Healing Intentions

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Healing Intention refers to the goal or intention that one has concerning their health. Intentions are based on your belief system, expectations and desire for specific outcomes.[1] The outcome of any treatment depends on the intentions of both the person with the condition and the physician treating them, the depth and accuracy of the assessment, the motivation and ability of the person to change, the progression of disease, and the treatments that are used.[2] Healing intentions are linked, in part, to the naturopathic therapeutic order.

Types of Healing Intentions

The intention to cure or heal encompasses the following treatment strategies:[2]

  • Balance
  • Support
  • To support means to provide comfort or assistance. Treatments that are supportive assist the body in achieving health by providing nutrients, nuture, information or substances that are required to address a specific symptom or disease.
  • Supportive treatments can decrease the overall burden on the body, they lessen the intensity of signs and symptoms, and they improve the quality of a patient's life. They involves removing the obstacles to cure and stimulating the inherent healing power of the body.
  • Manage
  • To manage means to control, handle, manipulate or bring about a desired outcome. Treatments that require the ongoing administration to achieve a specific outcome are in management mode.
  • Managing of symptoms is often associated with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or autoimmune diseases, at least initially.
  • It is typically associated with the progression of disease, advanced aging, or when the goal is to minimize symptoms.
  • Palliate
  • To palliate means to lessen or ease the pain or discomfort of the symptoms or to provide temporary relief.
  • Palliation can be valuable short-term when used to decrease the intensity of pain or discomfort in order to address the underlying causes of disease. When used inappropriately or for long periods of time it often results in suppression.
  • Suppress
  • To suppress means to subdue, block, dismiss or to get rid of a symptom without resolving the underlying factors. Any form of treatment or healing can suppress when used inappropriately.
  • Treatments that suppress often provide symptom relief while the underlying disease progresses unabated.
  • Radical Intervention
  • A radical change often involves an extreme, often traumatic intervention. This type of treatment can be helpful when used to save a life, such as a surgery after an automobile injury.
  • What determines that effect of a radical intervention is the connection that a person makes between the event, the outcome, and the intention behind the treatment.
  • Radical interventions are advantageous, primarily when the acute health risks are high.


  1. McTaggart L (2002) The Field, The Quest for a Secret Force of the Universe. HarperCollins, London.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lloyd Iva (2009) The Energetics of Health, a Naturopathic Assessment Elsevier