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heal·er

(hē'lĕr),
1. A physician; one who heals or cures.
2. One who claims to cure by prayer, mysticism, new thought, or other form of suggestion.

healer

(hē′lər)
n.
One that heals or attempts to heal, especially a faith healer.

healer

Alternative medicine
A person (e.g., a faith healer) who alleges to manipulate a person’s internal forces to effect therapy.

Ethnomedicine
A healer (curandero) is one who uses various plants, concoctions (potingues), rites and rituals to treat various diseases or to rid the sufferer of various culture-bound syndromes.
 
Mainstream medicine
See Physician.

healer

Mainstream medicine A romantic synonym for physician. See Traditional healing.
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Healers offering the services at their so-called healing shops do not possess any formal education, and over the years, they have started openly admitting that.
In a recent forum I was invited to talk about this question, I used the controversial phenomenon of psychic surgery, which our local faith healers perform on patients, to provide answers.
The observational study was conducted on faith healers and followers visiting those faith healers.
Community-based research was conducted between 2002 to 2004 by Drug Control Division, National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, Ministry of Health, Islamabad, Department of pharmacology and Therapeutics of Medicine, Medical Sciences College of Bahrain, and Microbiology Department, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, to find out percentage of people visiting CAM healers. According to this study, overall trend in Pakistan showed that 51.7% chose CAM, while 48.3% chose biomedicine.8
The methods and techniques employed are guarded secrets by the traditional healers. It is shaped by the religious, spiritual and cultural factors of different ethnic population groups.
Summary: In Bali, a province in Indonesia that has a population of more than 4 million people, healers outnumber doctors 4-to-1
Typically, such so-called 'healers' claim to be able to lift curses, ensure success in business and cure illnesses from cancer to depression.
Last year in November, the police arrested two fake faith healers for swindling people on social media on the pretext of solving their problems.
The dynamic expression of MMP-9 levels during the healing process was also described in both good and poor healer groups.
The probability of a healer to employ imported modern physiotherapy machine, equipment for bloodletting (2), water therapy and locally made physical exercise equipment depends on a healer's financial ability to afford the materials, their exposure to foreign countries and their commitments to practice traditional medicine.
10 indicates the gender of the faith healer. The figures shown in the above table depict that 88.9% of the respondents were visiting male faith healers, whereas only 11.1% respondents were visiting female faith healers to cure infertility.
MANDI BAHAUDDIN -- A fake faith healer killed and beheaded a 5-year-old boy over a minor argument concerning a sum of Rs 5,000.