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faith heal·ing

sundry types of prayer-based efforts to alter the disease course.

faith healing

n.
The treatment of disease by means of prayer or faith in divine power.

faith healer n.

faith healing

Etymology: L, fidere, to trust; AS, hoelen, to make whole
alleged healing through the power to cause a cure or recovery from an illness or injury without the aid of conventional medical treatment. The healer is believed to have been given that power by a supernatural force.

faith healing

Paranormal
An alternative form of healthcare in which therapy consists of entrusting the healing process to a “higher” (God in the Judeo-Christian construct) or other power(s) through prayer. In faith healing, active medical or surgical interventions are generally not administered, and if the patient deteriorates or dies, it may be viewed as the will of God.

faith heal·ing

(fāth hēl'ing)
Therapy involving prayer and manual interventions.

faith healing

An attempt to cure disease or to improve the condition of a patient by the exercise of spiritual powers or by the influence of the personality of the healer. An important factor in determining the outcome of an illness is belief, or faith, in the probability of recovery, but ‘miracles’ attributed to faith healing are presumed to be due to some natural process. The psychological effect of such rituals can be powerful, and unjustified hopes for miraculous cures are commonly aroused.

faith heal·ing

(fāth hēl'ing)
Sundry types of prayer-based efforts to alter the disease course.
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