Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Pranic Healing in Bhutan

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Sherab Wangmo Jamyang Choden Tashi Dendup

Abstract

          Pranic healing (PH) is a non-touch complementary therapy that uses energy (prana) for healing ailments. In Bhutan, PH’s healers and clients have grown since it first began in 2012. This study explores the knowledge, attitude, and practice of PH in Bhutan due to the lack of prior scientific studies. The data in this study came from 150 clients and 50 healers. Respondents were selected using the simple random sampling technique from the Pranic Healing Centre’s list of patients and healers. Data were collected via online and face-to-face surveys using pretested semi-structured questionnaires. Quantitative data, including frequencies and percentages, were analyzed descriptively, while content analysis was used for analyzing answers from open-ended questions. Patients with psychiatric disorders have mostly availed PH. Many clients have also availed PH for general cleansing and ailments of nonspecific symptoms like body pain. Although some respondents have a wrong understanding of PH, respondents reported a positive attitude toward PH. People practiced PH because it is effective as a complementary treatment. Increasing accessibility through increasing PH centers, healers, and awareness could improve PH culture in Bhutan.


Keywords: Alternative Healing, Complementary Therapy, Prana

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WANGMO, Sherab; CHODEN, Jamyang; DENDUP, Tashi. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Pranic Healing in Bhutan. Journal of Community Development Research (Humanities and Social Sciences), [S.l.], v. 14, n. 1, p. 1-10, dec. 2020. ISSN 2539-5521. Available at: <http://www.journal.nu.ac.th/JCDR/article/view/Vol-14-No-1-2021-1-10>. Date accessed: 08 mar. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.14456/jcdr-hs.2021.1.