Reiki means 'universal life force'. Practitioners of reiki believe that health and disease are a matter of the life force being disrupted. Reiki differs from acupuncture because it does not unblock a person's qi, but stimulates the body's own life support and development potential. Reiki is an offer of energy that is not forced, rather the inner child of the patient will draw the life force into any disharmonies, such as memories, feelings - all levels of a human's life. By accepting the universal life force, patients actually heal themselves.