How does healing differ from the multitude of other natural therapies that abound in the realm of cancer care? Because it appears on the surface so ethereal and other-worldly, it is easy to overlook this ancient art and science. The practice of healing can take many different forms but always involves the focusing of energy with a healing intent. This chapter gives an overview of healing: what it is, who practises it, the benefits it can bring, and the problems occasionally experienced. It includes case studies to illustrate how healing can be used for cancer patients. Each person takes what he or she needs from the healing — this may mean relaxation, feeling supported, alleviation of symptoms, and/or awareness of a spiritual dimension to life. Sometimes, it is about the quality of the dying process and ‘healing into death’.
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