Reiki is a complementary healing method
It has, in essence, been around for thousands of years. It is a simple and effective therapy that is safe and can be combined with 'conventional' medicine. It will not interfere with prescribed medical treatment but can enhance the healing process, by allowing the body (and mind) to be more balanced and relaxed, enabling our energy to be directed towards the cause of the illness rather than simply suppressing the symptoms.
The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words best translated as "Sharp or Clever Spirit"
Rei - Spiritual Wisdom
The direct translation of Rei from Japanese is Ghost and is sometimes translated as Universal. The use of Universal in this context signifies a wisdom that comes from that which is around us, a Higher Self or Spiritual Consciousness, that we can not control, that is able to guide energy to where it can most effectively be used.
Ki - The Life Force
The direct translation for Ki from Japanese is Vapour or Ghost. Its equivalent in many different languages, Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit and Mana in Hawaiian. It has also been referred to as Odic force, Orone, and Bioplasma. All of which refer to the energy of life. Often called the Universal Life Force.