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healers,

people who treat illness or suffering by calling forth divine help or by attempting to control the body with the mind and spirit. Since prehistoric times healers have used such techniques as anointing with oil, the laying on of hands, and prayer. The term also refers to Christian ScienceChristian Science,
religion founded upon principles of divine healing and laws expressed in the acts and sayings of Jesus, as discovered and set forth by Mary Baker Eddy and practiced by the Church of Christ, Scientist.
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 practitioners. See also medicine manmedicine man,
among Native Americans and other traditional peoples as far back as Paleolithic times, a person believed to possess supernatural healing powers. Like the shaman the medicine man was a specialist in spiritual healing.
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; shamanshaman
, religious practitioner in various, generally small-scale societies who is believed to be able to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause illness because of a special relationship with, or control over, spirits.
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Hoping to help young people, Indigenous healer Russell Willier teamed up with anthropologist David Young once again to produce an excellent book--A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle: Revelations of Indigenous Wisdom--Healing Plants, Practices, and Stories--that preserves Cree medicinal knowledge, plant by plant.
The event is hosted by Green Soldiers Healers, Refined Bud, Making You Better Brands, Kiva, Altai, and more.
Access to healers was made possible through the assistance of some informants from these local communities.
So-called natural healers are more effective, cheaper, and promote a healthy planet.
Normally only people who believe in the power of tribal healers would ask for their help.
For example: (1) the degree to which vali (poultice) is important, which plants are used, (2) The degree to which healers use tests such as tulu'i 'a'ahi (testing tulu'i).
Written after a particularly poignant day, "Let the Healers be Healed" and its soothing melody serves as reminder to all of us to care gently for one another.
In the light of the results obtained, the researchers remarked on the significant "placebo effect" that healers have on people, "though some healers really have the ability to see people's 'auras' and feel the pain in others due to synesthesia.
Healers who make false claims could face criminal prosecution, which could result in a fine or a prison sentence.
Healers believe the practice of "dowsing" - using a pendulum or pair of rods - can banish negative energy and protect a home's inhabitants from a host of conditions, including depression, insomnia, allergies, lethargy and even physical illnesses such as cancer.
House healers can dissipate bad energy caused by wireless internet or geopathic energy," she added.
Many Swiss hospitals meanwhile not only refer patients to healers; patients and their families can request that a particular healer be brought in to help.