WILMINGTON -- The power of prayer and holistic healing has recently been in the national spotlight, with the TV show Grey's Anatomy setting a plot around a woman using alternative healing methods and doctors doubting her practice. But it's not just happening on TV. One local doctor takes time to pray with her patients in hopes of helping them heal. While some people may not believe there's enough evidence to prove that praying helps, chiropractor Christina Gray says she and many of her patients have seen the benefits of prayer first-hand. For years Karri Compton suffered from migraines and other more personal pains. But after seeing Gray life has improved for her. Compton said, "There have been several things in our lives that have changed because of prayer. I won't go into specifics, just some things that Dr. Gray has prayed to me and my husband about." A session with Gray is about more than getting your back adjusted. "Yes, we align the spine," Gray said. "But there's another aspect of it and that's life, and life has a spiritual aspect of it." Every appointment includes a prayer. "Prayer can heal you. And God heals you, and sometimes we're in the quiet of an office room where they end up crying," Gray said. "There's no doubt in my mind that he's looking down and is right here with us. It's so powerful, so powerful I can feel it," Compton said. She's not alone in her feelings. Jeremy Strickland and his family also believe there is healing power in prayer. Strickland said, "It adds so much more to our lives so much more depth that wasn't there before that it a world of difference for everything and because that's there it does filter down to the physical aspect." Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School conducted a study and discovered that prayers had no effect on the recovery of surgery patients, but for Christina Gray some of her patients, they say facts and figures don't matter. They've seen what the power of prayer can do. For more info visit http://www.sciencedirect.com/
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