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Doctor insights on: Hindu Prayer

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What are documented benefits of prayer?

A personal matter: Prayer can make you feel good inside. It is useful for believers as it allows for an external comfort for ones problems. Tests of prayer for specific outcomes have never proven better than random. So it is not used medically but can be used personally. ...Read more

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I have a prayer clavus ?

I have a prayer clavus ?

Prayer Clavus: Assume that you have thickened skin on your forehead as the result of pressure from your hands while in prayer. Does it cause pain? Is it ulcerated? What is your specific question? Please clarify and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more

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Does prayer work for everything?

Does prayer work for everything?

Work for everything?: "prayer" has intrigued scientists for years. Here's a link on this: http://www.Newsmax.Com/newsfront/scientific-benefits-prayer-works/2011/12/20/id/421663 there are scientific benefits of meditation, focusing, and even prayer apart from any specific religious doctrine. In addition, a sense of meaning, purpose, faith, and inspiration contributes a unique type of happiness to a person's life. ...Read more

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Prayers help to improve health ?

Prayers help to improve health ?

YES!: There are 2 ways prayers may improve health- for the person praying and for others one prays for. There is research that supports the benefits in both of these situations. See http://health.Howstuffworks.Com/wellness/natural-medicine/alternative/prayer-healing.Htm for a good discussion of the research. While there are many positive studies, as often is the case, some of the studies are negative. ...Read more

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How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

How can prayer help me as a caregiver?

Absolutely: A recent conchrane reveiw on prayer andsurgery failed to conclude that prayer can improve medical outcomes, however, there is evidence that it can affect you as a care giver and the relationship you have with patients. Read the article in the american journal of surgery march 2011 on this topic (there is a link on my profile). ...Read more

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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for dealing with loss?

Yes: Grieving has been a part of life since the begining of time. All religions have developed strategies for dealing with loss. The process of connecting to a higher power and more importantly to reconnect with those who are still alive are a part of most religious ceremonies. But if grief becomes immobilizing and prolonged seek professional help. ...Read more

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Health issues worse as I age. I'm really scared and have lost hope. Prayers or medications?

Health issues worse as I age. I'm really scared and have lost hope. Prayers or medications?

Both: Faith is powerful it may help you heal, you should not lose hope ;you should also continue taking the medications prescribed to you unless your doctor tell you otherwise. ...Read more

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Is szhizoprenic can still work? Is it going to get worse over time. Can prayer of the patient alleviate a bit the symptom?

Is szhizoprenic can still work? Is it going to get worse over time. Can prayer of the patient alleviate a bit the symptom?

Comfort & hope: I agree with dr. Popolow. Prayer helps to bring balance between our spiritual, physical and emotional needs. It can bring comfort & hope when life is seemingly out of control.I listed a site regarding benefits of prayer: http://stason.Org/tularc/health/alternative-medicine/prayer-health-benefits.Html take care. ...Read more

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I've got a few mental issues but it's not too bad. Sometimes, it gets worse but i can overcome it with prayer. What do I do?

Your faith and : Spirituality can be a major benefit when dealing with mental health issues. Be aware that we have many ways to deal with our challenges. Mental health providers and physicians are one of those avenues. ...Read more

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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for chronic pain?

Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for chronic pain?

Yes faith helps: Chronic pain is best treated with a holistic approach with pain medication, exercise, sleep, supplements as well as faith. The public health literature has shown that patients who believe they are in better health and or have more faith, do better. Whatever one's spiritua beliefs are, the more time you can change the perception of pain by accessing the subconscious mind (meditation), better for u. ...Read more

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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for overactive bladder?

Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for overactive bladder?

It Depends: If you are speaking of faith healing in general, as a physician and scientist, i cannot vouch for that as a viable medical intervention. However, since overactive bladder is a condition highly affected by stress and other goings-on in your brain, i would not dispute that stress-reduction by any means or any activities that contribute to positive thinking and overall feeling of well-being can help. ...Read more

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What to do if i think i may have lupus, need prayer and/or advice?

What to do if i think i may have lupus, need prayer and/or advice?

See a rheumatologist: Prayer may help but a consultation with a rheumatologist will help more. An exam and appropriate lab tests should confirm or relieve your concerns. ...Read more

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Can you control depression with prayer?

Can you control depression with prayer?

Not necessarily: There have not been any significant studies that support prayer only as a way to control or treat depression. However, strong spirituality in addition to therapy, exercise, and/or medication treatment can help in ones recovery and ongoing prevention/management. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts? Could you please suggest me some prayers to deal with depression?

What are your thoughts? Could you please suggest me some prayers to deal with depression?

I know that when I : Am down or struggling, i pray to heavenly father in my own words. I ask for comfort. I ask to have the strength to face things that i know will be difficult. I ask the lord to put people in my life who can teach me & inspire me. At the same time, i also give thanks for the many things that are good. I believe that it is the spirit with which we pray that is important - not the words. Take care. ...Read more

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I am a muslim with a colostomy and find it difficult to be clean for prayers. What do you recommend?

I am a muslim with a colostomy and find it difficult to be clean for prayers. What do you recommend?

Rubber gloves: The issue of clean and unclean in muslim culture is one of social convention as it is not stated in the koran. But the social conventions are strong - left hand for cleaning, right hand for greeting, etc. One way to help with this is to purchase rubber gloves and use them when dealing with the colostomy (a good idea anyway) and then you will be clean underneath. ...Read more

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I am a muslim & I say Fajr prayer everyday. But after Fajr prayer I can't keep myself wake up. So how to rise early? I have insomnia & often take pill

I am a muslim & I say Fajr prayer everyday. But after Fajr prayer I can't keep myself wake up. So how to rise early? I have insomnia & often take pill

Sleep early...: Sleep early to get up early. Try Melatonin 3-5mg as sleep aid. If you call Allah little late ,He will still listen to you.......actually you can call any time you wish and convenient to you. ...Read more

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Power of healing prayer in living with cancer?

Power of healing prayer in living with cancer?

Prayer: I believe that hope is an extremely important part of the healing process and that prayer can play a valuable role in that. Where i work, doctors and nurses routinely pray with patients. ...Read more

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Feel pain in my left knee while bending during prayer at sitting position.

Feel pain in my left knee while bending during prayer at sitting position.

See a doctor: It may be one of several conditions. A doctor can examine you and determine what is causing the knee pain and advise you as to what is the best treatment. ...Read more

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