Complementary therapies and traditional Judaism

Mt Sinai J Med. 1999 Mar;66(2):102-5.


In Jewish tradition, physicians are obligated to heal the sick and patients are obligated to seek healing from physicians. Judaism also sanctions certain complementary therapies such as prayers, faith healing, and amulets, when used as supplements to traditional medical therapy. Confidence in the healing powers of God through prayer and contrition is encouraged, provided that the patient uses prayer alongside traditional scientific medicine, not as a substitute for it.

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Judaism*
  • Religion and Medicine*