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Can simple prayers assist with healing?

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Prayer and meditation can have beneficial effects on blood pressure and reduce the risk of depression on the praying individual, according to WebMD. Prayer by others that a sufferer is aware of could also have a positive effect upon the sufferer's health, reports The New York Times.

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As of 2015, research is inconclusive regarding the efficacy of private, unknown or dismissed prayer as a method of healing, with numerous studies providing responses both affirming and refuting the effects of prayer on unaware sufferers, explains The New York Times. Proponents of prayer suggest that it affects a person's health through a currently unknown effect, while opponents of the idea claim that there is no mechanism that would explain such a thing and that studies on prayer equate to the study of the supernatural, which is beyond the sphere of medical science.

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