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Against allopathy
Alternative medicine
Clinically unproven

Healing has two unrelated meanings.

In medicine[edit]

In medicine, healing is the restoration of structure and function of injured or diseased tissues.[1] Recognised healing processes include blood clotting, tissue mending, scarring, and bone healing.

In woo[edit]

In the field of alternative medicine, the definition of healing is expanded beyond the medical one to also include making you feel more energetic, increased wellness, or any other placebo-based outcome that the alternative medicine practitioner can take credit for.

Examples of woo "healing" which, when listed, sound like a bad Osmonds-style family woo-pop band:


  1. Healing. The Free Dictionary.