Asthma and Hay Fever Linked to Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders — Neuroscience News Updates and Mind/Body Connection

According to researchers, suffering from asthma or hay fever may put you at an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. The study reports over a 15 year period, 10.8% of people with allergies developed psychiatric disorders, compare to 6.7% of people without allergic diseases.

via Asthma and Hay Fever Linked to Increased Risk of Psychiatric Disorders — Neuroscience News Updates

This article appeared in my feed and I find it very fascinating. I thought I might use this in my own blog as a way to start introducing the logistics of the Mind-Body Connection.

Pathophysiology of Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis)

I see patients with some form of allergies throughout most of the day. This should be no surprise since allergic rhinitis is “the most common chronic disease in the United States, affect[ing]  between 10 and 30% of adults and up to 40% of children”¹.

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis start at Mast Cells;


Mast Cells are an important part of the immune system that also play a role in allergies.  Mast Cells are equipped with receptors for antigens (a signal to the immune system that an invader is within the body).    Someone that has allergies produces antibodies  (IgE) which function to tag antigens as they enter the body.  An antigen tagged with IgE circulating in the blood stream will land on a mast cell, causing the mast cell to launch its weapons (histamine, cytokines and other inflammatory  chemicals),  These chemicals will land in the nasal passage, sinuses, and lungs leading to allergy symptoms.

Energy Imbalance leading to Allergic Rhinitis

One of my favorite books is by Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening. This is one of the first books I read when I became curious about energy medicine. This is a wonderful starter for anyone who is wanting to learn about the Chakra system, and as well as using  essential oils and crystals as part of their healing routine. I have adapted a chart from her book which summarizes each Chakra’s function, and how imbalances show up. I use this chart personally when I’m working with energy medicine and for myself and find it to be a very handy tool in energy medicine.

Chakra Chart from Margaret Ann Lembo’s Chakra Awakening

Chakra Chart from Mary Ann Lembo (1)

When I first started learning about the Chakra system, I was fascinated with how blockages within a Chakra could contribute to disease. Chakras comes from Ayurveda, and I think of it as anatomical representation of energy centers within the body.


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Most people suffer allergies in their noses, sinuses, eyes, ears, throat and sometimes chest. Symptoms of allergies are usually runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, sinus pain and pressure. These organs are within the throat, third eye, and crown chakra. These organ are also associated with psychological dysfunction, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Additionally, allergies are generated within the body when the immune system becomes overactive. Knowing that these energy centers correlate with our physical and emotional health, it would be expected that a person suffering from allergies is likely at increased risk of a psychological issues.  In particular, if an individual is feeling like they can’t express themselves (blocked throat chakra) they may be particularly prone to allergies.

There are a number of ways to handle allergies.

Over the Counter Medications:

Naturally I’ll have to remind readers to consult with their personal physician if you are suffering from allergies. Most people can tolerate antihistamines such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra very well. The addition of a nasal steroid such as Fluticasone (Flonase) can also help to control symptoms.

Anyone suffering from severe symptoms, such as a rash or wheezing needs to consult with their physician.

Reiki for Allergies:

If you are already  Reiki  attuned, you can simply treat your sinuses.  Consider treating the neck and chest.  Your Reiki manual  from your attunement is also a good resource for a treatment sequence.

If you are considering seeking Reiki to treat allergies, you may opt for a shorter session, but understanding that a combination of stress and chemical cascades are leading to your  symptoms, you may be due for a full Reiki session.

Essential Oils to use:

Anyone with experience using essential oils to support their health can attest to how wonderful they can be to relieve symptoms.  There is simply no better pleasure than your first whiff of Breath from DoTerra when your suffering from allergies.

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DoTerra offers a wonderful line of products that can be used for allergies, and are good for colds, or to augment your meditation.  The essential oil  comes in a 15ml or a roller bottle, and either one is excellent.  A drop or two on your chest of neck quickly alleviates symptoms.  Consider a patch test on your inner arm before using routinely.  Of course, Breathe is amazing in a diffuser.


dōTERRA Breathe® Vapor Stick

The vapor stick is neat, clean and ready to go.  You can quickly apply some to you chest or neck to soothe your sinuses.

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The dōTERRA Breathe® Respiratory Drops are my personal favorite cough drops.  You get all of the benefits of the oils without concern of others being affects by your essential oil use.  You will still get the cooling sensation in your sinus passages that is wonderful.

You can find more information on essential oils here.


1. Goldman, L., & Schafer, A. I. (2016). Goldman-Cecil medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders.

What Happens During a Reiki Session


If you have chosen to pursue Reiki as a treatment likely your Reiki Practitioner has advised you on how to prepare. If you are still wondering if you should try it, I would like to address what to happens before, during, and after a Reiki session.

The day of your appointment, you’ll want to wear comfortable clothing. Similar to having a massage, it is usually best to wear something you’ll be comfortable laying down in for about an hour. I recommend carrying water with you. Your Reiki healer likely will have refreshments but it’s good to have something for your trip home. Because you’ll be laying down for several minutes, I would avoid eating a heavy meal.

Reiki Practitioners are very accomodating, so you have have special circumstances, you only need to let your practitioner know. In my clinic, we can accomodate for someone in a wheelchair or who has physical limitations that won’t let them lie on a table.

Once you arrive, you’ll be shown to the space you’ll receive your treatment. We use an exam room in my clinic that’s quieter than our other spaces.

The first few minutes I like to have clients complete a form that I can use for record the visit. I also like to talk for a few minutes prior to starting. One of the things I love with Reiki is that clients do not need to reveal more than they are comfortable with sharing. The treatment is intuitive, and even if a client wants to share nothing with me, I can still treat them effectively. I found in my years of practice, many patients have been traumatized by the healthcare system. Sometimes simply reviewing the timeline and details of an illness can be traumatizing in itself. We can proceed with a Reiki session with a lot of information or none at all.

Reiki can be channeled with direct touch or by simply hovering the hands over the area. This depends on what the client is most comfortable with. Depending on life experience, many people are not comfortable being touched and this is perfectly fine. Reiki is effective hands on or hands off.

Once the session begins, the practitioner will position their hands over an area of the body and leave them there for at least a few minutes.

My experience with with patients and clients is that throughout the session, the person will become progressively more relaxed. Some enter a meditative state. Most are deeply relaxed with very little tension in their bodies. Some clients will have a release of pent up emotions, so may feel a need to cry or even laugh. But every experience is individual. The same person may have a different experience with each Reiki session.

Once the session is complete, I like to let clients have a few minutes of quiet to center themselves. After the session, if the client likes, we can discuss their experience.

I typically advise everyone after a session to try not to schedule any rigorous activities. If you have things you must accomplish, try to plan so that you don’t have to do too much as you’ll need to rest.

I hope this description is helpful for anyone considering this healing modality. I hope you’ll try it if you haven’t. If you have already experienced Reiki, you should continue, and maybe become healer.

Thank you for visiting.

World Peace Card Meditations


Every month  The International Center for Reiki Training  sends a monthly reminder for a World Peace Meditation if you are a subscriber (which is free).  This meditation is very simple, and has many benefits.  You can find the World Peace Meditation summary and instructions here:

World Peace Card Meditations

The idea is that if many of us meditate, we create a healing wave of energy that travels the planet.  The meditation requires only 15 minutes of your time, and you’ll personally feel the wave of energy.




What is Reiki

In my previous post, I covered an introduction to Reiki and the role of the practitioner as the focuser of Reiki.  What is Reiki?

My description is to provide a framework for those that are not familiar with this healing modality.  I anticipate that many readers searching about Reiki online may already be familiar with its wonderful energies.  For those readers, thank you so much for visiting, and feel free to contribute in the comments on what Reiki is.

In my first post, Introduction to Reiki, I use examples from science that most of us are familiar with.  Heat energy travels a certain distance, is perceived by our bodies as “hot”, can be visualized with infrared technology, and has a source.  The heat source can be many objects, the sun, a hot plate, or a microwave.

Reiki, like x-rays,  gamma rays, or ultraviolet rays, also has a source.  One of the most powerful aspects or Reiki is the source.



The work Reiki comes from Japenese Kanji (symbols used in communication) which are “Rei” and “Ki”.  “Rei” translates to Spiritual Wisdom and “Ki” translates to “Life Energy”¹.


Acceptance of the “Rei” in Reiki can be the biggest hurdle for anyone that is skeptical.  If you have a spiritual practice, the Rei is simply originating from a deity, such as God, Buddha or Allah.  The Rei can also come from Mother Earth or any spirit guide that holds strong meaning for that person (please recall this list is not all inconclusive, and I welcome any additions in comments).  It is important to note that the “Rei” applies to atheist.  An atheist may feel most comfortable with identifying the “Higher Self” as the spiritual wisdom.  Because the source of the energy is from something higher than mankind, with only loving intentions is why Reiki is only able to bring good and healing.



“Ki”, of “Life Energy” is often compared to Prana in Hinduism (and Yoga) or the Holy Ghost in Christianity².  This is the hum of life.  The beating of your heart, or the flow of energy.  We all have a sense of flow.  Most of us notice it as health, simply feeling well, moving through life with little resistance.  Yogis, those that practice Yoga, identify this as Prana, and use asana (yoga postures) to help move Prana that has been blocked.  Acupuncturist use Traditional Chinese Medicine and needles to unblock Chi.  In anatomy, students notice within a few lessons that every region of the human body is supplied by a neurovascular bundle, and often learn the mnemonic  NAV (Nerve-artery-vein).  Where there is blood flow, the blood must drain, and a nerve helps that area to operate.  In a heart attack, an artery becomes blocked. This causes chest pain (through the nerves that sense pain), and must be unblocked by a cardiologist by using stents.

In addition to being an energy, due to the divine nature of the source, Reiki heals at all levels because its guided by forces wiser than humans.  Reiki is simply facilitated by the human touch, but Reiki will heal the receiver at all levels, including molecular, physical, mental, and emotional.  Because of this, Reiki is not limited to the here and now.  Reiki can heal in the present, the past or the future.  However, if you’re just now learning about Reiki, we should stay in the present for now.

Thank you so much for visiting.  My intention with this an all entries is to introduce the topic to those that are new.  If reading this feels  odd, don’t worry, its natural to feel somewhat overwhelmed.  I will continue to discuss Reiki and in future posts, will began to cover current research on Reiki as a healing modality in medicine.




  1. Rand, W.L. (1991).  Reiki The Healing Touch First and Second Degree Manual. Reiki Defined, 1, 3-4. ISBN 1-886785-03-1
     2.  Baginki, B.J., Sharamon, S. (1988). Reik Universal Life Energy. Mendocino, CA: Life              Rhythm.

Channeling and Reiki

In my previous post, I discussed the energy of Reiki.  I plan to get deeper into that later on, but its important to discuss channeling as this topic is likely to make most people considering Reiki for the first time uncomfortable.

I covered the various nature of energy.  Reiki is energy at a healing frequency.  We as humans require energy to be channeled.  Although we are surrounded by energy, its most efficient when its gathered, focused, and aimed in a direction.

One example of this, of course, is sound energy.  When you are using your cell phone, you can put the cell phone up to your ear.  The sound quality doing this is good.  You can also use your speaker.  The speaker will deliver sound, but it may be hard to hear very clearly if there is a lot of background noise.  The best sound quality is using your headphones.  The headphones focus the sound energy, block out outside noise, and therefore deliver the highest quality sound making your conversation easier.

The role of the Reiki practioner is to focus and deliver channeling energy.  The Reiki practioner operates best as a speaker, or focuser of this healing energy.  The very nature of Reiki does allow for the practioner to receive some of the healing energy (I like to think of this as a spill over) while aiming this energy for the best effect.

Anyone that is into metaphysics already may have concerns about this energy being able to do something other than healing.  The nature of the Reiki practioner as well as Reiki energy does not allow for any transmission of energy that does not lead to healing and only serves the highest good of the person receiving Reiki.

In healthcare, we already use enery delivery to treat disease.  On the other end of the spectrum, radiation treatment used in cancer care also requires something to focus high energy into an area of the body.  However,  this energy is used specifically to shrink cancer (this is only a comparison, not to be taken that Reiki can replace current treatment, please follow your physicians treatment plans as always).

Thanks again for visiting, and I will continue to dive deeper into this topic in later post.

Introduction to Reiki

I plan to cover many topics but this post I’d like to delve into Reiki.

I first learned about Reiki from Sara Alavi at Yoga Home of Therapeutics .  Sara has taught me so much over the years and I’m so grateful to her.

I initially knew very little of Reiki.  I had taken an interest in Yoga and eventually completed my 200 hour certification to be a Yoga Instructor.  It was through yoga that I had my first experience with awareness of energy in the human body and how it could effect the physical body.

The fundamental purpose of Reiki is to channel high frequency energy into the body to encourage the body to heal itself.

Here is a link for a history of Reiki:

Reiki is channeled energy.   We are surrounded by energy.  The simplest example is heat energy from the sun, which we feel on our skin.  Another form of energy is infrared energy, which is used in remotes and many home devices, exists at a freqency that we can’t see or feel, but we do see the effects:

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  X-ray energy, used in radiology to take x-rays and at airports to look into bags, exists at an even higher frequency.  We don’t see these wavelengths as our eyes are not tuned to operate at those frequencies.

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We can see Visible Light,  which is a very small part of the energy spectrum.  Here is an example from NASA:

Energy can often be seen, such as the energy in the visible light spectrum, but as most of us are aware, our human sense do not typically allow us to feel energy that moves at a higher or lower frequency but we do see the effects.  The higher the frequency of the energy, the higher its ability to penetrate solid matter is.  You’ll notice on each graphic the height of the energy wave corresponds to a physical object, such as a hair, an atom, or a soap bubble.

Reiki is believed to channel energy that exists at a high frequency.  Now that we’ve covered how energy is the nature of Reiki, in future post, I’d like to delve into what it means to channel Reiki and how fundamentally this is how Reiki leads to body healing itself.