A myriad of techniques to cure illness, such as prayer, divine intervention or the ministrations of an individual healer, have been commonly lumped together as "faith healing.” In this form of cure there is no involvement of medicine, doctors or medicare.
 Mysterious Healing Mechanisms
Where a healer is involved in the cure process, both the healer and patient believe in the healing power of spirits or other mysterious healing mechanisms. Consciously or unconsciously the patient is manipulated into believing that the healer has cured the patient's ailment by prayer, hand movements, or by some other unconventional ritual or product. In faith healing it is not necessary for the patient and the healer to meet, as the processes that occur are said to transcend the usual limitations of space and time.