Keeping the faith

Do you believe in traditional healing practices?

Culture  

Faith healers still play a role in the cultural fabric of many Swiss communities. Some hospitals recommend faith healers as a complement to conventional medical practices. In your opinion, should faith healing be used in treating illness and injury?

Experts warn that faith healing can be dangerous if it’s the only healing method used or if healers gather a fanatical following. Given that they are providing a type of medical intervention, should faith healing practices be regulated, and why?

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Alternative therapy

Prayer healing still engrained in Swiss culture

Most prayer healers do not come in direct contact with their patients, choosing instead to communicate via telephone or other indirect methods

In some Swiss regions, a patient visiting a doctor with an ailment may be told to consult a prayer healer to speed recovery or ease pain. Such centuries-old healing traditions remain quite strong, but some observers warn of possible misuse.  [...]

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