This could be considered a form of paranormal healing as no one understands quite how it works. It is based on a system of meridian lines running throughout the body from the East. Originally it was mainly practised in China but has been used successfully in the West to treat all sorts of physical and psychological ailments, such as depression, insomnia, smoking, even cancer. It is effective for pain relief and can even be used as an alternative to anaesthetic for surgery. Very fine needles are inserted at critical points, just below the surface of the skin, or cones of incense are burned on the points. Acupuncture can also be used in a preventative capacity; it takes a holistic approach and attempts to restore balance within the body to attain good physical and mental health, rather than concentrating on specific symptoms.Aromatherapy
This is the practice of using essential oils for emotional and physical healing. Lavender oil is very good for burns, anxiety and insomnia for instance. Psychics often use these in healing and other psychic work. They shouldn't be applied to the skin neat as they cause irritation. They can be used in an oil burner with some water, or in a bath.Crystal chakra healing
Crystals harness and focus the energies from the earth and can be used effectively for healing. Healers lay them on different parts of the body or move them over the affected area. For more information see crystal healing. Crystals can be effective in working with chakras, the body's energy centres.Psychic surgery
This is the practise of performing surgery on a patient through visualisation. No physical incisions are made. It has been brought into disrepute by fraudsters.Reflexology
This works on the premise that different parts of the body on mapped to different parts of the feet which can be massaged.Reiki
Reiki is one of the more well-known methods of energy healing, ie a form of healing that involves manipulating the body's natural energies to assist with healing. It means Spirit Life Force Energy and a reiki practitioner allows the energy to flow through them to heal the patient.Spiritual healers
The healer does not need to be present for this to work. The healer sends out positive, loving thoughts to the patient.