01Jan 2017

ROLE OF SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN MODERN MEDICAL THERAPY

  • BDS, MDS(Oral & maxillofacial surgery), PhD Scholar faculty of dental sciences , IMS, BHU, VARANASI , INDIA, 221005.
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Since ancient times spiritual and religious practices proved their worth in management of many disorders. In fact, religious and spiritual leaders were once strongly against the practice of modern medicine. As the time passed modern medicine laid firm foundation in human civilization and people slowly forgot about spiritual and religious practices. Few physicians and surgeons noticed great improvement in patients who were practicing spiritual and religious practices. Further studies aimed to find effect of religious and spiritual practices in diseased patients proved that, religious and spiritual practices in combination with modern medical therapy work synergistically and a high number of patients were cured in due time. This paper highlights the role of spiritual and religious practices in modern medical therapy.


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[Richik Tripathi. (2017); ROLE OF SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN MODERN MEDICAL THERAPY Int. J. of Adv. Res. 5 (1). 496-497] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com


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Article DOI: 10.21474/IJAR01/2772       DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.21474/IJAR01/2772


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