives with the traditional world of medicine.  It is all a matter of faith.

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Sidonia Nightsky~ 2016©