Clinical psychologist Hvovi Bhagwagar says that faith has a powerful effect on the body.

“When we chant or have a positive outlook, our body releases a cocktail of feel-good hormones like endorphins, while the levels of stress hormones are lowered. I have spoken to some cancer specialists and they agree that those with a positive outlook have better changes of recovering and survival.”

Stressing on the importance of a holistic approach, she feels that positive thinking and talking should be done in tandem with medical treatment.

Featured in The Week, June 2012.