As Christians observe the beginning of Lent, prayer becomes a focal point in their lives. The power of prayer in healing the sick has been questioned by science for centuries. Now, a growing number of caregivers believe prayer has a place in modern medicine. In fact, a major Washington area hospital has a department of spiritual car which helps patients and caregivers with the healing process.
Does prayer really help heal? Clinical studies have found prayer can help lower blood pressure, offset depression, even help cardiac patients recuperate. A five-year study on prayer found heart patients who prayed on a daily basis needed fewer follow up procedures, recuperated twice as fast, and had fewer complications compared to patients who did not pray. The scientists say it's because prayer relieves stress.
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