Updated: May 9, 2019
What Is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. Research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Autoimmune diseases, like lupus, means that the immune system is not functioning properly. The fighting, killing off and sweeping away foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, germs, etc. is not quite doing its job and as with many autoimmune diseases, there is no definite answer as to why. It appears that genes may play a role, as well as possibly being triggered by things such as illness, injury, or a long period of stress. Normally our bodies create antibodies (anti-foreign body) that attacks whatever may come along that doesn't belong there. Unfortunately, with autoimmune, the body has trouble deciphering what belongs and what doesn't and proceeds to attack healthy tissue in its confusion using auto-antibodies resulting in inflammation, pain, and damage to various parts of the body.
Signs and Symptoms of Lupus
"Flare" ups of lupus are unpredictable and seem to just appear out of nowhere. Some days flares are more intense than others, often triggered by stress and exposure to ultraviolet light. Symptoms vary and may include:
Skin rashes (both on the face and body)
Joint and muscle pain
Mouth and nose ulcers
Chest pain (as a result of inflammation of the lining of the heart or lungs)
Anemia (a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells)
Poor kidney function
Seizures or visual disturbances (resulting from inflammation of the nervous system)
What is Reiki?
All around us is what is known as universal life energy. This energy can have a positive or negative effect on a person's body and emotions. The Japanese technique of Reiki healing works with this energy force to improve a person's life through the "laying on of hands." For more information on Reiki, you can click over to our Reiki page:)
Why Reiki Healing?
Pain from lupus can be excruciating. Reiki healing does not require that the therapist touch the patient, avoiding additional pain. Reiki has been shown to help relieve pain, improve sleep, and alleviate accompanying depression and anxiety that are common with this condition.
Reiki can help with:
Physical pain - Those with lupus say that the pain can be quite severe at times. Aching, swelling of the joints, muscle pain, cramping, burning
Skin rashes, itching, burning
Helps with fatigue, anxiety, and depression which are common for those dealing with lupus.
Improve daily life
Viewing our Reiki page will give a list of things that Reiki healing can help with and improve for everyone. Many of these things are symptoms that those with lupus have to deal with sometimes on a daily basis.
In One's Element does not claim that Reiki will cure or even alleviate symptoms for every lupus sufferer. Clinical studies are rare, we can really, for most illness/disease, only go off of the many testimonials. We do believe that this treatment can work very well in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to help relieve side effects and promote recovery.
May is Lupus Awareness Month, therefore we have lupus on the list for May offering 25% on ALL Reiki sessions, workshops, and free hypnotherapy through May. IOE offers discounts throughout the year for different conditions to bring awareness not only to the condition itself but also so that the suffers of these illnesses/diseases can become aware of alternative therapy and have an opportunity to try something that maybe they have never considered. If you have lupus, give us a call. Reiki has been said to be effective in helping with virtually every lupus-associated pain and creates a beneficial effect, so maybe Reiki and/or hypnotherapy is exactly what your routine has been missing. If it works for you we will continue to offer the 25% discount. Consider yourself to be grandfathered in, so to speak.