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Evidence-based research on Christian Spiritual Healing practices is a growing field. The following select list provides a starting place for those who would like to learn more.

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BookTesting Prayer: Science and HealingDrawing on medical records, surveys of prayer recipients, prospective clinical trials, and multiyear follow-up observations and interviews, Brown shows that the widespread perception of prayer’s healing power has demonstrable social effects which can in some cases produce improvements in health that can be scientifically verified.
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The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian AmericaThe question typically asked about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is whether it works. However, an issue of equal or greater significance is why it is supposed to work. The Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America explains how and why CAM entered the American biomedical mainstream and won cultural acceptance, even among evangelical and other theologically conservative Christians, despite its ties to non-Christian religions and the lack of scientific evidence of its efficacy and safety.Buy on Amazon
BookGlobal Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing Divine healing is an essential marker of the global phenomenon of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity. This book includes a collection of essays which present similarities and differences across different beliefs and practices.Buy on Amazon
ArticleStudy of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural MozambiqueStudy on the improvements of auditory and visual functions in Rural Mozambican subjects after proximal intercessory prayer. Read online
ArticleEffects of Intercessory Prayer on Patients with Rheumatoid ArthritisA study of 40 patients with rheumatoid arthritis who received proximal intercessory prayer and showed significant overall improvement, even after a 1-year follow-up.Read online
ArticleStudy of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP) in Cardiac Bypass Patients: a Multicenter Randomized Trial of Uncertainty and Certainty of Receiving Intercessory PrayerEffects of distant intercessory prayer in patients who had cardiac bypass surgery and showed no effect on complication-free recovery from surgery, but the certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications.Read online
ReviewIntercessory Prayer for the Alleviation of Ill HealthReview paper of the effects of intercessory prayer as an additional intervention for people with health problems already receiving routine health care. Read online
ArticleA randomized trial of the effect of prayer on depression and anxietyResearch investigating prayer intervention that involved asking God to intervene into specific stressors and heal from trauma has demonstrated significant reductions in depression and anxiety.Read online
ArticleThe Effect of Prayer on Depression and Anxiety: Maintenance of Positive Influence One Year After Prayer Intervention
Research investigating prayer intervention that involved asking God to intervene into specific stressors and heal from trauma has demonstrated significant reductions in depression and anxiety. The current study extends findings from Boelens et al. (2009) to examine follow-up with patients who showed lasting effects one year later.Read online
ArticleNeural correlates of healing prayers, depression and traumatic memories: A preliminary studyIncreased activity in the prefrontal cortex after healing prayer may be associated with increased cognitive control over emotions. Healing prayer may help to dissociate the memory of the trauma from feelings associated with it, as evidenced by changes in the precuneus region.Read online
ArticlePositive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit PopulationThe therapeutic effects of proximal intercessory prayer in patients who were admitted to a coronary care unit showed significantly lower severity scores than a control group.Read online
ReviewSaying Your Prayers, Constructing Your Religions: Medical Studies of Intercessory PrayerA review article of medical studies investigating intercessory prayer. Cadge notes that studies on the efficacy of prayer date back at least to the nineteenth century.Read online
ArticleA randomized, controlled trial of the effects of remote, intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients admitted to the coronary care unitEffects of distant intercessory prayer were associated with lower coronary care unit scores. This result suggests that prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care.Read online
ArticleThe effectiveness of a prayer intervention in promoting change in perceived attachment to God, positive affect, and psychological distressSozo prayer promotes greater closeness to God by changing negative perceptions about God. Research on Sozo has presented evidence that the extent of perceived avoidance with God may be associated with a lack of change in psychological distress. Further, findings on gains in perceived attachment to the Holy Spirit have corresponded with lower depression and anxiety symptoms. Sozo therefore offers potential as a “crisis-intervention” strategy for healthcare professionals to use as a tool for managing distress.Read online

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