psychic surgery

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Health fraud A practice associated with ‘spirit healing’ in the rural Philippines—and elsewhere—where certain persons allegedly act as mediums for healing forces, allowing them to perform surgery using their fingers and unsterile tools without violating the skin surface
Paranormal Some cases of PS defy explanation, especially Ze Arigo—José de Freitas; he was investigated by physicians and health authorities, who found that his methods conformed to standards of medical care, and the therapies were effective

psychic surgery,

n a form of psychic healing that involves physical and spiritual surgery, practiced primarily in several indigenous cultures.
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We begin to move into the realm where the patient's own ability to heal and the power of the mind become more significant, until we reach the outer edge of "alternative" medicine with channeled information and psychic surgery.
Even if we could prove that psychic surgery is real, we would not know how to train psychic surgeons.
Chapter 6 describes McClenon's journey to the Philippines to undergo psychic surgery.
I accompanied the Filipino faith healer, Emilio Laporga, who was invited to demonstrate his healing practice of psychic surgery before a conference held in that city.
I have observed that faith healers who perform psychic surgery or those who walk on fire or have themselves crucified are in an altered state of consciousness, which makes them immune to bodily pain and other normal biological processes.
I have, for example, experienced getting out of my physical body and seeing it from above, seeing spirits of the dead, telling the future accurately, reading another person's mind, bending a spoon through telekinesis, walking on fire without being burned, being hacked six times in several parts of the body with a very sharp 21-inch double-bladed sword without getting wounded, undergoing successful psychic surgery of my prostate gland before and after ultrasound tests, receiving messages from the dead, dreaming past, present and future events, and psychically diagnosing and healing a person's illness.
He did psychic surgery on her twice, removing what he termed calcifications in her body and some blood clots.
Although the surgical procedure is supposed to be a simple, low-risk operation lasting no more than 15 minutes, I was hesitant to undergo it because of my long-standing fear of medical surgery (but not psychic surgery done by our Filipino faith healers).
I was with Filipino faith healer Emilio Laporga, who demonstrated his unique method of psychic surgery to a stunned audience attending a conference of unconventional healing there.