Brazilian mediumistic healer (1918-1971) celebrated for an apparent ability to make instant diagnoses, prescribe unusual but effective medications, and even to perform surgery without anesthetic, while possessed by ‘spirit doctors’ in a trance state.
William Bengston (b. 1950) is an American sociology professor and practitioner of ‘energy healing’, who has described numerous successful healings of cancer and other serious diseases, and also successful laboratory experiments with mice.
Describes séance phenomena – psychokinetic movements, levitation, communication via automatic writing and healing – experienced by a group of American teenage boys during sittings held weekly between 1929 and 1933.
George Chapman (1921-2006) was a British trance medium reputed to channel the spirit of William Lang (1852-1937), an ophthalmic surgeon. The partnership is said to have brought about numerous healings.
Russian woman who claims the ability to view inside human bodies and correctly diagnose diseases, and who submitted to scientific tests in the US and Japan, with mixed results.
Since the 1980s, experimental parapsychologists have studied distant mental interactions with living systems (DMILS), both humans and small animals. This article looks at the uses of the method in distant healing research.
Bereavement therapy based on EMDR, said by practitioners to bring relief by facilitating healing visions of deceased loved-ones.
Healing powers attributed to the shrine of Lourdes in southern France are said to have brought about miraculous cures from a range of debilitating diseases, at at least some of which appear to be medically inexplicable.
Assesses the quality and outcomes of research into forms of complementary and alternative medicine: intercessory prayer, therapeutic touch, Reiki and Johrei and other forms of spiritual or distant healing.
Describes explorations by NDE researcher Raymond Moody of a mirror-gazing technique used by ancient Greeks to contact the dead, here used for therapeutic purposes.