Reiki for Vitiligo

I could talk about Reiki all day. It is just some of the most comforting and soothing energy work modalities out there and it has become quite common to find Reiki practitioners working in hospitals and affiliated with Western medicine clinics.

I received my Reiki I, II and Master qualifications in 1999-2000 and have found it to be an invaluable tool in bringing peace to my mind and comfort to my soul.

You can find more about what Reiki is here and here. In a nutshell, it is an ancient Japanese healing modality based on enhancing and balancing life force energy in the body, mind and soul.

We are so much more than our physical selves. I like to think of Reiki as opening a doorway to the hidden potential of healing that is within and all around us, and translating that energy into a usable form that knows exactly how to help us best at any given moment.

One of the most intriguing things about Reiki and vitiligo that I have come across is an idea that Anthony William that proposed that vitiligo may actually be caused by a virus. Because there are specific symbols in Reiki that aim to withdraw viruses from the body. And I am psyched to incorporate these symbols into my healing sessions!

If you have yet to experience Reiki, I encourage you to seek out a local practitioner or email me to set up an appointment. In a Reiki treatment, most people feel warm, radiant light. Some feel a sense of comfort and a soothing feeling.  Some may not feel anything but may notice during a session but they may notice a sense of well-being that they carry with them afterward.

It profoundly changed my life when I was first introduced to it. I was having major anxiety attacks on a daily basis and was spending much of my day managing my mental and emotional health. I had found a local Reiki practitioner and before the session began, I was getting ready by lying on her massage table.  As soon as I lay down I started having a panic attack. She immediately started to do Reiki over my sternum and my panic DISAPPEARED. Like a magic xanax, the anxiety just dissolved.  I had never felt such a sense of comfort. I was surrounded by such a feeling of

“You’ll get through this. This is temporary. This is something you are going through, but it is not who you are.”

I saw her regularly, about every other week, and it changed the direction of my life.  I received my Reiki training through her and helped me see the world through the eyes of a healer, where healing energy is available at any moment and just waiting for us to engage it.

I look forward to hearing how you are tapping into the healing all around you. Please share!

 

Energy Medicine

I am a junkie of the healing arts. I love me some massage, some craniosacral, some shamanic work. Take me to a spa, get me some reflexology, give me some acupuncture. I LOVE IT ALL.

I’ve been studying the healing arts since I was in my early 20’s. The first time I experienced the feeling of energy in my own body was in massage school. I was laying on the massage table and one student was at my feet and the other was at my head. They were instructed to direct energy from my head down to my feet, with the person at my head sending energy through my body and the person at my feet receiving that energy.

I was stunned to realize I could feel the energy moving in my body. What is that? I thought. It wasn’t a physical sensation, it wasn’t a thought process, it wasn’t hot or cold. I just felt movement like waves drifting through me. This shit is real, I thought. And that was it for me. I’ve been a student of energy medicine every since.

A big part of me believes that if there is a physical manifestation of disease or imbalance, there is also an energetic disruption that needs to be addressed. Sometimes by addressing the energetic disruption, the physical imbalance heals on its own.

The concept of balancing the energy of the body is ancient. Tai Chi, Qi Gong and acupuncture have been around for thousands of years. Yoga too. These practices are invaluable when seeking out peace in the mind and a balanced energy in the body.

In future posts, I will talk more about these modalities and more including the ones I practice myself:

CranioSacral Therapy
Neurovascular Therapy
Reiki
EMF Balancing
Shamanic healing

Some of these practices are available for you from me over distance and you can find a link to my services here. I look forward to sharing these practices with you.

Supplements for Vitiligo #1

As I mentioned in a previous post, Anthony William is a medical intuitive who has a theory that vitiligo is caused by a combination of a virus, toxins, and an overly burdened liver. He has a podcast episode about vitiligo and summary of that episode here. 

I find his take interesting because I have always questioned whether the body would really attack itself. It seems counter-intuitive to me. I like thinking that at the root of my vitiligo, there’s a virus at work. It’s somehow…comforting to know that my body really is my ally and that something foreign and misunderstood is really what’s to blame.

This idea is something I’ll take with me as I meditate next time on vitiligo.

In his book, Liver Rescue, he lists specific recommendations for supplements to cleanse and support the liver, which he states is critical in healing vitiligo. I’ve listed some of them here and hope to visit each one in future blog posts. Remember I am not a doctor! It is important to always consult your doctor before adding any supplements to your regimen.

Selenium
B12
B Complex
Spirulina
Barley Grass
Hisbiscus Tea
Folate
L-lysine
Milk Thistle
Curcurmin
Turmeric


Is vitiligo an autoimmune disorder or not?

Today I came across an interesting website belonging to Anthony William, a medical intuitive. In a podcast episode, he talks about his theory that vitiligo is not actually a result of the body attacking itself, but may be caused by specific viruses and chemicals oxidized in the liver. Ok.

So what he’s saying basically is that traditional medicine has it all wrong, that those systems are built on mechanisms made to monetize health care (well, true) and that the real truth actually lies in knowing that the body does not attack itself. That there are foreign invaders that cross wires in the system. And that it is possible to heal.

Hooray!

You know I love it when someone does not say the words every dermatologist says about vitiligo: “We don’t know what causes it and it’s really difficult to treat.” So I was doing cartwheels in my brain to hear this guy saying some pretty optimistic things about healing vitiligo. He’s even written a book with a deliciously looking apple on the cover about healing from this combo viral/chemical/oxidative influence in the body.  Behold:

 

 

Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease

 

I have yet to read this book, but it is now officially on my read list. This sounds promising. If you’ve read this or had any results from following his recommendations, please comment!

Damn, that apple looks good.

Western Medicine Approach

So the good news is: what you choose to do or not do about your vitiligo is entirely up to you. If your Western medicine doctor tells you there are no good answers for you and you’d like to end your journey there and let the spots do as they will, great. If that feels good to you, honor that.

If you’re like me and felt like some part of me was slowly fading away as the spots progressed, then know there are resources available beyond Western medicine.

You can find a list of typical Western treatments for vitiligo here: Mayo Clinic Vitiligo

What you’ll find on the Mayo page is accurate and up-to-date information about what treatments conventional medicine is offering and what new treatments might be up and coming. Quoted from their website:

“No drug can stop the process of vitiligo — the loss of pigment cells (melanocytes). But some drugs, used alone or with light therapy, can help restore some skin tone.”

So….not ideal if you’re looking to heal. But maybe a fix if things haven’t progressed real far.

The short list you’ll find there includes: drugs to increase pigment, creams to increase pigment, light therapy 3 times a week that insurance likely won’t cover, surgery, drugs to reduce pigment to match your spots, and….my favorite- skin grafting and other surgeries.

Western medicine is amazing. I love me some ibuprofen. I had epidurals with two of my pregnancies. But sometimes what Western med lacks is seeing the big picture, the emotional, the spiritual, the environmental factors that contribute to who we are as a whole. That’s what I’m interested exploring.