Lack of understanding of spiritual healing Denigration of faith healing
Lack of general understanding of spiritual healing leaves it open to quackery, whereby charlatans take advantage of people's despair in order to extort a large fee for their services. Spiritual healing is also equated by many with superstition and occult practices. The dismissal of spiritual healing as superstition and quackery limits the scope of medicine and psychiatry. In developing countries, modern medicine may fail because of the refusal of tribes people to participate owing to insufficient explanation by the authorities in spiritual terms.
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