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Prayer and healing. A case study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9287623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This article examines the relationship between prayer and healing and its relationship to holistic health. The apparent healing that results from prayer mystifies researchers. Numerous theories may be offered as to the mechanism by which this healing occurs. The belief of the praying person in the power of the prayer itself may stimulate healing, as the placebo effect suggests. The relaxation response and the sense of self-efficacy gained through the act of praying may enhance the immune system. Despite these explanations of the mechanisms through which prayer promotes healing, there some-times exists a facet of prayer and healing that defies rational explanation and seems to suggest the existence of a higher power. A case is presented that explores assistance from a higher power as a potential explanation for the healing.
Authors:
C E Hughes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0898-0101     ISO Abbreviation:  J Holist Nurs     Publication Date:  1997 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-18     Completed Date:  1997-09-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506709     Medline TA:  J Holist Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  318-24; discussion 325-6     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
University of Texas at Austin, USA. mdhughes@texas.net
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Female
Holistic Health*
Holistic Nursing
Humans
Mental Healing*
Middle Aged
Religion and Medicine*

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