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Does Energy Medicine Work?

Does Energy Medicine Work?

If I Hadn’t Experienced It For Myself…

Mukunda N. Singh is a California licensed acupuncturist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is co-owner of Healing Light Family Acupuncture, a holistic family health clinic in Fountain Valley. He graduated with a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. At the age of 20, he learned the Usui system of Reiki, a form of hands-on healing. He later completed a year-long shamanic studies course in Core Shamanism to further improve his healing techniques. He takes a holistic approach to healing, bringing balance to the whole person. He can be reached at (949) 257-7622 or at

I understand why people are skeptical about energy healing. I don’t even know if I would’ve ever tried it except for three reasons:

  1. I was in constant pain from a back injury
  2. Nothing worked to ease it
  3. An offer to heal me dropped in my lap–what did I have to lose?

It was a Saturday morning on July 13, 2002, when my neighbor, Angelo, knocked on my door and asked, “Would you like to learn Reiki?”

“Sure, what’s Reiki?” He told me it was a healing technique from Japan where energy is transmitted through the palms of the hands (“Rei” is Japanese for God’s wisdom and “Ki” means life-force energy).

It turns out a Reiki Master named Eleanor was staying was teaching him Reiki and they needed someone to practice on.

I was soon lying on my stomach as Eleanor’s hands hovered over my body.

“Do you have pain here, in your lower back?” she asked.

I hadn’t told her about my injury, which I got three weeks earlier while kickboxing. My opponent had landed a round-house kick to my kidneys. I stood there, unable to move.

“Are you okay?” I remember him saying. “Yes,” I replied, then my knees buckled and I collapsed.

Eventually I was able to get up and move around, but my back has been in constant pain ever since.

Eleanor now held her hands over my lower back. I felt a warm sensation and a light pressure, even though she wasn’t even touching my body. It was strange…and wonderful. After a short while, she stopped, and my back was no longer in pain.

From that point on, no one can tell me Reiki doesn’t work. After my body was healed, I knew I wanted to give that healing experience to others. A spark had lit a fire within me that was just waiting to burn.

I told everyone I met about my experience and I practiced Reiki on anyone who would let me. This began my journey into exploring holistic healing modalities, and I never looked back. I would later complete a four-year master’s program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and, after many years of practice, become a Reiki Master Teacher in my own right. If you’d like, I can share it with you, too.


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