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Saturday, January 09, 2010

'Try Reiki,' Dr. Oz tells millions on TV

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon and host of the third (or possibly second) most popular syndicated television program in America, this week introduced millions of viewers to the natural healing practice of Reiki as part of a program on alternative and natural remedies. The Dr. Oz Show included not only a segment featuring a demonstration by Reiki author Pamela Miles, but an emphatic recommendation to "try Reiki" as the #1 "Oz's Order" at the show's conclusion.

In a related (and unsurprising) development, the audience member who received a brief Reiki chair session from Miles told Oz and his viewers (an estimated 3.5 million people) after only a few minutes of Reiki that her headache was going away.

By week's end, the Reiki segment of the show had made its way to YouTube, where it found even more viewers. Click here to see it for yourself.

Oz, whose wife, Lisa, is a Reiki Master, called Reiki "my favorite treatment that could change the future of medicine forever." Reiki was the last of an assortment of featured alternative remedies, including mud baths, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, yoga, saunas, and cupping.

"If we put cupping in the hybrid category between biomanipulation and energy," Oz said as the Reiki segment began, "It provides me with a good segue to what I think may be ultimately the most important alternative medicine treatment of all. And we are embarking on this whole new vista of opportunities, it broadens dramatically the spectrum of where we might be able to go in our bodies, and this is the area of energy medicine." At that point, the camera pulled back to reveal Pamela Miles and the audience member.

"And joining me today is Pamela Miles," Oz continued. "Pamela has actually been to the operating room with me where we have done Reiki. He pointed out that, like Pamela, "my wife Lisa is a Reiki master, so when the kids get sick, or when I'm out of sorts, she actually comes by, I can't even tell when she's treating me, sometimes she secretly treats me, if she thinks I'm in a bad mood" -- everyone laughed -- "and I see hands moving around, but I actually feel the heat."

As the session began, Oz asked Pamela to explain a little about Reiki.

"Reiki is a balancing practice," she said. "And so rather than addressing the headache or whatever else is the problem, what it does is it influences the person's overall system toward balance, and then as her system becomes more balanced, symptoms tend to fall away. Then over time, for example, if you get headaches, you may find that you get them less frequently."

"Do you feel anything?" Oz asked the Reiki recipient.

"Yes, my headache's going away," she said.

"Let me show you why I think energy has been overlooked," Oz continued, turning to reveal a large microscopic image. "This is an image of a cell. And it's beautiful, isn't it? You see that cell there, and it looks colorful, and look at the blue pattern on the outside. That's the membrane of the cell. That blue area on the outside differentiates life. Because it separates no energy on the outside from energy that's present on the inside. So if you think about it in that way, if the membrane of a cell keeps an energy balance between inside and outside, which is what defines life, if we put those cells together, into an organ, shouldn't the organ have energy? And if you put those organs into a body, shouldn't our bodies have energy? And so many of the ailments that we suffer from can be treated through energy therapies, which will become become much more prevalent over the next few years."

At the show's conclusion, Oz did his usual "Oz's Orders" segment: "Here are the three things I want you to remember from today's show. First off, try Reiki. This alternative medicine treatment can manipulate your energy and cure what ails you." And he recommended that viewers boost their metabolisms and check their blood pressure. "Those are my doctor's orders."

As word spread via the Internet across the global Reiki community, web traffic here at The Reiki Digest increased tenfold, and hundreds of new readers subscribed to our email edition. To accommodate the many inquiries coming in from people seeking Reiki treatments, training, or more information, we set up a free referral service to help clients and students find qualified practitioners. We urged Reiki practitioners who have not already done so to add their information to our Global Reiki Census, which has developed into a database of more than 500 practitioners. And during our local broadcast of the show, we offered live Twitter coverage as we watched.

In Columbia, South Carolina, Reiki Master Margaret Self contacted her local Dr. Oz Show affiliate to offer a "local angle" feature for the evening news, and in Seattle, Reiki Master Rose De Dan issued a press release headlined, "Dr. Mehmet Oz Declares Reiki as His #1 Alternative Medicine Secret."

Meanwhile, Pamela Miles herself responded to the wave of interest with several new informative YouTube videos on Reiki. Pamela is also creating online training materials for Reiki practitioners -- to find out more, you can sign up for her monthly Reiki Update here. Practitioners in the New York City area may be also be interested in her Jan. 24 Spiritual Self-Protection class.

Of course, there had to be at least one person who didn't approve of Dr. Oz's mention of Reiki -- though it took some doing to find that dissenter, a lone tweeter who so far has gotten not a single response to his claim that "Oz lost any cred he had."


Blogger Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC said...

Thanks so much, Janet, for all you have done to keep the Reiki community in the loop about this landmark event.

Having had a practice for animals and people since 1996, I have seen Reiki slowly grow in popularity, and am thrilled about the boost Dr. Oz's show and all the buzz will give to public awareness of the benefits of Reiki.

And there is demand. Thanks to your tip on getting the word out to local media, I published the press release (mentioned in this post) containing tips for finding a teacher. It was the first time I worked with DIY PR person Nancy Juetten, and I think she did a fabulous job. I was amazed to see that visits to my website quadrupled in one day! Much of the traffic came from Google searches, presumably a result of the show.

And my thanks to Dr. Oz and Pamela Miles for all they have done in helping to establish the credibility of Reiki in the medical community as well as with the general public. This proves that there is much we can accomplish as a community if we all pull together.

Reiki on!

6:39 AM  
Blogger Emma's ARC said...

I'm very excited to have found your blog, and the great article on the Dr. Oz segment.

An animal communicator and Reiki master myself, I was elated to see his enthusiastic embracing of Reiki as the wave of the future. Thanks for posting!

4:29 PM  
Blogger ReikiGalLV said...

As a Reiki Master here in Las Vegas, it makes me BEAM to see Dr Oz & his wife tout the many benefits of Reiki. IT IS ABOUT TIME this modality gets the publicity it truly deserves.

According to Forbes, Las Vegas has recently been names the #1 stressed out city in the United States. PEOPLE NEED REIKI IN LAS VEGAS! There are many wonderful practitioners who are joyfully helping those who need care.

I am seeing an increase in clients looking to treat issues from a holistic perspective. BLESSED BE!

I'm so grateful for this posting. Together we stand united in providing Reiki that is heart-centered.

The Reiki Gal, LLC

8:58 PM  
Blogger Hawk said...


All I know is that reiki is not of the Lord our God, whoever indulge in this teachings will ultimately lose more than what they have gained.
Where does the enrgy come from, why is it not a treatment that is a lot more common among peolple?
I have brought life back to the dead like many other Christians have by the laying on of hands praying in the name of Jesus, giving glory to our Father in heaven. I know it is not me who does the healing but God. So whoever or whatever is doing the healing in reiki is not the individual but some other force, not from God.
This is a warning to those who is considering reiki or is already caught in the reiki trap, please people I pray that you do not get caught in its claws, you open yourself up for things you do not know and will never want if you knew.......I guess this is a waste of time because this is will never be approved to go onto the blog, but maybe to him who reads this might consider what I have wrote, be blessed.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous God'sLove said...

To the person who says Reiki is not a thing of God, I will like to remind him or inform him/her, that Reiki comes from Love. Everything that comes from love is energy of God, because God IS LOVE. I was raised in a very Catholic environment, parents and school, so I understand fear and guilt, this said, Closed minds may stay closed because they can't see out of their very small believe system. Maybe they need some Reiki. God bless you all. And God help us make Reiki practitioners an instrument of his love. By the way, what do you think that Jesus was doing putting his hands on the ill and suffering?

11:09 AM  

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