Theoretical Approaches on the Faith Element of Healing Under Traditional Medicine Psychosomatic Medicine, Placebo Effect, Quantum Healing

Ozkan T. S.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.307-314, 2012 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.307-314
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


The practices of "Folk medicine" or "folk healing" that are comprised of the healing techniques of the traditional culture are divided into two; namely "natural folk medicine" and "religious magical practices". The main characteristic of folk medicine is its holistic point of view. Accordingly, human beings are considered to be within and a part of the cosmos, nature and supernatural. Under this concept, soul and body are envisaged together both under ill-health and well-being. Religious magical practices that embody this approach are featured at the center of this paper. The basic characteristic of the religious magical practices of folk medicine, is the provision that the patient has the belief that he or she will healing his/her health through such practices. This approach predicates initially on the healing of the patient and then the healing of the illness while the patient's belief in the practice itself, functions as a part of the practice. The psychology of the patient towards his/her belief and expectations during this process, forms the basis of healing. Even with modern medicine which has a mechanic approach to human body, there are theories that focus on the psychological processes within healing. Theories of psychosomatic medicine, placebo effect and quantum healing focus on the interaction of psyche and body and examine the potential of patient psychology regarding the inception of physiological change under the healing process. This paper will also comment on the provision of "belief" under the "religious magical" public medicine treatments seen in Anatolia, with a view point of the theories of psychosomatic medicine, placebo effect and quantum healing.