Faith Healing

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Sao Paulo Medical Journal = Revista Paulista De Medicina

CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE:: This systematic review compared reiki and prayer with drug use for relieving pain during hospitalization for cesarean, given that the popularity of integrative medicine and spiritual healing has been increasing. It had the aim of evaluating whether reiki or prayer is effective in relieving pain during cesarean section. DESIGN AND SETTING:: Systematic review with meta-analysis conducted at Botucatu Medical School, UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS:: The following databases were searched up to March 2016: MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS and CENTRAL.

Author(s): 
Ferraz, Guilherme Augusto Rago
Rodrigues, Meline Rosseto Kron
Lima, Silvana Andrea Molina
Lima, Marcelo Aparecido Ferraz
Maia, Gabriela Lopes
Pilan, Carlos Alberto
Omodei, Michelle Sako
Molina, Ana Cláudia
El Dib, Regina
Rudge, Marilza Vieira Cunha
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Reviews of empirical work on the efficacy of noncontact healing have found that adopting various practices that incorporate an intention to heal can have some positive effect upon the recipient's wellbeing. However, such reviews focus on 'whole' human participants who might be susceptible to expectancy effects or benefit from the healing intentions of friends, family or their own religious groups.

Author(s): 
Roe, Chris A.
Sonnex, Charmaine
Roxburgh, Elizabeth C.
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

OBJECTIVE: Reviews of empirical work on the efficacy of noncontact healing have found that adopting various practices that incorporate an intention to heal can have some positive effect upon the recipient's wellbeing. However, such reviews focus on 'whole' human participants who might be susceptible to expectancy effects or benefit from the healing intentions of friends, family or their own religious groups.

Author(s): 
Roe, Chris A.
Sonnex, Charmaine
Roxburgh, Elizabeth C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Medical Biography

The iconography of the healing Buddha embraces two healing traditions, symbolized by the healing stone lapis lazuli from Central Asia and by the myrobalan fruit from the ayurvedic medicine of ancient India. The first mention of the healing Buddha is in Buddhist texts of the first century BC, and the earliest extant icons date from the fourth century AD. This suggests the cult of the healing Buddha was a relatively late development in the history of Buddhism. Worshippers sought his help in alleviating spiritual, mental and physical suffering, as well as for medical cures.

Author(s): 
Chen, Thomas S. N.
Chen, Peter S. Y.
Publication Title: 
Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

OBJECTIVE: To describe spiritually augmented cognitive behaviour therapy (SACBT) and its applications. METHODS: The background for the need to incorporate spirituality into therapy is considered, and SACBT as a therapy for sustaining mental health and functional recovery is described. Cognitive and behavioural components are considered, including the use of existential techniques in discovering meaning. The use of meditation and the validation and incorporation of the appropriate belief system of patients into their treatment are described.

Author(s): 
D'Souza, Russell F.
Rodrigo, Angelo
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

BACKGROUND: The role of spirituality in patients' use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to cancer management has hardly been explored. OBJECTIVE: To explore the role of spirituality in cancer management by men with prostate cancer who have declined conventional treatment and are using CAM. METHODS: This qualitative analysis is part of a longitudinal study to assess decision making by men with prostate cancer who decline conventional treatment and use CAM. In-depth interviews were conducted at study entry (n = 29).

Author(s): 
White, Margaret
Verhoef, Marja
Publication Title: 
Heart & Lung: The Journal of Critical Care

PURPOSE: A descriptive, exploratory study was conducted to examine perceptions and meanings assigned to the experience of end-stage heart failure and transplant surgery in female recipients. METHODS: Data was collected from 33 female heart transplant recipients from a heart transplant clinic using quantitative and qualitative methods. Women completed the Life Attitudes Profile and Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist and participated in a semi-structured interview.

Author(s): 
Evangelista, Lorraine S.
Doering, Lynn
Dracup, Kathleen
Publication Title: 
Medical Hypotheses

Paranormal phenomena - events that cannot be explained by existing science - are regularly reported in medicine. Surveys have shown that a majority of the population of the United States and Great Britain hold at least one paranormal belief. Information was retrieved by MEDLINE searches using keywords 'paranormal' and 'psychic', and from the author's own collection. Reports are predominantly by physicians, and from peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed literature. This is a representative sample, as there is no database for paranormal medical phenomena.

Author(s): 
Bobrow, Robert S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, including spiritual modalities, is common in pediatric chronic diseases. However, few users discuss CAM treatments with their child's physician. Semi-structured interviews of 25 parents of children who have cystic fibrosis (CF) were completed. Primary themes were identified by thematic analyses. Most parents (19/25) used at least one CAM modality with their child. Only two reported discussing CAM use with their child's pulmonologist.

Author(s): 
Grossoehme, Daniel H.
Cotton, Sian
McPhail, Gary
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

Studies indicate mental health improvement can occur via religious communities offering social support and other resources. Many people from many cultures regard medicine as a supernatural or magical treatment that can somehow lead to a better state of living. In medical advertising, female role portrayal involves the blending of beauty, ritual and attractiveness in combination with the best product image. A Chinese saying suggests that, "A girl will doll herself up for him who loves her." Female role attraction is a very important ethical subject in gender issues.

Author(s): 
Yeh, Jin-Tsann
Lin, Chyong-Ling

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