Can a slight touch, a firm touch or even no touch really heal what’s ailing you? Energy healing, which involves tapping into the body’s own frequencies, is a type of alternative medicine and is being taken seriously by health practitioners who are trained in both eastern and western medicine.

And science is backing up its powers. One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems. UCLA even has en electromyography (EMG) lab that studies electrical activity in the body. And a recent Cochrane Review of touch therapies in 2012 showed that these therapies certainly provide improvement in those suffering from pain.

But many also remain skeptical. Dr. Edzard Ernst, a professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter in England, has been known to say that just five percent of alternative medicine has evidentiary support. I personally feel that whether science backs it or not, if it feels good to you then enjoy it! Because there are many things that science did not use back then that they are starting to look at now.

For example, new studies are revealing the healing powers of turmeric, which Ayurveda has been claiming for centuries! So who’s to say that won’t happen with energy healing? Many physicians specializing in both eastern and western medicine both affirmed the power of these healing modalities. Even Deepak Chopra, a holistic physician who also subscribes to Western teachings, says that science is starting to understand how energy healing works.

There are several types of energy healing and one of them is the Japanese healing practice of Reiki. The word ‘Reiki’, or Rei-Ki, literally means, as it’s written in Japanese Kanji characters ‘Mysterious atmosphere’, or Universal Energy, or Spiritual Energy. Reiki is a Japanese bio energy hand healing technique, based in ancient Shinto and Buddhist traditions. However, it isn’t a religious entity or tied with any specific creed, rather it’s a philosophy with suggestions on how to conduct and heal your life. It helps with stress reduction, relaxation and also promotes healing.

It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

From my own experience, I have seen how physical ailments have a corresponding emotional basis so I find this type of healing practice incredibly empowering and you can learn so much about yourself in the process. Though to get the best out of it, I would view it as a healing journey, rather than a quick fix.