Prayer is Good Medicine
How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer
Prayer research is sparking an unsettling, yet potentially reformative, energy within the medical establishment. Encompassing the data as well as the controversies, Dr. Dossey delves into such questions as why doesn’t prayer always work; is it blasphemy to test prayer in the laboratory; does prayer simply create a “false hope”; is a physician’s decision not to recommend prayer akin to medical malpractice?
Dossey compares prayer to traditional therapies and observes that, when used in tandem with other orthodox and alternative measures, prayer is indeed powerful medicine. Dr. Dossey further affirms that prayer is remarkably democratic: Research confirms that no particular religion holds a monopoly on prayer’s efficacy; and one does not need to be religious, per se, to pray effectively or to benefit medically from prayer.
Studies show that almost everyone prays when faced with illness
or grave injury—but can prayer actually help to heal us? According to physician Larry Dossey, the answer is an emphatic—and jubilant—”yes!”
“Dossey helps open doors and minds with his work and writing. This is an excellent book.”—
BERNIE SIEGEL, M.D.
Author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
“The very act of reading this book was, for me, a prayer. Prayer is Good Medicine is nourishment for body, mind, and spirit. Thank you, Dr. Dossey, for giving me, my patients, and the world this loving gift.”—
CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP, M.D.
Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Dr. Dossey is a man of grace and deep and abiding wisdom. In his work on prayer he is creating major world change in the way humanity interrelates, and is stirring a remembrance of our own true and divine nature.” —
JEANNE ACHTERBERG, PH.D.
Senior Editor, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine,
Author of Imagery in Healing
“Reading Dr. Dossey’s sage words is in itself an experience of prayer — a loving communion through which the ancient antiathy between science and religion is healed.” —
Author of, Fire in the Soul and Imagery in Healing