How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, by Wayne Jonas M.D.



Penguin Random House

Drawing on 40 years of research and patient care, Dr. Wayne Jonas explains how 80 percent of healing occurs organically and how to activate the healing process.

In How Healing Works, Dr. Wayne Jonas lays out a revolutionary new way to approach injury, illness, and wellness.

Dr. Jonas explains the biology of healing and the science behind the discovery that 80 percent of healing can be attributed to the mind-body connection and other naturally occurring processes. Jonas details how the healing process works and what we can do to facilitate our own innate ability to heal. Dr. Jonas’s advice will change how we consume health care, enabling us to be more in control of our recovery and lasting wellness. Simple line illustrations communicate statistics and take-aways in a memorable way. Stories from Dr. Jonas’s practice and studies further illustrate his method for helping people get well and stay well after minor and major medical events.

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Advance Praise

How Healing Works is radically and disruptively brilliant. Dr. Wayne Jonas has led the rigorous scientific research and synthesized the discoveries that explain our innate capacity to heal and what we can do to optimize that ability. Highly recommended.”

Dean Ornish

M.D., Founder & President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

“By sharing his courageous personal journey as a physician, from skeptic to researcher to informed advocate, Dr. Wayne Jonas provides a compelling case for completely re-thinking our nation’s approach to health care. Rising financial and societal health-care costs make this book a must read.”

Gail C. Christopher

DN,ND Board Chair, Trust for America’s Health and Former Senior Advisor and Vice President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“Outstanding! A must read for anyone with chronic disease and the clinicians who care for them. This is true health-care reform.”

Don Berwick

MD, Former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Cofounder and President Emeritus, The Institute for Healthcare Improvement

“The one book all national leaders must read this year. Full of stories of how heroes heal when they come home and how every family who has a person with chronic disease, can also be that hero.”

Michael Mullen

Retired Admiral, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

“How Healing Works is a brilliant contribution. The wisdom that Dr. Jonas shares lies at the heart of modern nursing: how meaning, love, caring, empathy, and compassion facilitate the healing process.”

Barbara Dossey

RN, PhD, FAAN, Author, Holistic Nursing

“How Healing Works is the most comprehensive and comprehensible book on how and why people heal. It is a masterful survey of the research on the physical, psychological, and spiritual factors that help us regain and retain our health. Dr. Wayne Jonas is one of America’s top docs, a true leader in medicine, who deeply understands the ins and outs of getting well. After reading How Healing Works, share it with your physician.”

Larry Dossey

MD Author, One Mind

Dr. Wayne Jonas


WAYNE JONAS, MD, is a widely published investigator, practicing family physician, and professor of medicine at Georgetown University and at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. Dr. Jonas was the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 to 1999 and led the World Health Organization’s Collaborative Center for Traditional Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the director of medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He now advises national and international organizations on ways to implement evidence-based healing practices in their medical systems.